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Timelapse video showing the installation of the steel ribs to form the new roof, with the ninth and largest rib lifted into place on Saturday 2 August.
As part of our strategy for rail in the North, we have big plans for Manchester Victoria - a £44m transformation of the station into a transport interchange that is safer, brighter and more spacious.
Our plans, which will deliver a fitting gateway to the city, include:
As anyone who has been to Victoria on a rainy day can tell you, there's a problem with the roof. That’s why we plan to replace the old, leaking roof with a brand new, state of the art one befitting the grand design of the station buildings.
The £16m new roof is likely to be made of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) – the material used at Piccadilly station, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the swimming pool built for the Beijing Olympics, known as the Water Cube.
ETFE is lighter, cheaper and lets in more light than glass. It’s also self cleaning, making it an ideal material.
Computer generated image of the inside of the proposed Manchester Victoria station
Computer generated image of an aerial view of the proposed Manchester Victoria station
The nearly 100 meters long and 70 tonnes heavy ninth rib is lowered into place.