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Pollokshaws West Station, Glasgow

Pollokshaws West Station, Glasgow

Station platform buildings transformed into a Cycle Repair and Resource Centre

Overview

Pollokshaws West Railway Station is the oldest surviving and operating railway station in Glasgow. It was built as part of the Glasgow Barrhead & Neilston Direct Railway, opening in 1848.

Although the station remained operational, the platform buildings were no longer needed by the railway staff, and so have been transformed into a Cycle Repair and Resource Centre for South West Community Cycles (SWCC) with the help of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT).

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Building interior © Ross Campbell

Approach

The main station building is a two-storey brick building which fronts onto Pollokshaws Road. There is also a smaller building, of the same style on the platform opposite. The station is Category B Listed and is owned by Network Rail who lease the buildings to First Scotrail.

By the 1990’s, although the station remained operational, the platform buildings which previously held the waiting room and station facilities were no longer used and were boarded up.

South West Community Cycles (SWCC), a community-based charity outlined plans to use the disused buildings as a hub for their services and activities, including bike repairs, bike hires and sales, coffee shop and training and events.

The Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT) worked with SWCC from 2007 to help raise the necessary funding to restore the buildings. A tripartite lease scenario was created between Network Rail, First Scotrail and GBPT during the refurbishment.

Repairs were carried out to the roof, chimneys and stonework. Fire protection of steel beams was undertaken and new services were installed. These included a new lift and a biomass wood-pellet burning heating system. Further work to improve the station buildings was supported by the Railway Heritage Trust.

Once work was completed, GBPT assigned the least to SWCC. The new Cycle Repair and Resource Centre was officially opened in August 2013.  

Performance

The construction cost for the refurbishment of the station buildings was around £480,000. The total project cost, including a study was £730,000.

Funding was received from a wide range of sources; the full list of funders can be viewed here.

Lessons

In October 2013, the main contractor entered voluntary liquidation, which impacted on the resolution of defect issues highlighted during the liability period. However, the project was completed and the Cycle Repair and Resource Centre was officially opened in August 2013. 

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