Newcastle Station

Newcastle station required extensive work to refurbish its barrel roof. A key condition was that the station remained fully operational whilst the work was carried out. Spencer Group was awarded the 52-week contract on the strength of our strong history of providing innovative engineering solutions which minimise impact on the everyday running of railway infrastructure.

Key Project Details

Client Network Rail
Duration 12 months
Location Newcastle
Contract Form NEC

Project Scope

The main scope of the works involved the refurbishment of the three ‘Dobson’ Barrel Roofs. This included:

• re-waterproofing the entire structure
• adding new clerestory glazing, and installing new lantern capping and new ‘over barrel’ stairways
• adding decorative internal cladding to the barrel vault roofs
• strengthening the arch ribs

Additionally, Spencer Group also:
• installed new lighting
• installed new mains distribution throughout the station
• refurbished the entire drainage system
• added new copings and paving to a number of the main platforms.

The project involved

100% safety record
Grade 1 listed building


With Newcastle Station being a Grade 1 listed building, the Spencer team had to communicate closely with the relevant authorities to obtain approval for the materials and techniques used to refurbish the roof. Spencer Group ensured the successful renovation of all three ‘Dobson’ roofs were carried out on time and to budget, with a 100% safety record. Throughout the programme of refurbishments, the station remained fully operational, with zero possessions required and minimal disruption to passengers and staff during the works. The station roof is now fully watertight, with the new cladding and capping providing a visual enhancement that complements the historic structure of the station.

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The project involved

3 roofs refurbished