Manchester Victoria Station – Building

Victoria Station Manchester, Railway Building England, Photo, Date, Architect

Manchester Victoria Station : Building

Railway Architecture : Network Rail northwest England – Northern Hub, UK – by BDP

4 May 2011

Manchester Victoria Station Redevelopment


Network Rail reveals stunning new images of the future station at Manchester Victoria. The announcement came on the day that George Osborne, MP for Tatton, visited the station to hear about the benefits rail investment brings to local people and businesses.

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Manchester Victoria pictures from Network Rail

The new visuals show how the station could look in less than five years time. They are an early indication of how the station could be transformed into a major regional interchange, with plans for wider investment being developed separately as part of the Northern Hub scheme. With this added investment, improvements to the railway in the region would top £700m, including newly electrified lines between Manchester and Liverpool.

Graham Botham, Programme Sponsor, Network Rail said: “This is great news for passengers at Victoria. The numbers of people using the station could double by 2019, with faster, more frequent trains eventually to Leeds and Liverpool as part of the Northern Hub plans, so we need a station that reflects Manchester’s vibrant city centre.

“Our plans see Victoria transformed by the end of 2014, acting as a further catalyst in an area where the Co-operative Group is regenerating 20 acres of land around the station. That’s why we have been working so closely with the city council and English Heritage to resolve any planning issues resulting from the station’s listed status.”

The Rt Hon George Osborne, MP for Tatton, visiting the station today said: “It’s great to see first hand how impressive this new station is going to be, and it’s great to hear how the project is going to bring new jobs and new investment from businesses.”

A stunning new station

• A brand new, state of the art roof will flood the station with natural light rather than rain. It is likely to be made of ETFE – the material used at Piccadilly station and the Eden Project. The £20m cost is to be split between Network Rail (£16m) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) (£4m).
• The improvements future proof the station allowing for the imminent electrification of the line to Liverpool and would allow for improvements to services included in the Northern Hub proposals by Network Rail.
• Network Rail and TfGM are developing plans to improve Victoria station yet further. These include new shops and cafes, better Metrolink facilities, new and improved links to the MEN arena and refurbishment and renewal of the Grade II listed station building.
• A public consultation will be held on the plans. This is likely to take place in the autumn before a listed building application is submitted to the city council in the winter.

If consent is granted early, construction would begin in Summer 2013 with completion by Winter 2014.


The Co-operative Group is leading an £800m mixed-use redevelopment project known as NOMA. It will transform Manchester’s Northern Gateway into a remodelled and truly mixed use area anchored by large corporate office occupiers, retail, residential and leisure uses and home to a broad range of SMEs. It will be built at a cost of £800m over 10-15 years on land owned by The Co-operative Group in Manchester’s City Centre.

Manchester building photos © Adrian Welch, Apr 2010:

Principal frontage facing southwest ; corner facing south:

Victoria Station Manchester Manchester Victoria Station

Date built: 1844

Architect: George Stephenson

Victoria Station Redevelopment

News – 10 Aug 2010

BDP appointed by Network Rail to oversee redevelopment of the historic Victoria Station building.

The transformation of Manchester’s Victoria railway station into a bright, clean, modern facility fit for the 21st century, that people will want to use and visit, has taken a giant step towards becoming a reality.
Network Rail has awarded a contract to Hyder Consulting to cover the first three stages of a process that will make the station almost unrecognisable by 2014. Hyder has subsequently appointed BDP as architects to deliver the project.
Jo Kaye, Network Rail’s route director, said: “Manchester relies on rail and the go-ahead for this vital project underlines Network Rail’s commitment to improving Manchester Victoria. Awarding this contract is the confirmation that everyone wants – funds are secure and the work will happen.
“Over the next four years, the station will undergo a complete makeover that will make it a key point of entry to a part of the city that has undergone a renaissance in recent years.”
The project is being jointly funded by Network Rail ((£16m), Manchester City Council (£5m) and GMITA (£4m). Although the funding is £5m less than was previously available, Network Rail believes it can deliver a value for money project that will meet previous aspirations.
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.”
Councillor Ian Macdonald, chair of GMITA, said: “I am delighted that we’ve been able to work with Network Rail and Manchester City Council to get to this stage, which will see the creation of a master plan for Manchester Victoria to transform it into a modern interchange befitting its heritage and importance.
“The investment allied to this is crucial, not least because of the increase in passengers that new Metrolink lines will bring, but also long overdue, so it is fantastic news that we can now, at long last, take this step towards providing a true landmark facility and gateway to the city for the thousands of passengers who already use it every day.
“I look forward to the final scheme being developed.”

