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November 14 2014

Central Station upgrade makes first impressions count
With public tours of Glasgow’s Central proving to be a runaway hit Atkins have unveiled the most recent intervention to the 135 year old station.

This has seen the entrance to low level platforms from the upper concourse signified by the introduction of a tall archway structure designed to recall the original decorative gateways and barriers which once graced the terminal.

A separate entrance from Union Street has also been given a makeover with the introduction of large format porcelain tiles and large format gates featuring ornate metalwork based on motifs and symbols present in the surrounding historic structure.

Project architect Logan Doak, commented: “There was an over reliance on complex signage within the station and there was a desire to simplify the passenger journey and communicate important gateways from a distance through material and form. Although significant in scale the new Arch and gateways are elegantly proportioned and delicately perforated, laser cut steel plates help belie their structural weight.”

Photography by Andrew Lee
A lighting startegy ensures the gates are shown to best advantage after dark
A lighting startegy ensures the gates are shown to best advantage after dark
Central Station boasts the largest glass roof in the world
Central Station boasts the largest glass roof in the world

Passengers now benefit from clearer signage
Passengers now benefit from clearer signage
Stairwells and washrooms have also been given a makeover
Stairwells and washrooms have also been given a makeover

12 Comments

Art Vandelay
#1 Posted by Art Vandelay on 14 Nov 2014 at 13:33 PM
Nice, but that's an awfully 'luvvy' description there...
passenger
#2 Posted by passenger on 14 Nov 2014 at 13:46 PM
Fantastic - have been past at night and the back lit gates look stunning
ljs
#3 Posted by ljs on 14 Nov 2014 at 14:31 PM
Fantastic work. Makes the recent Waverley works look even worse than they did before.
Chris
#4 Posted by Chris on 14 Nov 2014 at 16:42 PM
Just wish they would refurb the low level stations too.
Modernists Concrete Brigade
#5 Posted by Modernists Concrete Brigade on 16 Nov 2014 at 11:43 AM
Terrible. This is an awful setback for the brutalisation of glasgow.
Murray Hutchison
#6 Posted by Murray Hutchison on 17 Nov 2014 at 13:48 PM
Well done the "Modernists Concrete Brigade" and agreed Chris. the low level station and environs now look like a really poor relation. I have seen the new signs etc and they set a really great precedent and are really really tasteful. At last good detailing . Pity some of the new city office blocks dont have the same attention to mass and detail
Neil C
#7 Posted by Neil C on 17 Nov 2014 at 16:57 PM
We're a low-level refurb away from having perhaps the finest train station anywhere in the UK. As present, that awful 1970s tiling doesn't do the Hope St/Argyle St entrances any favours, and the low-level platforms are pretty dire.
SJF
#8 Posted by SJF on 17 Nov 2014 at 17:47 PM
If the low level station was to be overhauled, the disused platforms should be reopened to permit future capacity expansion.
Ian Nairn Jr
#9 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 17 Nov 2014 at 18:35 PM
Beautiful. Well done Atkins.
NRD
#10 Posted by NRD on 18 Nov 2014 at 11:15 AM
The 1970s tiles by the escalators in the lower level entrance are brilliant. I agree the rest of the space needs a major overhaul but it'd be nice to see them retained and cleaned up a bit.
The big dog
#11 Posted by The big dog on 18 Nov 2014 at 15:30 PM
I agree with #10 some of the 70's tiling at lower level is wonderful, it is of its time and with a careful and considered architectural approach could be integrated nicely into a modernised low level station. Like the new steel additions at high level it would be great to be able to see the layering of different periods in the stations history as opposed to what is often the case (see underground stations) of a wholescale 'cover up' refurb/modernisation.
Claire
#12 Posted by Claire on 18 Nov 2014 at 20:54 PM
It's lovely but would rather have cheaper train tickets tbh.

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