SJ8498 : Manchester Victoria Refurbishment, The Soldiers' Gate

taken 4 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Manchester Victoria Refurbishment, The Soldiers' Gate
Manchester Victoria Refurbishment, The Soldiers' Gate
The Soldiers' Gate was refurbished during the redevelopment of Victoria Station in 2015. The gate led to the train platforms which were used by soldiers during World War I. It stands as a poignant tribute to the lads who took their final train journey from Victoria, never to return.

A plaque at the side of the gate reads:
“To the memory
of
the many thousands
of men
who passed through
this door to
THE GREAT WAR
1914 – 1919
and of those who did not return”
(SJ8498 : Soldiers' Gate Plaque)

The stone across which the soldiers walked has been kept and a new commemorative feature has been incorporated into the gate. The contemporary insertion into the original gateway which locates the sites of World War I Commonwealth grave sites and cemeteries through Northern France and Belgium. Each is marked by a hole made through the door. The relative sizes of the individual penetrations through the steel corresponds to the numbers of fallen who are buried at each location.
Manchester Victoria Station Refurbishment, 2013-2015 :: SJ8499
Built in 1844, Manchester Victoria is a transport interchange station for train, tram and bus welcoming over six million passengers annually; various parts of the Victoria building are Grade II listed. In 2009, Victoria had the unfortunate distinction of being labelled “Britain’s worst station” (DfTs “Better Stations” report). Coupled with that, the station roof, which was a muddle of a design, was in very poor condition, a situation exacerbated by the IRA bomb in 1996 that caused significant damage in the centre of the city. The facilities met neither basic passenger expectations nor did they project the welcoming modern image expected by the many visitors arriving into Manchester in the twenty-first century.

Work to refurbish the station finally began in 2013. The refurbishment, which is scheduled to take until 2015, involves:

• Improvements to the footbridge spanning platforms 3-6 allowing for future growth in passenger numbers

• The old leaky roof replaced with a stunning new roof structure made from ETFE, the same material used at the Eden Project and the roof at Manchester Piccadilly station

• Sympathetic refurbishment to Grade II listed parts of the Victoria Buildings, (including the war memorial, glass dome, Soldiers Gate and the wall map) restoring them to their former glory

• Refurbishment of the external glass canopy, new lighting and glazed entrances to revitalise the Victoria Buildings

• Revamp of existing retail spaces and provision of new retail facilities for a better shopping experience

• Improvements to the ticket hall and external improvements to the paving on station approach

• The Metrolink facilities in Victoria are being upgraded to provide additional capacity as the network expands, this work is being incorporated into the re-roofing works

• Electrified rail lines to the station
(LinkExternal link Network Rail)

The Co-operative Society, which owns much of the land in the area, intends to build a new 14-storey hotel alongside the station.

Update: The station was officially reopened (although it was never actually closed) by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin on 6 October 2015 (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 7 October, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 October, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre  Railways  People, Events  Defence, Military 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 840 989 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.2103N 2:14.5105W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 840 989
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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Railway Station  Manchester Victoria  Gateway  Doorway  War Memorial  World War I  First World War  The Great War 

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