Main contractor Graham Construction has already done a lot below ground, but today sees the start of work at ground level.
Both the Argyle and Howard Street entrances to the subway are getting glass and steel canopies, which have been designed by architect Aedas. They are set to transform the appearance of St Enoch Square in the centre of Glasgow’s shopping district. The Argyle Street entrance canopy will be constructed first.
Work at St Enoch is expected to be completed by summer 2015.
Graham Construction and escalator supplier Otis have already installed new escalators at the Argyle Street entrance. New lifts will also be introduced at the station with the main lift from ground level to concourse level at the Howard Street entrance.
Graham Construction regional director Gary Holmes said: “While a lot of work has already been completed below ground, the installation of the glass canopies will be the first evidence of the transformation of St Enoch Station above ground. The new canopies will be a talking point for the people of Glasgow and will bring much more natural light into the station, increasing visibility for users.”
St Enoch Station serves almost two million users every year and is one of the busiest on Glasgow’s Subway system. The redevelopment of St Enoch Subway Station at the foot of the Buchanan Street is part of a multi-million pound modernisation programme across the entire subway network being carried out by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). Graham refurbished Ibrox Station last year, ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan said: “Modernisation of the Subway is progressing at pace and the redevelopment of St Enoch Station is one of the most exciting aspects of the project so far.”