Victoria Railway Station, Manchester - Part 2
Hiya Everyone. Hope you have had a good Bank Holiday weekend (if your in the UK that is!).
You may remember last month I blogged about the new refurbishment of Victoria Railway Station in Manchester and how I was commissioned to photograph the installation of the second on the giant ribs used to support the roof.
Well this is the second part but is about the installation of the longest of the support ribs.
The rib was scheduled for installation over night during a weekend in August last year. I had to be onsite very early or late depending on you point of view. 1.30am, yes 1.30am early Sunday morning. The weather forecast was for torrential rain, so I went prepared with the usual waterproof garb and camera protection. The rain did not arrive thankfully. I arrived and was given the usual safety induction and on site we went. Well, this was really bizarre, at this moment there where more media people than construction people. There was me and cameraman Rick Bailey for our client Severfield and a whole host of video guys and photographers for Network Rail and other clients involved in the process.
Rick and I worked together to find good angles and generally get a feel for the site, as I have already been involved I was able to advise him on areas we could access etc.
As before we where shadowed by Ged from Severfield. Donned in our orange hi-vis gear we had to walk between the construction site and the station to get access to the roof for the best viewpoint. As you can probably gather being early Sunday morning we where getting quite a few comments from the drunken Manchester revellers trying (unsuccessfully) to catch a train at 3am. It was all good humoured stuff.
Moving the rib is a slow process and a lot happens towards the end of the process, by this time the sun was just making its appearance. The combination with the artificial site lighting and the sunrise made for some interesting and spectacular shots. It was quite surreal watching the sun rise with all this going on, it felt like a sci fi movie, some sort of space station.
Anyway enough waffling on here are a couple of shots from the day (night!)