THE RESTORATION of the refreshment room at Leamington Railway Station has been rated first class.
Centenary Lounge, the company behind the restoration, has received the Network Rail Conservation Award.
The award, presented by the National Railway Heritage Awards, recognises outstanding efforts in the restoration and conservation of listed or conservation area railway buildings.
The National Railway Heritage Awards, the sole awards body dedicated to encouraging and rewarding best practices in the re-use, restoration and continued upkeep of railway structures, celebrated its annual event at the historic Merchant Taylor’s Hall in London.
Aasia Baig, founder and managing director of Centenary Lounge, said: “The restoration of Leamington’s refreshment room was both hard work and a labour of love. This recognition is immensely important to me as it reflects our commitment to maintaining the authenticity and charm of the railway buildings we undertake.”
The Network Rail Conservation Award specifically commends projects that demonstrate evidence of an appropriate ongoing maintenance regime, ensuring the longevity of the restoration efforts.
Aasia thanked Centenary Lounge’s supporters in the railway network, the Railway Heritage Trust, contractors, staff and customers who she said had been integral to this incredible journey.
She added: “Their collective efforts and dedication have played a crucial role in the success of Leamington’s refreshment room restoration.”
Centenary Lounge was also shortlisted for The Southeastern Commercial Restoration Award, for which they were highly commended for their restoration of heritage features and replica signage at Leamington Station.