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Plans on show for the proposed refurbishment of Head of Steam Museum and development of a major visitor attraction

Darlington residents and businesses are invited to have their say on the proposals for the redevelopment of the Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum into a major new visitor attraction and museum.

The proposals intend to develop the existing museum on North Road, as well as surrounding heritage buildings, into a new world class major visitor destination before 2025.

The development will combine many listed buildings to create a unique visitor experience.

The refurbishment scheme includes,

Plan view of the whole sites

Detailed map of the site

Goods Shed

The visitor centre, café and display space to be remodelled and refurbished Grade II* Listed building.

Plan view of the Goods shed
Artist's impression of the Goods Shed

Head of Steam (Existing Museum)

A major exhibition and interpretation space in a remodelled and refurbished Grade II* Listed building

The main approach by steps
The main approach by ramp
Outside on the platform
Overhead shot showing the platform

Carriage Works

An archive, study area, function and temporary exhibition space in a remodelled and refurbished Grade II* Listed building.

Plan of the Carriage Works
An Artist's impression of the interior of the Carriage Works
Steps in the Carriage works

Live Engineering Works

A purpose-built facility for the creation and maintenance of steam locomotives by A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with public viewing facilities and interpretation.

Technical drawing of A1 Engineering Shed
Technical drawing of A1 Engineering Shed

1861 Building

A facility for the repair, maintenance, storage and display of locomotives and associated rail artifacts. 

Technical drawings of the 1861 Engine Shed

Lime Cells

Refurbished Grade II Listed building.

All comments need to be received by 5pm on Friday 12 March 2021 and will be considered by the designers as they finalise the scheme.

Finalised plans will be submitted to the Council, as the local planning authority, for consideration in July 2021.

Please send any comments to [email protected].

For further information, please contact the Darlington Borough Council’s Communications Unit on 01325 406058 or at [email protected]