Manchester City Council has gone out to tender to procure a design and project team to deliver the £330m refurbishment and upgrade of Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square.
The work covers office, commercial, civic, visitor and event areas and is divided into five lots: architectural services; structural and civic engineering services; landscape services; building and engineering services; and quantity surveying. The estimated timeframe is seven years, as per the council’s statement this month that it is targeting a 2023 completion date for the project.
A Town Hall report for the council’s scrutiny committee prepared by Sara Todd, deputy chief executive of growth and neighbourhoods, identified the appointment of this team as critical in enabling greater certainty regarding the capital cost of the refurbishment and upgrade programme. Currently estimated as costing at least £330m, the project could include a boutique hotel and/or commercial offices within the Town Hall complex.
A further report will be presented to the council’s executive in March 2017 on potential commercial uses and delivery.
The tender document advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union states the combined value of the five lots as between £17.7m and £22.1m. The architectural services lot is estimated at £9m to £11m; structural and civic engineering at £2m to £2.5m; landscaping at £300,000 to £400,000; building services at £4m to £5.2m; and quantity surveyor services at £2.4m to £3m.
The architect will act as principal designer. Five to seven candidates will be invited for each lot.