Denmark Hill Station’s 150-year-old Station Master’s House has been lovingly restored having lain derelict since the 1980s.
The Grade-II listed building, designed by architect Charles Henry Driver, who masterminded many of South London’s iconic railway buildings, got a £320,000 revamp thanks to The Arch Company.
Lord Parkinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Arts and Heritage, visited the site saying: “The railway is an intrinsic part of our national heritage — and one which millions of people use every day.
“The beautiful station at Denmark Hill station continues to grow and serve local visitors, while proudly showing off its Victorian heritage.”
Station Master’s House is now ready to take on a new lease of life as home to a cafe or another small business.
The refurbishment includes new timber sash windows, a new entrance matching the door and panels on the station platform, and retention of the original chimney stack.
The Railway Heritage Trust contributed £44,000 which enabled the design of the new windows, doors, flooring and external repairs.
The building was first designed between 1864 and 1866 but was damaged by fire in 1980.
While most of the station building was restored, including the Phoenix pub, Station Master’s house remained empty and on Historic England’s ‘Heritage at Risk’ Register.
Its refurbishment forms part of Project 1000, The Arch Company’s £200 million plan to bring a thousand empty and derelict spaces into use by 2030.
Aigars Pudulis, Leasing Manager from The Arch Company, said: “We are delighted to bring the former Station Master’s House back into usable condition after 43 years.
“The location in the Camberwell Grove Conservation Area, close to Denmark Hill station, benefits from high footfall, making it an ideal area for a café or similar business to thrive. We look forward to welcoming a new business here soon.”
In May, Denmark Hill was crowned the UK’s second best station, narrowly losing to Wemyss Bay in Scotland.