Morpeth Railway Station – widely regarded as one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian railway architecture on the East Coast main line between London and Edinburgh – has been given a new lease of life, making it fit-for-purpose for 21st Century train travellers.
Led by Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) a partnership of the National Lottery, Northumberland County Council, North East Rural Growth Network, the Railway Heritage Trust, and track and train operators Network Rail and Arriva Rail North, is funding the £2.3 million scheme to repair, restore and redevelop the station.
The station was designed by Benjamin Green, one of the great pioneering railway architects of his day, for the Newcastle & Berwick Railway Company and opened in 1846.
The scheme has converted empty rooms in the main station trackside building into a bespoke enterprise centre providing accommodation for up to 7 small businesses.
The work was carried out by contractors STP Construction from Rowlands Gill with architects Curtis Architecture and Napper Architects who designed the station improvements, and it was completed in late Spring 2020 and officially opened in September 2020.
As part of the improvements a cafeteria and modern toilets have been provided, while the ornate portico has been restored as a feature entrance to the station. A number of large chimney stacks which helped give the station its unique character, have been restored. Latest photo March 2020 with project nearing completion:
Expressions of interest are being sought for all the business opportunities. Any businesses interested in renting office space at the station or running the bistro cafeteria, please contact David Lodge at Greater Morpeth Development Trust on (01670) 503866 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org