Manchester's town hall and The Factory construction projects create social value

Manchester Town Hall (Image courtesy Manchester City Council)

The UK government has been keen during the pandemic to boost construction projects to support the economy, but what evidence is there that this is creating beneficial social value?

Manchester City Council reports that its 'Our Town Hall' project - which is repairing, partially restoring and refurbishing the Grade 1-listed Victorian landmark - is supporting jobs and businesses in the city.

Another construction project in the city - The Factory - which it says will be a remarkable new cultural venue, the biggest and most versatile anywhere in the world, is also creating economic prosperity, jobs and apprenticeships. In fact, together, it says some 115 jobs have been c