Science Museum Group Catering


Contractor: Compass Group Designers: Alan Brockington Catering Design

Welcoming over 1 million visitors per year, the National Railway Museum offers several excellent dining options, to cater for its many visitors from all over the world.


As part of the redevelopment of the main Courtyard at the National Railway Museum York, the Science Museum Group decided they wanted to incorporate a large freestanding shelter, to house not only the restored Countess of York dining carriage, but to also provide a substantial all-year-round outdoor cafe area.

The new shelter is 18.4 metre in length and provides an 8.75 metres deep platform, which houses the Countess of York carriage down one side and a sheltered dining area adjacent. Working closely with the designer Alan Brockington Catering Design, we provided all the detailed drawings and specification for the project.


The complete structure was manufactured in our architectural metal workshops in Elland, then dismantled and finished in a hard-wearing black powder coat, before assembly on site by our skilled craftsmen. The double-pitched roof structure, which is 5 metres tall, incorporates decorative frieze panels between structural columns with ornate finials and crestings to the apex of the roof. The glazed roof frame has been constructed using 6 mm clear toughened glass panels.

The huge canopy is complemented by 55 linear metres of perimeter balustrading, this time using balustrade panels and posts, which complements perfectly the rustic tongue and grooved pitch pine decking.