Manchester City Council

Event will help businesses learn more about Our Town Hall project opportunities

The Council is inviting businesses to an event being held to highlight the opportunities available through the refurbishment and partial restoration of Manchester Town Hall and Albert Square.

The event, which will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 28 February, will allow firms to find out about the wide range of work packages being offered as part of the Our Town Hall project. 

More than 100 work packages will be available across the six years of the project, with firms needed to cover everything from conservation work on the building’s many heritage features, to more mainstream construction work, such as mechanical and electrical engineering, pointing or scaffolding, to landscaping and repairing Albert Square.  The council is particularly keen to attract local companies to participate in this unique project.

The Our Town Hall project will safeguard, repair and partially restore the building, which, while structurally sound is more than 140 years old and seriously showing its age - with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespans.  The Town Hall is currently closed to the public to allow the project to take place and will reopen in 2024.

At the event, firms will have the opportunity to hear presentations from the Our Town Hall project director Paul Candelent and the Project Design Team, to get a deeper understanding of the varied types of work which will form part of the overall project.  

They will also have the chance to meet potential management contractors and network with other suppliers, plus organisations who offer support to SMEs in Greater Manchester. 

Capacity at this event will be limited, so businesses who are keen to attend should go to www.manchester.gov.uk/ourtownhall, to register their interest.

Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Councillor Bernard Priest, said: “We want to make sure that local firms know all about the huge range of opportunities to work with us on the Our Town Hall project.  

"Everything from repairing lead windows to scaffolding to electrical work is needed and we're keen to appoint the best possible companies to our team, to carry out all of the diverse and sometimes specialist elements involved.

“This incredibly important, once-in-a-lifetime project has the potential to really benefit the Manchester economy and through events such as this, we will ensure that as many locally-based firms as possible have the chance to be part of it.”

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