Faithful+Gould Appointed as Quantity Surveyors on the Upgrade of Manchester’s Iconic Town Hall

John Rayson
Faithful+Gould has been appointed by Manchester City Council to deliver quantity surveying services on the prestigious ‘Our Town Hall’ project.

The project will see the repair and upgrade of the Grade I-listed Manchester Town Hall, which will be 140 years old this year. While it has been maintained and remains structurally sound, it is now seriously showing its age, with many elements reaching the end of their natural lifespans.

"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..."

Paul Candelent, Project Director

Without significant work to address damage and defects, its condition will deteriorate to the point where it will become unfit for ongoing use and would need to be ‘mothballed.’ The building, designed in the 1860s by Alfred Waterhouse, also needs work to bring it up to modern access and safety standards while preserving its heritage.

“We are delighted to have been appointed as quantity surveyors to the design team of Manchester City Council’s ‘Our Town Hall’ project,” says Ged McNicholl, Regional Director at Faithful+Gould. “The Town Hall in Albert Square is an iconic structure and an integral part of the city’s character so it is important that it is both maintained and improved for future generations."

Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, 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.”

Paul Candelent, Project Director, Our Town Hall, said: "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."

Work on the Manchester Town Hall will take place over seven years and as well as restoring a landmark building aims to transform users’ and visitors’ experiences while reducing its carbon footprint and delivering economic and social value for the city.

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