Cost of restoring Granton Station to its former glory will be 'up to £4.75 million' says council
A leading construction firm has been handed the job of restoring the old Granton Station and breathing new life into the area.
Earlier this year, plans were submitted to refurbish Granton’s historic railway station and turn it into an enterprise hub for new businesses.
The council-led project, part of the area’s £1.3 billion waterfront regeneration scheme, is expected to create up to 70 jobs.
And it also includes turning the old railway yard next to the station into a civic square which could host markets and events.
The Edwardian B-listed former Granton Station, set in the heart of the city’s planned new sustainable Granton Waterfront district, will be restored by Keir Construction at a cost of up to £4.75m.
The project will be part-funded through Scottish government regeneration capital grant funding and town centre funding.
Work on the project will commence early next year to bring the former station building back into usea high-quality creative workspace. And the derelict land in front of the building will once again be used as a public square for community events and recreation to be enjoyed by residents and visitors to the area.
Work has already begun to provide around 450 homes for sale and affordable rent at Western Villages and at the end of last year construction firm Hart Builders was also appointed to begin work to design around 150 brand new affordable homes at the former Silverlea care home site in the area.
Councillor Cammy Day, Depute Leader of the council, said: “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.”