National Railway Museum, York
Powerclad keeps construction on track at National Railway Museum
A long-term installation of ITP’s Powerclad sheeting systems is helping to keep a major refurbishment on track at the National Railway Museum in York
Powerclad scaffold sheeting was originally fitted in 2022 as part of the museum’s biggest upgrade since opening in 1975. A £50 million, seven-year redesign will allow the venue to grow its visitor numbers from 750,000 to 1.2 million while also increasing the time visitors spend in the museum from a little over two hours to four hours.
The Victoria-era Great Hall is undergoing a complete renovation before being filled with exhibitions that provide insight on history, showing how railways changed the world. This will be complemented by a new Central Gallery focusing on engineering technology and the railways of the future.
Powerclad’s façade protection and containment has now been supplemented with the addition of the Powerclad keder sheeting providing protection during a programme of work to refurbish the roof. Compliant to BS 7955 with a heavy-duty grade for exposed locations and long-term installations, the system can be made to specific sizes to accommodate any bay width and keder diameter.
ITP’s Powerclad scaffold 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. All Powerclad products are manufactured to ISO 9001 standards with full batch traceability.
When the upgrade is complete the Stephenson Rocket, built in 1829 and currently on display at the Science Museum in London, would be moved up to the National Railway Museum. The museum is targeting the opening of the Central Gallery in 2025 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum.
Tom Devine of the National Railway Museum told York Mix: “Our ambitious redevelopment plans will radically reimagine the visitor experience to demonstrate how railways changed our world and how modern science and engineering are transforming our railways.”