Paisley Gilmour Street Station - Spencer Group

Paisley Gilmour Street Station

Paisley Gilmour Street Station was built in 1840 and is one of the UK’s most impressive and architecturally important railway stations. Spencer Group was awarded the important and lucrative contract to renew the entire roof of the station and provide crucial strengthening below the platforms.

Project scope

The Spencer team created one single roof to cover all four of the category B listed building’s platforms. The finished result was 40% bigger than the previous structure and was installed in a way which is believed to be an industry first. The challenging task was to upgrade the primary roof structure and install a modern roofing system which incorporated the heritage appearance.
Almost 5,000 square metres of glass were ‘rolled’ onto the roof after laying out 400 tonnes of new steel girders and support beams. This launch and roll out method was devised to put roof sections into place along beams, in close proximity to overhead lines. When it was discovered that the foundations of the Victorian station were much weaker than expected, Spencer drew upon its vast multi-disciplinary experience to overcome this unexpected problem, installing steel structural supports under the columns of the building. This extra element of the project was incorporated within the original budget.
Further work included:

  • •  Painting the steelwork of the entire roof structure
  • •  Redesigning and configuring OLE
  • •  Upgrading M&E services within the roof area
  • •  Renewing the roof drainage system


Upon completion of the Paisley Gilmour Street Station project, Spencer was highly commended at the prestigious National Rail Awards.