Birmingham City Council has unveiled images of the proposed redevelopment of the New Street train station and Pallasades shopping centre site, and has launched a public consultation on the plans.
A four-storey 250,000 sq ft John Lewis forms the centre of the design, bursting through the top of the station in a giant cylinder of glass.
Due to open in 2014, the total building work is expected to cost £100 million and the council claims that it will create 900 new jobs including 650 at the new John Lewis store.
Council leader Mike Whitby said: “This development is a real jewel in the new station’s innovative design and will bring real scale and activity to the new southern entrance.”
Network Rail is inviting people to have their say on the plans in a consultation which will run until March 23rd.
A public exhibition showcasing a scale model of the plans and offering the chance to speak to members of the project team, will be running from March 15th to 17th in the North Mall area of the Pallasades.
Samantha Rowntree, Retail Development Manager at John Lewis, commented: “We have been looking for an opportunity to open in Birmingham for some time and are thrilled to be playing a part in the regeneration of the south side of the city centre.
“Our stunning, four-storey landmark full-line department store, located adjacent to New Street station, will also provide a boost to local employment with the creation of around 650 new jobs.
“We are really looking forward to giving shoppers a broader retail offer when they visit Birmingham.”