Leeds City Council is on the hunt for a conservation architect to restore its Grade I-listed town hall
Planned to complete in 2019, the £9.5 million project will restore the landmark Baroque building which features a 68.6 metre-tall clock tower.
Completed in 1858, the venue is one of the largest town halls in the UK and the eighth tallest building in Leeds.
Hull-based architect Cuthbert Brodrick – who trained in Paris and was virtually unknown at the time – won a design competition for the building in 1851.
The town hall was originally designed to accommodate municipal departments, a courtroom, a grand hall and a police station.
Council functions relocated to the Vincent Harris-designed Leeds Civic Hall nearby in 1933 and the town hall is now mostly used for conferences and events.
A Leeds City Council spokesman said: ‘The Grade I-listed Leeds Town Hall was voted the city’s favourite building by Yorkshire Evening Post readers in 2009 and hosts over 1,000 events throughout the year.
‘However, like any significant building of its age, it inevitably requires an ongoing programme of repairs and improvements to secure the building for future generations.
‘The council is now taking the opportunity to both protect the building and also open-up its heritage features, whilst making it more economically sustainable. “By providing more meeting spaces for hire and better catering facilities inside we will continue to reduce its reliance on public funds in the long term.
‘The council will contribute a maximum £4.8m from its capital programme towards the total estimated project cost of £9.56m.
‘We are looking to lever in the remaining money from sponsorship and fundraising. We have made an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund which is currently being assessed and we hope to hear the result of our application shortly.
‘The Town Hall is an iconic Leeds landmark and the work is essential so it can continue to provide a warm welcome to tens of thousands of visitors each year.”
Planned improvements include a new bar and heritage trail around the building’s Victorian cells, concert hall and clock tower.
Up to six teams will be shortlisted for the estimated £450,000 contract. The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 6 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Leeds City Council
Tel: +44 7891274510
Leeds Town Hall