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New roof at Pickering Station

Pickering Station

12:24pm 8th July 2011

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has won a prestigious building award for its new roof at Pickering Station.

The project won the Best Commercial Building Scheme under £1m category in the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) North and East Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2011.

The roof, which was completed this spring, recreates the original G.T. Andrews structure constructed in 1846 and taken down by British Railways in 1952. The project was made possible as a result of a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and funding from and Yorkshire Forward.

The roof is one of several recent improvements to the facilities at Pickering Station, which have included a new learning centre and conference facilities.

Commenting on the award, NYMR general manager Philip Benham said:

“This award reflects great credit on all involved in the design and construction of the re-instated roof. We were fortunate in having two key people who understood precisely what was needed at the design stage. So, John Ives, the project architect, and David Fenney, our historical adviser and a renowned expert on North Eastern Railway matters (and incidentally NYMR’s retired Works Manager) deserve particular praise.

“Many others also deserve special thanks, including the principal contractor, Houltons of Hull, our volunteer project manager, Nick Bielby, archivist Mark Sissons, and NYMR’s volunteer  ‘Pickering Station Group’.  Last but not least I pay tribute to Bryan Draper, our charitable trust secretary, whose dogged determination in bringing together the funding package made it all happen. Indeed, the project would not have been possible without the invaluable funding help of the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorkshire Forward to whom we are also most grateful.

“With the roof now fully re-instated for the first time in nearly 60 years, Pickering and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has a station to be especially proud off – one that well befits our status as ‘the world’s most popular heritage steam railway’.”

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