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Lendlease wins Manchester Town Hall refurb

8 January 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

Manchester Town Hall (Image: Dreamstime/Marbury67)

Lendlease has won the deal to refurbish Manchester’s Town Hall, as part of a £330m project.

The building, which is 140 years old, will be repaired and brought up to modern access, safety and energy standards, before reopening in 2024.

Lendlease beat Laing O’Rourke, understood to be the other shortlisted bidder, to the contract.

Its appointment comes after Mace won the role as project manager to refurbish the Grade-I listed building, which was designed in the 1860s by Alfred Waterhouse and is renowned for its craftsmanship and architectural quality.

While the building is still structurally sound, many of its elements are reaching the end of their natural lifespan.

As management contractor, Lendlease will also oversee the enhancement of the nearby Albert Square, which will be enlarged by 20%.

The square predates the Town Hall, with work on its construction starting in 1863, five years earlier than the building.

Neil Martin, managing director, construction at Lendlease, Europe, said: "Manchester Town Hall is one of the city's most recognisable and well-loved landmarks. Lendlease has a long track record of working with heritage buildings and enhancing them for contemporary use and we will bring all of this experience to bear at Manchester Town Hall." 

Comments

This is a fine building with a historical background. The wood content in its structure means that it is susceptible to a high fire risk. It is important to feature the highest standards to ensure protection against fire. A proven fireproof cable like, type MICC, mineral insulated non-ageing, must be considered to provide security of the electrical supply and to ensure that fire protection and that the electrical supply to essential services is deemed secure.

Geoffrey Williams, 8 January 2019

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