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BDP lands Manchester town hall redevelopment job

BDP has won the contract to oversee the redevelopment of Manchester’s Central Library and Town Hall

The practice will work as building services designers alongside lead architects Ryder Architecture on the library project and Ian Simpson Architects on the town hall extension.

The scheme will make both buildings more environmentally friendly ‘by replacing and upgrading existing engineering systems’. Offices will also be converted to an open plan layout.

Michael Whitehurst, environmental engineering director at the company’s Manchester studio, will work on mechanical and electrical aspects of the refurbishments.He said: ‘The listed buildings are one of the focal points of the city and have a unique character that we are striving to preserve. But it is obviously a complex task to try and bring such historic infrastructure into the 21st century and make it genuinely sustainable.’

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s assistant executive member for the environment, said: ‘Manchester has an ambitious plan to reduce the city’s carbon emissions by 41% by 2020 and putting energy efficiency at the heart of our own buildings underlines the council’s commitment to lead by example.

‘Along with providing state-of-the-art, accessible services to residents and visitors, one of the guiding principles of our transformation programme is improving the environmental performance of these historic gems.’

Work is scheduled to begin early next year (2011) and end in 2014

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