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Laing O’Rourke given £90m Town Hall complex refurb contract

Central Library and St Peter’s Square will also be revamped by Hulme firm

Published on August 5th 2010.

Laing O’Rourke given £90m Town Hall complex refurb contract

Manchester-based contractor Laing O’Rourke has been awarded the £90m contract to refurbish the city’s Town Hall Complex.

The contract covers the Town Hall Extension, Central Library and St Peter’s Square and includes the creation of an integrated Customer Service Centre, which will allow people to access all the council services they need in a single visit.

This format is currently being operated in the Customer Service Centre at One First Street and will be expanded when services return to the refurbished Town Hall Extension in three years’ time. The Town Hall Extension and Central Library buildings will also be made more energy efficient.

The council said the refurbishments of the Grade-II listed Town Hall Extension and Central Library would be ‘sympathetic’ and ensure that listed features are preserved.

Councillor Bernard Priest, executive member for finance and human resources, said: “The importance of this project to Manchester residents cannot be overstated. It is firmly focused on providing them with better services while giving them a world-class civic complex which they can be proud of for years to come.

“Throughout this process we have chosen bids which provide the best combination of value for money and quality but it’s particularly pleasing that the best bid came from a Manchester company and that our investment will support and create jobs right here and have knock-on benefits for other local contractors.”

Laing O’Rourke Project Director Harold Rostron said the company aims to ensure that a fifth or more of jobs created through the project go to Manchester residents.

He said: “As a Manchester-based business with decades of experience delivering important buildings for and in this city, we are extremely proud to have been chosen to transform the jewels in Manchester’s crown.

“Community and regeneration are central to our approach, and we understand that this is more important now than ever. We are aiming to create at least one new job for every five on this project; it is an opportunity to ensure Manchester people benefit from learning, skills-development and employment.”

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