Edinburgh’s historic Granton Station to be restored as creative hub

THE former Edwardian B-listed Granton Station in Edinburgh is to be restored in a £4.75 million project, the City of Edinburgh Council has announced.

Kier Construction has been appointed as main contractor for the work. The local authority said that work will commence to bring the historic building back into use by early 2022 as a high-quality creative workspace, with derelict land in front of the building to be used as a public square for community events and recreation.

The restoration project forms part of the wider £1.3 billion Granton Waterfront regeneration project, with the former station building sitting in the heart of the site. Work has already commenced to provide around 450 homes in the area.

Councillor Rob Munn, convener of the City of Edinburgh Council’s finance and resources committee, said, “Granton Station is an important link to the rich industrial heritage of the area, and I look forward to seeing it back in use once again. As it did in Edwardian times, the building will serve the local community but now as a vibrant and modern business hub with open public space outside for everyone to enjoy.

“The project will provide jobs while being constructed and long after completion, as a new enterprise hub generating local employment opportunities for the area and our citizens throughout Edinburgh.”

Councillor Cammy Day, depute leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, added, “Regenerating Granton Waterfront is no longer just a vision. Spades will soon go in the ground to turn this historic building into a gateway for one of Scotland’s newest sustainable districts for people to enjoy for decades to come. With work progressing well on two affordable housing sites and plans underway to illuminate the former gas holder in the area with Edinburgh College, we’re making great progress to build a sustainable new district where people will be proud to live, work and visit. And we’re speaking to the local community to make sure the new district enhances and blends well into what is already a well-established area surrounding the site.”