A look at BIM’s impact on Manchester’s Victoria Station

Victoria Station Refreshment Room roof. Credit: Manchester Confidential
Victoria Station Refreshment Room roof. Credit: Manchester Confidential

Over £1 billion of investment has put a UK railway station on the right track to restoring itself to former Victorian glory.

Rail Engineer has reported on the makeover of Manchester’s Victoria Station, which was once named ‘the worst station in the country’. Thanks to BDP, Hyder Consulting, Morgan Sindall, Network Rail and the 5D Building Information Model they were all utilising, it is full steam ahead towards a successful future for Manchester Victoria.

The team have been able to carry out new additions to the station as well as challenging restorations to roofing, a memorial, Victorian booking offices and the Victoria Station Refreshment Room (pictured).

The BIM model has been described as “an invaluable asset” due to it allowing other suppliers to view it and contribute towards it. Challenges that emerged were anticipated by the team notes the report.

BIM also ensured that the coordination of a plethora of tasks going on within the culvert ran smoothly. A 1,200 tonne mobile crane and a 750 tonne Liebherr crawler crane had to be positioned within the space to lift rib units. This is noted as one of the many times that “demonstrated the benefits” of BIM implementation.

Read about further refurbishments here.

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