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Manchester City Council is in the final stages of selecting a winner for its £328m Town Hall and Albert Square restoration programme in November

According to construction intelligence specialist Glenigan, Laing O’Rourke and Lendlease are the final two firms in the running for the £328m restoration programme for Manchester’s grade I-listed town hall.

Manchester City Council was initially hoping to shortlist up to five firms when the tender race started in February. However, papers from the council’s scrutiny committee revealed the race for the £190m job of management contractor had been narrowed down to the pair.

Final bids go in on 19 October, with a preferred bidder due to be appointed the following month.

Restoration works will include refurbishing the Great Hall and its Ford Madox Brown murals, as well as external repairs to the roof, stonework and drains.

The council said ‘significant work’ is needed to address the electrics, heating, ventilation and lifts in the building.

The council expects more than 100 sub-contracts ranging from £10,000 to £10m to be procured by the chosen contractor from the first quarter of next year.

The main construction works are scheduled to commence on site in autumn 2020.

The client project team includes Mace who was appointed late last year as project manager and architect Purcell, which has created designs to refurbish the Grade I-listed landmark building.


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