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Mace appointed to Our Town Hall project

News   •   Aug 11, 2017 09:10 BST

The upgrade and repair of Manchester’s iconic Town Hall and Albert Square will be project managed by Mace Ltd.

The project aims to secure this vital part of Manchester’s remarkable legacy, laden with many heritage features and treasures, as well as increasing public access. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse, the building is internationally renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and architectural quality.

The Grade I Listed Town Hall is 140 years old, and structurally sound, however there are many elements that are reaching the end of their useful life. The Our Town Hall project will see the building repaired and brought up to modern access, safety and energy efficiency standards, over the next seven years.

Mace have previously worked with Manchester City Council, having project managed the transformation of Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension, which was completed in 2015. The firm is currently working to deliver a number of projects in Manchester, including the Alliance Manchester Business School for the University of Manchester and the UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy Centre, for the Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The Our Town Hall project is a complex, once-in-a-lifetime challenge, which will result in the full repair and upgrade of Manchester’s civic centrepiece. We look forward to working closely with Mace and our other carefully selected consultants, as we secure and enhance the long-term future of our cherished Town Hall.”

Steve Gillingham, Mace’s Director of the North, said: “Mace’s history is inextricably linked to Manchester – it was the first office we opened outside of London, and where we first cut our teeth on internationally significant project and programme management for the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Our experience and record in the North is a key part of Mace’s DNA.

“As a result we’re very pleased to have been awarded a role on this vital project to protect, restore and upgrade such a significant symbol of Manchester’s civic history. Working on schemes like this is always challenging, particularly given how closely everyone will be watching – but we’re up to the challenge and looking forward to getting stuck in.”

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