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Manchester Town Hall Building

Victorian Architectural Development in northwest England – design by Alfred Waterhouse

Manchester Town Hall

Address: Albert Square, Manchester, Lancashire M60 2LA

Phone: 0161 234 5000

Date: 1877
Architect: Alfred Waterhouse

Albert Square photographs © Adrian Welch, 28 Oct 2011
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Manchester Town Hall Extension – photo © Adrian Welch, 28 Oct 2011
Manchester Town Hall

The building of Manchester Town Hall (1868-77) was undertaken because the neo-classical Town Hall in King Street had become too small to house the expanding business of the Corporation. An architecture competition was held and won by architect Alfred Waterhouse (1830 – 1905), mainly for his ingenious planning. The city centre site was an irregular triangle, on the east side of Albert Square. It needed to fit a large hall, a suite of reception rooms and living quarters for the Lord Mayor. The building also had to provide offices for all the Corporation departments and a chamber for Council meetings. Waterhouse successfully combined the ceremonial and workaday requirements.

The Grade One listed building Town Hall was designed in the 13th century Gothic style. In the words of Alfred Waterhouse architect it was a building “essentially of the nineteenth century.” It incorporated such innovations as a warm air heating system. The structure comprises fourteen million bricks encased in Spinkwell stone.

Manchester Town Hall Extension – photo © Adrian Welch, May 2011:
Manchester Town Hall Extension

Views of the council headquarters from Albert Square:
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photos © Adrian Welch

Despite its medieval styling, the building was designed to support the practical technologies of the 19th century. It had gas lighting, and a warm-air heating system, which provided fresh air drawn through ornamental stone air inlets placed below the windows and admitted behind the hot water pipes and ‘coils’ of rooms. Warmed, fresh air was fed into the stairwells and through hollow shafts within the spiral staircases to ventilate the corridors. The pipes that supplied gas for lighting were ingeniously concealed underneath the banister rails of the spiral staircases. Alfred Waterhouse designed the building structure to be fireproof, using a combination of concrete and wrought-iron beams.

Town Hall Extension:

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photos © Adrian Welch

Town Hall Extension Building
photo © Adrian Welch

26 Nov 2009

Manchester City Council appoint Ian Simpson Architects + Ryder Architects

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Photo refs: Town Hall is triangular in plan, the extension is roughly C-shaped and the library is circular

Manchester Town Hall Extension

Refurbishment of Manchester Town Hall Extension + Manchester Central Library

International Design Competition
Contest for St Peter’s Square and Library Walk – the dramatic curved space between Central Library and Manchester Town Hall

27 Nov 2009

RYDER ARCHITECTURE APPOINTED FOR MANCHESTER CITY LIBRARY

Ryder Architecture has been appointed to redesign Manchester City Library by the City Council. The decision was made on the high quality of the bid.
The proposals for the Grade II*-listed library will increase access to the collection and provide a much greater range of library services. The project is part of the redevelopment of the Manchester Town Hall complex, estimated at £165M, improving services to the public and investing in key civic buildings and spaces.
This appointment follows the success of Ryder’s award winning Newcastle City Library with developer Kajima Partnerships completed in March 2009, and a recent commission from Devon County Council for the interior design of six libraries in a joint venture with Radford-HMY Group.

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Manchester Town Hall Redevelopment information from Manchester City Council


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