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A radical transformation for Middlesbrough’s station

25 May 2001 @TeessideUni

 

Belinda Wigerfelt has a vision to transform Middlesbrough railway station for the twenty-first century. Belinda’s ideas are part of the final year project for her BA (Hons) degree in Interior Architecture and Design at the University of Teesside.

Belinda, 25, is originally from Helsinborg, Sweden and selected Middlesbrough’s station deliberately for it’s Victorian architecture. She said: “These style of buildings are very important for towns, I’m trying to show how their interiors can be changed in the future.

“With my re-designed station I’m aiming to increase the number of people who use public transport by providing new features. The station will include a waiting room with computer facilities linked to the Internet, I think in the future more and more public places will have these. Another waiting room could have televisions and entertainment facilities. I’d also have an interchange between different forms of transport, with an airport check-in desk for those who are catching trains to airports.”

She consulted Railtrack when devising her design. One of Belinda’s central proposals is to close the station’s subway and build a bridge over the platforms, which contains an inclining escalator for the disabled. Belinda added: “The bridge could be seen as a new gateway into Middlesbrough for visitors.”

Belinda’s work can be seen at the University of Teesside’s Design Degree show from Monday 11 June-Thursday 14 June, from 9am-4pm each day. The show is free and open to the public. It will be held in the University’s Main Hall, off the main entrance, near the King Edward’s Square junction with Borough Road, Middlesbrough.

On Saturday 16 June the show moves to Lookers Audi showroom at Mandale Road, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees. The show again will be free and open to the public on Saturday 16 June from 9am-5pm, and on Sunday 17 June from 11am-4pm. For more details on the Design Degree show at the University contact Helen Smith in the School of Law, Arts & Humanities on 01642 384052. Details on the show at Lookers Audi are available from Simon Ginsberg, Business Development Manager on 01642 603444.