We’re super excited to announce the first phase restoration of the original Levenshulme railway station as we launch an ambitious project to bring it back into public use as Station South – a destination cycle cafe, bar and co-working space.
Together with building owners Railway Paths Ltd and supported by the Railway Heritage Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund, we’ve started the first phase of restoration after 15 months’ of planning and development work!
We’ve got a lot of graft ahead of us but we’re confident we can get Levenshulme South Station back to it’s former Victorian splendour with the help of our supporters, friends and partners and turn our unique venue into a modern transport hub and resting place for all to enjoy.
The Fallowfield Loop
If you don’t know the building or the area, it’s situated directly over the popular cycle and walking route called ‘The Fallowfield Loop’ managed by Sustrans – a former railway line and one of the UK’s longest urban cycleways. There is an active volunteer group who make the place look fantastic – Friends of The Fallowfield Loop
After a period of development work, significant investment into the shell of the building has been made by Railway Paths Ltd.This has been kindly supported with a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust to bolster critical repair.
These initial restoration works will ensure the building is saved from further deterioration, make it watertight and preserve the existing heritage features of what is a great example of Victorian construction and craft. We’re incredibly proud of achieving a good level of repair and investment for the building so far.
Once open, Station South cycle cafe and bar has the potential to enrich Manchester cycling culture and connect a well-loved wildlife corridor to the Levenshulme high street and wider A6 route as a modern transport hub.
We hope the presence of good food, good coffee, good beer and a unique venue to co-work, create, play and learn right on the Fallowfield Loop will encourage more leisure cycling as well as provide a friendly, ethical and community driven new option for locals.
Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, has said
“The Trust has had long experience of restoring semi-derelict railway stations. We are delighted that Railway Paths Limited, in conjunction with the Station South project, has taken on the restoration of the building, which will reveal many of the fine features that have been hidden away for almost 50 years. We are also delighted that this plan includes a long-term sustainable use for the building, avoiding the risk of it falling back into dereliction once more.”
The first phase of restoration has begun on site and building works will be overseen by heritage specialists JBH Property Consulting Ltd.