Construction and engineering contractor Laing O'Rourke now appointed to work on building designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners
SimpsonHaugh and Partners’ designs for Two St Peter’s Square in Manchester have just come one stage further to fruition with the appointment of construction and engineering firm, Laing O’Rourke by developer, Moseley Street Ventures.
Located in Manchester city centre, the 12-storey project is the latest addition to the regeneration of the city’s Civic Quarter. Clearance of the site started in November last year and completion is due in January 2017. The investment value of the completed building is estimated to be in excess of £80 million.
The exterior of Two St Peter’s Square will include a signature-pattern that references the city’s industrial and civic heritage. A grid of four independent designs, inspired by regional heritage and civic icons such as the Lancashire Rose and the cotton flower, are mirrored and rotated on two façades to create a free-flowing motif that spans these elevations.
The pattern also directly relates to the staircase in the Manchester Town Hall Extension, a project recently renovated by SimpsonHaugh and Partners and also delivered by Laing O’Rourke, which is located opposite.
The façade build-up comprises a double layer that allows light to permeate through the patterned exterior to glass behind. Floor-to-ceiling windows open up views of the square, while the patterning provides shading to the offices within.
The service cores of the building are located to the rear of the floorplan to create large open-plan offices of 18 metres clear span. The glazed façade maximises natural light infiltration whilst the column-free environment enables a highly adaptable workspace.
Reconstituted Portland Stone is used externally in reference to many of Manchester’s historical buildings, including the Central Library which sits close by. The height of the building has also been carefully considered. Sitting slightly lower than its immediate neighbour, One St Peter’s Square, Two St Peter’s Square mediates the change in height and scale between the existing listed buildings and the new developments in the square.