Wednesday 4 December 2013
The well-known television presenter and writer, Loyd Grossman, presented the 2013 National Railway Heritage Awards at a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London today.
He began by presenting the Ian Allan Publishing Heritage Railway of the Year Award to the Mid-Norfolk Railway. For the first time a Heritage Railway of the Decade award was also made; this went to the Bluebell Railway for its successful project to reconnect its line to the National Network at East Grinstead.
The Network Rail Partnership Award was made to the Association of Community Rail Partnerships for the conversion of the water tower at Huddersfield into offices.
The FirstGroup Craft Skills Award, recognising the best use of traditional craft skills in the restoration of a building or structure, was awarded to Ringway Jacobs and London Underground for the work undertaken in restoring the damaged entrance at Monument station and on retiling the subway.
This year’s Key Publishing Modern Railways Restoration Award for the most meritorious entry went to City of York Council, S. Harrison Developments Ltd and Buccleuch Property for their project at York West Offices to integrate the historic original station serving the city into a new office development.
The London Underground Operational Enhancement Award went to Transport for London for work completed at Crystal Palace, including the improvement in access to the station for the disabled.
The Supporters’ Award — made for only the second time — was given to Coco Works Coffee House for the conversion of redundant space at Inverurie station into a coffee shop.
The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award for the best restored structure was won by Deborah Harper Make-up & Beauty for its imaginative work in converting space at Helen’s Bay station in Northern Ireland into a beauty salon.
The Volunteers Award was made to the Ffestiniog Railway Society in Wales for its imaginative and well executed scheme to reintroduce traditional mileposts along the line.
The Station Environment Award was won by Great Central Railway for the superb restoration work undertaken on the platform canopies at Loughborough Central station and associated restoration work.
In recognition of the fact that there was one entry that was much greater in scale and ambition than usual, it was decided that, exceptionally, the committee would award a Chairman’s Special Award. This went to Network Rail, John McAslan & Partners, ARUP and Vinci Construction for the stunning work undertaken at King’s Cross station in London.
The Ian Allan Publishing Award, given to the best overall entry in this year’s competition, went to Network Rail and Carillion Rail for the restoration of the Ouseburn Viaduct, near Newcastle, which resulted in the retention of the original structure whilst permitting an increase in line speed.