Historic 175-year-old building at Ingatestone railway station to be refurbished thanks to heritage grant
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 July 2019
Ingatestone railway station's historic building will have a new lease of life thanks to heritage grant.
The old station master's house at Ingatestone railway station is to be restored, thanks to a £39.5k grant from the Railway Heritage Trust.
The money will go towards repairing the Grade II listed building and converting it into office space, giving the 175-year-old building a much needed makeover.
The station master's house - on platform 2 - has stood empty for around 30 years and was slowly falling into disrepair.
Now Project One London Ltd, a property development firm, is leasing and refurbishing the building, carrying out repairs to the interior to make it fit for its new role.
Greater Anglia's asset management director Simone Bailey said: "We are very grateful to the Railway Heritage Trust and Project One for their help and support in bringing this beautiful Grade II listed station back into use whilst conserving its unique features and protecting the building, making it fit for use in the 21st Century."
Executive director of the Railway Heritage Trust Andy Savage said: "We are delighted that Project One has taken on this building.
"The RHT funded the restoration of its exterior in 1990, and we were concerned that it was sitting empty.
"We congratulate Greater Anglia on finding a tenant to bring the building back into sustainable use, and Project One for taking on the project, when it would have been so easy to find a modern building."
When the works are completed Project One will use the building as its main office.
Director of Project One London Ltd, Glen Martin said: "We are delighted to be working with The Railway Heritage Trust, Greater Anglia and Brentwood Borough Council on the refurbishment of the Station House at Ingatestone.
"We can't wait to bring this heritage-rich and characterful property back to its former glory as the new head office space for our business, which will leave us perfectly placed to service our London and Essex based clients."
The main work is expected to start this autumn.