HRH The Princess Royal presented the National Railway Heritage Awards (NRHA) at a special ceremony to mark the competition’s 40th anniversary on Wednesday 4 December.
The NRHA writes:
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal was presented with a copy of the book Restoration Rewarded recognising the 40th anniversary of the Awards. This volume covers the history of the Awards with illustrations and details of successful projects from the last four decades.
The BAM Nuttall Partnership Award was made to the for the restoration of the 1848 Grade II listed station at Market Rasen.
The Great Western Railway Craft Skills Award, recognising the best use of traditional craft skills in the restoration of a building or structure, was awarded to Southeastern for the restoration of Battle station in Sussex.
The Urban Heritage Award, sponsored by the Arch Company, was made to Sevenoaks Town Council for the dramatic work at Bat & Ball station that brings the building back into use as part of a project to regenerate the area.
This year’s Costain Structures Award for the best restored structure, such as a viaduct or tunnel, was made to Network Rail and Taziker Industrial for work undertaken in refurbishing the South Esk Viaduct at Montrose on the East Coast main line between Dundee and Aberdeen.
The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to the Network Rail (on behalf of the Thameslink Project) for the work undertaken at London Bridge station and the careful reuse of historical elements with the overall creation of a modern station capable of handling the traffic generated in the 21st century.
The Supporters Award was given to Network Rail for the meticulous restoration of the clock at Tunbridge Wells.
The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the best restored structure supported by funding from the Trust was won by Network Rail Commercial Property for work undertaken at Mytholmroyd, on the Halifax to Manchester line in West Yorkshire, in restoring the fabric of a redundant station building and preparing it for commercial reuse.
The Stagecoach Volunteers Award was made to the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust who had undertaken the restoration of the turntable at Aberdeen Ferryhill shed and brought it back into a condition that made it available for use once again.
The Abellio Signalling Award was made to the Swanage Railway for their signalling work undertaken at Norden to provide the integration of signalling between the branch line and the National Network at Worgret Junction, outside Wareham.
The Southeastern Commercial Restoration Award was made to Aberdeenshire Council for the detailed work undertaken at Ballater station following the disastrous fire that had largely destroyed the historic Great North of Scotland Railway station in 2015.
The Hendy & Pendle Trust award for the best overall entry in this year’s competition went to BAM Construction for the sympathetic handling of the conversion of the historic coal drops at King’s Cross for commercial use.
To mark the competition’s 40th anniversary and John Ellis’s retirement as chairman of the National Railway Heritage Awards, a special 40th Anniversary Award was made to the project that, in his opinion, marked the single most significant contribution to the preservation of Britain’s railway heritage over the past four decades. This award was made to Network Rail, London Borough of Camden, London & Continental Railways, Argent and MacAslan Architects for the conspicuous and dramatic work undertaken at St Pancras and King’s Cross stations as well as the redevelopment of the once extensive goods facilities to their north.