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Caring for railway heritage Network Rail/Railway Heritage Trust (Recording)

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An illustrated discussion of the new, jointly developed, Heritage: Development and Care Design Manual.

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Our railways are one of the Victorian’s greatest contributions to the modern UK. Today, Network Rail owns and manages some 17,000 various buildings and structures – many of significant historic and architectural importance. Of these a staggering 1,650 are listed, with the age of some assets spanning almost 200 years. How can we ensure that this amazing legacy co-exists with the demands of a modern rail network? This is a rare and exciting opportunity to put your questions to key figures responsible for protecting our railway heritage.

The Victorian Society is delighted to host Frank Anatole, Network Rail’s Principal Architect and Andy Savage MBE, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, for an illustrated discussion of the new, jointly developed, Heritage: Development and Care Design Manual. This is one of a series of new design guidance standards which seek to improve the design quality and husbandry of the UK’s railways. The talk will explore: the new Manual’s main points, Network Rail’s historic environment policy, the legislative framework, maintenance and protection of the historic estate’s unique qualities, and examples of the advice on how best to maintain the operational functionality and cultural importance of the structures.

Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway infrastructure. 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. It also manages 20 of the UK's largest stations.The Railway Heritage Trust is a Company Limited by Guarantee, mainly sponsored by, but independent of Network Rail.  It awards grants for Network Rail's heritage assets, both listed and in Conservation Areas, to improve heritage features, and to bring disused assets back into use.  It also gives advice on the management of these assets if requested.

Frank Anatole RIBA FRSA

Frank is Principal Architect at Network Rail, advancing a highly ambitious programme of strategic initiatives aimed at enhancing design quality and standards within Network Rail, principally through innovation, cross-discipline collaboration and design guidance. As an experienced Design Director, with almost 30 years’ of public and private sector experience in transport, Frank has been closely involved in a number of high-profile, celebrated infrastructure projects, from major TGV stations in France to St Pancras Station, the London Eye, London Bridge Station and Crossrail. He is a champion of good design in transport and the public realm. Frank is an RIBA Chartered Member and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Andy Savage MBE

Andy Savage is the Executive Director of the Trust, which he joined at the start of 2010. Prior to that he was Deputy Chief Inspector of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport, following a long career in railway civil engineering and, more recently, contractor safety. Andy has a long involvement in railway heritage, and in the building aspects of it, with a particular involvement in the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways. Andy is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, the Institution of Railway Operators and the Permanent Way Institution (of which he was President from 2006 to 2008). He is also a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.Andy was awarded an MBE in 2021 New Year’s Honours list for services to the rail industry and heritage.

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