Walls End & Hadrian Road Metro Stations, Tyne & Wear
Quadriga have completed the refurbishment of two of the main North East Metro stations. Quadriga joined with Nexus to help with their Metro overhaul in the North East.
Nexus, who own and manage the Metro, are now close to completing the refurbishment and rebuilding of all six stations from Wallsend to North Shields as part of its £385m Metro modernisation programme. Quadriga have worked on Hadrian Road Metro station, which is on the Yellow line of the Tyne and Wear Metro, and the historic Wallsend Metro station, which is located towards the centre of Wallsend, a town on the north bank of the River Tyne, in Tyne and Wear.
Wallsend Metro station is famous because it is the only public facility in Britain in which the signage is in Latin. This is a nod to its location near the Segedunum Roman fort at the end of Hadrian’s Wall. To celebrate the full completion of the restoration works a new artwork celebrating Wallsend’s Roman heritage has been unveiled by local MP Mary Glindon to mark the refurbishment of the town’s Metro station.
The artwork takes the 1.5 million people who use the station every year on a photographic journey along Hadrian’s Wall, from nearby Segedunum Fort and museum to Bowness on Solway 76 miles away. The commission marks 10 years since Wallsend made headlines as the only station in the world to have signs in Latin (as well as English) to mark its unique position at one end of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site.
Bernard Garner, Director General of Nexus, said: “The refurbishment of stations to improve accessibility and the waiting environment is an important part of Metro modernisation, alongside the vital work we are doing to replace ageing tracks and infrastructure for the decades ahead”.
“We are taking Metro into the future but we still have an eye on our rich history, which Wallsend’s Latin signage and this new artwork celebrates.” Mary Glindon, North Tyneside Mp, said: “The refurbishment of the town’s Metro Station is great for the people of Wallsend, who deserve such a modernised facility. “Moreover, it is the gateway to our World Heritage Site, at Segedunum and I am thrilled that Nexus have commissioned this artwork, to highlight our Roman Heritage for all Metro passengers.” The refurbishment of Wallsend Metro provides better accessibility, seating and lighting at the station as well as giving it a modern new brand, into which the artwork and renewed Latin signs have been incorporated.
Quadriga were able clean and repoint all of the existing masonry at both stations whilst also applying slip resistant flooring with anti-slip coatings to the building concourse, stairs and ramps. Quadriga used contrasting colours to all ramp landings, and then surface applied tactile paving with resin mortar fillet. All completed works needed initial protection due to the cold temperature, so we provided and maintained protection to all anti slip coatings as necessary to prevent any damage caused by the cold weather. We also attached white nosing to intermediate steps, and yellow nosing’s to top and bottom steps.
Finally Quadriga applied a Bauxite Bonded resin finish to concourse landings and treads.
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