Manchester scales new heights

Abseilers climbed
28 metres to give Manchester Central’s famous gable and clock face a new coat
of paint as part of the venue’s £20m redevelopment.

The convention
complex redevelopment has moved into phase two, which includes an extended
foyer area to the Grade ll listed Central Hall, as well as new catering and
seminar facilities. 

The Central’s old
smoked glass foyer has been demolished, to be replaced by a, flat-roofed, clear
glazed structure that will expose more of the original listed architecture.

Central chief executive, Lesley Tomlinson, says the iconic entrance has been
one of the city’s best-known ‘doorways’ for business and leisure for over 20
years: “With the addition of the new Central Foyer we are giving the venue a
21st century ‘face-lift’ and welcoming in an exciting new era.”

redevelopment programme is due for completion in late 2010 and is designed by local
architects Stephenson Bell, with Laing O’Rourke doing the contracting.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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