Transport – Bluebell Railway Operation Undercover

Bluebell Railway Limited
Contract value:
£2.2 million
Architecture, Cost Consultancy, Project Management

Bluebell Railway’s ‘Operation Undercover’ was a marathon project, from the initial insight by the Railway almost a decade ago and on 23rd March 2011 Frankham declared Practical Completion of the £2.2m lottery funded project.

The Client is delighted with the meticulous detailing referencing the Victorian architecture of the original building with a contemporary twist.

The Bluebell Railway is a voluntary run steam railway and was the first standard gauge passenger railway to be preserved in Britain. Now in its 50th year, it is one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex yet retains the historic character of a country branch line, with steam locomotives, coaches and goods rolling stock.

The £2.2 million project comprised a number of elements; firstly extending the existing platform building back to the original 1930s footprint and extending the canopies to incorporate traditional valence detailing originally found at a number of stations along the line. Secondly, to the north and south, new single storey brick built extensions are being constructed, with architectural detailing respecting the traditional character of the existing Victorian station buildings at Sheffield Park, to minimise any potential visual intrusion to existing buildings on the site. Thirdly, the Carriage Shed will provide storage for a selection of historic carriages including the old timber Victorian and Pullman carriages, which deteriorate as a result of being exposed to the elements.