Grand Central External Images / by Alex Upton

Grand Central Station Signage - Photography: Copyright  © Alex Upton   

Grand Central Station Signage - Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton  

Recently updated to my portfolio are a selection photographs documenting the external cladding installed on the lower portion of Birmingham’s Grand Central Station and the adjoining John Lewis retail development. Taylor Maxwell once again commissioned me to focus on the materials they supplied throughout the building with a focus on the curved granite walls.

The stainless steel cladding which adorns the upper portion of the structure is hard not focus upon when photographing the building as its undulating surface distorts the surrounding architecture creating myriad opportunities for warped images of the city and its inhabitants. As of this moment construction is ongoing with work still taking place on the platforms and around the perimeter of the building. Having access to observe and document such a large scale project is incredibly insightful, especially when it comes to understanding both the logistic and engineering difficulties which had to be overcome in order to keep the station operating, with this in mind I have an even greater appreciation for both the building and those whom worked on it. Also included in this set of photos are images from the grand opening of phase one.