Transport for Edinburgh Properties in Central Edinburgh Transformed back to Case Studies
• Waverley Bridge Travelshop re-opens after substantial refurbishment
• Multi million pound project completed at Longstone Depot
• Programme of continuous improvement to Transport for Edinburgh infrastructure successfully project managed by Graham + Sibbald
The Transport for Edinburgh Travelshop situated on the corner of Waverley Bridge and Market Street in Edinburgh has recently re-opened to the public following a five month refurbishment, designed and project managed by Scottish surveying firm Graham + Sibbald.
The project involved wholesale redesign to provide both a spacious and modern frontline public delivery area, assisted by substantial upgrade of the original shop front to improve visibility whilst retaining the period features, as well as providing upgraded back of house facilities for Transport for Edinburgh staff.
The Lothian Buses depot in the Longstone area of Edinburgh was also totally refurbished and completed at the end of last year. Graham + Sibbald co-ordinated a complete re-roofing of the existing garage depot, a refurbishment of the canteen and staff facilities and then a final new-build phase, this involving construction of a 50,000 sq ft extension, providing bespoke vehicle maintenance and workshop facilities.
Paul Docherty, Partner at Graham + Sibbald, commented: “The Waverley project has seen a dramatic transformation of the property, both in terms of substantially improving the external aesthetic appearance through alteration and upgrade of the original period shop frontage, whilst providing greatly improved and proportioned internal facilities through layout alteration and a high quality fit out. The completed project provides an attractive, bright and modern environment to deliver ticket selling facilities and advice for the overall Transport for Edinburgh group, given the recent launch of tram services to the public.
“At Longstone the third phase of the project involved a new building to house a maintenance workshop and took approximately 60 weeks to complete. One of the main objectives throughout the entire project was to ensure the depot remained fully operational whilst work took place. The project was not without its challenges but all of the issues were swiftly resolved by working in close partnership with our long standing client Lothian Buses. We have a great deal of experience with property in the transport industry and this has paid dividends during both projects.”
The company has used Graham + Sibbald in the past to refurbish its Central and Marine Depots, both of which involved substantial capital investment over a period of years.
Ian Craig, Chief Executive, Transport for Edinburgh, said: “The company has been committed to this substantial capital investment to upgrade both the Waverley Travelshop and Longstone Depot, which now completes a long-standing programme to improve our facilities throughout our portfolio. We have been delighted with the professional service offered by Graham + Sibbald across the various projects undertaken over the years.”