Three Piccadilly Place designed by Austin-Smith:Lord topped out
Last week saw the topping out by Argent Estates of their 250,000 sq ft office building - Three Piccadilly Place - as part of their mixed used Piccadilly Place development in Manchester.
Designed by Austin Smith Lord, the iconic Three Piccadilly Place will stand 13 storeys high opposite Piccadilly Station, boasting floor plates of up to 19,500 sq ft. It is the first building in the UK to be clad in cassette panel TECU® Brass, a CuZn15-grade copper and zinc alloy that has been specially designed for use on façades.
Weathering changes the original reddish golden colour of the surface in a very lively manner, with each façade developing its own unique characteristics. After the initial matting, the surface takes on a light golden brown that will sit comfortably within the historic context of Manchester. Further gradual aging will mirror traditional high quality materials in the area such the faience on the adjacent Central Fire Station building.
The building began the second phase of construction on the southern part of Piccadilly Place, leaving a 120,000 sq ft office building designed by Hodder Associates and a 157 residential apartments designed by Glenn Howells currently being developed.
Construction on the northern site of Piccadilly Place is almost complete; comprising a 285 bed City Inn Hotel, a 60,000 sq ft new headquarters for the GMPTE, a new public piazza and a Wilkinson Eyre designed pedestrian footbridge linking into the site from Piccadilly Station.