The city council has revealed further images of an expanded and pedestrianised Albert Square, due to be delivered as part of the £330m refurbishment of the town hall.
The square is due to be enlarged by around 20% under the proposals, which will involve limited traffic access to only the Prince Street side. Taxi and bus stops are also to be repositioned, and the redesign will remove the need for the square’s existing concrete barrier.
Planit-IE is the landscape architect.
The square, with its grade one-listed memorial to Prince Albert, predates the Town Hall and work on its construction started in 1863, five years before construction began on the town hall.
The Our Town Hall project will see the grade one-listed Manchester Town Hall building repaired, refurbished and partially restored over the next seven years.
The building, currently closed to enable works to progress, is due to re-open in 2024. Lendlease is the main contractor, and the city council is holding public consultations on the scheme today and tomorrow.
Much of the work focusses on restoration and improvement, making the building fit for modern use. New additions will include a visitor centre and special collections exhibition.
Albert Square will be closed while the works are ongoing; an impression by Oakwood of how the town hall and contractors’ compound will look is shown below.