The refurbishment involves creating large open-plan offices and creating space for doubling the number of staff able to work in the building. This will enable the council to sell other buildings and save more than £1m over the next two years.
The council will be working with ISG to produce a full design and costing for the project by the end of the year, with work set to start on the build in early 2013. The council and ISG will also work with conservation experts to ensure that proposed plans are in keeping with the historical significance of the building.
ISG northwest managing director Jim Parker said: “Bolton Town Hall is an iconic regional landmark and we will be working closely with the council to both preserve and redevelop this historically important building to better serve the local community and enhance the working environment for staff. Bolton Council’s core focus on eliminating waste and driving efficiencies throughout the project has led to our early involvement in the scheme. This enlightened approach will undoubtedly prove beneficial as we are able to thoroughly explore options and make informed recommendations to maximise time and cost savings for the Town Hall redevelopment.”
ISG’s experience in renovating listed buildings includes Liverpool’s Cunard Building, the Assembly Hall at Chester Town Hall, Macclesfield Town Hall and Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent.