Leon Walsh, Senior Structural Engineer in the firm’s Newcastle office, has recently taken up the position of historic buildings advisor on the board of trustees for Bowes Railway in Gateshead.
As an expert in the assessment and refurbishment of existing structures and in particular, the conservation of historic properties, Leon has worked on some of the most renowned heritage projects in the UK. His role on the board will involve advising on repairs to the railway’s buildings from a structural and conservation point of view.
Bowes Railway, which is managed by the Bowes Railway Company Ltd on behalf of the current joint owners, Sunderland City Council and Gateshead Council, was originally a colliery railway. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world’s first modern railways as well as the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world.
Patrick Parsons has provided structural engineering duties associated with the conservation of the railway since 2007 in order to preserve the historic site which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Recognised as one of the UK’s leading conservation engineers, the firm has worked on a range of prestigious projects including Hadrian’s Wall, numerous projects for English Heritage as well as ongoing conservation works at Durham Cathedral.