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Temple Meads to receive biggest upgrade for 25 years

By martin booth, Monday Jun 29, 2020

A major restoration of Bristol Temple Meads’ Victorian roof is set to begin this summer.

Work on the Grade I listed structure is estimated to take three years and is the first refurbishment of the roof in more than 25 years.

It will involve extensive metal and woodwork repairs and the complete re-glazing of the roof and canopies.

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A huge scaffolding structure will be set up inside the station at the end of 2020, with a false ceiling installed as a safety screen.

Work will take place above this and the restoration is due for completion in the first half of 2023.

Network Rail western route director, Mike Gallop, said: “This is a great moment for Bristol and the whole West of England as we will be providing a brighter station for passengers, worthy of the original creator, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

“We’re ambitious about our plans for the railway in the city, and this is just the first step in providing a world-class station to enable more people to get to their jobs and encouraging more investment in the area.”

Rail passengers are set to see Temple Meads brought back to its former glory – photo by Martin Booth

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees looked forward to the “future expansion of an eastern entrance” as he spoke about the restoration project.

He said: “This is a much-needed step forward in the enhancement of the station and a significant boost for Bristol during this really difficult time.

“The council is working to improve the transport network in Bristol for pedestrians and cyclists, and we’re pushing ahead with the Bus Deal to make it easier for residents in Bristol to travel safely and sustainably.

“Making improvements to Temple Meads feeds into Bristol’s ambitions for cleaner air and carbon neutrality.”

 

Lead contractors Taziker have experience working on other Brunel landmarks including the Clifton Suspension bridge and the Royal Albert bridge in Plymouth.

The £24m contract will see around 75 full-time workers expected onsite at the peak of the project.

Project manager, Maxine Prydderch, said: “We really want to keep the historical significance to Bristol Temple Meads and we really hope that it will be something that Bristolians and visitors alike will be really proud of.”

Main photo and video by Martin Booth

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