City Architecture Office  
 
 

Glenfinnan Station Museum

 

Project value: 0.3m
Client : Glenfinnan Museum Trust
Design Stage: C
1999


City Architecture Office was appointed by the client to explore the feasibility of expanding the visitor facilities of this railway heritage site on the West Highland Line. The location is a gateway to an area of outstanding natural beauty surrounding the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, built by Robert McAlpine in 1899.

Our study encompassed several aspects providing new visitor orientation, research and storage facilities to handle the expanding scope of services and interpretative materials as well as making good existing fabric of all buildings on the site.

Working with the clients we developed proposals for new orientation spaces, including a small cinema within the signal box. To improve the visitor’s experience and increase the capacity of the museum new walkways across the constrained site were devised.

A palette of materials was determined to respond to the rugged environment, and the remoteness of the site favoured prefabrication of major building elements to be delivered by rail.