Buchanan Partnerships has been chosen to transform the appearance and facilities of the station “to create a landmark mixed-use development incorporating both the current station footprint and the airspace above the station car park”.
It will also complement a wider expansion of the Buchanan Galleries shopping complex, while the station concourse will be extended and redesigned to improve passenger circulation and enhance ticketing, waiting area and retail facilities.
David Simpson, Network Rail route managing director for Scotland, said: “Glasgow Queen Street is one of the busiest stations in Scotland handling more than 19 million passengers a year and the proposals announced today will deliver a more modern station with enhanced retail and leisure facilities for those travellers.
“The Buchanan Partnership’s exciting plans for the station will also greatly enhance the appeal of the wider city centre to rail passengers and shoppers alike and this partnership allows Network Rail to redevelop this important station in a cost-effective way and generate additional revenue which we can reinvest in the nation’s railways.”
Passengers will benefit from an extended concourse, access to a new mezzanine level foodcourt, and an atrium link into the extended Buchanan Galleries shopping centre.
The mezzanine and foodcourt will be created in the air space above the current station car park, while that car park will be replaced with a better designed, modern transport interchange and multi-storey parking facility.
Lester Hampson, head of retail at Land Securities, said: “The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station will create a world-class integrated transport hub and is an important element in progressing our aspiration to enhance and expand the Buchanan Quarter, cementing Glasgow’s position as the top retail and leisure destination outside London.”
Work on the project is expected to start in 2013, with completion in 2015.