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Consultants named on £330m Manchester Town Hall refurb

Five consultants have been picked to help deliver the £330m revamp of Manchester Town Hall.

Manchester City Council appointed the following five firms to lead the refurbishment:

  • Architect – Purcell
  • Structural & civil engineer – Ramboll
  • Landscape design – Planit
  • Building services & engineering – Arup
  • Quantity surveyor – Faithful + Gould

The council previously named Paul Candelent, formerly Capita regional director for the North and Midlands, as project director for the £330m refurbishment.

A report to Manchester City Council last summer said the Grade I-listed town hall, which opened in 1877, was “seriously showing its age, with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespan”.

More than 54,000 parts of the building fabric needed attention, according to the study, of which 40 per cent required immediate repair or replacement.

The cost of the preferred option of upgrading the building to modern standards while protecting and restoring key heritage features has been put at £330m. 

This includes the refurbishment of the main building, the decanting of council staff to alternative accommodation and upgrade works to Albert Square, but excludes any potential fit-out of commercial areas on the lower levels of the building.

A contractor for the project is expected to be announced in late 2017.

Intrusive building surveys are scheduled to begin in February 2018, running for seven months, while early works will begin in September 2018.

The main construction period is expected to run from September 2019 to November 2023.

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.”

Mr Candelent added: “We were immensely impressed with the quality of the bids across all lots and the passion displayed for the Our Town Hall project and its objectives.

“We are excited to be moving into the next stage of the project and to be working alongside a first-class team.”

The value of the consultants’ packages has not been disclosed.

According to recruitment documents, Mr Candelent is on a seven-year, fixed-term contract with a basic salary of up to £140,000 a year, and will also receive a £50,000 bonus based on successful completion of the project, potentially taking his overall earnings from the scheme above £1m.

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