The Building Renovation
In May 2018 HLF approved the first stage of an £8.9m bid. Stage 2 approval will be announced in October 2019.
Progress so far
The full project team has now been appointed which includes the Lead Conservation Architect, Cost Managers, Structural Engineers, Business Planner, Interpretation and Exhibition Designers and the Activity Planners.
The Lead Conservation Architect is Donald Insall Associates (DIA) and they will be responsible for the restoration and refurbishment of the building. DIA have appointed Max Fordham as mechanical and electrical engineers and they will be responsible for ensuring the plumbing, heating and electrics are restored and updated to a modern day standard.
Frank Whittle Partnership have been appointed as Cost Managers and they will be responsible for ensuring the project is completed within budget.
Price and Myers have been appointed as structural engineers and they will be responsible for ensuring the building is structurally sound and that any alterations to the building such as installing a new lift can be done.
Focus Consultants 2010 LLP have been appointed as business planners and they will be responsible for writing a viable plan that looks at the future use and operation of the building.
Redman Design LLP have been appointed at Interpretation and Exhibition Designers who will be responsible for creating exhibition spaces within the building.
Link4Life have been appointed as Activity Planners and will be responsible for consulting with the community on what they would like to see in the town hall. They will also be responsible for recruiting volunteers to assist in the running of the town hall once it re-opens.
The start-up meeting was held in February which saw all the consultants working on the project come together to start to plan the works and future use.
A dedicated Project Team has been set up who will be permanently based in an office in the Town Hall for the duration of the project.
An apprentice Project Officer has been appointed to assist the project team and this will be the first of a number of opportunities available during the project. Further details will be released as we progress through the project.
The Archaeology Department at Salford University have recently completed a digital scan of the town hall building which will help inform the refurbishment process as it will accurately record the footprint of the building.
Asbestos and drainage surveys have also been carried out which are also very important in recording the location of dangerous asbestos which will need to be removed and the location and condition of drains in the building.
What’s to come?
Now the design team are in place the next steps are to review what works will take place in the first phase. This will also include developing a detailed programme to outline delivery. Further details will follow.
Following the 3D scan of the building Salford University are now putting together detailed surveys of the building.