Two-storey building with central clock tower
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Trafford Town Hall stands on a large site at the junction of Talbot Road and Warwick Road in Stretford, England, directly opposite the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. It was designed by architects Bradshaw Gass & Hope of Bolton on behalf of Stretford Municipal Borough, and built in the Neo-classical style by the main contractor Edwin Marshall & Sons. The work was funded by a government grant of £88,000[1] (equivalent to £5.1 million in 2017[a]Using the United Kingdom Gross Domestic Product deflator figures from Measuring Worth for 2017), and the building was officially opened as Stretford Town Hall on the granting of Stretford’s charter on 16 September 1933.[2]

The steel-framed building has two stories plus basement and attic floors, with a mansard roof. Set in landscaped grounds with a sunken garden, it is constructed of brick in Flemish bond with gritstone dressings. It originally consisted of a main front with a wing on each side, until a rear extension was added between the wings in 1983, enclosing an inner courtyard.[1]

In 1974, on the formation of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, the new council adopted the town hall as its base, renaming it Trafford Town Hall.[1] It was renovated in the early 1980s, in a schedule of work that included the addition of a 10,000-square-metre (110,000 sq ft) underground nuclear fall-out shelter; the shelter was subsequently used for storage until its closure in 2011.[3] Trafford Town Hall was designated a Grade II listed building in 2007.[1]

In 2011, the 1983 extension was demolished, and the 1933 original building refurbished, with new offices added. The new buildings were opened in 2013.[4]

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Historic England. (n.d.). Trafford Town Hall. Retrieved from https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1391923
Mara, F. (2013). Keep it simple: Trafford Town Hall redevelopment by 5Plus. Architects Journal. Retrieved from https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/buildings/keep-it-simple-trafford-town-hall-redevelopment-by-5plus/8650811.article
Masterson, V., & Cliff, K. (2002). Stretford: An Illustrated History. The Breedon Books Publishing Company.
Wiliams, J. (2011, November 9). Nuclear bunker that had Trafford Town Hall chiefs at war is uncovered. Manchester Evening News.

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a. Using the United Kingdom Gross Domestic Product deflator figures from Measuring Worth for 2017