Installing a Texlon® ETFE Roof at Manchester Piccadilly Station

Manchester Piccadilly Station was first opened as Store Street in 1842. It was renamed Manchester London Road in 1847 and became Manchester Piccadilly in 1960. It is located to the south-east of Manchester city center and it is the busiest in the Manchester station group. Between the 1990s and early 2000s, Piccadilly station was refurbished and as part of that refurbishment, Vector Foiltec installed a Texlon® ETFE roof.

Natural Light in the Passenger Areas

The refurbishment of Manchester Piccadilly Station retained the original listed train shed building, while introducing an entirely new concourse and entrance, to improve circulation and dramatically update the image of the station. Further, modern engineering techniques were employed to support the new mono-pitch roof. Texlon® ETFE transparent inflated panels maximize the natural light to passenger areas.

Further Usage Scenarios for the Renovated Station

The concourse was also used as a gateway for the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and subsequently featured as a backdrop to TV news footage during the games.

The winner of several major Transport Interchange awards, a RIBA award, and a Roses Design award has transformed this urban hub into a structure worthy of the 21st century.


Date 2003
Location United Kingdom, Manchester
Sector Transport
Size 2,500 m²
Structure Steel
Type Roof
Architects Building Design Partnership

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Lyndon Clayton
Managing Director UK
Piccadilly station was refurbished
Maximizing natural light to the passenger areas. A successful refurbishment project.
Lightweight Texlon ETFE at the refurbishment project
Lightweight Texlon® ETFE roof at the renovated station.
Top view on the renovated station roof.
Texlon® ETFE roof of Manchester Piccadilly station as seen from above.
Entrance of the renovated station
Entrance of the renovated station.

All images of this ETFE project are copyright to © Sam Peach.

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