Gym for martial arts gets funding

October 12, 2018 by  

A significant funding boost has been given to Helensburgh Central station as it plans to refurbish space that will become a martial arts training centre.

The martial arts facility has not yet opened its doors to the public and before it does, work is needed to repair the building’s roof, which leaks water. The project has received funding of around £24,000, courtesy of a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust, thanks to its location directly above the station in Helensburgh.

The grant will be used to help the gym prepare for its opening and is one of five grants being provided to enable listed structures in Helensburgh, Pitlochry and Dumfries to undergo vital refurbishment and repair work to restore them to former glories.

Helensburgh Central was designed by James Carswell when it was rebuilt in 1898. Railway stations often make use of brochure printing in the local area to supply them with timetables and other informational brochures.

Andy Savage from the Heritage Trust told the Helensburgh Advertiser:

“Our purpose is to find new uses for listed buildings and this was something we were very keen to support. We know there have been issues with youngsters hanging around outside the station, so this is an opportunity to give them something to do.”

Plans to create the gym were initially revealed five years ago.