Manchester City Council has begun outlining contracts that will form the initial stage of its £165m Town Hall Complex Programme.
A raft of consultants is expected to benefit from the programme over the next three years. The Town Hall, Town Hall Extension, Central Library and surrounding public realm will all be refurbished and a new covered walkway added between Albert Square and St Peter's Square.
The first details of the contract breakdown includes:
- Up to £3.87m for structural engineers, building services engineers (mechanical & electrical), sustainability advice, conservation architecture, fire, planning, environmental and security services
- £2.25m for architectural, interior design and space-planning services, including acting as design team leader on the refurbishment of the Town Hall Extension
- £1.5m on architectural, interior design and space-planning services, including acting as design team leader for the refurbishment of the Central Library.
Shortlists of the first contractors are expected to be drawn up in August. In January 2010, Manchester City Council's 1,400 Town Hall staff will relocate to Ask's First Street, where they will remain until the end of 2012 when the work is due to be completed.
GVA Grimley advises the council.