Design team appointed for £330m Town Hall project

Architect Purcell, structural engineer Ramboll, landscape architect Planit IE, building surveyor Arup, and quantity surveyor Faithful + Gould have been chosen to advise Manchester City Council on the seven-year Town Hall refurb.

Cllr Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The work required to repair and upgrade the Town Hall will demand real expertise and dedication, so we have selected our consultants with great care.  We look forward to working with them on this once-in-a-lifetime project, which will secure and enhance the long-term future of Manchester’s treasured civic centrepiece.”

The grade one-listed Manchester Town Hall will be 140 years old this year. Details of the restoration and refurbishment are yet to be defined, but aim to retain and enhance the building as a functioning town hall, while also reducing carbon footprint and energy costs, and maximising commercial opportunities, potentially by releasing part of the building for offices.

The target date for the completion of any refurbishment, with the building fully re-occupied and functional, is 2023.

The next stage will be to appoint main contractors.

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