Case Study


Manchester Town Hall Transformation Programme with BIM


Manchester City Council
Laing O'Rourke
April 2011
Form of Contract
NEC3 Option C
Delivery Type
Design & Build

Although not a contractual requirement, Manchester City
Council were inspired by an innovative proposal for BIM by
Ryder Architecture which as well as acting as a resource for
the design and construction phase could also deliver benefits
in the facilities management phase
• Through the use of BIM, the idea of collaborative working came
to life; knowledge sharing, improved communications and
relationships built on trust and clarity are being demonstrated
• Supported by contractor Laing O’Rourke, BIM has been utilised
across many aspects of the scheme: design, construction,
costing, construction planning and Health and Safety
Management and will act as a Facilities Management tool for
the building lifecycle
• It has acted as a unique communication tool when liaising with
English Heritage and conservation specialists
• Demonstrated at presentations and seminars, the model has
been extremely effective in achieving the client’s aspiration of
enthusing, engaging, exciting and informing stakeholders
• The innovative use of BIM has created a positive legacy by
using the project team’s BIM data to drive benefits during the
operational life of the complex


‘‘The Manchester Town Hall Transformattion Programme was a
very important flagship project in UK, and even internationally,
highlighting the potential benefits of BIM for public sector clients,
the importance of BIM protocols and processes. This is an
exemplary case of the importance of cultural change in
successful BIM implementation.’’


Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design,
University of Salford, School of Built Environment