Manchester’s Central Library named building of the year at annual awards dinner

Manchester’s Central Library has been crowned the city’s building of the year.

Baroness Beverly Hughes, revealed the winner at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Property and Construction dinner at the Hilton Deansgate last night.

Stephen Timoney, 25, an apprentice at 4Box from Stockport, also picked up the award for Construction Apprentice of the Year.

The library beat off competition from three other finalists, including the Manchester City Football Club Academy and One St Peter’s Square.

Mike Gibson, Chair of the Committee and host of the event, said, “The library is a high quality reconstruction and refurbishment of one of the city’s crown jewels.

“The attention to detail in preserving the historic character of the building is matched by the facilities, making it a superb asset for the city.”

JEWEL IN CITY’S CROWN: Manchester Central Library 

The committee consists of 15 professionals from a range of businesses in the sector and invited nominations and entries from across Greater Manchester and was attended by 400 businesses.

Stephen was nominated by his fellow colleagues and teachers, and is considered a role model for new apprentices.

Mr Timoney’s mentor, Gordon Kirkham of 4Box said, “Stephen has an incredible work ethic that serves as an example to everyone within the company.”

The committee dedicates money to a charity each year, with 42nd Street chosen as this year’s charity.

The charity provides support services to young people under stress, working with young people living in Greater Manchester, aged between 13-25.

Greater Manchester Chamber is the largest Chamber in the UK and is an independent, not-for-profit private company.

Image courtesy of ricardo266 and inset courtesy of Michael D Beckwith, with thanks. 

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