International architect practice BDP has won a contract to oversee the redevelopment of Manchester’s Central Library and Town Hall.
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 firm’s Manchester studio, will work on mechanical and electrical aspects of the refurbishments.
“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,” said Manchester City Council assistant executive member for the environment Nigel Murphy.
“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 and end in 2014.