Railway StationSouth Western Railways are offering the Railway Station building at Whitchurch for community use.

The company has been looking at its buildings and has identified Whitchurch Station as one it would offer at a peppercorn rent. There are four rooms available, a bathroom and WC, a small kitchen and a cellar. Water and electricity are present although the building is in a poor state of repair and work would be required.

This is an opportunity for any community group or non profit organisation to deliver a community benefit.

SWR say:

Properly refurbished, this building could make an ideal office for a small community business or as a shared facility for more than one community business. Craft workshops are another possibility. 

and:

Considerable redecoration will be required throughout the property with ceiling repairs required in some rooms upstairs. Most of the windows are smashed and will need replacing (they are boarded over at present). Electricity and water supplies are present but some are disconnected and the appearance of the accommodation would be improved with new sanitary ware and kitchen fittings.

However the company says it is “always keen to explore different opportunities”.

Ideas could include a community shop, a café, a repair workshop, community offices, craft units, a tourist info centre…

Is anyone interested?

To find out more about making use of redundant spaces, please contact the Community Rail Manager Andy Harrowell, at andrew.harrowell@swrailway.com or our dedicated officer at the Community Rail Network, Daniel Wright, at daniel@communityrail.org.uk 


Documents to download are here:

SWR Redundant Space Flyer

SWR Redundant Space SWR how-to guide with pics

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