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PRAISING THE ROOF

Newcastle Central station's South Barrel roof was last month handed the Robert Stephenson Award by ICE President George Fleming. The award, for excellence in civil engineering projects undertaken in the northern counties of the UK, follows a year long programme of restoration work by contractor Mowlem. The restoration of the Victorian structure, which included repair and replacement of the original barrel roof steelwork, the roof covering and glazed section, was completed in September. Work also included reconstruction of the building on Platform 3 to its original Victorian splendour. Mowlem was awarded the ú3.85M (ú5.8M) contract in 1998 as part of Railtrack's ú25M renovation of the Grade 1 listed building.

Mowlem has also completed a ú1M contract to improve car parking facilities and refurbish the service lifts at the east end of the station.

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