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The 140 year old Manchester Town Hall closed today for six years of refurbishment.
The neo-gothic building, designed by Alfred Waterhouse, was formally opened in September 1877 and has served the city ever since.
The ‘Our Town Hall’ project will refurbish the iconic structure, and ultimately make it more accessible for the public to enjoy, securing the long term future of the Town Hall for generations to come.
Located in Albert Square, Waterhouse’s design replaced the old Town Hall on King Street, which had served Manchester since the 1820s, but with an ever-expanding population, the city needed something bigger.
Manchester Town Hall is all set to close tomorrow for the next 6 years for restoration.. Join the fantastic buildings open day today, and take a look around this one incredible building !! #manchester #townhall #manchesterpast #history #past #architecture #photography pic.twitter.com/H1I6ARnl7e— Manchester Past (@Manchesterpast) January 14, 2018
Complete with the beautiful Great Hall, the Bees on the floor and a number of state rooms, the Town Hall overlooks the city’s staged events including the Christmas Markets, New Year’s Eve celebrations and the Manchester International Festival.
There will be opportunities to see different stages of progression in the refurbishment before it re-opens in 2024.