Victoria Railway Station, Manchester
The new multi million pound refurb of Victoria Railway station in Manchester is now well underway and should look fantastic when completed. Apparently they are using similar technology they used at the Eden project.
My client Severfield where responsible for supplying and installing the massive steel works. I did a couple of site visits over the spring and summer last year. The first visit was a days shoot over the May bank holiday Sunday and my tasks was to photograph the installation of the second of the 15 giant ribs that will hold up the roof.
It was a a cold early start for a Sunday and especially for a Bank Holiday weekend, but what and exciting project, proper big stuff!!. I arrived and had the usual safety briefing and donned my bright orange safety gear and shadowed Ged for the full day. He was superb at showing me around the site and explaining the process of what was to happen and the techniques of installing these huge ribs. It was a slow process as everything had to be correct and in place. In fact most of the action happened in the last hour of installation. I was there to record the event and provide photographs for Severfield's press releases.
It was a fascinating day and I learnt a great deal about how the process of construction takes place. I even got a bacon butty and got to sit in a crane (ooh!) proper job. Next time I will tell you about the installation of the longest rib later last year and how there where more media people than construction people at one stage.
Here are some nice pictures from the day