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Laing O'Rourke wins £95M Manchester civic scheme

Contractor Laing O’Rourke has won a £95M contract from Manchester City Council to transform the city’s listed Central Library and Town Hall Extension by 2014.

The restoration of the 1930s landmark will include installing a glass and steel feature stair and lift core, cutting through seven floors of the Central Library from the top floor to the basement. A connection will also be constructed between the Central Library and the Town Hall, and heritage spaces in the buildings — such as the former Rates Hall and Gas and Electric Showrooms — will be restored.

Designed by architect E Vincent Harris, the scheme will use Building Information Modelling (BIM), with the intention to develop a Level 4 BIM model that will continue to be used for operation and maintenance after construction is completed.

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