Restoration work at Whitley Bay Metro station enters important phase

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Brand-new glazing of the canopy at Whitley Bay Metro station is being fitted.

Whitley Bay Metro station has been undergoing a £5.3million project to restore the historic canopy above the station. 

The restoration project has entered an important stage, as work is currently underway to install the brand-new glazing of the canopy.

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Nexus, the public body which runs the Metro, are working to restore the canopy which is a Grade II listed structure, dating back to the Edwardian era, to its former glory.

Work which is being done includes a glazing replacement and metalwork restoration. Completed work includes detailed grit blasting and repainting of the canopy’s steelwork.

For the glazing installation, a total of 1,296 panels will be fitted which works out at 2,000 square metres of new glazing. 

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The reasoning behind the construction work is to strengthen the metal work, and to provide a more sheltered environment for customers. 

Sarah McManus, Head of Renewals at Nexus, said: “I’m pleased to say that we have started the process of putting in the new glazing as part of the major £5.3m restoration scheme on Whitley Bay station’s canopy.

“There are close to two thousand new panes of glass going into the canopy, which will help to bring this historic structure back to its former glory.

“We’ve already done a huge amount with the steel work by grit blasting and then repainting it.

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“The Metro station and the businesses located there will continue to remain open throughout the duration of the project, which is scheduled to be completed next spring.

“Whitley Bay is a station with a great deal of charm. The station has proudly served the Metro since the network opened. This project will ensure that the station is there for locals and visitors to enjoy for many decades to come.”

Brand-new glazing of the canopy at Whitley Bay Metro station is being fitted.Brand-new glazing of the canopy at Whitley Bay Metro station is being fitted.
Brand-new glazing of the canopy at Whitley Bay Metro station is being fitted. | Nexus

While the important restoration work is being carried out, Whitley Bay Metro station has remained fully open, as well as the three businesses that are based within the station; cafe Dil & the Bear, craft ale bar Ticket Office and yoga studio The Yoga Studio.

Work is set to be fully completed by the spring of 2025.

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