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BDP to redesign Manchester's Victoria station

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 designer.

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

A new 6,300m2 roof will be the centrepiece of the station revamp, with the use of the ETFE system a possibility.

Under consideration is 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.

Other options include ticket office relocation of the ticket office, protection of heritage features and provision for step free access and further interchange with the Metrolink.

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