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A revamp for Dartmouth Steam Railway

A revamp for Dartmouth Steam Railway
Written by Roma Publications

A revamp for Dartmouth Steam Railway
As part of a £1.2 million redevelopment at Queens Park Station in Paignton – the headquarters of the Dartmouth Steam Railway – a new terminus building has been constructed, as has a new platform canopy and restoration shed.

The revamp has been commissioned to provide an attractive, contemporary building which reflects the rich heritage of Victorian railway stations.

The scheme has been designed by MTA architects working closely the client Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company.

As part of the project a series of architectural skylights have been installed. Brett Martin Brett Martin Daylight Systems supplied the product working with the roofing contractor to design a natural lighting solution comprising a combination of Ritchlight products with grey powder-coated aluminium glazing profiles.
A single 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. With the addition of four electrically operated opening vents, the building can be naturally ventilated whilst the skylight is double-glazed in self-cleaning glass with a blue tint to minimise the effects of direct sunlight.
Above the main entrance and at the rear of the ticket hall, Ritchlight Monos were installed in the vertical position in the glazed gables. 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, almost 33 metres of Ritchlight mono glazing profiles 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 under impact so specially laminated single skin toughened glass was used to glaze the long canopy.
Two Ritchlight Ultra gable ended skylights were also installed in the flat roof canopy outside the café to provide a covered but well-lit external area.  Measuring 2 metres long and 1.4 metres wide, the rooflights were also double-glazed with toughened over laminated glass for additional strength and durability.
As one of the finest heritage steam railway journeys in Europe, the heritage line carries approximately 200,000 passengers to Dartmouth every year. With the specification of Ritchlight skylights adding to the stylish aesthetic, both externally and internally, Brett Martin has helped to deliver a new facility that is welcoming and attractive to passengers and staff.
Brett Martin Daylight Systems is the UK and Ireland’s leading and largest rooflight manufacturer. With more than 50 years’ experience, it is the only European company to manufacture all the main plastic rooflight materials.
Brett Martin Daylight Systems provides daylight solutions to a wide spectrum of building types, supplying well over 1,000,000m² of rooflights every year.
Based at a manufacturing site in Coventry, Daylight Systems is a division of Brett Martin Ltd, a family owned business employing over 800 people, with a turnover in excess of £112m per year.
Brett Martin Ltd is a multi-site manufacturing company specialising in the manufacture of plumbing and drainage systems, plastic rooflighting and glazing materials, architectural rooflight systems and semi-finished substrates for the sign and display industry.
Brett Martin Ltd was established in 1958 and is based on a 35 acre site in Mallusk, Northern Ireland. It supplies products to over 70 countries worldwide, 50 percent of turnover is derived from export sales.

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