GHA Design Commemorative Monument for RHDR

Guy Hollaway Architects was recently invited by our client, The Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, to create a commemorative monument to hold the Transport Trust plaque which marks their 90th anniversary. We are pleased to announce the monument has been designed by our Interior Designer, Helena Martin.

Saturday saw Sir William McAlpine, Chairman of the RHDR, unveil the monument to the local public and Channel 5 in promoting and encouraging the preservation and restoration of Britain's unique transport heritage, and this wonderful site.

Placed on the platform at the centre of the train tracks in New Romney, the concrete monument takes inspiration from the shape of the railway line, which runs from the Cinque Port of Hythe via Dymchurch, St. Mary's Bay, New Romney and Romney Sands to Dungeness, and acts as a place marker. The plaque which is incorporated within the design reflects a train signal protruding out from the ‘line’ and signals this historic route.

For the past 90 years the RHDR has been an integral part of the Romney Marsh scenery. Known as ‘Kent’s Mainline in Miniature’, the one-third full size steam and diesel locomotives have powered their way along the 13½ miles of track which terminates at Dungeness - a National Nature Reserve and one of the largest shingle landscapes in the world.

Helena joined Guy Hollaway Architects in 2016 as an Interior and Architectural Assistant after achieving a First Class Degree in Interior Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts (Canterbury School of Architecture). Working from our Hythe Studio Helena is part of our Interior Design team, headed by Sara Shihabi, and we congratulate her on the success of the RHDR commemorative monument.

Published on 31 October 2017