SJ8498 : Victoria Station Concourse

taken 2 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Victoria Station Concourse
Victoria Station Concourse


The concourse is bright and airy following major renovation in recent years. Link

On the left is one of the Trees of Hope SJ8498 : Manchester Victoria Station, Tree of Hope, but they no longer carry messages SJ8498 : It's ok NOT to feel ok. To the right is an electronic departures screen. To the right of that is the Manchester Movement Bee SJ8498 : Manchester Movement Bee. In front of the far wall is an everchanging memorial to those killed in the Arena bombing SJ8498 : We will remember you next to the Soldier's Gate memorial SJ8498 : Soldiers' Gate.
Trees of Hope, Manchester 2018 :: SJ8398

The ‘trees of Hope’ trail was one of the events organised to mark the first anniversary of the terrorist bomb attack on the Manchester Arena which killed 22 concert-goers as they left a concert by American singer, Ariana Grande on 22 May 2017.

The trail features 28 Japanese maple trees placed in planters, each sporting the bee logo, along a route from Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square. From Saturday 19 May to Sunday 27 May inclusive, anyone wishing to leave a message of tribute, solidarity and love was able to attach it to one of the trees using specially-designed cardboard tags. At the end of the Trees of Hope event, all of the messages will be preserved and kept – alongside tributes left last year – in an archive of the city’s response to the attack. It is intended that the trees themselves will remain in the city centre.

Bee in the City

The city’s worker bee motif has been part of the city’s heraldry for more than 150 years as an emblem of the industrious Mancunian spirit. During 2017, it took on an even more powerful meaning as a symbol of unity following the tragic events of May 22 LinkExternal link .

Bee in the City was a large scale public art event which took place in Manchester between 23 July and 23 September 2018. More than 100 large, fibreglass bee sculptures were placed at the city’s landmarks and some lesser known “undiscovered gems”. Each of the bees, which stand 1˝ metres in height, was decorated with its own unique design, created by regional professional, emerging and amateur artists to celebrate the unique buzz of Manchester, from its industrial heritage to its vibrant music scene (LinkExternal link Bee in the City website).

At the end of the event, the majority (77) of the bees were auctioned to raise funds for the We Love MCR Charity LinkExternal link . All 131 little Bees created by children and young people as part of the Learning Programme were returned to the schools and youth groups that designed them.

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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Friday, 10 August, 2018   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 11 August, 2018
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