Manchester City Council appoints design team for £328m town hall upgrade

Manchester City

July 14, 2017  – Manchester City Council has appointed a design team for the £328m refurbishment of the city’s grade I listed Town Hall in Manchester, UK.

The team includes Purcell as heritage architecture, Ramboll UK as structural and civil engineers and Planit-IE as landscape designer.

Arup has been selected as the building services and engineering contractor and Planit IE will work on the landscape design.

The project will focus on repairing and upgrading the building over a period of seven years.


The 140-year old building, which was originally designed by Alfred Waterhouse in the 1860s, also needs work to bring it up to modern access and safety standards while preserving its heritage.

The scope of the work will include restoring the Great Hall and its Ford Madox Brown murals, in addition to repairs to the roof, stonework, and drains. Additional work is needed to address the electrics, heating, ventilation and lifts in the building.

Manchester City Council deputy leader Bernard Priest 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.”



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