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    Bath Spa Rail Station Dagger Board Canopies, UK

    Composite Dagger Boards at Grade II* Listed Station

    Project Overview

    The existing timber station canopies at Bath Spa were badly in need of repair due to extensive weathering and rotting. But this heritage station is listed, so any new materials used needed to be sympathetic to the original design and to match the heritage cream colour that was so well-loved. Dura Composites and MLG worked together to replicate the valance design so that Dura could CNC new composite Dura Daggerboards with a long design life and safe Class B fire rating. The results are simply stunning.

    Bringing Bath Spa’s platform canopy back to life

    Bath Spa Station is a Grade II* listed building built in 1840 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel with huge historical significance. It serves as Bath’s mainline station connecting to Bristol and London and services 3 million passengers each year. The existing timber station canopies on platforms 1, 2 and the station entrance were badly in need of repair due to extensive weathering and rotting.

    Collaboration to ensure respect for heritage designs

    Dura customer MLG were appointed to replace the canopies and chose us to 3D laser scan the station so that we could create an exact replica of the heritage design that is such an iconic feature of the station.

    Once the scan had been completed, we were able to create a sample section for client approval made from our ultra-low maintenance Dura Daggerboard in a matching cream colour. Made from durable composite material with a Class B fire rating, our daggerboard was the ideal replacement for the badly worn timber which had started to present a hazard to station users.

    All of the beauty but none of the headaches of the original timber.

    The feedback was great, and we were commissioned to begin full scale production using our CNC technology. As the Dura Daggerboards mimic the appearance of the traditional wooden valance boards but are lighter, simpler to install and require virtually no maintenance, they provide a much better lifecycle value than timber daggers. The client feedback on the installation by MLG and the daggerboards themselves has been spectacular, and the Bath Spa design has been added to our extensive daggerboard library.


    MLG UK


    Great Western Railway

    Network Rail


    Composite Daggerboard


    3D Scanning & Surveys
    Design & Engineering
    CNC Machining
    Project Implementation

    We are thrilled with the restoration of Bath Spa Station’s Grade II* listed canopies. Dura’s meticulous CAD support and ultra-low maintenance Dura Daggerboards not only faithfully recreated the heritage design but have also ensured a safer, longer-lasting solution. The CNC-produced daggerboards are a perfect blend of aesthetics and functionality and have received excellent feedback. This project truly achieved the gold standard of heritage restoration.

    Luke Lewis

    Managing Director of MLG UK Ltd

    BA1 1SU

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