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Proposals sought for operation of restored station tea room

The Trust restoring 120-year old Bricket Wood Station, which should be complete this summer, is seeking proposals for the operation of the building as an Edwardian-style tea room. Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to download and respond to a ‘Request for Proposals’ (RfP) briefing document, which can be found here: Responses may …

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Interior fit-out going well

It’s been a while since our last update but our Project Manager, Paul Amsterdam, and his merry men, have nonetheless continued to make excellent progress. Since October, work has mainly been focussed on the interior fit-out. Plastering is now well underway in all three rooms; the main tea room seating area, the archive room, and …

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Chimneys

A symbolic milestone was reached on Thursday 6th October when two of the three chimneys which once adorned the station were reinstated. These two chimneys are in fact ‘dummies’ made from a Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) framework, faced with brick slips, which are slices of real brick bonded on to the GRP frame. These chimneys …

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More windows – and doors too

These images need no introduction. Here is a long-awaited sight and something that many thought they’d never see again. Above all else, windows and doors help return character to a building, never illustrated better than in the transformation now occuring at the station. Soon the building will be ‘dry’ and work can then commence on …

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First window goes in

It has been a little while since our last update but a lot has been happening in the meantime. Most strikingly of all the first window has been installed as shown in the photo above, in the South West end of the building adjacent to the old Goods Yard (now occupied by Artel Scaffolding). These …

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Light and life returns

In the last few weeks, light and life has really started to return to the building. As can be seen from the photos, knocking out of the blocked-up doors and windows has been completed, brickwork cleaning has finished and re-pointing has commenced. Ad-hoc brick replacement is being undertaken, this involves a careful process of matching, …

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Brick cleaning and daylight

With work starting on the restoration this week, the first task has been brick cleaning. These photos show what an instant difference it makes – really bringing out the original colours. The contractor doing the brick cleaning and repairs (Barwin) is also taking out the blocked-up windows and doors, and will be re-pointing the entire …

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It has begun!

After nearly 5 years of behind-the-scenes effort, endless negotiations with Network Rail, funding applications, and Covid delays, we have finally done it – work has started on the restoration. On Sunday 22nd May 2022 a tiny bit of history was made as the first ‘Heras’ fencing was put up in the car park and a …

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Work starts Monday 23rd May 2022

Restoration work on the Bricket Wood station building will be starting on Monday, 23rd May 2022. We expect this work to last about 12 weeks. This is being undertaken by the Bricket Wood Station Heritage Trust (Charity Number 1176103, England & Wales) and our contractors. For safety reasons, and with our apologies for any inconvenience …

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