The first of two glazed canopies designed by AHR Architects as part of the overall St Enoch subway station refurbishment in Glasgow, is almost complete. Creating striking new entrance points to the redesigned Subway concourse and platform, the counterpart canopy is currently under construction and the full station refurbishment will be completed later this year.
Commissioned by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, St Enoch is one of seven Subway station refurbishments that AHR is undertaking in Glasgow and forms part of a major modernisation plan for the entire Glasgow Subway network. AHR has been responsible for the overall design approach across all the stations and St Enoch is the flagship city centre station.
The new canopies at St Enoch replace outdated ‘pop-up’ entrances at the north and south ends of St Enoch Square. AHR’s designs have created a new form of canopy particular to the Glasgow Subway, inspired by the 19th century cast and wrought iron structures in which Glasgow excelled and which were exported from the Clyde all over the world – glasshouses, station roofs and palm houses (such as the Kibble in Glasgow Botanic Gardens).
The canopies’ elegant and gently curving filigree grid structure brings the St Enoch Station to ground level with contemporary and dynamic design.
The structure of the first canopy, comprising rolled tee arches tied together by longitudinal steel rods, was erected in just one night shift.