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BDP reveals third attempt at Queen Street makeover


BDP has revealed yet another vision for its £104 million overhaul of Glasgow Queen Street station

The AJ100 practice tweaked its proposal for the city centre station following feedback from passengers and the public.

BDP first revealed plans to replace the existing 1960s building with a new glass façade and mixed-use development in 2011.

More ambitious proposals were then unveiled in February this year following an injection of additional funding from the Scottish government which expanded the project’s scope to include neighbouring buildings.

Planned to complete in 2019, the project will double the concourse, improve passenger circulation and replace the existing entrance and station hotel with a new 500m² glass frontage.

A platform lengthening development is planned for the station’s west side while the building’s east side will also be redeveloped to extend the nearby Buchanan Galleries shopping centre and create new passengers facilities over two levels.

The overhaul is part of the Scottish Government’s £650 million Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) and will expand Scotland’s third busiest station in line with expected passenger growth from 20 million today to 28 million by 2030.

Key changes in the latest proposal include an upgraded façade and roof design, widened stairs at the George Square entrance, improved disabled access and additional cycle stands.

A second public consultation on the latest proposals will run from today (1 October) until 22 December.

Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, David Dickson said: ‘The proposals unveiled for the second phase of consultation demonstrate that we have listened to, and acted on, what people are telling us they want to see at the station.’

He continued: ‘The feedback we receive in this second phase will be just as important in shaping a station which better serves passengers, serves Glasgow and creates a landmark development in this iconic location.’

The consultation is part of Network Rail’s application for permission to deliver the new station which is expected to be submitted in June next year.





Readers' comments (2)

  • It's just getting progressively uglier?! Have BDP now bottomed out?

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  • 'Attempt' is the polite word for BDP's latest version of their design proposal for the George Square facade of Glasgow's Queen Street station expansion.
    This tilted curtain wall with heavy roof overhang might have been appropriate for an airport terminal building, but is ugly and lumpen in the context of George Square.
    BDP's original, lower, elegant transparent glass screen wall was fine - and enabled the Victorian train shed gable to be seen from the square.
    The latest proposal is quite disastrously unsympathetic to the surrounding buildings - and if built it would be a monument to the insensitivity of the BDP architects, of the planning authority - and of Glasgow, the erstwhile 'City of Culture'.

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