WORK is underway to transform Edinburgh’s historic Granton Station into a creative workspace in a £4.75 million project.
The work, led by Kier Construction, forms part of the City of Edinburgh’s Council’s Granton Waterfront project, which will see a significant regeneration of the area.
The building, which was built in 1846 before closing in 1925, is expected to be open to the public by early 2022 as a ‘high quality’ creative workspace, with derelict land in front of the facility to be used as a public square for community events and recreation.
Prior to commencing works, Kier Construction undertook health and safety training with local schools, and also ran a poster competition with the best ones to be places on the site hoarding.
Phil McDowell, regional director at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said, “Granton station dates back to the Edwardian times, it’s 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.
“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.”
Councillor Cammy Day, depute leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said, “I’m pleased to see work starting now as the wider Granton Waterfront project is really taking off. 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.”