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Network Rail press ahead with Queen Street Station redevelopment

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September 22 2015

Network Rail press ahead with Queen Street Station redevelopment
Network Rail is pressing ahead with its £104m redevelopment of Queen Street Station, despite plans to remodel Buchanan Galleries being thrown into doubt, by submitting plans for the demolition of Consort House, entrance canopy to Buchanan Street Subway and the Millenium Copthorne Hotel extension.

The refined designs illustrate how a new entrance canopy will interface with the existing main hotel building on West George Street, which is itself subject to an ambitious redevelopment plan to replace lost rooms.

Drawn up by BDP the plans call for the creation of a new ticket office and waiting room together with a concourse area twice as large as existing – which will be accessible via new stairs and lifts.

6 Comments

Skepticccc
#1 Posted by Skepticccc on 22 Sep 2015 at 11:13 AM
I get the feeling this whole thing is going to be half-assed and disjointed. Each part (hotel, station, shops) is contingent on each other - is pushing ahead wise or will this be another Glasgow Harbour?
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 22 Sep 2015 at 16:36 PM
Skepticccc in post #1 asks "will this be another Glasgow Harbour?"

You mean, will this feature white render, zinc cladding and awkward angles? Well, we've been spared the white render but whit the concrete modernists taketh they also giveth and in this case they've given us some cheapo curtain wall. The stuff of dreams.
Fraser
#3 Posted by Fraser on 22 Sep 2015 at 17:11 PM
I think there needs to be a greater examination of the detailed elevations before we judge. However given the Context of the area I might be inclined to agree with Chantelle on this one. One decent thing from the above image is height lines, I wait with baited breath.
Fraser
#4 Posted by Fraser on 22 Sep 2015 at 17:12 PM
However the panelling is supposed to be copper, not the infamous zinc.
monkey9000
#5 Posted by monkey9000 on 22 Sep 2015 at 19:15 PM
Has the station gone through a re-design considering there was originally walkways connecting it into the BG extension, or will the area's be left as empty holes?
pleasantfield
#6 Posted by pleasantfield on 23 Sep 2015 at 17:35 PM
Why does the south elevation need" to retreat" by being recessed. In so doing it fails to do anything to fit with other elevations in George Square. It seems scared to present itself as a bold frontage to the street scene and retreats as a consequence. Perhaps it is the profession's inability to do detailed interesting elevations that means it has to be a simple sheet of glass.
ps how the heck do you clean inward sloping windows from the outside and equally from the inside , please? A well thought out maintenance nightmare.

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