Oldham Council has chosen Interserve to deliver the £16m project at the town’s grade two-listed library and art gallery.
Including gallery spaces, archives, meeting rooms, bars, and public research rooms, the project is based at the library on Union Street, and has been supported by a £3.4m Heritage Lottery Grant, as well as a £4m contribution from the Sir Norman Stoller charitable trust.
Under the planning consent, secured in 2017 by former architect Mecanoo and planner Paul Butler Associates, the proposals include a renewed public square, a local studies centre, and a 120-seat lecture theatre.
Contractor Gilbert-Ash was previously engaged by the council on the project and had completed strip-out of the listed building under a pre-contract services agreement, but the council instead decided to pick Interserve as contractor through the Procure North West framework.
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