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Steel Beams Curve Over Manchester Victoria Station - Page 2 of 3

Old roof – new roofOld roof – new roof




Removing old Victorian ironwork from Manchester Victoria Station prior to installing new, ultra-modern roof.

Old roof – new roof

As anyone who has been to Victoria on a rainy day can tell you, there’s a problem with the roof. That’s why Network Rail is replacing the old, leaking roof with a brand new, state of the art one befitting the grand design of the station buildings.

The £16 m 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.

Barsnshaw Expertise Provides Steel Ribs

The contract to supply the steel sections for the roof went to Barnshaws Section Benders Ltd, a company with a long, proven expertise in this area.

Steel sections, profiled by Barnshaws Metal Bending’s structural branch, are to be incorporated in 15 curved steel ribs on the ultra-modern new roof, as part of the redevelopment of Manchester’s Grade II-listed Victoria Station for Network Rail.

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