People are being encouraged to visit Manchester Town Hall in the coming months ahead of its temporary closure to enable works to safeguard the much-loved building for future generations to take place.
It has been confirmed that the Grade I-listed building - which is structurally sound but seriously showing its age - will close from Monday 15 January 2018 until the completion in 2024 of the Our Town Hall project to refurbish, repair and partially restore the building.
To give everyone a chance to visit the building before it closes behind-the-scenes tours showcasing the building and explaining the rationale for the works will continue.
Mancunians and visitors are encouraged to take this unique opportunity to visit the parts of the building which are not always ordinarily accessible to them. The last day before the temporary closure, Sunday 14 January, will feature an open day giving the public a last chance to see inside the Town Hall in person until it reopens again in 2024
When the building reopens it will be more accessible to the public with more of its many civic treasures on public display to help tell the city’s story; meet modern access and safety standards and have better energy efficiency. Albert Square, which hosts a huge range of events from Christmas Markets and sporting victory celebrations to more sombre occasions such as vigils will also be protected and improved.
Councillor Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We are taking action now to safeguard this gem for current and future generations of Mancunians.
“Before that work begins there are plenty of opportunities for anyone who is familiar with the building to come and have and another look – and for those who aren’t to come and discover what makes it so special.”