The North Eastern Railway extended Durham station in the early 1870s and this work included the construction of a waiting room for ladies travelling first class. Long under-used, the space was suffering from water ingress and deterioration before the Ouseburn Leisure Group took the room on and created a new bar serving the station. Described by one of the National Railway Heritage Awards judges as ‘a first class scheme for a first class waiting room’, the restoration work was given the Hendy and Pendle Commercial Restoration Award at the 2018 National Railway Heritage Awards at a ceremony held in London on 5 December 2018. The plaque was officially unveiled by sponsors Sir Peter Hendy and Sue Pendle at Durham on Friday 18 October.

DURHAM PLAQUE
The plaque for the Hendy & Pendle Commercial Restoration Award on display within the bar at Durham station following its official unveiling with, left to right, representing the award’s sponsors Sir Peter Hendy and Sue Pendle, Theo Steel, a trustee of the National Railway Heritage Awards, and Graeme Robinson, owner of the Ouseburn Leisure Group.
DURHAM PLAQUE
The attractive interior of the new bar created at Durham station – a project that won the Hendy and Pendle Commercial Award at the 2018 National Railway Heritage Awards.