Manchester Central Library

The £170m refurbishment of the Grade 2 listed Manchester Central Library was as a catalyst for BIM adoption by Manchester City Council.

Manchester Central Library
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Manchester City Council


Manchester, UK


Strategy, Research, Building Performance, Learning and Development


Heritage and Conservation

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Built in 1934, the 172,000sqft library was in need of significant structural repair for which the BIM Academy team was enlisted to develop the  BIM strategy to lead the project.

From the very outset, the local authority saw significant benefits in ultimately using the digital 3D models from the project and associated data, to manage the library once works were completed, as well as understanding the efficiency benefits during the design, approval and construction stages.

BIM Academy’s role included supporting the project team in understanding relevant BIM uses and their practical application, engaging external specialists and software vendors where required and advising the client during contractor selection.

During the construction stage, we continued to facilitate the implementation of BIM uses for design coordination, logistics planning and asset management.

A key component of the project’s success was that the project was managed in a truly collaborative environment with a fully integrated project office. The newly renovated library gained improved efficiencies in safety and asset management as well as restoring the building for further generations to come.