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Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council

Redcar Central Station Development


Vextrix has been appointed by our client Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to deliver Principal Designer and CDM Advisory Services on the development of a derelict station building at Redcar Central Railway Station. Vextrix was appointed as Principal Designer following a successful bidding process at the end of RIBA stage 2.

There are two parts to the building: a Grade II listed old station building and the shed, which was built later. The roof needed to be kept in its original design with replacement covering and is located adjacent to the railway line and therefore positioned in very close proximity to the track.

The client was able to rely on the team due to their expert knowledge of the rail sector and experience of working on a range of rail projects, playing a significant role in providing solutions to any challenges to progress on the project including during the pre-enabling works phase.

Delivering the Principal Designer role, the team provided the specific and relevant Pre-Construction Information documents required in the rail sector, direct access to rail resources meant the team could pull the information packs together efficiently and accurately.


Our previous rail experience has proven invaluable to our involvement in such a complex project, at the heart of which is a historic listed building adjacent to a live railway line; the available space between the track and the south elevation of the building is so restricted that no temporary works installation is possible without line closure, and a line closure on such a line is not feasible.

Value Added:

Vextrix as Principal Designer and as a member of NRAC (National Registry of Accessibility Consultants) was able to provide ad-hoc advice on compliance with accessibility standards. This also included the Department for Transport Approved Code of Practice for Design Standards for Accessible Railway Stations.

The team advised and influenced decisions on the installation of equipment to ensure that future access for repair, maintenance and replacement is not hindered by long lead times of possessions and line block applications, which is also associated with additional costs. Having mechanical equipment installed in locations that can be safely accessed away from the railway line will enable fast response and repair when required and without additional costs.

Additionally, the team are taking part in a mentoring scheme, which involves mentoring a young person over several months through virtual and face-to-face meetings.

Images courtesy of Howarth Litchfield Architects