In pictures: Progress underway on Manchester Town Hall restoration as Christmas markets return

Manchester’s historic town hall has been hidden from the public under scaffolding since 2018.

With Christmas markets set to open in three weeks time, locals will remember how Albert Square was once used as a venue for the city’s festivities.

Property newsgroup Place North West has suggested the £300m renovation will only be completed in 2026 – and the Christmas markets may not return to their previous location for years.

Here are 10 new photos of the progress being made on the £300m Town Hall restoration project…

Windows have been added to boards surrounding the current construction sight, alongside information about the ongoing work
A statue of former PM William Gladstone continues to stand tall in the square – despite being surrounded by fences.
The Town Hall’s spire is now visible above the building’s white scaffolding.
The building’s renovation is set to cost £300 million
Hundreds of workers are on-site
Renovations began in 2018. They are meant to finish in July next year
Some suggest that the true date of completion will be in 2026
A temporary lift presently runs alongside the hall’s spire
White scaffolding has covered the town hall in recent years
To complement the developments, trees are to be planted throughout Albert Square

Images are authors’ own.

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