Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Town Hall transformation

Timescales and the future

The Town Hall will close to the public from Monday 15 January 2018 until the completion in 2024 of the Our Town Hall project to refurbish, repair and partially restore the building.

The Our Town Hall project will secure the long-term future of the building for generations to come. The building, which sits at the civic heart of the city, will continue to be a place of work for local government, an internationally significant heritage asset, an event space and a visitor destination.

When the building reopens it will be more accessible to the public with more of its many civic treasures on public display to help tell the city’s story; meet modern access and safety standards and have better energy efficiency. Albert Square, which hosts a huge range of events from Christmas Markets and sporting victory celebrations to more sombre occasions such as vigils will also be protected and improved.

Most of the Town Hall’s portable heritage items – such as furniture, paintings, textiles and civic gifts – will be removed and carefully stored off site. A small number of items such as sculptures and plaques will be relocated to other parts of the Town Hall Complex so they can remain on public display during the project. An area will also be established for the public to learn more about the Town Hall’s fascinating history and the details of the refurbishment and repair project.

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