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This viewpoint has come about because, independently in our Branch Chairmen’s inaugural addresses, we dealt with the difficulties associated with contaminated land. The President, Dr John Roberts, who recognised the similarities, suggested we write some comments on what appears to be a subject that is perplexing more than just us.
Martin Wood and Michael Grant
Since the mid-1960s there has been a growing awareness of the effect of contamination
from the past industrial use of sites being considered for redevelopment.
The centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne has many fine buildings which have been recognised and protected through the listing process, particularly in the famous Graingertown area. One of these is Newcastle Central Station, a Grade I listed property designed in the 1840s by John Dobson and opened by H.M. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on 29 August 1850. The Southern section of the roof added in 1893 and known as the South Train Shed was designed by Wm Bell another distinguished Victorian Railway Station designer also responsible for the famous Darlington Bank Top station.