Queen Street Station
Location Icon North Hanover Street, Glasgow G1 2AF
  • Client
    Network Rail
  • Date
  • Role
    Demolition Consultant and Health and Safety Advisor
  • Team
    Stephen McCann – Mateusz Szablan
The Site

The transformation and expansion of Scotland’s third busiest railway station, Glasgow’s Queen Station, was part of a £120m Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) redevelopment initiative, a Scottish Government investment in the railway infrastructure across central Scotland.

The redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station involved removing the eight-storey Consort House building, Consort House annexe and the Millennium Hotel's 1970's extension from the city's skyline. The image and scale of the project changed significantly considering a live underground train track and a subway station and approximately 47,000 customers going through the station on any given weekday.

This project involved the safe removal of all internal fixtures and fittings, the removal of Asbestos Containing Materials and the safe demolition of the former Millennium Hotel Extension, Consort House Tower Building, and Scotrail Manager and Operations Building as part of the Queen Street Station Redevelopment Project. A mixture of methods was used including piecemeal demolition and progressive fragmentation using a super-high-reach demolition rig from a safe working distance carried out during the day and night shifts (once the station closed).

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Our Scope

PERSES was selected by Dem-Master Demolition to give demolition engineering assistance and health and safety support on a full-time basis at what was at the time the largest demolition contract in Scotland.

This was the second project of this scale we undertook with Dem-Master with this contract immediately following on from the St. James Centre project.

We initially attended the pre-start meetings with the client Balfour Beattie and the demolition contractor to discuss the management roles and actual specifications of the contract including our roles and responsibilities.

Our team had a full-time on-site presence up to the final weeks of the project when there was no longer a requirement due to the reduced risks.

What we did
  • Assist in the facilitation and approval of the RAMS.
  • Attend daily activity briefings (DABs).
  • Carry out daily inspections.
  • Carry out temporary works checks.
  • Carry out weekly toolbox-talks.
  • Assist in adhering to site-specific and contractor requirements e.g. permit to works system etc.
  • Develop 3D Models and assist in developing the demolition sequence.
  • Progress reports directly communicated to Dem-Master directors.
  • Assist with noise monitoring.
  • Provide a secondary consultant to carry out monthly site audits and issue progress reports.

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