Cultural hub future for former Edinburgh rail station

A FORMER rail station in the Granton area of Edinburgh – to the north of the city – is to be converted into a ‘cultural hub’.

Granton Station is to be taken on by leading artists and creative industries charity, Wasps.

It follows a decision to lease the building by The City of Edinburgh Council’s finance and resources committee.

Says an announcement from the council, here: “The first spades were put in the ground in June, to bring the historic former Granton Station back to life as a high-quality creative workspace within the community, with a new public square in front of the building for pop-up events and recreation.

“At a cost of around £4.75m, the project is being part-funded through Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund support and town centre funding.

“This project is part of the council’s £1.3bn wider regeneration of the area.

“Wasps is set to move into the building in 2022 to create the cultural hub, providing space to support around 40 jobs, as well as helping around 100 people each year with creative business development opportunities.

“The social enterprise charity will deliver a heritage programme for local people and railway enthusiasts on the unique history of the location, as well as providing exhibition space to showcase local talent.

“They’ll also host workshops and a series of outdoor and online events for locals, with the potential to attract thousands of visitors to the area.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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