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Approval for Ian Simpson’s Manchester Library Walk Link

Manchester City Council’s planning committee has approved plans for Ian Simpson Architects’ controversial Library Walk Link

The design includes building a stainless steel and glazed glass structure on Library Walk, linking Manchester Town Hall and the central library and acting as an entrance to both buildings.

The structure will still act as a thoroughfare for pedestrians, but under the proposals would only be open from 6am until 10pm daily, whereas passers-by currently have 24 hour access to the route.

A spokesman for Manchester City Council said: ‘The plans will improve connectivity between the two buildings. The town hall and the central library will be working closer together, and these plans will create one working building.’

Work on Ian Simpson and Ryder Architecture’s refurbishment of Manchester’s Grade II*-listed Town Hall Extension and Central Library is expected to complete late next year (2013).

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