A number of restoration projects have begun on our historic Grade I listed 1830 Station and Warehouse.
Restoration work has started on the Science and Industry Museum's historic Grade I listed 1830 Station. The globally significant building is the oldest surviving passenger railway station in the world.
The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world's first steam-powered, inter-city railway designed to transport both passengers and goods. Its Manchester terminus was Liverpool Road Station, now home to the Science and Industry Museum. The railway opened in 1830, sparking a revolution in trade and travel. The station buildings were substantially re-built in the 1970s and 1980s, when the museum first opened. Sadly, since then water ingress has started to cause serious deterioration.
The restoration is very important for us to conserve this globally significant site. We are working with Manchester-based Buttress Architects, who specialise in restoring listed buildings and historic places. The first £1.9 million phase of work funded by DCMS will give the building a new roof, gutters and rainwater pipes, which will help protect the building, manage the water and dry the building out. This phase is due to be completed in Spring 2022 and the museum will plan for further internal repairs alongside the creation of new learning spaces.
There will be scaffolding on the exterior of the building provided by contractors 3D Scaffolding. The project is a civil engineering feat. In total, 300 tonnes of scaffold materials will be used, which is about the equivalent in weight to two Beyer Garratt locomotives. The scaffold will also use 47,000 metres of scaffold tube, which is around 30 miles if laid end to end. The Science and Industry Museum's Power Loom weaves about 2 inches of cloth per minute, so it would take it 694 days—almost 2 years—to produce the equivalent 30 miles of cloth.
Future plans for the 1830 Station include the development of a revolutionary railroad and locomotive experience to tell the railway story. There will also be a dedicated STEM learning space, together with an improved outdoor area linking new connections and entrances between the Science and Industry Museum, The Factory and the developing St John's and Castlefield neighbourhoods, as this vibrant area of the city comes alive together.
The restoration work is part of a much wider multi-million-pound development project of the historic site and buildings that Science and Industry Museum inhabits, and it is all part of a plan to create a more sustainable museum.
1830 Station Q&A
From January 2021 the Science and Industry Museum is embarking on a multi-phased programme of conservation repairs to the Grade I listed 1830 Warehouse, the world's first railway warehouse.
First constructed in 1830 as part of the initial site of the Manchester to Liverpool Railway, initial repair was undertaken when the building was handed over by British Rail in the early 1980s, and again in 2012 when the Science Museum Group became custodians of the site. The first phase of the latest repairs will look at the structural integrity of the building (including repairs to the masonry and woodwork) and ensure that it remains wind- and weather-tight (including essential roof repairs).
The scaffold is due to be erected in early January 2021 and is currently scheduled to be taken down by August 2021. It will fully wrap the building and will be covered in a debris netting; however, it will not over-roof the building like the Power Hall.