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Old March 11th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #41
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Central Station is about to have a bit of an upgrade...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-21734489

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This was all initially announced such a long time ago, and then nothing much was heard of it again!

Good news, we seem to now have a start-date.

I wonder if the 'chosen design' is this one, recently posted on here . . .


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28th February 2013.

Not sure if this has been posted before, I spotted it weeks ago on Ryder's website in the News section.



"We recently submitted proposals for the redevelopment of the grade I listed building with Miller Construction. The brief from Network Rail involves glazing the portico to accommodate a new travel centre and retail units and reconfiguring the concourse to provide further retail units and to improve access to the platforms. In addition to the base brief we also included a number of options to improve access from Neville Street and from Forth Street to the south."

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Old March 11th, 2013, 01:37 PM   #42
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Central Station is about to have a bit of an upgrade...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-21734489

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Press release here. Thanks BBC for not linking to it.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 02:35 PM   #43
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Images of the proposals, from the above Press release . . .


1 - Portico . .



2 - Concourse . .



Source of Images - http://www.mediacentre.eastcoast.co....ATION-370.aspx

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No mention of a footbridge link or direct access to Forth St. I notice.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 03:16 PM   #45
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I want to see some of the ends blocked off! Bloody freezing that station and all this modernisation won't change that unless something happens at the ends!
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Old March 11th, 2013, 03:30 PM   #46
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Images of the proposals, from the above Press release . . .

1 - Portico . .

2 - Concourse . .

Source of Images - http://www.mediacentre.eastcoast.co....ATION-370.aspx
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Old March 11th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #47
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I'd like to see their proposals for how the access to the short term public car park and drop offs outside the station are going to work without causing additional traffic problems on Neville Street.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #48
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That look much better than the render by Ryder.

Will the quality be of that high standard though? Also I'm not keen on the grey retail boxes, I'm hoping they will be more distinctive that just bland boxes.

On a final note, my bet is on a finish date of November next year instead of the April target date.
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Old March 11th, 2013, 08:46 PM   #49
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Images of the proposals, from the above Press release . . .


1 - Portico . .

Hopefully the rather attractive lights stood on what I always think as canons will remain - not shown in the renders?






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Old March 11th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #50
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Looks good. I assume the work going on over the road outside Greggs will be to accommodate taxis then unless they're just expecting customers to walk along to that unattractive underpass where they all sit waiting?
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Old March 11th, 2013, 11:03 PM   #51
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So will this need planning permission?
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Old March 11th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #52
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Yes, and listed building consent.
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I want to see some of the ends blocked off! Bloody freezing that station and all this modernisation won't change that unless something happens at the ends!
but how will the trains get in and out?

£8 million for all the work seems a little bit optimistic. Considering Network Rail spent £500 million on Kings Cross and £900 million at Reading....£8 million really isn't a lot.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #54
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Yes, and listed building consent.
They aim to start in May, as far as I'm aware of it hasn't went to planning which usually takes 3 months, which puts us at June-July time already, then you have to factor in that English Heritage will object to all changes which will put the project back even further.

I'd be surprised if work starts this year never mind an April 2014 finish date.
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but how will the trains get in and out?

£8 million for all the work seems a little bit optimistic. Considering Network Rail spent £500 million on Kings Cross and £900 million at Reading....£8 million really isn't a lot.
£8m is a lot but from the looks of it the majority of it is just glazing, a new floor (not sure if it continues to the platforms) and some fairly easily noticed up retail units.

Kings cross involved demolishing an old extension and placing an awkwardly constructed roof in it's place, and Reading has been a complete rebuild including adding new lines, replacing bridges etc.
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Old March 12th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #56
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Form the renders it looks pretty good, a lot better than what's there now! I believe that M&S are looking at the sight with plans to open a simply food store at the station.

It's just a shame that they can't knock down the atrocity that is Barron house, and replace it with a open public space with water fountains and such like. It would make quite a good impression of our city getting of the train at NCL. Shame it's never going to happen!
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I'd be surprised if M&S moved in, Sainsbury's haven't long since opened at Central station.
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but how will the trains get in and out?

£8 million for all the work seems a little bit optimistic. Considering Network Rail spent £500 million on Kings Cross and £900 million at Reading....£8 million really isn't a lot.

Haha as SOON as i sent that i knew that would be thought about! I simply mean i hope the heating situation is looked at! its freezing in that place and can be a wind tunnel at times. I cant imagine the place being that nice no matter how much money they put into it if the gales are still going to sweep through the station!
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Old March 12th, 2013, 03:40 AM   #59
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They're expanding the station to the outside? :o
I like the nice little sheltered taxi bit...
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Old March 12th, 2013, 01:43 PM   #60
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Central Station Redevelopment

The taxi rank is being relocated to the East of the portico.
Will customers have to queue up outside?

How will that connect with Neville Street, bus stops and pedestrian access in the area?

I have received an email about an explanation of the plans:

11 March 2013

Central Station regeneration

East Coast Trains and Network Rail are hosting an exhibition within
Newcastle Central Station to outline plans for the £8.6million
regeneration investment for the station. The project is running in
partnership with Newcastle City Council and NE1.

You will be able to view these plans for the inside of the station,
with representatives on hand to discuss any aspects with you. The
exhibition will take place on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 March, from
3.30pm to 7.30pm on both days.
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