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« Reply #810 on: September 29, 2021, 09:29:45 am »

The devil is in the detail. My chums at Bristol Civic Society are a bit worried it might end up looking a bit like this:

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Carbuncle Cup: Preston Railway Station Butler Street Entrance by AHR



The residents of Preston took to Twitter in droves to denounce Preston Railway Station’s new entrance

Preston’s grade II listed railway station was designed by Cooper and Tullis and completed in 1880.

In the 1980s an entrance building was added to the Butler Street side of the station. A pastiche of the station’s Victorian style, this was designed to blend into the background.

Operator Virgin Trains decided to replace this with a “contrasting structure to create a more modern and passenger friendly environment”. The residents of Preston clearly preferred the former entrance variously describing the new building as an “eyesore”, “hideous”, “a joke” and “planning gone mad”.

Nominator Steve Webberley described it as a “deadening cake tin slapped on its side”. He said: “This fractured geometric lean-to would seem out of date 10 years ago. It isn’t even that well-planned inside. The relationship with the window line of the brick station is laughable. We’ve come a long way from Brunel. A very long way…”

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« Reply #811 on: September 29, 2021, 11:25:54 am »

If the new entrance does end up looking like the one at Preston Station then the best that I could say for it is that it's pretty much out of sight of the rest of Temple Meads and facing the more modern architecture being built around it. 
I can understand the concerns of the good people of Preston, their new station entrance does look pretty grim but it's also clumsily placed in front of very contrasting architecture, something that doesn't really apply so much at Temple Meads where it's a plain retaining wall. 
I do hope the East entrance building ends up looking more like the submitted plans rather than what Preston ended up with.
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« Reply #812 on: September 29, 2021, 10:03:38 pm »

Passing through Temple Meads today, I remembered to take a quick look at Bonaparte's.  The picture below shows where things are at.
I also managed to take a quick shot from the platform of where the new east entrance is to be.  You can't see it in the picture but I spotted a JCB working around the future location of the entrance as my train came in from Redland.
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« Reply #813 on: October 03, 2021, 04:29:36 pm »

Had a look at the Temple Meads subway today to see how things are progressing, from the inside. Not much to see yet!



The subway extension will be 9m wide, matching the existing, but the lift shaft (the grey wall to the left of the wooden hoarding) will protrude about 3m into this. The boarded over area behind the cones was the short-lived 'Food You Need' shop, which was presumably taken on a short lease!

Not far from the newly-moved Brunel statue, you can see evidence of how much care has been lavished on the grade I listed train shed in recent years:



To be fair to Network Rail, they only acquired the building from Bristol City Council a year ago. I understand that they have been surprised at how far the fabric of the building has been allowed to deteriorate.
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« Reply #814 on: October 03, 2021, 04:38:17 pm »

One Sunday in 1985 I parked in the old trainshed to go on a Steam trip to Devon.
When I got back to the car I had to scrape the Pigeon poo off the windows before I could see to drive home.
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« Reply #815 on: October 07, 2021, 04:21:58 pm »

Just managed to miss the service to Totnes at Temple Meads, so while I'm waiting for the next one I thought that I'd take a quick update picture of the gradually returning canopy on platform 15.  Apologies for the poor light.  Although it's hard to make out, the dagger boards are still the old ones and not the replacements.
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« Reply #816 on: December 18, 2021, 11:22:56 am »

Just noticed this little bit of news on the NR» (Network Rail - home page) Bristol Rail Regeneration pages regarding the short term developments for the closed Bonaparte's Bar site:

"With extensive surveys of the subway and tunnel completed, the rewire team is preparing to transform the former Bonapartes Bar into a temporary ticket office, enabling the existing ticket office and travel centre to be closed for the first part of our rewire work."

So it looks like it's still "watch this space" to see if there will be any replacement of the old place.
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« Reply #817 on: December 28, 2021, 11:15:19 pm »

While waiting at Temple Meads just before Christmas I noticed that the temporarily removed canopy has now been fully put back.  While I'm sure that you'll take my word for it, I thought that I would add a photo anyway.
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« Reply #818 on: March 28, 2022, 06:58:26 pm »

on both ITV West and BBC1 west local news on Monday 28 march
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« Reply #819 on: March 29, 2022, 10:26:58 am »

on both ITV West and BBC1 west local news on Monday 28 march

Also articles in Bristol Live, Bristol 24/7 and Bristol World, following a press visit and Network Rail's press release:

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Bristol Temple Meads’ historic roof refurbishment to enter next phase



Bristol Temple Meads station is gearing up for the next phase of the refurbishment of its historic train shed roof, which begins next month.

From Tuesday 12 April, Network Rail’s team of engineers and its contractors Taziker will begin a key phase of the work to refurbish the roof of Bristol Temple Meads station, using a process known as grit-blasting to remove any old paint, dirt and surface contaminants from the metal parts of the structure before they can be repaired, repainted and reglazed.

The grit-blasting, which involves forcibly propelling abrasive material against a surface at high pressure, marks the latest stage of a complex multi-year project to carefully restore the Grade I listed roof, ensuring that it remains safe and retains its character for generations to come.

The roof refurbishment is due to be completed in the summer of 2024.

