Pollokshaws West Railway Station is important as the oldest surviving railway station in operation in Glasgow. This Category B Listed station was originally built as part of the Glasgow Barrhead & Neilston Direct Railway and opened in 1848. The architect is unknown. The main station is a two-storey brick building which fronts Pollokshaws Road and a smaller building of the same style is located on the opposite platform. The building is owned by Network Rail and leased to First ScotRail.
While the railway line and station itself remained operational, the two buildings became disused and boarded up for a number of years as they were no longer required by the railway operator. South West Community Cycles (SWCC), a community-based charity, identified an opportunity to utilise the station buildings as a base from which to deliver their services and activities which include free bike repairs to local children, low-cost bike hire and sales, training and events.
GBPT has worked with SWCC since 2007 to raise the funding and deliver the necessary repairs and improvements including repairs to roof, chimneys and stonework, fire protection of steel beams, improved drainage and services, installation of a new lift and the introduction of a biomass wood-pellet burning sustainable heating system. The new Cycle Repair and Resource Centre was officially opened in August 2013.
Architect: Richard Shorter Architect
Cost Consultant: Morham and Brotchie
Structural Engineer: URS Scott Wilson
Services Engineer: Waverley M&E
CDM Coordinator: URS Scott Wilson
Project Establishment Consultant: Alyson Tannahill
South West Community Cycles
Construction Cost – c.£480,000
Total Project Cost – c.£730,000
The Architectural Heritage Fund, Commonweal Fund (Trades House of Glasgow), Garfield Weston Foundation, Glasgow City Council (Better Glasgow Fund and Landfill Communities Fund), Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Glasgow Dean of Guild Court Trust (Merchants House of Glasgow), Glasgow Housing Association, Glasgow Regeneration Agency, Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Monument Trust, Railway Heritage Trust, Robertson Trust, Scottish Power Green Energy Trust, Transport Scotland’s Stations Community Regeneration Fund, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and contributions raised by South West Community Cycles.