MORE than 95% of the demolition material produced during the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station has been recycled.

Network Rail and contractors Balfour Beatty and Dem-Master also ensured that, in total, 14,000 tonnes of redundant material has been removed from the station and recycled through house and road building projects and the bio-mass industry.

Of brick, timber and concrete removed from the site during the demolition work, 100% has been recycled for re-use elsewhere in the construction industry.

The station is being rebuilt to accommodate electric trains and the project team has been careful to ensure the reconstruction works are delivered in an environmentally friendly way.

Some of the brick and concrete, which had been crushed into small stone, was even returned to Queen Street for re-use on-site as part of the base layer for the new station.

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

The only materials not considered for recycling were those containing hazardous substances such as asbestos.

Network Rail programme manager for Queen Street Tommy McPake expressed his satisfaction with the eco-friendly project.

He 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 allow longer and greener electric trains to use the station and provide customers with a brighter, more modern station building.”

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

A new glass-fronted concourse, almost double the size of the existing space, is being built to accommodate predicted increases in future passenger numbers, and platforms two to five are being extended out towards George Square, taking up most of the space covered by the train shed roof.

The new concourse design is fully accessible with entrances on George Square, Dundas Street and North Hanover Street and is filled with natural daylight. The listed Victorian roof has also been carefully incorporated into the new structure and is fully exposed when viewed from platforms.