At the same time, a separate project to update all of the station’s electrics is getting underway, which will see the overall power supply, lighting, passenger information and CCTV (Closed Circuit Tele Vision) systems all brought up to modern day standards. To support this, from Monday 18 April the station’s ticket office will be temporarily relocated to the former Bonapartes café bar on platform 3 for up to 12 weeks.

The roof restoration and rewire of the station are part of Network Rail’s Bristol Rail Regeneration programme, which is transforming Bristol Temple Meads into a world class transport hub. It means passengers will benefit from a brighter and more welcoming station environment, improved passenger information and an increase in retail offerings in the future.

The programme has already enabled improved train service reliability and an increase in suburban services following last summer’s £132m track and signalling upgrade at Bristol East Junction, as well as delivering a smarter, brighter and more welcoming entrance to Bristol Temple Meads following the refurbishment and repainting of the canopies at the front of the entrance.

Mike Contopoulos, Network Rail project director, said: “We’re proud to be preserving Bristol’s oldest station for future generations as part of the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme, transforming Temple Meads into a world class transport hub.

“Our work to renovate the Grade I listed roof will mean that this icon of our city will be protected and maintained for decades to come, while creating a more welcoming environment for passengers.

“Our specialist team will begin grit-blasting the steel parts of the roof in April, stripping it to bare metal so that we can carry out repairs and apply protective paint. We’ll be doing this in phases throughout the summer, encapsulating each section to make sure that no dust or other material reaches the platforms. To minimise the impact on passengers, grit-blasting will take place overnight and noise levels will be monitored.

“Once completed, Bristol Rail Regeneration – of which the roof refurbishment is only one part - will provide numerous benefits for our passengers, building on Bristol’s strengths as a world class city and creating a transport hub fit for the 21st century.”

Taziker managing director - infrastructure, Neil Harrison, said: “We have overcome significant challenges to get to this stage of the project which is only possible through the hard work and dedication of the whole project team.

“Our collaborative relationship with the Network Rail and the station management team is key to the success of delivering this project and we have created great relationships throughout the project to ensure we are working together to successfully hit our milestones.

“We’re really proud to be playing a part in the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme and have been supporting community initiatives by installing cycle racks in local schools and joining Caring in Bristol’s new partnership programme, Caring Corporates, to support people experiencing homelessness in Bristol.

“Our next challenge is the grit blasting stage but we’re prepared and fully equipped, with experts in this specialism ready to commence work.”

To find out more about the Bristol Rail Regeneration programme, please visit https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/western/bristol-rail-regeneration/

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« Reply #820 on: March 29, 2022, 05:55:23 pm »

There is more detail of work at Temple Meads in Network Rail's newsletter, here:

(Network Rail - home page)-Bristol-Update-March-2022.pdf" target="_blank">https://fosbr.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/NR-Bristol-Update-March-2022.pdf
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« Reply #821 on: April 07, 2022, 10:05:56 am »

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have voiced concerns about the city council's plans for the George and Railway/Grosvenor Hotel which is part of the wider Temple Meads area redevelopment.  Once compulsory purchased, they intend to turn the G&R into offices and demolish the Grosvenor to build....more offices.
CAMRA suggest both buildings be restored and used as Temple Meads gateway hotel and bars.  Apparently much of the Grosvenor's interior is in good condition and of architectural interest.  They feel the council's plans are too unimaginative and unambitious.
More here from Bristol live:
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/camra-wants-eyesore-grosvenor-hotel-6915075
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« Reply #822 on: April 07, 2022, 11:33:19 am »

Temple Meads temporary ticket office is, I believe, due to open this month.  Here's the state of play this morning.
It doesn't quite look ready yet but I wouldn't put an April opening out of the question.
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« Reply #823 on: April 07, 2022, 11:36:48 am »

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have voiced concerns about the city council's plans for the George and Railway/Grosvenor Hotel which is part of the wider Temple Meads area redevelopment.  Once compulsory purchased, they intend to turn the G&R into offices and demolish the Grosvenor to build....more offices.
CAMRA suggest both buildings be restored and used as Temple Meads gateway hotel and bars.  Apparently much of the Grosvenor's interior is in good condition and of architectural interest.  They feel the council's plans are too unimaginative and unambitious.
More here from Bristol live:
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/camra-wants-eyesore-grosvenor-hotel-6915075


Can't believe there is any need or market for another pub etc in that area
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« Reply #824 on: April 07, 2022, 11:38:34 am »

CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) have voiced concerns about the city council's plans for the George and Railway/Grosvenor Hotel which is part of the wider Temple Meads area redevelopment.  Once compulsory purchased, they intend to turn the G&R into offices and demolish the Grosvenor to build....more offices.
CAMRA suggest both buildings be restored and used as Temple Meads gateway hotel and bars.  Apparently much of the Grosvenor's interior is in good condition and of architectural interest.  They feel the council's plans are too unimaginative and unambitious.
More here from Bristol live:
https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/camra-wants-eyesore-grosvenor-hotel-6915075


Can't believe there is any need or market for another pub etc in that area

I just realised I replied on your Facebook post too
Monday 18th April is the scheduled opening date

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