• Capabilities: Building Information Modelling (BIM) , Business Advisory , Transportation Planning
  • Sectors: Rail and Urban Transport
  • Region: Europe , United Kingdom

Manchester Victoria Station

Manchester, United Kingdom - Transforming Manchester’s Victoria Station will transform mobility for the city of Manchester.

12

Million Passengers by 2018

1884

The first year Arcadis worked on Victoria Station

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.
Now open to the public, the redevelopment of Manchester Victoria station has brought a much modern, spacious and efficient transport hub to the city. Arcadis and partners used Building Information Modelling (BIM) to coordinate their efforts to complete the work. The major challenge for Network Rail and its partners was to keep the station operational for the duration of the renovation. A five-dimensional BIM model of the work ensured that every team involved in the project could anticipate any potential challenges before they emerged, making sure the station remained operational. In recognition of this work, the project received the 2015 Tekla award for ‘Total BIM project’.

The results are there for all to see: a station fit for the 21st Century, giving Manchester the transport links fitting for a Northern powerhouse city and improving quality of life for its residents and visitors. 

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council said: "The restoration of Victoria Station will contribute greatly to the continued regeneration of this area of the city, delivering both economic and environmental benefits.  The much needed transformation will bring the faded glory of the station into the 21st century and ensure that passengers have the modern facilities expected of one of the city's key transport hubs."

Outcomes

12

Million Passengers by 2018

1884

The first year Arcadis worked on Victoria Station

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