Lee Wasnidge, area director, Northern Rail said: “The appointment of this contract is an important step towards the transformation of Manchester Victoria into a modern gateway to this vibrant city.”

The contract will define the output and scope of the project, and its ultimate aims. It will look at constraints and boundaries that may limit options, will work up all the options available and assess the most suitable to be developed and taken forward.

This work is expected to be completed during March next year.
The major piece of work to transform the look of the station will be a new roof, and Network Rail is considering using a roofing system called ETFE, similar to that at Piccadilly station. The roof totals just over 6,300 square metres and is big enough to house an Airbus A380. Using ETFE will mean the entire station will be flooded with natural light.
Other facilities considered include:-
  • A glazed screen between platforms and concourse to improve the concourse environment and provide protection from the weather (similar to Piccadilly station) and glazed station entrance doors;
  • Possible relocation of the ticket office and provision of a centrally located travel centre;
  • Work to protect the heritage features of the station such as the external façade and canopy, the war memorials, the dome roof in the café, and the station mosaics;
  • Potential for improved and additional retail facilities; and
  • Provision for step-free access to the arena, and additional Metrolink platforms, if required in the future
Network Rail will work closely with its funding partners and other organisations such as Northern Rail, English Heritage and the Railway Heritage Trust to complete the project by the end of 2014.

Victoria Station Redevelopment – Further Information


– Outline design of preferred option, discussions over heritage issues and listed building consent approvals to be undertaken between May and December 2011

– Detailed design and actual work to be carried out between Feb 2012 and Dec 2014

– Project completed Dec 2014

In a separate scheme valued at £1.7m (including a £40,000 contribution from GMITA) funded as part of the DfT’s National Stations Improvement Programme:-

– the lighting on platforms three to six will be upgraded

– the current ladies toilet will be completely renovated to provide ladies, gents, baby changing and fully accessible facilities (at which time the existing gents toilet will close)

– there will be additional CCTV and help points on the station

– there will be additional cycle hoops

Platforms one and two have recently been completely rebuilt by Network Rail and the tracks re-laid at a cost of £3.6m

The work at Manchester Victoria supports Network Rail’s plans for the Northern Hub which provides the opportunity for 700 more trains per day and 3.5 million more passengers each year through enhancements to the rail network, which includes a significantly greater role for Manchester Victoria and a new connection between Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport.

Hyder Consulting is a multi-national advisory and design consultancy with particular specialisation in transport, property, utilities and environment sectors. With more than 150 years’ experience and approximately 4,200 people across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia, it combines global expertise and local knowledge to create exceptional solutions for clients and their stakeholders.

Hyder’s Managing Director for Rail, Mac Alghita said: “In the current economic climate we will use our rail expertise to deliver an affordable world class scheme through simplicity and innovation. We aim to delight the people of Manchester, Network Rail, GMITA and Manchester City Council.”

Hyder’s Project Director, Andrew Dugdale said: “Hyder and BDP are very excited about this great project for Manchester.  I want Manchester Victoria to become known as great feat of engineering. “We will be enhancing the entire station experience for passengers, staff and arena patrons with a fully integrated design. Our holistic approach to environmental sustainability is fundamental to our overarching approach to delivering ‘Places for People’.”


– BDP is the largest interdisciplinary practice of architects, designers, engineers and urbanists in Europe and employs over 1,000 people in 17 studios across the UK, Europe, UAE and India
– BDP has an outstanding track record in rail and other transport sectors and is
– BDP Manchester’s studio was behind the £60 million pound redevelopment of Manchester’s Piccadilly Station, completed in 2002. In 2008 it topped a national passenger satisfaction survey with a 92% approval score
– More recently the Manchester studio has been involved in the redevelopment of Nottingham and Chester stations
– BDP Manchester is also currently working on a multi-site project for Arriva Trains Wales including the redevelopment of six mainline stations in Wales.
– Manchester Victoria is the latest scheme being developed in partnership with Hyder. Other joint projects include Crossrail Whitechapel and Northampton Station

Victoria Station – corner facade facing south

Victoria Station
photo © Adrian Welch

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