Manchester City Council

Design team appointments for Our Town Hall project announced

Manchester City Council has announced a list of successful tenderers for contracts relating to the Our Town Hall project. 

The successful tenderers are as follows: -

  • Architecture - Purcell 
  • Structural and Civil Engineers - Ramboll UK Ltd
  • Landscape Design - Planit-IE LLP
  • Building Services & Engineering - Ove Arup & Partners Ltd
  • Quantity Surveying - Faithful+Gould

The Our Town Hall project will result in the repair and upgrade of the Grade I-listed Manchester Town Hall, which will be 140 years old this year.  While it has been maintained and remains structurally sound, it is now seriously showing its age, with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespans.  

Without significant work to address damage and defects, its condition will deteriorate 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."

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