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Queens Park Station, Paignton

Queens Park Station Ritchlight Dual Pitched Roofligt

Queens Park Station in Paignton, the headquarters of the popular Dartmouth Steam Railway tourist attraction, has undergone a redevelopment to provide an attractive, contemporary building which reflects the rich architectural heritage of Victorian railway stations.

The £1.2M investment included a new terminus building, platform canopy and restoration shed.  Acting on a recommendation, MTA Architects contacted Brett Martin to discuss daylighting the terminus building and platform areas and following several meetings with the architect and client, Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company, designs were agreed and a variety of Ritchlight products, with grey powder-coated aluminium glazing profiles, were specified.

One Ritchlight dual pitched rooflight, measuring 5.4m along the ridge and 2.3m down each slope length was installed on the slate roof of the main ticket hall. Four electrically operated opening vents ensure the building can be naturally ventilated and the skylight is glazed in double-glazed self-cleaning glass with a blue tint to minimise the effects of direct sunlight.

Ritchlight monos were also installed in the vertical position in the glazed gables above the main entrance and at the rear of the ticket hall. Measuring 5.9m wide by 1.8m at the highest point to form a triangle, the glazing composition included opal laminated inner glazing to obscure air conditioning units directly behind the glazing.

For the train platform area, Ritchlight mono glazing profiles, extending to almost 33m, were installed to create a bright area for train passengers to shelter and wait along the platform. Due to the station’s location close to a cricket pitch, it was important to reduce the risk of glass shattering over people should a ball go astray and specially laminated single skin toughened glass was used to glaze the long canopy.

Further along the platform two Ritchlight Ultra gable ended skylights were installed in the flat roof canopy outside the café creating a pleasant area for visitors to dine outdoors.  Measuring 2m long by 1.4m wide the rooflights were double-glazed with outer and inner toughened glass.

Described as one of the finest heritage steam railway journeys in Europe, the heritage line carries in the region of 200,000 passengers a year on a scenic journey to Dartmouth.  To avoid disruption to the service, all works were carried out in the Winter months.  Working closely with the roofing contractor Richardson Roofing to keep the works on schedule, a team of fully trained installers from Brett Martin installed all the Ritchlight products and made the ridge and verge flashings for the Ritchlight dual pitched rooflight.


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