Countdown to Christmas: Day 12 – Manchester Town Hall Transformation

Manchester Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme was the first project procured on the High Value Framework, with the Central Library delivered in BIM.

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 life cycle
• 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

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