The Construction Division at York College was delighted to be able to bring to life the restoration of the Stamford Bridge station platform heritage project. which won gold in the Yorkshire In Bloom competition and received a discretionary Community Award.
Working from the original 1908 drawings, Level 1 Diploma Construction students re-constructed the village’s NER platform fencing, reinstating a standard diagonal fence using the North East Railway specifications. They renovated three of the original railway platform benches and Painting and Decorating students painted them in NER livery colours.
Judith Arnott from the Stamford Bridge in Bloom Committee said: “Our journey to restore part of the old station platform began with the building of the replica 1908 North Eastern railway fence and the restoration of the original railway benches by York College joinery and painting & decorating students. The fulfilment of our vision came when the platform was the focal point of our entry for the 2015 Yorkshire In Bloom competition when, on judging day, the restored rose bed was in full bloom and Stamford Bridge Players in Victorian costume brought the station to life again 50 years after it was closed.”
Kevin Clancy, Head of Division for Construction at York College said: “Staff and students were pleased to be involved in the Stamford Bridge railway station restoration project. Students value the opportunity to work on live projects and seeing their skills put to good use in the local community is very rewarding.”