1841 en­gine shed to be demolished

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The 1841-built Lon­don Brighton & South Coast Rail­way en­gine shed at Red­hill, one of the few re­main­ing build­ings of its type and age, is to be demolished in mid-2018.

The struc­ture is cur­rently used as a mo­tor coach re­pair de­pot. Reigate & Banstead Coun­cil had re­fused an ap­pli­ca­tion for its de­mo­li­tion, but the de­ci­sion was over­turned on ap­peal.

Reigate So­ci­ety says the build­ing has a num­ber of im­por­tant ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures, and that the de­mo­li­tion of the ear­li­est rail­way build­ing in the bor­ough “amounts to an act of her­itage van­dal­ism”. It is call­ing for the struc­ture, which is due to be demolished by de­vel­oper Nord­hus Prop­er­ties, to be re­tained.

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