Monday 6 Jul 2015
Finishing touches applied at Nottingham station
Heritage terracotta cornices will be replaced at Nottingham station as the finishing touches are made to the station’s £60 million upgrade.
The bespoke mouldings in the porte-cochere of the Grade II* listed building will be made by a specialist Dutch firm which will see the 1904 building’s facade returned to its former glory.
The vast majority of the improvements at the station were carried out over a two-year period before a grand reopening back in October 2014, with the huge investment seeing the creation of more shops, new platforms and a tram train bridge.
Due to the limited number of suppliers with the skills to create such highly detailed terracotta mouldings, the work to the porte-cochere could not be completed before the official opening and will now begin later this month, with scaffolding to be constructed in the coming days.
It is expected that the complex operation, which involves carefully removing the existing mouldings, designing replacements and then hand crafting each new piece to go back in, will be completed by February 2017. Access to the station’s platforms and shops will be maintained throughout, and the work will have no impact on train services.
Steve Hughes, area director for Network Rail, said: “The terracotta cornices at the front of Nottingham station need replacing and we have found a highly skilled supplier who is able to make them to the standard we expect for this wonderful, historic building.
“We are pleased to say that there will be no disruption to passengers using the station while the work is carried out and these finishing touches will be the jewel in the crown of the station.”
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