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BDP to redesign Manchester train station

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Network Rail has appointed BDP as chief architects for the refurbishment of Manchester’s Victoria railway station

The contract dealing with the first three stages of the transformation was handed to Hyder Consulting which named BDP as project designers.

The work is scheduled to be completed by 2014 and is a collaboration between Network Rail, which has contributed £16 million to the pot, Manchester City Council, contributing £5 million, and Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority, contributing £4 million.

A new 6,300 sq m roof will be the centrepiece of the station revamp, with the use of the ETFE system a possibility.

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.’

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.
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