Case Study

Heritage & Retail

Manchester Town Hall Transformation Programme


Manchester City Council
Laing O'Rourke
April 2011
Heritage & Retail
Form of Contract
NEC 3 option C
Delivery Type
Design & Build

The Town Hall Transformation opportunities for young
• 56 of 66 apprentices have now been recruited on a
guaranteed two year project initiated placement scheme.
In addition to this, 22 apprenticeships have been sustained
through the programme
• 252 formal site visits have taken place with more scheduled
for later this year. Previous visitors include: Bolton University,
Manchester School of Architecture and the BBC to name a
few. As part of the project’s regeneration, education and skills
programme, local high schools have been offered site tours
followed by a presentation as part of a careers package
• A group of young people participated in a week long summer
school programme initiated by Manchester City Council. The
young people visited the Manchester School of Architecture
where they participated in a series of discussions and
attended an IT master class. The youngsters proposed new
youth engagement policies to decision makers, including local
Councillors at the Manchester Town Hall
• Pupils from every primary school in Manchester were asked
to take part in a competition by choosing an item to bury into
a time capsule which they felt best represented the city. Over
800 entries were received and eleven winners were selected
to attend the time capsule ceremony on the 5th July which
took place in the Central Library. The winning pupils attended
a site tour with their teachers.

“I’d like to congratulate all the children who entered the
competition. By the time this capsule is opened in 2092,
Manchester will be a very different place, but we are sure the
work we are doing now to transform the Central Library and Town
Hall Extension will have benefited many future generations of
Mancunians’’ Councillor Jeff Smith