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Dalmarnock Station re-opens following £12m Games revamp

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December 10 2013

Dalmarnock Station re-opens following £12m Games revamp
Glasgow’s Dalmarnock Station has re-opened its doors to train users following completion of an extensive £12m revamp undertaken by Atkins Global and Network Rail.

The work, undertaken ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, saw a new entrance, ticket office, lifts and footbridge created at the east end halt, the closest on the rail network to key venues such as the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Celtic Park and Athletes’ Village.

Interiors of the Victorian station have been given a 21st century makeover of galvanised steel and acid etched concrete whilst a skin of translucent cast glass is used externally to contrast with retained sandstone and brickwork.

Cutting a striking geometric presence the scheme incorporates a roofscape of folded parallel planes, drawing the eye to entry and exit points.

Unveiling the new stop deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said of the new stop: "This station will play host to visitors from all corners of the world and possibly some of the best known sports stars on the planet. It is hugely exciting to see it complete and know what lies ahead.

"The Games is much more than medals - it's a catalyst for regeneration, innovation and for sustainable economic growth and the refurbishment of Dalmarnock Station demonstrates this.”

Photography by Andrew Lee.
A robust palette of materials have been specified for the new station
A robust palette of materials have been specified for the new station
Dalmarnock has been identified as a key regeneration area by Clyde Gateway
Dalmarnock has been identified as a key regeneration area by Clyde Gateway

8 Comments

DRod
#1 Posted by DRod on 10 Dec 2013 at 14:03 PM
As an architect and a daily user of this line I feel compelled to comment on the complete lack of finesse in this constructed and 'completed' project. I am embarrassed to think that people visiting Scotland will think that this is the best we can build ... but ultimately it's representative of an a vast number of 'big boys' who couldn't care less about putting their name to something. The final detailing and finishing at track level is abhorrent ... none, and i mean none, of the panels line up? What if you need service access behind this new panelled wall lining ? .... Well in Scotland that seems to be an opportunity to replace a panel (meant to match all the others) with a plywood infill, painted in part but not to match the panels beside it?! Do not mistake me the 'architectural' intent was there but the execution is awful .... God only knows what they'll get out at the athletes village .....
Architectural intent?
#2 Posted by Architectural intent? on 11 Dec 2013 at 10:16 AM
I didn't spot the intent other than using some gutsy materials (badly). There was the opportunity to orient people on arrival, offering views up to the stadium as you progress from the platform to street level aiding orientation and building the experiene - but instead you're churned through a clattering internalized environment then plopped onto the pavement. The urban design beyond, though, is probably worse - echoes of a Glasgow Cross are cited, but it feels more like a bypass through a business park.
REMOH
#3 Posted by REMOH on 11 Dec 2013 at 15:27 PM
Couldn't agree more with DRod, execution of the final product is poor to say the least. Has the client even questioned the quality of the workmanship at track level or do they even care.
Football Supporter
#4 Posted by Football Supporter on 12 Dec 2013 at 16:01 PM
A Zaha 'light' wanabee design. Still struggles to cope with footfall after a match at Celtic Park. Hate to think what it will be like if multiple events finish at same time across several of the local venues. Agree plaltforms feel lke an afterthought. Panelling and framing actually reduces width of platform!

Bit like Exhibition Centre station which has remained static desipte the additional capacity and venues being added at the SECC, which struggles to cope on occassion.
Morgan
#5 Posted by Morgan on 12 Dec 2013 at 18:58 PM
Went to have a look at this the other week. The build quality is very poor. Sad to say our guest for the games are unlikley to be wowed
brian
#6 Posted by brian on 12 Dec 2013 at 21:34 PM
BLAND,We need tram/trains in the city now.Especially at secc area.
Millly
#7 Posted by Millly on 13 Dec 2013 at 08:06 AM
Trams ?......you gotta be kidding !
have you spoken to anyone from Edinburgh ?
Cateran
#8 Posted by Cateran on 24 Jan 2014 at 00:14 AM
Bland, monotonous, industrial interior landscape with lots of vertical bars resembling a building not too far away. There's nothing to give a visual thrill to a Games visitor eagerly arriving for the first time.

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