South West Community Cycles (SWCC)
South West Community Cycles (SWCC) is an established social enterprise based in Pollokshaws West Railway Station, on the periphery of Pollok Park). In recent years, SWCC has developed into a community hub, and now has an extensive record of providing local people (the majority of whom reside in the Southside of Glasgow, encompassing Shawlands, Pollokshaws and the Greater Pollok area, part of which is a “Thriving Place”) with cycling services, volunteering opportunities, training and personal development activities.
From its Cycle Resource Centre, they promote cycling and the provision of cycling services through: cycle rental; bike maintenance and repair; secure park and ride facilities; cycle tuition; commuter confidence building; play on pedals; led rides; and a mobile Dr. Bikes service, at a convenient location for those who do not currently have access to such equipment and services.
South West Community Cycles is based within the historic Pollokshaws West Train Station which was built in 1848. Pollokshaws West Train Station is a B listed building originally built by the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway.
In 2007, a Partnership was formed between South West Community Cycles, Scotrail and the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to regenerate the railway station building which had lain derelict for approximately 30 years. The building was officially opened in August 2013 at a cost of approximately £760,000.
The interior was designed by architect Richard Shorter who tried to restore the building with as many original features as possible – windows in original positions, shutters, wood panelling, made to order/to size bricks for renovating wall behind the biomass boiler etc.
South West Community Cycles took over Pollokshaws West Railway Station under the “adopt a station” initiative giving them a 50 year lease which is reviewed after 25 years. Adopt a station is a UK wide initiative whose aim is to reuse empty station buildings and use them for community initiatives.
South West Community Cycles
Pollokshaws West Railway Station
2092 Pollokshaws Road
Tel: 0141 632 7155
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