Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Town Hall transformation

Our Town Hall

The Town Hall is a Grade I listed landmark of international significance, regarded for its exceptional craftsmanship and architectural quality. It is cherished by the people of Manchester having been the civic, political and administrative centre of the city since it opened in 1877. 

This year, our Town Hall will be 140 years old, and the building is showing its age. We know that in order to maintain it for the people of our city and future generations, it will need major investment. 

Since 2014, we have undertaken investigation and surveys to understand what we need to do to restore and bring the Town Hall and Albert Square up to modern standards. The budget for the whole project – including a sizeable contingency element which should reduce over time – has been set at up to £328.3 million. Independent expert analysis has confirmed the assumptions behind this projected cost.

On Wednesday 8 March, senior councillors gave the final go-ahead to a major project to safeguard and repair the Town Hall and Albert Square. The scheme aims to boost public access and ensure that the building and square continues to play a role at the heart of city life.

We’re calling the project Our Town Hall as it belongs to the people of Manchester.

Read the press release and executive report for more details.

Watch the video about the Town Hall project or read the transcript.

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