Kier starts work on transformation of Granton Station
Work has begun on site to transform the historic Granton Station in Edinburgh. Appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council and part funded by Scottish Government, the project, which is being delivered by Kier, is part of the wider Granton Waterfront £1.3bn regeneration scheme.
Councillors Cammy Day and Andy McTavish as well as Stuart Melville from Kier attended a turf-cutting ceremony, celebrating the start of the project to transform the Edwardian B-listed former station into a high-quality creative workspace that will be ready for occupants in spring 2022, turning the derelict site into an enterprise hub.
Granton station dates back to the Edwardian times, it an important historical building for Edinburgh and we are proud to be renovating it into a modern work space that will once again effectively support the local community.
Phil McDowell, regional director at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland
Phil continued, “We will work collaboratively with Edinburgh Council and our local supply chain partners to deliver this important project which will support the wider transformation of Granton Waterfront.”
It’s great to work starting now as the wider Granton Waterfront project is really taking off.
Cllr Cammy Day, Depute Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr Day continued, "We’ve already got three affordable housing sites underway and the former gasholder is illuminated now as a beacon of light for the project for everyone visiting the area to see. This is shaping up to be one of Scotland’s leading sustainable new districts and being built at the Waterfront it really will be another fantastic place to live, work and visit in Edinburgh. We’re speaking to the local community every step of the way on the Granton Waterfront regeneration and we’ve just finished consulting on a new name for the new public square outside the former station, which we’ll be announcing shortly.”
It’s great to see work starting to bring this much-loved Edwardian building back to life to serve the community it’s central to once again.
Cllr Adam McVey, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council
Cllr McVey continued, "The former Granton Station has a rich industrial heritage which we’re going to display on the site hoardings while work continues. The project will provide a number of jobs while construction is on-going and the future new enterprise will generate valuable quality local employment opportunities for Edinburgh.”
Kier has extensive experience in the modernisation and refurbishment of heritage buildings and is currently carrying out work at the Burrell Museum and Citizen’s Theatre in Scotland.
They embed social value into their projects and have pledged to deliver the following social value using the SCAPE framework employment and skills methodology:
- Three new jobs created
- Six work experience placements
- 20 weeks of apprenticeship
- Four construction curriculum events
- 14 supply chain events
- Two community benefit events
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