Historian pays visit to station

Richard Baister, Director, Eura Conservation Ltd.; Sara Crofts of The Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings; Jonathan Foyle; Morris Muter, Managing Director of Station Developments Ltd., Mike Steele, Mansell's North East Director of Operations, with some of the old guttering from the station.
Richard Baister, Director, Eura Conservation Ltd.; Sara Crofts of The Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings; Jonathan Foyle; Morris Muter, Managing Director of Station Developments Ltd., Mike Steele, Mansell's North East Director of Operations, with some of the old guttering from the station.

AN architectural historian paid a visit to Tynemouth Metro station on Friday to mark the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings’ tenth National Gutters Day.

Jonathan Foyle gave a talk to an audience including members of the Friends of Tynemouth Station group.

The event was organised by the North of England Civic Trust and Mansell Construction Services.

Dr Foyle said: “Everyone wants to build and create, but no one wants to do maintenance. However, greatness requires upkeep.”

Tynemouth Station, built in 1882, from a design by architect William Bell, is currently being restored, and Mansell Construction Services is the main contractor.

It is restoring and repairing the canopies, as well as carrying out repairs to stonework, leadwork, roofing and gutters. It is also repainting the station using the original London & North Eastern Railway colour scheme.

Mike Steele, Mansell’s north east director of operations, said: “The station has in total 1.5km of guttering weighing 70 tonnes, and 680m needed to be replaced or repaired.”