Unique Window Systems have secured a prestigious contract to design, supply and install our Tufacade curtain walling system as part of the large-scale refurbishment of Great Central Railway Station in Leicester.
Leicester Great Central Railway Station has been vacant for nearly 50 years and Unique Window Systems are delighted, as a Leicester-based company, to be contributing to the restoration of one of the city’s most historic monuments.
Originally completed in March 1899, the station was part of the Great Central Railway’s London Extension linking Nottingham with Marylebone in London. Upon the nationalisation of the railways in 1947 the Great Central passed from the control of the London & North Eastern Railway into the newly created Eastern Region of British Railways, and then to the London Midland Region in 1958.
The line was regarded by its new operators as an unnecessary duplication of existing North-South routes, and services began gradually to be run down, with the line fully closed in May 1969.
The station buildings, although run down, remained largely intact and are now set to be part of a £50 million regeneration of the waterside area. The arches are set to be converted into shops and will be a significant addition to Leicester’s large scale pedestrianisation plans.
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