Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy News - December issue

Manchester Town Hall closes for major restoration in January

Manchester Town Hall will close its doors temporarily in the New Year to enable a major project to safeguard, repair and partially restore the building.

From Monday 15 January 2018 the Grade I-listed icon will close to the public to enable the Our Town Hall project to get underway in earnest.

Our Town Hall is more than 140 years old and is understandably starting to show its age – with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespan.

Work to the building will also include improvements to neighbouring Albert Square to enhance its role as a popular events space. The project will ensure that the Town Hall is more energy-efficient and that it meets modern access and safety standards when it reopens in 2024.

A series of tours of the building and a free (but ticketed) open day on Sunday 14 January have proved extremely popular, with all places now snapped up. After this, the Town Hall will be handed over to the project team.

Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The phenomenal interest we’ve had in Town Hall tours and the open day underlines that this building is a real Manchester masterpiece and a source of huge civic pride.

“While it will be sad to see it close its doors for a few years, this will enable wide-ranging work to take place to safeguard its future and improve public access to its remarkable heritage items. It would be far sadder if it slipped into decay and disrepair, but we won’t allow this to happen.

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