Plans for £7m improvements at Govan Interchange

SPTStrathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) will tomorrow seek approval from members to commit just over £7 million to modernise Govan Interchange.

A paper going to SPT’s strategy & programmes committee outlines a proposal to award the construction contract to Graham Construction – worth a total of £7,164,382. On Site Consultancy Support Services are also required for the duration of the works and the paper recommends a contract for up to £176,091 is awarded to AHR Architects Ltd.

Work will include the installation of passenger lifts on each circle between concourse and platform level at Govan. These will be in addition to lifts installed in the course of refurbishment works at St Enoch which will improve access in and out of the city centre and to the new South Glasgow Hospitals complex.

Improvements to be delivered at Govan will include:

  • A new modern ticket office;
  • new flooring, wall and ceiling finishes;
  • 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;
  • Four new escalators have already been installed in advance of the above;

  • The layout of the station facilities will largely remain with the addition of equipment and plant rooms created at concourse level to allow storage of service equipment for both the bus station and Subway maintenance.

    New rainscreen cladding will cover the existing external glass fibre walls and new windows installed. The external brickwork will also be cleaned and repointed where necessary. Energy efficiency will be greatly improved by the introduction of air source heat pumps at platform level which will help with heating and ventilation of the building in the longer term.

    As the construction work encompasses both Subway and Bus improvements, a modern entrance with glazed bi-parting doors will be installed on Golspie street to assist with easier passenger flow and a quicker connection to Fastlink halts nearby. New doors will also provide an enhanced entrance area to the concourse on Govan Road.

    Glass canopies will cover both entrances extending to the bus station to offer weather protection to enable access via automatic glass security barriers for buses arriving at stances.

    A new bus station layout will be reconfigured with new road surfacing, kerbing, drainage and Caithness paving on pedestrian areas. Modern perimeter fencing will separate buses from people walking and bus stances will be lit with real time information on show and CCTV to improve visibility and increase passenger safety.

    SPT chief executive Gordon Maclennan said: “Govan will be the seventh of 15 stations to be refurbished and customers have told us they love the modern design and bright open spaces. The Interchange is particularly important as it connects directly with the new Fastlink services and access to the new South Glasgow University Hospitals complex.

    “SPT aims to make public transport as accessible and seamless as possible and this work will transform not only the appearance of the station but I’m sure will encourage more people to leave their car behind.”

    If approved, the Interchange refurbishment is due for completion by the end of 2016.

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