Boutique hotel mooted for Manchester Town Hall

George Sell By George Sell
25 May 2016 | Updated 25 May 2016

UK: Manchester town hall is set to undergo a £250 million renovation which could include a boutique hotel, civic museum, shops and restaurants.

UK: Manchester town hall is set to undergo a £250 million renovation which could include a boutique hotel, civic museum, shops and restaurants.

The Grade I listed building was built in 1877, and needs work to upgrade its wiring, heating, wheelchair access, toilets, lifts and fire escape routes, which will allow council chiefs to open more of it up to the public.

In July council bosses are expected to consider proposals that would see much of the building still used for local authority staff, but a substantial proportion of it opened up to include a small boutique hotel and a civic museum.

The town hall's cobbled courtyard could potentially have shops opened around its edges.

Deputy council leader Bernard Priest said: "The Town Hall is an icon of Manchester but it will be 140 years old next year and, while structurally sound, is starting to show its age. We're reaching a point where significant elements are reaching the end of their natural lifespan and need attention soon to prevent decay and ensure modern safety and access standards. Detailed and specialist survey work has been carried out to assess the full condition of the Town Hall and the scope of works necessary to safeguard it for current and future generations and ensure it can play a role at the heart of the city's life. These surveys and the assessment of options are ongoing."

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