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Manchester Town Hall Redevelopment

Central Library Development in northwest England design by BDP Architects

19 May 2010

Manchester Town Hall Building

Central Library + Town Hall Redevelopment

BDP Architects named as winners of this major urban project.

Manchester’s Town Hall Extension and Central Library buildings to get green make-over from BDP

The Manchester studio of BDP, the UK’s largest inter-disciplinary design practice, has been appointed to overhaul the internal workings of Manchester’s Town Hall Extension and Central Library buildings to bring it up to modern green standards.

The project to replace, upgrade and provide safe, resilient, flexible and adaptable building services and electrical systems installations throughout the two buildings will enable Manchester City Council to deliver its visionary Transformation Programme, which will see the Council function in a even greener and more energy efficient way, as well as providing improved services for residents and visitors.

Manchester Town Hall Manchester Town Hall
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Michael Whitehurst, BDP Manchester’s Environmental Engineering Director, will lead an inter-disciplinary team of specialists responsible for delivering the mechanical and electrical facets of the refurbishment.

The transformation aspiration of the project, which is to evolve from cellular offices to open plan work places, will be a catalyst for improved communication, teamwork and efficiency.

The scheme will also help make the building a more sustainable workplace and a more comfortable environment for customers, visitors and tourists. The work however will be sensitive to the extension’s much-loved architecture and Central Library’s celebrated design.

Michael Whitehurst said; “The listed buildings are one of the focal points of the city and have a unique character that we are striving to preserve. But it is obviously a complex task to try and bring such historic infrastructure into the 21st century and make it genuinely sustainable.”

Michael continued; “From our experience, we understand that sensitive integration of modern technologies is an important part in any refurbishment project. Some of the buildings’ internal engineering has reached the end of its useful life and the project will require both very careful planning and delicate execution.

“Our vision is that the project sets the standard for environmental performance and carbon emissions that changes the misconception that it is too difficult to achieve this in historic buildings.”

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Assistant Executive Member for the Environment for Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester has an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 41 per cent by 2020 and putting energy efficiency at the heart of our own buildings underlines the Council’s determination to lead by example. Along with providing state-of-the-art, accessible services to residents and visitors, one of the guiding principles of our transformation programme is improving the environmental performance of these historic gems.”

The Town Hall Complex Transformation programme will see the Town Hall extension and Central Library extensively refurbished by 2014 to deliver state-of-the-art services and to preserve both Grade II*-listed gems for future generations. It will also involve an international design competition to ensure St Peter’s Square provides a world-class setting for both historic buildings.

Construction work is due to commence in 2011 with the entire Town Hall Transformation Programme being complete in 2014.


26 Nov 2009

Manchester City Council appoint Ian Simpson Architects + Ryder Architects

Manchester Town Hall Manchester Town Hall
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Photo refs: Town Hall is triangular in plan, the extension is roughly C-shaped and the library is circular

Refurbishment of Manchester Town Hall Extension + Manchester Central Library
Both buildings Grade II*-listed

International Design Competition
Contest due in Jan 2010 for St Peter’s Square and Library Walk – the dramatic curved space between Central Library and Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Town Hall

27 Nov 2009


Ryder Architecture has been appointed to redesign Manchester City Library by the City Council. The decision was made on the high quality of the bid.

The proposals for the Grade II*-listed library will increase access to the collection and provide a much greater range of library services. The project is part of the redevelopment of the Manchester Town Hall complex, estimated at £165M, improving services to the public and investing in key civic buildings and spaces.

This appointment follows the success of Ryder’s award-winning Newcastle City Library with developer Kajima Partnerships completed in March 2009, and a recent commission from Devon County Council for the interior design of six libraries in a joint venture with Radford-HMY Group.

Manchester Town Hall Manchester Town Hall
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Manchester Town Hall Redevelopment – OJEU Notice

Manchester City Council, 2nd Floor, Heron House, 47 Lloyd Street
Contact: Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme Team

Manchester city council town hall complex programme: provision of architectural services for the town hall extension.

Manchester City Council (the “Council) have commenced the Town Hall Complex Redevelopment Programme and are seeking expressions of interest for the Town Hall Extension Project under this OJEU notice from individual organisations for the provision of Architectural and Interior Designer services up to RIBA Stage L. The role will comprise full architectural, interior design and space- planning services, including acting as design team leader for the refurbishment of the Town Hall Extension. This will include feasibility and option designs as part of the overall design scheme.

Total quantity or scope:

The estimated value range relates to all services up to RIBA Stage L.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 2 000 000 and 2 250 000 GBP.

Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:

Envisaged minimum number: 5. Maximum number: 10
Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate: 3.7.2009 – 16:00.
Date of dispatch of invitations to tender to selected candidates: 1.8.2009.

Manchester Town Hall Redevelopment information from Manchester City Council

Related civic redevelopment project:

Manchester Central Library Redevelopment
Ryder Architecture
Manchester Library
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