One of the glories of the Victorian railway system, Manchester Victoria station has since fallen behind the times. As part of Network Rail’s £1 billion project to improve rail links across the North, plans were created to update Victoria Stations facilities and to ensure that it became a station fit for the twenty-first century.
Manchester is the hub of the north of England and the city is reliant on its rail links to help commuters with their mobility. Manchester Victoria, which lies just north of the city center, is the city’s third busiest station and a major transport interchange, with rail and Metrolink tram services. Built in 1844, many of the station’s features and facilities were in major need of improvement to cope with the increased passenger numbers and demands. The original roof was originally constructed by Charles Fox, an Arcadis predecessor, as the “largest roof in the kingdom” in 1844.
In partnership with BDP, Morgan Sindall and Arcadis, Network Rail put together ambitious plans to transform Manchester Victoria. They proposed major improvements to the services and facilities offered by the station, including the electrification of lines, a new Metrolink station with an additional platform, restoration of the building’s listed features, upgraded retail units and a stunning new roof.