Lendlease has been appointed as management contractor for the heritage project to repair, refurbish and partially restore Manchester Town Hall.
The move is said to mark an “important milestone” in Manchester City Council’s ‘Our Town Hall’ scheme, which aims to safeguard the Grade I-listed building for the future and improve public access as well as enhancing Albert Square (pictured).
Lendlease will work alongside the design team to appoint and manage contractors to deliver different aspects of the works.
With delivering economic and social value for the city among the key objectives for the Our Town Hall project, Lendlease has also pledged commitments including the creation of 150 apprenticeships and 45 new jobs targeted at Manchester residents, and 10,000 volunteer hours for voluntary and community sector projects.
Activity with schools, colleges, universities and the voluntary sector including career sessions, work placements and pathways to employment and training has also been promised in a bid to encourage construction industry careers.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, says: “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.”
Neil Martin, managing director of construction at Lendlease, Europe, adds: “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.”