Glasgow Green Street! – 95% of materials recycled

Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has announced that more than 95 percent of the demolition material produced during the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station has been recycled.

The station is currently being rebuilt to accommodate longer electric trains and the project team has been working hard to make sure the reconstruction works are delivered in an environmentally friendly way.

Network Rail and contractors Balfour Beatty and Dem-Master have ensured that 100 percent of the brick, timber and concrete removed from the site during the demolition work has been recycled for re-use elsewhere in the construction industry.

In total, 14,000 tons of redundant material has been removed from Queen Street by the project and recycled into a range of sectors including house and road building projects and the bio-mass industry.

The team also significantly reduced the carbon footprint of the demolition works by carrying out the recycling work within Glasgow.

The £120m Scottish Government-funded redevelopment of Scotland’s third-busiest station will be completed in 2020.

What did the officials say?

Tommy McPake, Network Rail programme manager for Queen Street, said:

“Demolishing the redundant building in the heart of Glasgow city centre, and without closing the station, was extremely challenging for the project team.

“We are pleased to have been able to ensure that nearly all of the material removed from the site has been recycled.

“When complete, the new station will transform travel through Queen Street – allowing longer and greener electric trains to use the station and providing customers with a brighter, more modern station building.”

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