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Refurbishment Complete at Leeds’ LNER First Class Lounge

A Lincolnshire-based commercial interior specialist APSS has completed refurbishment works on the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) first-class lounge at Leeds train station.

Transforming the lounge and completing the project in just one week, the works included a total fit-out of the existing first-class lounge, designing and installing bespoke furniture as well as decorating the space to fit with the new Azuma’ train service.

John Bysouth, project manager at APSS, said: “It’s an incredible achievement to have turned this project around in just one week – half of the time we would normally expect to turn a project around of this kind.

APSS’s in-house joinery team also crafted and installed a new reception desk, coffee station and two interior plasterboard walls at the lounge, and are one of a handful of firms accredited by the Rail Safety Standards Board’s Railway Industry Supplier Qliaifaction Scheme.

John added: “The team have worked extremely hard to deliver this project to its high standard and we are over the moon with the results. It’s an exciting time for the British rail industry, with the rolling out of the new Azuma train service and we look forward to continuing our relationship with LNER and furthering our experience and skills within the transport sector.”

The new LNER Azuma train service which launched in May is a diesel-electric hybrid; built by Hitachi and using Japanese bullet train technology, the trains are environmentally friendly and are comprised of lightweight materials.

Operating across routes between London, Leeds, York, Darlington, Durham, Newcastle, Alnmouth, Dunbar and Edinburgh, LNER claims that the trains will also deliver a smoother, quieter and more reliable journey.

Philip Cooke, Property Project Manager at LNER, added: “It was a fantastic effort to complete the works within the programme timescales. This is even more evident taking in to account the different trades working within a relatively small space. The finish is absolutely fantastic, and the feedback received from customers echoes this.”

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