We’re exploring the future use of Cumberland Street Station

We’re exploring the future use of Cumberland Street Station


Many Studios, is an independent organisation based in Glasgow, creating projects that respond to unique contexts with a focus on creativity and community conversations. Supported by Glasgow City Heritage Trust and The Architectural Heritage Fund, and in conversation with Network Rail, we’re exploring opportunities for the future use of Cumberland Street Station with the ambition of developing an industrious work and presentation space to support emerging forms of cultural, environmental and social enterprise.

our survey

Our survey is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated. All contributions will be considered within the next stage of the project.


Cumberland Street Station, 1974, © Canmore

The building was originally designed by architect William Melville and opened in 1900 for Glasgow and South Western Railway to form a high level four platform station called Eglinton Street Station. The building is a single storey and attic 4-1-1 bay style station on a prominent corner site and echoes the ‘Barrieres’ designs of Ledoux, in its severe, well-detailed classical and monumental form. It was renamed Cumberland Street Station before eventually closing on Valentines Day 1966 and sliding into dereliction.

Cumberland Street Station, 1980's, courtesy Paul Stallan

Today the building is empty, and in poor repair. It comprises of a simple, yet imposing building strikingly set on a corner site within the railway arches of the elevated railway and is located within the major regeneration neighbourhood of the Gorbals in Glasgow’s Southside. It is an important part of Glasgow’s railway history in an area which has changed considerably in the last 55 years since its closure.

Cumberland Street Station, 2000's, ©

There has been little public facing activity at the site since its closure but in 1999 Heisenberg (an arts collective led by Matt Baker) opened the station to the public over a weekend as part of their Journeymen project for the Year of Architecture and Design. Similar sites to the former Cumberland Street Station which held historic infrastructure value have since become important and productive cultural centres, including the nearby by Glasgow Life operated Tramway.

Today, the building has the potential to become of great importance, once again, to the community and the wider city at a time in our shared history when creative, cultural and entrepreneurial spaces are increasingly important.


Commissioner | Client

Many Studios

Many Studios is an independent organisation based in Scotland and works globally across the creative industries. We operate a creative hub in the East End of Glasgow, sitting within the historic Barras Market, which provides 35 unique workspaces for a community of 60+ creatives. We host a wide range of events and programming and consult internationally on strategies for sustainable creative practice.

Lead Architect

New Practice

New Practice is a RIBA and RIAS chartered architecture practice. We exist to develop the creative capacity of cities and to connect people with the decision making processes that underpin the urban experience.

Conservation Architect

Paul Stallan | Stallan-Brand

Paul Stallan is a multi award winning RIAS Conservation Accredited architect based in Glasgow. He is a founding director of Stallan-Brand which was established in 2012 by a team which has evolved over the last 25 years and includes architects, masterplanners, graphic designers and model makers.

Quantity Surveyor & Cost Consultant

Armour Construction Consultants

Armour Construction Consultants are based in Glasgow and provide a consistently high standard of professional consultancy services across all sectors of the built environment.

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