Lendlease appointed for £328m Manchester Town Hall renovation project

WCN Editorial Team 8 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Lendlease has been appointed as management contractor for a £328.3m heritage project to repair, refurbish and partially restore Grade I-listed Manchester Town Hall, UK.

As part of the contract, the company will oversee the project to safeguard the building and future generations and improve public access.

The Albert Square will also be improved to make it one of the finest public spaces in Europe.

Lendlease, which has been selected as management contractor after a rigorous procurement process, will work along the design team to appoint and manage contractors to deliver different aspects of the works.

One of the objectives of the ‘Our Town Hall project’ is to deliver economic and social value for Manchester, with maximum positive impact for residents and businesses and a genuine legacy in skills, experience and inspiration for those considering careers in construction.

Lendlease will support the delivery of a range of social value commitments, including 150 apprenticeships targeted at Manchester residents; 45 new jobs targeted at Manchester residents; activity with schools, colleges, universities and the voluntary sector; and 10, 000 volunteer hours for voluntary and community sector projects.

Manchester City Council deputy leader Councillor Nigel Murphy said: “This appointment is an important milestone in the Our Town Hall project to improve access to this icon of Manchester and safeguard it for current and future generations.

“There aren’t many construction firms with the expertise and resources required to deliver a heritage project of this scale and complexity on behalf of the city and after a rigorous selection process we are confident that Lendlease offered the best overall value.

“There will also be millions of pounds worth of opportunities for local businesses and people to get involved in the project through this contract, including apprenticeships and other training opportunities.”

The Town Hall closed in January 2018 for work to begin on the project. The building, which was opened in 1877, will be reopened in 2024 after restoration.

Lendlease Europe construction managing director Neil Martin 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.”

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Image: Manchester Town Hall seen from Lloyd Street, Manchester, England, UK. Photo: Courtesy of Mark Andrew / Wikimedia Commons.

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