National Railway Museum, York
Powerclad keeps construction on track at National Railway Museum
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting is helping construction work to stay on track in a major refurbishment at the National Railway Museum in York.
Station Hall, a Grade II listed building, is undergoing a £500,000 scheme to develop and refresh its permanent exhibition. Constructed in 1877, the former goods depot is home to the national collection of original royal carriages and includes one of the venue’s most popular attractions – Queen Victoria’s original 1869 saloon.
Due for completion this year, the project will incorporate 200 new collection items and 25 rail vehicles within the display. The new exhibition space will have a greater focus on the roles of railway workers and passengers, highlighting underrepresented stories from railway history, including women’s experiences of working for the railways and the first black railway workers from the Windrush generation who helped shape Britain’s post-war railway.
The renovation has received 60% of its funding from the Friends of the National Railway Museum, a charity organisation which supports the work of the museum. Alongside the new display, the Science Museum Group is providing £200,000 to complete physical improvements to Station Hall’s roof and walls.
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold sheeting is providing high-performance containment and protection on site, enabling construction activities to progress with safety, security and efficiency while minimising the impact on the surrounding area. Powerclad’s reinforced polyolefin sheeting is suitable for all tube fittings and modular scaffold systems. The product is available in flame retardant grades which have a Euroclass rating of B-s1,d0 EN 13501-1 and third party approval to the highest standards (Certifire TS 62/63) for both printed and non-printed sheeting and for both internal and external applications. Powerclad is also manufactured to ISO 9001 standards with full batch traceability.
Charlotte Kingston, the museum’s head of interpretation and design, said: “I am hugely grateful to the Friends of the National Railway Museum who have enabled us to create an exciting permanent exhibition which will inform and inspire future generations. Station Hall is very popular with our visitors and our changes will be impactful but sympathetic, using new collection items and railway stories to bring the railways to life, while retaining the character of the original building.”
Philip Benham, chairman of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, said: “I am delighted that the Friends are the principal funder of this important project. Over the years we have contributed more than £1.5m towards some 60 museum projects, but this is one of the most significant yet.
“Stations are where passengers first meet the railway, and the scene for many individual encounters and dramas. The Friends are excited to have this opportunity to help the museum tell their important story anew, together with the equally vital stories of the men and women who worked at stations, or simply passed through them.”