Greater Anglia were awarded the MTR Crossrail Award for Urban Heritage for the Cambridge Station College Roundels and other Heritage Enhancements. Bagnalls is proud to be one of the key contractors involved with the refurbishment works undertaken at Cambridge Railway station for Abellio Greater Anglia. Bagnalls contribution was to refurbish the thirty-two University roundels on the exterior façade of this classic railway station, built in 1845.
In addition to our works, a £50,000 project was undertaken over a two-month period to identify and remove redundant cabling and pipes and to organise and relocate the required cabling neatly and unobtrusively. The brickwork was also carefully cleaned and made good, where possible, with the use of reclaimed bricks, where the old cabling had previously caused damage.
The exterior façade of the station is graced by no fewer than 32 decorative roundels, most of these represent the arms of the colleges, whilst others reflect local worthies at the time of the station’s opening and of the city itself. Inevitably there had been some degradation of the carvings and their paintwork and so a careful scheme was required to restore these roundels. Detailed research went into ensuring the correct colours were reapplied and compliant care and attention was undertaken to ensure that the original fabric of the roundels was restored. Vulnerable areas were carefully consolidated and fragile parts were hand cleaned. After this, the replacement paint and 23½ carat gold leaf were applied by Bagnalls’ heritage painters.
The final works are testament to the franchisee, Greater Anglia and all the contractors involved in conserving the station’s heritage for future generations to enjoy.
Award Photo by kind permission of Duncan Phillips / National Railway Heritage Awards