Restoring a railway, retaining its character
Tynemouth Station, a Grade II* listed building, was on the Historic England Buildings at Risk register due to the condition of its canopies. Lathams carried out architectural and conservation services in support of a 'Sea Change' grant application, and from there we were chosen to provide full architectural services for the whole project for Station Developments Ltd (a partnership of Millhouse Developments and North Tyneside Council).
The proposal was part of a joint bid with Hodder & Partners, who we’ve worked with in the past and who were responsible for the new-build element of the project. Our remit was to repair as found, so we could retain as much material as possible on site. The project included complex iron work, establishing an appropriate new colour scheme, and reglazing the concourse to restore it to its former glory.
The project was an extraordinary challenge requiring the understanding of skills and iron working techniques which are increasingly rare. The completed restoration look splendid in the north-east sunshine and have been providing a venue for markets and book-fairs since its completion, which some are calling the Covent Garden of the North.