Sculpture Hall Manchester Town Hall

Cost of Town Hall refurb director nears £1m

Manchester City Council is looking to recruit a project director to oversee the £330m refurbishment of the Town Hall, at a salary of up to £140,000, and a £50,000 bonus on completion.

Earlier this year the council announced urgent repairs were needed to the grade-one listed Town Hall, and that the works represented an opportunity to overhaul excess space, potentially for use as offices or a hotel.

A meeting of the full council is due to take place on Wednesday 30 November, with a recommendation that it approves plans to begin the recruitment process for a director to manage the scheme, at a salary package of £120,000 to £140,000.

The £50,000 bonus would be dependent “upon satisfactory completion of the project to agreed timelines, cost and quality; and the project director leaving the employment of the council at the end of the project.”

The council has set a deadline of 2023 for project completion. Based on an April 2017 start date, and finishing in 2023, a director hired at the higher end of the annual salary bracket would cost £890,000 over the six-year period, including the bonus.

In addition, the position “may require the introduction of a market supplement”, where the council would increase the salary should it find that the remuneration is less than market rate.

The outcome of the exercise to check salary levels will be reported to the council’s personnel committee next month, and will include recommendations on the recruitment process.

Your Comments

Excess space? There are council staff working in portakabins elsewhere in Manchester.

This building was intended to accommodate council staff, not to be leased out to the highest bidder! Abomination of its purpose as a public building if part of it becomes a hotel or private offices.

By Anonymous

“In addition, the position “may require the introduction of a market supplement”, where the council would increase the salary should it find that the remuneration is less than market rate”.

Are they serious? Somebody needs to let them know than even half of the £190,000 described is comfortably above the market rate!

By Council Tax

Re: Anonymous – I agree, but I suspect the longer the Tories stay in power the less this will be a problem as they’ll ensure local authorities are pretty much dismantled within then next 5-10 yrs! 8-o

Re: Council Tax – as someone who works with people who deliver these kinds of projects I can assure you the salary MCCthey are offering is the lower end of current market rate. There aren’t that many people out there who can do this type of job and do it well, and many of lured to London where these kinds of roles regularly offer £170k-£200k. I;d rather get someone top-notch who will deliver than pay £20k/yr less from someone who balls it up & ends up costing you way more in the long run. The phrase starting ‘You pay peanuts….’ comes to mind.

By MancLad

My word MancLad – all as I can say is who knew? I am a monkey – but wasn’t paid peanuts but never got nowhere near that .

By Bob Dawson

Leasing parts out/making money from the private sector out of the building is likely necessary to help fund the cost of saving the building from disrepair.

By Anonymous

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