Lord Faulkner of Worcester presented the 2015 National Railway Heritage Awards at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on Wednesday 2 December.
The Taylor Woodrow Partnership Award was made to Network Rail, ScotRail and IDP Architects for the careful work completed at Gleneagles in improving access for the disabled and restoring the platform buildings.
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 Network Rail for the work undertaken in the restoration of the Victorian ladies’ waiting room at Worcester Shrub Hill.
The Urban Heritage Award sponsored by Crossrail, was made to Groundwork Wakefield for the dramatic improvements wrought to Wakefield Kirkgate station.
This year’s National Rail Contractors Group Restoration Award was made to Network Rail for the work completed on the river bridge across the Thames at Chelsea.
The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to East Coast Main Line Co Ltd for the alterations made to Newcastle that have improved the concourse area and enhanced the spectacle of the station’s superb trainshed.
The Supporters’ Award was given to the Ladybank Development Trust and Fife Historic Buildings Trust for the excellent restoration of the Laird’s waiting room at Ladybank station.
The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the best restored structure supported by funding from the Trust was won by the Wensleydale Railway Trust for its superb restoration of the small station at Scruton.
The Volunteers Award, sponsored for the first time by the Stagecoach Group, was made to the Mid-Hants Railway Preservation Society Ltd for the construction of the waiting room at Ropley.
The Siemens Signalling Award was made to the North Yorkshire Moors Historical Railway Trust for the careful relocation of the listed signalling gantry from Falsgrave, near Scarborough, to Grosmont.
The award for the best overall entry in this year’s competition went to London Underground for the dramatic changes achieved at Farringdon station through the complete refurbishment of the trainshed roof.