Vital work to save an historic rail station threatened by neglect has been praised by award judges.
When engineers began the careful process of trying to restore Tynemouth Metro station’s Grade II listed cast iron roof, they found it had suffered major corrosion and cracking from 130 years of exposure to the elements.
But following the £3.68m, year-long project – which has already garnered an armful of trophies – the work is now up against major global schemes in two categories of The Structural Awards 2013.
The roof of the station dated from 1881 and required a specially-engineered solution to save it.
Engineered by London-based Ramboll, which has previously worked on major projects including the refurbishment of the BBC’s Broadcasting House, the scheme has now been shortlisted for both the Structural Heritage and Sustainability awards – pitting it against work such as the restoration of the Cutty Sark.
But YK Cheng, president of The Institution of Structural Engineers, said the work of engineers often goes unrecognised. “Structural engineers make an absolutely vital contribution ensuring that our urban environments are safe and secure,” he said
“The Institution of Structural Engineers holds The Structural Awards each year to showcase the variety of challenging environments in which engineers work and the complex structures they help to raise.”
Judges said Tynemouth Station was to be commended.
“The strategy adopted to save this structure reduced the impact to the existing fabric, and by working in sections rather than replacing entire lengths of original ironwork, the restoration work was kept to an absolute minimum.
“All in all, this was a beautifully sensitive retention project.”
A spokesperson for North Tyneside Council said: “It is always good to see projects delivered through a partnership with the community recognised and Tynemouth Station restoration is a real testament to that.
“This project is a tremendous example of skilful engineering to protect our heritage for the continued enjoyment of the community for generations to come.”