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One St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, United Kingdom

Wednesday 17 Feb 2010

Approval for major Manchester building

One St. Peter’s Square by Glenn Howells Architects in Manchester, United Kingdom
One St. Peter’s Square by Glenn Howells Architects in Manchester, United Kingdom One St. Peter’s Square by Glenn Howells Architects in Manchester, United Kingdom
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28/05/12 JN, Manchester
In the absence of speculation and risk taking corners of cities like Manchester need buildings like this to act as the spark for regeneration of an area. That side of town is being left behind, yet it has all that Spinningfields hasn't such as trams, trains and hotels.
25/05/12 Shaz, manchester
Mancunians will always moan unless its a small dull red brick building!
24/03/12 roy, manchester
how depressing yet another unimaginative eyesore like the Beethan Tower mostrosity and the Urbis.. Roy
06/01/12 Stephen, Manchester
A disappointing design in an area of Manchester city centre that needs demure buildings. This is too tall for the area it is located in (behind Town Hall extension, Central Library and Midland Hotel). As so often, architects not considering the wider area and how it fits in with its locale. Glenn Howells doesn't have offices in Manchester, and judging by this design, it shows. I feel quite angry and sad actually.
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19/11/11 graham, manchester
I live behind this building on Dickinson Street and my flat will be completely shrouded. Besides this I am a lover of architecture and I believe this is a terrible use of space. This was a great opportunity to build a landmark building or even the open space that Manchester badly needs and yet again somehow we manage to get a big blob of a building that is too large for everything else around it. It's so obvious to everyone who sees the picture straight away that it is boring and obtrusive so why is it so difficult for the people making the decisions!
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18/02/10 F Maze, London
2010, UK, and we are producing this.... Of course, it is better of what we have at present but still...
By looking around, it will fit perfectly amongst a succession of unimaginative buildings. Manchester as capital of the North deserves better.

One St. Peter’s Square given go ahead by Manchester City Council 

Planning approval for the redevelopment of Elisabeth House in Manchester, England was granted yesterday. The building will now be transformed into a 270,000 sq ft office building, known as One St. Peter’s Square.

The Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) and its joint venture development partner, Argent pushed forward the plans. James Nicholson, development director at Argent, said: “This is an exciting decision for Manchester; One St Peter’s Square is a highly significant new commercial development that has been designed to complement its civic surroundings. Now that One St Peter’s Square has the seal of approval, we can continue to work alongside the City Council and other landowners to transform the current site into an unparalleled piece of public realm in this significant and historic part of the City.”

The planning application was submitted to the Council in November 2009 following a public exhibition held in October 2009. The 270,000 sq ft BREEAM Excellent (sustainability standard) building will incorporate office floorplates of up to 22,500 sq ft, as well as flexible cooling strategies for occupiers. The scheme will include an active mix of uses at ground floor level, with cultural space for public exhibitions, as well as a stunning, double height reception, offering panoramic views across the proposed redeveloped St Peter’s Square, refurbished Central Library and Town Hall extension. The team at One St Peter’s Square includes architect Glenn Howells Architects, building services consultant Hoare Lea, structural engineers Tier and planning consultant GVA Grimley. GVA Grimley and Savills are joint agents for the scheme.

Glenn Howells said: “We are thrilled that this project has received planning permission. We believe that it is not only a significant building and very different model for an office building for Manchester but perhaps more importantly, it will play a vital role as part of the wider regeneration of St Peter’s Square.”

"Construction work will not start until part of the building is pre-let. Completion is not expected before 2014," advised a spokesperson for the project.

Key Facts

Status Planning approved
Value Undisclosed(m€)
Glenn Howells Architects

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