Govan Subway Station:
A rare piece of 1970s design, rectangular and symmetrical in plan shape with a brick tower to the east and west and a pair of smaller brick glazed elements on the north and south elevations. The original subway station closed in 1977, and this building replaced it, opening in 1980. A dark brown brick building at ground level with brick towers to each end and a rounded first floor white box which projects out on all sides over the ground floor and a flat roof above. This first floor box is what distinguishes the building as 1970s. It appears to be a structure composed of pre-formed fibre glass panels with rounded corner rectangular windows symmetrically arranged on each elevation. Reminiscent of Gerry Anderson space age design akin to the design of the tv series 'Space 1999' the first floor is also reminiscent of cross channel ferries, this is perhaps the architect giving a nod to the shipbuilding heritage of Govan
Photographed in July 2011 the station building had just undergone a refurbishment and as part of this the white exterior first floor has been thoroughly cleaned and was gleaming and shiny in the summer sun. Part of the Govan heritage trail this building is a rare example of 1970s architecture with its plastic like form. Like many things 1970s many have yet to appreciate this design style as instanced by the subway staff member who was bemused that anyone would want to photograph this building after they had initially approached me to inform me photographing the building and indeed all Glasgow stations was illegal!

street address: 237 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 1HJ
Latitude / Longitude: 55.862232,-4.310599 (sourced using Google Maps)

north-east corner, with one of the tall brick towers on the shorter east elevation, the entranceway to the subway is on the longer north elevation


Heritage trail plaque affixed to the subway station wall


symmetrical east elevation


east tower with its multi-sided brick exterior and horizontal banding at three stages


the white first floor has been cleaned and is gleaming white, here the way it projects out over the brick ground floor level can be clearly seen


view down the symmetrical south elevation and the two brick forms which project at each end of the south elevation with glazed tops, these two forms are repeated on the north elevation


brick from on the south elevation with glazing top


the dark brown brick of the building is stretcher bond with occasional banding


symmetrical south elevation


Govan signage


two of the first floor windows reminescent of those found on modern ships


view east along the south elevation


south-west corner


illumination on the underside of the first floor overhang on the west elevation


illumination on the underside of the first floor overhang on the west elevation


west elevation, here is the only break with symmetry with the fenestartion pattern not following the strict symmetry of the other elevations


north elevation and public entrance into the subway. The silver bollards are a recent addition, otherwise the refurbishment has left the exterior unchanged


view from the south-east




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