Ramboll. Manchester Town Hall Entrance. Image: Courtesy of Manchester City Council
While the building has been maintained and remains structurally sound, it is now seriously showing its age, with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespans.
The project named ‘Our Town Hall’ requires significant work to address damage and defects to prevent its condition deteriorating to the point where it will become unfit for ongoing use and would need to be ‘mothballed.’
The building, designed in the 1860s by Alfred Waterhouse, also needs work to bring it up to modern access and safety standards while preserving its heritage.
The works will take place over a seven-year period.
Councillor 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.”
Paul Candelent, Project Director, Our Town Hall, said: "We were immensely impressed with the quality of the bids across all lots and the passion displayed for the Our Town Hall project and its objectives. We are excited to be moving into the next stage of the project and to be working alongside a first class team."
Commenting on the appointment Greig Kirker, Ramboll Director said “Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square are vital civic facilities for the City, we are extremely proud to be appointed to be part of a fantastic team to deliver Manchester City Council’s ambitions to celebrate and restore these historic assets.”
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