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Manchester Town Hall Complex Transformation Project


Location Client Cost Size Completion Awards
Manchester, UK Manchester City Council £90m 45,265m2 2014 1

Project details

Our commission includes the design of mechanical, electrical and public health services with specialist lighting and acoustics input and a focus on centralised energy generation.

The Central Reference Library is the largest and most popular library in Manchester. The building also contains historic archives and exhibition space for the historic films collection.

The Town Hall Extension houses office areas, a council chamber and associated members and committee rooms, a customer services centre at ground floor level and a city library at basement level complete with a restaurant area.


  • major refurbishment of two Grade II* listed buildings, the Town Hall Extension and Central Reference Library
  • provide safe, resilient and adaptable building services and electrical systems installations throughout the two buildings
  • lighting Design approach was to refurbish heritage luminaires where possible to maintain the character of the building and provide new energy efficient lighting systems in areas which have been modernised


  • RICS regional award, British Council for Offices regional award and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce building of the year
  • The Central Library has achieved BREEAM Excellent, a rare achievement for a listed building of this scale
  • Central Library Shortlisted for the 2015 Lighting Design Awards
  • 2015 Lux Awards (Highly Commended)

Integrated services

building services engineer, lighting designer, acoustic consultant