Station now off at-risk register

The restoration of a listed Tyneside railway station means it is off the English Heritage At-Risk register and has scooped an award.

The Tynemouth Station project took the heritage category of the Constructing Excellence Awards 2012.

Tynemouth Station beat off competition from entries which included Newcastle's Theatre Royal and Seaton Deleval Hall in Northumberland.

Judges liked the strong partnership approach, emphasis on community involvement, the training opportunities provided and the excellent record of health and safety throughout the 50-week restoration.

Tynemouth also had to remain as a working station for the Metro system, and its weekend markets were also able to continue throughout the project.

The 1882 station has been restored in conjunction with English Heritage and Rider Hunt acted as CDM Co-ordinator on behalf of Station Developments Limited.

The station will now be removed from the English Heritage At-Risk register and will provide a focus for arts and culture for the local community.