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February 25 2014

Queen Street Station development plans unveiled
Network Rail has published updated visualisations of a planned £120m redevelopment of Glasgow’s Queen Street Station, ahead of the projects official launch in George Square later today.

Leaflets are being handed out to commuters informing them of the proposals, part of an effort to obtain feedback for a public consultation - which also opens today.

Prepared by Building Design Partnership on behalf of Network Rail the plans outline extension of existing platforms to accommodate nine car trains and the creation of a new public entrance facing George Square whilst an extension to the east will provide new retail and station facilities.

An upper level pedestrian footbridge will connect to the Buchanan Galleries from both Dundas Street and Cathedral Street, linked by escalators to the main concourse – which will double in size.

David Dickson, Network Rail's acting route managing director for Scotland, said: “We want to hear what passengers think of this exciting new vision for the future of Queen Street - a vision of a station which better serves passengers and Glasgow and creates a landmark development in this iconic location.

“As well as overhauling rail infrastructure and operational capabilities, redevelopment will transform passenger facilities #Glasgow. The consultation we are launching today is seeking the public’s views on an exciting vision for the future of Glasgow’s Queen Street station.”

Work is scheduled to get underway from 2016 for completion by 2019.
A new ticket office will be built on Dundas Street
A new ticket office will be built on Dundas Street
An extended concourse will spill-over onto George Square
An extended concourse will spill-over onto George Square

The barrel vault of the Victorian station will be exposed for the first time in half a century
The barrel vault of the Victorian station will be exposed for the first time in half a century
The new extension will require demolition of Consort House and the Millenium Hotel extension
The new extension will require demolition of Consort House and the Millenium Hotel extension

20 Comments

jc
#1 Posted by jc on 25 Feb 2014 at 10:41 AM
i would like the original arch to be more visible. More restoration, less derivative overhangy add-ons.
SJF
#2 Posted by SJF on 25 Feb 2014 at 11:32 AM
I agree, why can't the Arch form the basis for a simple entrance from George Square? In a similar way to Lime Street in Liverpool and Kings Cross in London have been done recently; both are great example of how new railway architecture can benefit travellers and surrounding aesthetics whilst embracing their original structures. There is plenty of under utilised space to the west and east of the original train shed.

Any improvements to the Low Level platforms included in this makeover?
The Bairn
#3 Posted by The Bairn on 25 Feb 2014 at 14:14 PM
...just make sure the blooming roof is water tight unlike Edinburgh Waverley station...
John Glenday
#4 Posted by John Glenday on 25 Feb 2014 at 14:35 PM
SJF - Low level platforms will be 'largely unaffected' by the works.
Roofie
#5 Posted by Roofie on 25 Feb 2014 at 16:45 PM
I liked the image caption claiming the barrel vaulted ceiling would be revealed for first time in 50 years - clearly you've never been in the current station and looked up then.
J
#6 Posted by J on 25 Feb 2014 at 17:36 PM
Is this a train station or a shopping center? Couldn't quite tell towards the end...
Olly
#7 Posted by Olly on 26 Feb 2014 at 09:50 AM
lets face it - it does front onto Buchanan street and the main shopping thoroughfares of Glasgow city so retail is going to be 'king'. Any improvement will be positive, and long overdue...
Egbert
#8 Posted by Egbert on 26 Feb 2014 at 11:39 AM
I actually like this approach to the George Square frontage - it's a positive intervention in its own right, quite nicely modelled and surely a stronger concept than simply uncritically extending the barrel vault form out to the street line per the previous proposals.
Egbert
#9 Posted by Egbert on 26 Feb 2014 at 11:46 AM
...although I'm not convinced there's sufficient scale/mass on the Dundas Street corner. While few will lament the passing of Consort House, at least height-wise it fits the scale of the street grid and provides some secondary enclosure and balance to this corner of George Square. The new station frontage might just be too low and horizontal for the site...
Barc
#10 Posted by Barc on 26 Feb 2014 at 13:29 PM
Where are the facilites going? Looks like the pub, Burger King, boots, WH Smith etc are being moved to make way for a ramp from West George Street and the glass frontage. So if your hungry/thirsty and your waiting on the train which is delayed...good luck to you?
Alf
#11 Posted by Alf on 26 Feb 2014 at 15:14 PM
Barc, at a guess I'd suggest that the likes of WH Smith and Burger King will be relocated to the east part if there is a link up with the extended Galleries.
Egbert
#12 Posted by Egbert on 26 Feb 2014 at 15:58 PM
#10 - I think you can safely assume there will be no shortage of retail and food 'offer', this being a development by Network Rail. Just about every station redevelopment currently on the go seeks to maximise lettable floorspace wherever it can be squeezed in - it's a hugely important source of revenue in our commercialised rail environment.
Margo
#13 Posted by Margo on 27 Feb 2014 at 09:21 AM
Looks fantastic, 21st century. Looking forward to seeing the finished station.
Onlyanopinion
#14 Posted by Onlyanopinion on 27 Feb 2014 at 09:27 AM
Yeah Barc...that's the most important thing with a £120 million development in a city centre full of shops, cafes and restaurants...keeping Burger King a waddle distance from the train!
Barc
#15 Posted by Barc on 27 Feb 2014 at 16:47 PM
If they aren't designed in now, they'll be added later. Most passengers travel to the station from the west, so why hide facilities on the east exit to the galleries. £120m development it may be, but its a train station that need shops... and more seats
John McColl Pollock
#16 Posted by John McColl Pollock on 27 Feb 2014 at 18:02 PM
Continue the arch out to George Street with split levels within the structure like the Musee D'orsay Paris
David Stewart
#17 Posted by David Stewart on 28 Feb 2014 at 01:46 AM
From where are they busing in all those healthy, attractive people?
pretty eastcoaster
#18 Posted by pretty eastcoaster on 28 Feb 2014 at 09:12 AM
#17 obviously outwith glasgow....
Rachel
#19 Posted by Rachel on 28 Feb 2014 at 13:46 PM
Looks great, the station is old and tired and desperately needs to move into the 21st century. Now if only we could get some more regeneration in parts of the city that also really need it like High Street, Union Street, subway extended....
brian
#20 Posted by brian on 5 Mar 2014 at 22:19 PM
It would have been nice to see investment in the original city centre at Glasgow cross.By reopening the station or subway expansion into east end.it would have helped sustain regeneration in that whole area.But with the millions being poured into Buch galleries extention im afraid these ather areas are getting a lick of paint.

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