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Bridgnorth Station redevelopment: 2012 onwards
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hunter_i



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although virtually impossible to tell from the daily snapshot, the latest view possibly shows the area at the front of the building has been levelled off.

Also the last few views have show workmen around that corner of the building. So maybe they were preparing to finish the concreting from the patio?

Did Tony C happen to notice any work on restoring the platform surface?
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Robin



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hunter_i wrote:
Although virtually impossible to tell from the daily snapshot, the latest view possibly shows the area at the front of the building has been levelled off.

Also the last few views have show workmen around that corner of the building. So maybe they were preparing to finish the concreting from the patio?

Did Tony C happen to notice any work on restoring the platform surface?
I did. The 'extension' half of the terrace is now surfaced with diamond-pattern brick, complete apart from a few in one corner which require cutting. The whole terrace also has the rounded-edge bricks (don't know the technical term) installed around the edge to close up the gap under the bottom of the fencing.

The area between the platform and the terrace gate plus the bit on towards the water column is also now surfaced with plain brick forming a gently sloping ramp. My guess is that the same brick transition will be done all the way along the front.

Not sure if it is in the latest photos, but the two lamp posts are also installed, minus their tops.
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Tony C



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robin wrote:
hunter_i wrote:
Although virtually impossible to tell from the daily snapshot, the latest view possibly shows the area at the front of the building has been levelled off.

Also the last few views have show workmen around that corner of the building. So maybe they were preparing to finish the concreting from the patio?

Did Tony C happen to notice any work on restoring the platform surface?
I did. The 'extension' half of the terrace is now surfaced with diamond-pattern brick, complete apart from a few in one corner which require cutting. The whole terrace also has the rounded-edge bricks (don't know the technical term) installed around the edge to close up the gap under the bottom of the fencing.

The area between the platform and the terrace gate plus the bit on towards the water column is also now surfaced with plain brick forming a gently sloping ramp. My guess is that the same brick transition will be done all the way along the front.

Not sure if it is in the latest photos, but the two lamp posts are also installed, minus their tops.
I picked up most of that and also from what I could see of the interior the "half height" wooden wall facing (again don'tknow the correct term) seemed to be coming along
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cherry_p



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 4:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NBI issued this week:

This NBI will bring readers up to date on:
 Phase I Refreshment Room completion
 Phase II Field Car Park and Access Roads
 Catering Provision for Staff

Phase I Refreshment Room
If you have been to Bridgnorth Station you will have been witness to the external construction and interior fit out of the building and in particular the high level of finish that is being applied internally and externally. Reclaimed materials are being used where possible and if these are not available Great Western design is being used as the exemplar.
Using reclaimed materials, the high levelof design required and other issues with construction has meant that the contract for the project is significantly over its original forecast date. The Project team and Board Sub Committee have explored opportunities to part open the building, but this will not be possible, therefore it is envisaged that the building will be complete by the end of 2018 and open for the new 2019 season with a grand opening penciled in for the March Gala.
These dates are subject to change as we work with the Contractor on the nature of the delays and to establish the final costs for this phase of construction. As we approach the end of the year there will be further details on the dates of when the contractor hands the building to the SVR, the SVR fit out and training of staff and opening of the building.
We understand for Working Members and Shareholders this phase of construction seems to have been long and arduous, please remain patient as when this building is open, I am sure you will all be impressed at the high quality of the building, its finish and the attention to detail.

Phase II Car Park and Access Roads
At the August Holdings Board the Accountant and Company Secretary shared an analysis of remaining Share Offer funds for Bridgnorth the Directors unanimously supported the appointment of Walsh Construction, following a tendering process, to undertake the work on the Field Car Park and Access Roads. Walsh have already bought in site cabins as they prepare to undertake this project after the September Steam Gala.

The Car Park will be transformed to provide 200 parking spaces but will retain its green field appearance. The lane that enters the field from the Back Lane (by the Boilershop) will be improved and a new trackway will be built at the back of the Southern fields to bring cars down the side of Hanbury Cottage and out underneath the tunnel. There will be expenditure on improvements to the public realm, including the condition of the tunnel under the Railway and the surface in front of the boilershop. A pedestrian access path will be built from the car park down to the front of the Boilershop.
By the beginning of the 2019 season we will have fulfilled significant Phases of the Bridgnorth Plan, with the construction of the Refreshment Room, new toilets and the Field Car Park. This will be advantageous and see a marketing and publicity campaign focused on Bridgnorth as a gateway to the Severn Valley Railway for the counties and cities to the North of the line.
The Turntable project for Bridgnorth is underway, but a revision in its location on site means that this element of the plan will be resubmitted to the planning department of Shropshire Council.
Catering Provision at Bridgnorth:
Following the NBI sent out in April regarding the supervisor vacancy, Rita Holland started on the 23rd July as Bridgnorth Refreshment Room Supervisor. Rita was the Catering Supervisor at Highley Engine House Visitor Centre and brings a great wealth of experience and passion. We do not plan to replace Ritas vacancy at The Engine House as existing staff will fulfil the duties.
Catering menus have been designed for the new Refreshment Room, Bridgnorth and these will be advertised online as part of the timeline prior to the opening date.
The Bridgnorth catering team will also be managing the staff facilities in the Graham Hill building (next to the Boilershop). The kitchen layout has been finalised and the contractor appointed. It is anticipated that this will open once the new refreshment room opens as some of the existing catering equipment from the old buffet will be moved across to the volunteer facility.
Id like to give my thanks to Samantha Hayward and her team for supporting the running of the old Refreshment Room through 2017 and 2018. Samantha is planning to refurbish the Railwaymans Arms where she can during 2018 and 2019. The minor works will include replacement beer lines, internal decoration, replacing window and door frames.

As we approach the handover date for the new Refreshment Room more clarification will be given on its opening.

Nick Ralls
General Manager
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Redleader 1



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:54 pm    Post subject: Bridgnorth Station redevelopment : 2012 onwards Reply with quote

After the GM's NBI about Bridgnorth redevelopment now delayed until February 2019 I am surprised that no one has commented on it considering the questions being posted fn recent. How must the share holders who contributed to this share offer must be feeling at present.

There is still no comment from the Board or management on the following

1. Was there a fixed rate for the redevelopment of station buildings, if not the builders must be laughing as there is no rush for them to complete.


2. was there a penalty clause inserted for late completion ??


3. who was monitoring the progress as it wil be around 16 months behind scheduled opening October 2017 ( I believe)


4. Will heads roll due to this embarrassing shambles......I doubt it...


There is a deafening silence and lack of transparency in the above As a silver pass holder I refused to put any more money into the share issue after seeing the original plans regarding glass surrounded lifts and walkways etc........somehow this decision proved to be a good choice.

GM would like us all to be patient...............oh well only another 5 months to finish it, what a joke
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oliver



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Totally agree with the comments posted here about the way in which this project has been carried out, but on a more positive note, phase 2 started this week with work on the carpark and access road.
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