Manchester City Council has announced a competition to redesign the historic St Peter’s Square and Library Walk.

Manchester library in St Peter's Square

The competition aims to ‘create a breathtaking, internationally-recognised new landmark public space for the city’. The first phase closes on 23 February; six bidders will be shortlisted by April and invited to participate in the full design competition. The successful practice will be appointed by October.
 
St Peter’s Square stands at the heart of the city’s Civic Quarter and is the setting for some of its finest public buildings, including the Town Hall and Central Library. However, it needs significant enhancement to provide an appropriate setting for these civic buildings, and to give a suitable first impression of the city centre for visitors arriving at its busy Metrolink stop.
 
The improvements are being delivered as part of the £165 million, four-year Town Hall Complex Transformation project. Councillor Bernard Priest, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Finance and Human Resources, said: “The transformation of the Town Hall Complex is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both preserve these historic buildings for future generations and dramatically improve their setting and the services offered from them.
 
“This competition is the perfect opportunity to underline Manchester’s growing international status by providing an example of the very best in civic architecture.”

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