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The sky’s the limit for Victoria

Manchester Victoria Station

A £44 million project to modernise Manchester Victoria Station is underway.

The scheme has recently seen the installation of the first of 15 curved steel ribs which, when completed, will form an ultra modern new roof at the station.

The project will update the station as well as ensure that the station’s Grade II listed features are retained. The steel ribs were constructed using locally fabricated steelwork which was delivered to site in May this year in 24 metre sections and welded together to form single sections. Each section measured up to 96 metres long and weighed a staggering 70 tonnes.

Morgan Sindall acted as the main contractor on this project and has been crucial in the complex installations and works programme. The team used a 1,200 tonne crane, of which only one of its type is available in the UK, to lift two of the 1.2 metre deep and 0.5 metre wide ribs over a city tram route and onto 18 metre high columns and 4 metre high buttresses.

The new roof structure has been designed to allow natural daylight to flood into the station through the use of lightweight, transparent ETFE. This material has been utilised in other high profile venues including at Piccadilly station in London, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the swimming pool built for the Beijing Olympics, known as the Water Cube.

A number of smaller beams and supports are also being provided to form and stability to the structure. Nick Fletcher, Managing Director of civil engineering at Morgan Sindall, has said:

We are delighted to be working with Network Rail on this prestigious scheme to enhance the historic station structure and improve passengers’ journeys.


Morgan Sindall has a wealth of experience in the rail sector, including recent station renewal works at Euston in London, Haymarket in Edinburgh and Liverpool’s underground stations, all of which will help us to ensure a successful end result here.”

The regeneration project at Manchester Victoria station also includes the installation of a new mezzanine access deck plus a ticket barrier, concourse flooring and external doors. Sections of the existing Victorian building will also be refurbished, including an ornate Victorian stained glass dome over the current bar area and three war memorials within the station, which will be sympathetically restored.

Main contractor Morgan Sindall is a UK construction, infrastructure and design business with a network of local offices. The company works for an array of private and public sector customers on projects and frameworks varying in price from £50,000 to over £1 billion. They offer many services to clients from small works and repair and maintenance, to the design and delivery of complex construction and engineering projects where they provide specialist design, tunnelling, utilities, building, civil engineering and mechanical and electrical services.

The company operates across numerous sectors such as the commercial, defence, education, energy, healthcare, industrial, leisure, retail, transport and water markets. Morgan Sindall Construction forms a specialised arm of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK construction and regeneration group with revenue of over £2 billion. The Group operates through five divisions of construction and infrastructure, fit out, affordable housing, urban regeneration and investments.

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