Manchester City Council

Complex Transformation

The first part of the morning is spent on various aspects of the refurbishment of the Town Hall Extension and Central Library.

First is a meeting to look at progress on developing a new home for the Library Theatre Company. The next is far more basic. Construction work has already started on both buildings and in the very near future hoardings will be going up around the entire site. The location of the hoardings is largely determined by the contractor on health and safety grounds but as the decision has significant impact on the operation of the city's principal public building, the members of the snappily titled 'All-party Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme Members Review Panel' took a keen interest in what will happen and when. We have rather more say about the appearance of the hoardings and given the prominence of the site there are plans to make them both attractive and informative. A big decision coming up is where to hold Council meetings when the Council Chamber is out of action.

I spend a chunk of time giving media interviews about the benefit to Manchester of hosting major conferences, in this case the Labour Party's national conference which opens at Manchester Central at the weekend. (Estimated economic benefit of £15/16M is the bottom line). Then I meet the media in the form of David and Rob from MEN weeklies who tell me about exciting proposals to "localise" their weekly titles and up the community content, hopefully giving more balanced views of the communities they serve. The Council very much supports the two local papers they distribute in Manchester (even when they don't support us) because a local newspaper can play a big role in developing and maintaining healthy communities.

There are 11 responses to “Complex Transformation”

  1. Fred Says:

    "Estimated Cost" 15 - 16 million and today thanks to the road blocks, I watched an Ambulance struggle to navigate traffic. Hope no one died waiting for the Ambulance.

  2. Sally Says:

    Any chance of seeing these costings around the economic benefits of holding the conference? We always hear about supposed benefits but never any real information about how these calculations have been reached.

  3. ABU Says:

    I too would like to see how these figures are come too. I am not suggesting you are wrong but I have always wondered how they are worked out. Whether it be for a major sporting event like the World Cup or for something like the Manchester International Festival?
    When you say £15million for instance how much of that finds its way into the hands of huge hotel companies or international corporations? It sometimes seems that the council or public funds take the burden in getting something here but multi-nationals walk away with the spoils.

  4. dave Says:

    Hi There

    Its mainly Hotels and resturants the company that own the hall that make a killing when they come to town. Of course Manchester is in the news every evening they are here.

  5. Jim Says:

    Who makes the 16m then?

  6. Richard Leese Says:

    Hi dave, the company that owns the hall is the city council

  7. Duke Fame Says:

    Seems like it's £16m of our money spent on a big schmooze for the town clerk.

  8. Mr X Says:

    Duke - its 16m income not expenditure.

  9. Library Theatre fan Says:

    Forgetting the party conference for a minute i'd be interested to get an update on the Library theatre's move, rather than a cursory one line mention. I've saw their production of Arcadia at The Lowry last weekend. It was great but did make me wonder if they are ever going to move back into the city?

  10. Leo Platt - Business Tourism Marketing Manager - V Says:

    Economic Impact is calculated following a defined formula as recommended by VisitBritain. This formula is based on the Delegate Expenditure Survey which categorises business tourism events by sector (corporate events, national association, international association etc) The formula takes into account the direct spend made by conference organisers in the set up and hosting of any given conference and the spend made by the delegate for their own personal expenses whilst at a conference and includes items such as meals, overnight accommodation, transport within the destination as well as conference venue hire costs and conference production. The economic impact calculation does not take into account costs incurred in travelling to the destination. This is an established method of calculating event economic impact and is used by many destinations across the UK

  11. Jimbo Says:

    Re: Leo Platt

    So apart from anyone popping further into Mcr centre towards the Arndale for instance, most of the areas you mentioned really relate to the sole location of Peter's Street? I base this on on the fact that the closest hotels and restaurants or on that doorstep. How does the 15-16m directly effect Mcr other than keeping the raddison and midland in business? How does the 15-16m impact on a council tax payer in say Monsall who won't be attending the event, is apolitical as many people are, and who have funded part of the coordination of the event. Will that 15-16m be collected via business rates and redistributed back to the taxpayer. I guess I am asking where the value is, if you are not a party member or not a hotelier? This is pure interest how does that 15-16m effect a Manchester resident?



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