Scenic Railway – Margate

Scenic Railway Restoration

Designer: Guy Hollaway Architects & WGH Ltd

Project: Scenic Railway Restoration

Location: Margate, Kent

Client: Thanet District Council & Dreamland Trust

Value: £2 Million

Status: Complete

The Scenic Railway is a grade II* listed timber rollercoaster located in Margate, Kent. It is the oldest surviving rollercoaster in the UK. The rollercoaster was built between 1919-1920. An arson attack in 2008 destroyed the station and 30% of the structure. SpiderPM project managed the refurbishment of the timber structure, station and ride buildings and managed the restoration of the original running gear and delivered two new trains designed as close to the original trains as possible.

The Project was unique and technically challenging and required use of the latest technology to re-model parts of the structure and track destroyed by the fire and simulate the dynamic loads created by the ride.  The project required the procurement and assembly of a specialist team including experts from many different industries that are not normally involved in listed construction projects. The project was part funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Thanet District Council in partnership with the Dreamland Trust.

The project completed and was opened to the public as a visitor attraction in 2015.