Restoration and Education Centre Appeal
It has been a long term ambition of the railway since losing access to the Rugby Cement works packing shed at Chinnor to have an internal space for locomotive and carriage restoration, general maintenance area and a dedicated education/teaching facility at Chinnor.
Where we are now
With the redevelopment of the former Rugby Chinnor Cement Works by developer Taylor Wimpey who are creating a new housing estate of some 178 homes, comes an opportunity for us to achieve this goal and develop a Restoration and Education Centre (REC) and enhance the working environment.
The redevelopment of the former cement works will allow the railway to develop its car park to twice its original size, take ownership of the existing sidings (which it leased for many years), together with some additional land beyond the end of the existing sidings.
This redevelopment has given the Railway confidence to plan and invest in the construction of a new Restoration and Education Centre. For a number of years, the Railway had leased a shed on the cement works site but with the demolition of the works this facility was lost.
Planning approval was obtained on 12th July 2011; the new Restoration and Education Centre will be purpose-built to meet the Railway’s ongoing restoration and educational needs for many years to come. It will also include storage and engineering facilities which will allow engineers to work in the dry for the first time for a long while!
The Restoration and Education Centre
The Planning application approved
A 48 x 10 x 5.5 (LxWxH) metre steel portal frame building with metal clad walls and roof. The roof will have 20% translucent roof lights to allow natural light into the building. The internal arrangement will allow a restoration road capable of taking two coaches or locomotives and a shorter maintenance road; complete with pit, for loco maintenance, examinations etc. Beyond the short road it will have room for two workshops (Engineering and Carriage and Wagon); a mezzanine level will provide an Education Centre and offices. Other amenities will include a kitchen and toilets.
A number of provisional estimates and construction methods have already been obtained and more detailed design work is ongoing. Now the Railway has reached an agreement with Taylor Wimpey we have surveyed the site to establish the final location. With the Planning Application being approved by South Oxfordshire District Council, the final costings of the development can be obtained.
And what it will cost
Estimates received suggest that we can build the bare shed for around £110,000 and the Agreement with Taylor Wimpey gives us the confidence to begin this Appeal so that we can get the basic building erected. To fully furnish with track work, floor, workshop and infrastructure a further £120,000 will be required.
Below is a view showing the current status of the land where the proposed Restoration and Education Centre is due to be built.
The railway therefore is starting a big fund raising effort to complete this project - and the fund raising needs to start TODAY, as, at a minimum, the bare building needs to be fully constructed before the offices and houses are built adjacent to it.
If you would like to make a donation to the Restoration and Education Centre Appeal and to help this amazing development and our dream come true, then
The fund currently stands at £95,153.72 as of April 2014.
Please contribute what you can so we can proceed with this as quickly as possible.
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