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SPT to award £3 million contract to modernise Buchanan Street Subway station

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport will seek approval from members on Friday to commit just over £3 million to modernise Buchanan Street Subway, one of the busiest stations in Glasgow city centre.

A paper going to SPT’s Partnership outlines a recommendation to award the construction contract to Graham Construction – worth a total of £3,169,375.

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:

“We are delighted with our progress to date on refurbishing SPT’s stations and we aim to continue with our track record of delivering modernisation plans on time and within budget. This will be the sixth of 15 stations to be refurbished and customers have told us they love the new modern design and bright open spaces.

“Glasgow is the second busiest shopping destination in the UK outside London and, once SPT has completed this work, there will be two great Subway stations right at the heart of this stylish city – St Enoch and Buchanan Street.

“A key consideration with all the building work we are undertaking is to keep disruption to a minimum for our customers. If this contract is approved, we will keep passengers up-to-date on works using signage in stations, on our website and through our popular twitter account @GLASubwayTravel.”

Construction works at Buchanan Street will be to the same exacting quality standards as the previous five stations – Hillhead, Kelvinhall, Partick, Ibrox and St Enoch – to ensure a bright, clean, modern passenger friendly environment is created.

Improvements to be delivered at Buchanan Street include:

  • A new modern ticket office;
  • replacement of all materials on floors, walls and ceilings;
  • new way finding, information and signage for passengers;
  • enhancements under the Equalities Act including hearing loops, tactile maps, tactile paving and colour contrast flooring;
  • brighter, more welcoming energy efficient lighting;

The layout of the station facilities will remain with the addition of a new glass canopy over the entrance close to Nelson Mandela Place similar in design to the larger square glass entrance on Buchanan Street. It will offer improved weather protection for customers.

SPT is also working with the Buchanan Galleries development team to help progress the shopping precinct expansion plans, which require access above the station’s Dundas Street entrance. A new moving walkway (or Travelator) will be installed at the same time as work is being undertaken above this entry to reduce overall disruption to passengers in the city centre.

As a result, the Dundas Street entrance will be closed and customers directed to use the entrances on Buchanan Street only for the duration of the works expected to start at end of March 2015.

Notes to editors:

  • The recommendation to approve the award of contract for Buchanan Subway Station improvements will be presented to SPT’s Partnership members on Friday 13 February. Subject to approval, the award is for up to £3,169,375.63 excluding VAT.
  • The redesign of Buchanan Street was timed to commence as work is concluding at St Enoch station to minimise impact on passengers travelling to the city centre.
  • If approved, Buchanan Street will be the third station modernisation contract awarded to Graham Construction following a competitive tendering exercise. The company delivered the refurbishment of Ibrox and St Enoch Stations during 2013/14.
  • Buchanan Galleries developers Land Securities has agreed to deliver the Travelator works within their own extension plans. Further details of those plans can be found at: During the works, passengers will be guided to use the Buchanan Street entrances to the Subway.
  • Customer information and notices will be in place in and around the station and at and SPT staff will be on hand to help.

For further information, please contact:
SPT Communications
Tel: 0141 333 3152