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Helen's Bay Railway Station salon wins award

A once-derelict railway station that has found new life as a beauty salon has won a prestigious award for its imaginative restoration.

Helen's Bay Railway Station was built in 1863 but is now home to Deborah Harper Makeup & Beauty.

It has won the Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards for what the judges described as an 'imaginative' conversion.

The award was presented by Lloyd Grossman at a ceremony in December followed by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by Railway Heritage Trust Chairman, Sir William McAlpine, at the station on March 20.

Speaking at the unveiling, Sir William praised the restoration project.

The project was carried out by architect Hall Black Douglas and building contractor Laird Contracts.

"This is an outstanding building and we are delighted to see what was once a derelict station brought back to life," he said.

Belfast Telegraph