Planning application has gone online for the Library Walk link building.
http://pa.manchester.gov.uk/online-...ils.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=M40NFJBC6K000Library Walk Albert Square Manchester
CITY COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT Erection of a glazed link between Central Library and the Town Hall Extension, including the alteration and extension of existing window openings to finished floor level to create 2 no. entrances and installation of associated lighting; erection of gates to the Mount Street end of Library Walk; raising of the level of Library Walk to enable level access into both buildings and replacement of pavement light quadrant with a paving solution and associated works.
Library Walk Link will form a new entrance to the Town Hall Complex, linking CL and the THx. The proposals form part of the wider Town Hall Complex Transformation Programme, which aims not only to see the restoration of CL and THx but also to provide an effective means of customer access to Council Services and improved service delivery. The glazed link will become a shared reception and customer access point to both buildings, visible from St Peters Square and providing easy access to those who are walking from the Mount Street end of Library Walk.
The installation of gates to the Mount Street end of Library Walk is required to avoid the creation of a dead end during the hours when Library Walk Link is closed to public (between 10pm and 6am). This application provides details of a base design for the gates and a set of parameters to enable an assessment of the impact of the proposals on the surrounding heritage assets, but it is noted that the final design may be the subject of a competition.