Elmstead Woods, LB of Bromley
DURA DAGGER BOARDS | CASE STUDY
Project: Elmstead Woods Railway Station, London Borough of Bromley | Client: Crown Roofing Specialist and BAM Nuttall Ltd
Elmstead Woods railway station is on the South Eastern Main Line, serving the district of Elmstead in the London Borough of Bromley.
The station has 4 platforms, 3 of which feature platform canopies with decorative dagger boards (also sometimes known as valancing).
In 2019, work began on refurbishing the station, including replacing the existing timber dagger boards which were badly rotted, posing a safety hazard.
Contractor Crown Roofing Specialists were appointed by BAM Nuttall Ltd for the canopy works and selected the NEW 19mm composite dagger boards from Dura Composites for the project, thanks to their Class B fire rating, pleasing lightweight design and low maintenance characteristics.
Over 140 linear metres were CNC cut and delivered to site by Dura Composites in a matter of days to suit the upcoming weekend possession, and the dagger boards were efficiently installed across all three platforms by Crown Roofing Specialists in a single 8 hour shift.
Crown Roofing Specialists
Commenting on the work conducted at Elmstead Woods Station, Sean Painter of Crown Roofing Specialists said:
This project had tight turnaround times, so finding a dagger board solution which allowed our contractors to replace the degraded timber boards with ease and safety was critical. We were impressed by the quality of the Dura Composites material, and with their ability to cut and deliver the composite boards to site in such a short turnaround time. The 19mm profile was lightweight and easy to work with versus traditional timber, and provides a robust, maintenance-free and cost-effective solution to the problem of rotting canopies that complies with Network Rail specifications.
The scalloped Class B fire rated design achieved by Dura Composites echoed the previous valance design, which was so popular with passengers and heritage enthusiasts, and compliments the station surroundings. We look forward to employing Dura’s composite dagger boards on future station refurbishment projects.