Steel roof beams and glass in old railway station building with large hanging clock
Steel roof beams and glass in old railway station building with large hanging clock

Digitalising Listed Buildings in the Rail Sector

13 January 2023

The UK’s rail network has a long and proud history, meaning that many heritage properties make up its extensive infrastructure. This includes some 1650 listed railway buildings and structures in mainland UK such as Aberdour Railway Station in Fife and Kew Garden Station in London; which is more than half of the railway stations in mainland UK

When it comes to digitalising the rail sector and improving the energy efficiency of its infrastructure, listed buildings may require additional considerations. To advance the rail industry, it is necessary to create harmony between essential building modernisation and preservation of the past, and CODA can help to achieve this balance.

Updating and altering historic buildings

Special permissions may be required when changing or updating listed buildings or buildings within conservation areas. There may also be restrictions relating to the work that can be carried out or alternative legislation for historic properties. For example, with regards to the application of Part L of the Building Regulations (Conservation of Fuel and Power), some exemptions exist to listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas and scheduled monuments.

CODA and historic properties

The additional considerations and applications associated with listed properties can be time-consuming and labour intensive, but the CODA team offers end-to-end support for rail operators. From assessing the status of the property to building a detailed plan of the proposed works, our governance experts work closely with rail property managers throughout the digitalisation journey. This includes liaising with the local authority to create bespoke plans to improve the building’s energy efficiency and satisfy the relevant legislation.

Our team of governance specialists can also support property managers through the Listed Building Consent process. This may include revising original designs and proposals to meet specific requirements to protect the history of the building.

In addition, the CODA hardware has been designed to minimise the impact on heritage properties or sites. The cutting-edge sensors are discreet and can be installed minimal impact to the fabric of a building. Our patented technology also means that multiple zones can be served by a single sensor, reducing the number of required fixtures and fittings. Our teams also understand the importance of preserving the original property or site and take care to use existing containment and cable routes and limit wall penetration wherever possible.

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