PLANS have been drawn up for the next stage of the transformation of Queen Street station.
A major new building is proposed for the former car park area beside North Hanover Street.
It would house a new concourse, passenger facilities — including retail and food/drink outlets — and operational accommodation for train staff.
The structure would act as a platform for possible future major office development above but, until those plans are brought forward, a roof-level plaza would be formed.
Documents submitted to Glasgow City Council state: “The development is split into two elements, the Podium Deck (a space for operational space, retail, food and beverages etc.) and the Above Podium Development Deck (a space for a commercial development).
“The podium deck will accommodate two levels to the south where it provides passenger spaces and three to the north for operational functions.”
The documents continue: “The overarching ambition is that when complete the site will be an integrated, innovative, commercial hub bringing together a key transport hub, Grade A office and retail tenant space.
“Inside the podium is a significant new station concourse which provides step-free access to the low-level Platforms 8 and 9.
“The concourse is also connected directly to the mainline station concourse creating a ‘one station’ experience across the stations levels.
“New entrances to the concourse are provided adjacent to the Millennium Hotel and at the midpoint on North Hanover Street opposite Martha Street. It can also be accessed from the plaza level via lifts and escalators.
“A significant part of the station experience will be a new concourse mezzanine. The mezzanine will be lined with retail. It is expected that people will dwell on the mezzanine and watch the activity of the concourse below while enjoying a meal or drink.”
The submission adds: “At the roof level of the podium, a new public plaza is proposed, providing access to and from the station as well as landscaped amenity space. The plaza will be created as a meanwhile use, until a future development in delivered
“In the meanwhile condition, the plaza is proposed as an open, public plaza planted with soft landscape and incorporating rooftop retail with breakout seating and a new pavilion entrance to the station.
“The plaza will be accessible via public steps from North Hanover Street and from street at Cathedral Street as well as from the station concourse below via lifts and escalators.
“In this configuration, plots have been designated to the north and south of the site and provision made within the podium accordingly. In this scenario the central space will be retained as a landscaped public space.
“This podium project is recognised as the first step in a bigger project for the site and as such the remit for the podium includes delivery of a flexible development deck which can enable the delivery 300,000 sq.ft. of commercial buildings by others in the future.”
Major redevelopment work has already been carried over the past few years on the existing station facilities.