Planning permission is being sought to rebuild Strathallan Horse Tram Depot on Strathallan Crescent in Douglas.
The proposed building has been designed to closely replicate the original depot built in 1902. The design will complement the tourist attraction’s heritage status and enhance the Douglas Promenades Conservation Area.
If approved, the new building will provide a modern environment in which to store and maintain trams, with first-floor offices and welfare facilities for staff, replacing the current facility which is in a considerable state of disrepair.
If planning consent is received, work may begin later in the summer.
Jason Moorhouse MHK, Member with responsibility for Public Transport, said:
‘The horse trams’ historical and cultural significance play an important role in the life of the promenade, and the layout of the track was given careful consideration during the planning of the new promenade design.
‘The proposed replacement building is intended to ensure the service continues well into the future by providing modern, fit-for-purpose facilities. It also provides the opportunity to construct a new building that will look almost identical to the depot that was built in 1902 and that clearly relates closely to the historic context of the area.’