Welcome to Manchester Civic Society

The Manchester Civic Society is a registered charity that, since its formal launch in November 1995, has been ‘keeping a watch over the city’ and ‘fostering a sense of pride in Manchester’.

We cover the City of Manchester and the whole of Greater Manchester except where a local Society exists.


Update: Save Manchester’s historic heart and support our legal action

Message from Steve Speakman, Chairman, Manchester Civic Society
30th July:


Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the initial fundraising campaign for my legal action against the 40 storey tower planned for Manchester’s historic heart. We reached the pledge target! This money is for legal advice to explore whether or not the decision to grant planning permission by the Council was reached lawfully, and if so to bring a challenge, which could also make the developers re-think their plans. The solicitors are now looking closely at the case to see if there are grounds for a challenge – and I will update you on this very soon.


The plans, given planning permission by Manchester City Council in June 2018, will see this massive development overshadow the Grade I listed Town Hall and Albert Memorial. This very sensitive site is within 250m of 72 listed buildings and 9 Conservation Areas. Thanks again for your support of my action – more updates coming soon.
Steve Speakman



Contact us at: info@manchestercivic.org.uk