The Council and democracy Our Town Hall Project - the transformation

What's involved in the project?

The building needs work to bring it up to modern access and safety standards. As well as preserving its rich heritage, the work undertaken will improve access, allowing visitors to move around the building more easily, and increase the visibility of some of the Town Hall’s many treasures.

During the course of the work we will create many exciting opportunities, including apprenticeships and a range of jobs and training schemes. Owing to the scale of the project, many specialist contractors will be required from 2019 onwards.

Town Hall

The Town Hall will be repaired and upgraded to modern safety and accessibility standards, including new lifts and welfare facilities. Detailed specialist survey work has been undertaken to assess the condition of the building and the scope of work necessary to safeguard it for current and future generations, and to ensure it can continue to play a key role at the heart of the city’s life. 

The work will involve structural repairs including internal stonework, mosaic flooring and stained glass windows, ensuring that all fixtures and fittings are fully working and restored throughout. Significant work will be carried out to improve the Town Hall’s electrics, plumbing, heating, ventilation and lift installations, and external repairs made to the roof, stonework and drains. 

In addition, the project includes the repair, restoration and conservation of key historic features, including all the State Rooms, the famous Great Hall and its Ford Madox Brown murals, and the Lord Mayor’s suite.

Albert Square

There are plans to renovate, resurface and improve Albert Square as a public space and popular meeting place. The square is an extremely busy focal space within the city; it's a popular place for public reflection, but also plays host to many local, national and international events throughout the year, such as victory parades and the Christmas market.

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