Network Rail has formally reopened Manchester’s Victoria Station today, with the £44m revamp delivering four tram platforms, three new tracks and a 100,000 sq ft glass roof.
BDP was the architect and heritage consultant for the three-year project, while Morgan Sindall was the main contractor.
The central feature is a new concourse which is enclosed with an energy-saving roof which has changed the appearance of the station from the north of the city. BDP’s roof replaces a series of train-shed roofs.
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The design includes a series of mezzanine floors holding retail and station facilities and improving passenger connections.
The station complex covers a variety of functions, including the main entrance to the Manchester Arena and a multi-storey car park. The multi-modal transport interchange required by Network Rail integrates these with heavy and light rail, regional and shuttle buses, taxis, private cars and bicycles.
Upgraded Metrolink facilities at the station are part of enabling works for the second city crossing route, now under construction.
Victoria is one of the city’s oldest rail terminals and a historic building in its own right, dating from 1844, with a number of listed buildings and features.
The original grade two-listed Edwardian frontage building has been restored, alongside the refurbishment of the original ticket hall dating from 1909.
Original features such as the original Lancashire and Yorkshire railway tiled wall map, the First World war memorial, the original glass dome, Soldiers’ Gate, the historic station mosaics, and the Art Nouveau external glass and iron canopy, have all been restored and re-installed.
The Victoria transformation is part of a £1bn investment by Network Rail to provide a foundation for future transport developments, improving links between cities in the north.
The programme of work which incorporates the Northern Hub and North West electrification will unlock new routes, improve connections and provide journey-times across the north of England from coast to coast.
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