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.