Period Visitor Facilities

The Severn Valley Railway is a 16-mile long railway running mainly along the banks of the River Severn, from Kidderminster in North Worcestershire to Bridgnorth in South Shropshire. It was established in 1965 and is now a major national and international tourist centre attracting up to 250,000 visitors per year.

The new visitor centre at Bridgnorth Station provides visitor toilets, restaurant and associated catering kitchen and staff accommodation. The visitor centre is located adjacent to the existing Grade 2 listed Jacobean style station building and was conceived as subservient in scale and architectural style, reflecting the more
utilitarian accommodation within.

The new building pays heed to the fact that the site is a tourist attraction portraying the spirit of a steam age railway. Contemporary design would not have been suitable for the new buildings as it is important to maintain the atmosphere and character of a past age in a coherent manner. Such a portrayal is achieved by use of steam age locos, rolling stock, track layouts, signalling, platform lighting, fencing and signage and including operating practices in the form of ticketing and uniforms. The new building reinforces this coherent illusion and faithfully reproduces Great Western Railway architectural form and detailing from 1895 to 1910.

  • Construction works on a steep railway embankment
  • Historically accurate 1895 to 1910 GWR detailing
  • New building adjacent to Grade II listed building
  • Full traditional joinery details for furniture, fitted cafĂ© counter & public house bar

Project Architect

Martin Gilbert

Partner in charge

Charles Webster

Bridgnorth Station, Shropshire

Severn Valley Railway

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