Plans for repairs on Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum (MoSI) will begin later this week.
The grade two listed former shipping shed for Liverpool Road railway, turned museum powerhouse, will undergo major roof and gallery repair works.
Built in 1855 for the first purpose-built passenger railway station, this powerhouse is long over-due restoration according to the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport, who funded £6 million for development.
The MoSI holds the most impressive collection of functioning steam engines across Europe, many of which were built in Manchester.
The unique building is one of the most nationally loved from the Science Museum Group, which includes science museums in London, Durham, Bradford and York.
The restoration of this powerhouse aims to develop a more sustainable museum while creating more space to host some of the best science exhibitions.
However, erecting the structural scaffolding alone will take 18,500 hours across the coming months.
To construct the roof, 1,220 alloy beams will be used, which will be the equivalent length of 10 football fields when laid out.
Developers aim to open a new Special Exhibitions Gallery by autumn next year.
Sally McDonald, Director of the Science and Industry Museum, on these new developments: “We can’t wait to inspire the engineers and innovators of the future.”
Although restorations are long term, the rest of the museum will still remain open for exploration.