Steelway is making history at Bath Spa Station
History is literally being made by Wolverhampton based Steelway Rail. Back in the 1960’s when almost every Victorian structure was at risk of official vandalism, no old or historic building was safe. With the demolition of magnificent country houses and a myriad of city centre land marks, railway stations were equally at risk. In many cases buildings which would now be considered as being fit for Grade I or II listing were lost and even London St Pancreas was almost wiped of the face of the London skyline.
Now however we live in an enlightened age where such buildings are cherished, in so many cases the surviving structures however are a shadow of their original selves. In so many instances canopies were torn off leaving the buildings as a plain and utility structure. Even at Bath Spa Station where the city’s economy is driven by its history, the riveted attractive canopy attached to the riverside elevation was removed, but all of that is about to change. As part of an adjacent development, this historic Porte Cochere is being recreated. Steelway were approached by the developer to recreate this missing piece of architecture, having attained a proven track record for its sensitive treatment at the Grade II award winning Moor St Station in Birmingham.
The concept drawings were presented to Steelway and their heritage team then set about recreating the missing structure from one historic photograph which they discovered. To do this takes specific knowledge about how traditional structures looked and a full understanding of original techniques, their design principals and concepts at a particular point in history.
The contract was for the whole canopy including the replica riveted steelwork, patent glazing, associated timber and lead work. Guidance had been given by Steelway on historic colour schemes to ensure that the recreated item is a faithful copy of what had gone before.
During the first quarter of this year work commenced on site and therefore by the middle of the year anyone visiting Bath Spa Station, who maybe had not seen it for 50 years, would simply think that nothing had changed.