Victoria Station, Manchester
Engaged on behalf of Network Rail, ByrneLooby London were appointed to prepare a structural engineering heritage roof survey and report in support of a submission to English Heritage on this Grade II listed structure. Plans were being drawn up for the redevelopment of the station with a requirement to understand the significance of the structure, and the implications of possible interventions. A structural engineering study and a report were required to say whether the engineering design and construction was a unique example, or rather a leading example of its type and kind of construction.
Our expert team at ByrneLooby London undertook the study of historical records and publications, including a detailed hands-on inspection of representative trusses, girders and columns for each main roof from mobile hydraulic platforms. Detailed measurements undertaken, along with detailed record drawings of the different types of roof, structural forms and connections were compared to reference studies of other railway station roofs examples of similar construction. Our in-depth study, investigation and analysis, allowed us to identify; the dates of construction of the various roofs, verify the different construction materials and prepare a detailed appraisal on the structural engineering significance in terms of designers, contractors and form of construction with respect to similar roofs elsewhere.