One St Peter's Square

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One St Peter's Square
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One St Peter's from The Cenotaph
General information
Type High rise office
Architectural styleModern classical
Location St Peter's Square, Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
England, UK
Coordinates 53°28′38″N2°14′42″W / 53.477205°N 2.244991°W / 53.477205; -2.244991 Coordinates: 53°28′38″N2°14′42″W / 53.477205°N 2.244991°W / 53.477205; -2.244991
Construction startedMay 2012
CompletedSeptember 2014 [1]
Cost£60 million [2]
Landlord SAVILLS
Height60 metres (200 ft)
Technical details
Floor count14
Floor area268,000 sq ft (24,900 m2)
Design and construction
Architect Glenn Howells
Main contractor Carillion [3]

One St Peter's Square is a high rise office building in Manchester, England. It is situated in St Peter's Square in the city centre.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 545,500 as of 2017. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous built-up area, with a population of 3.2 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority is Manchester City Council.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north-northwest. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

St Peters Square, Manchester

St Peter's Square is a public square in Manchester city centre, England. The north of the square is bounded by Princess Street and the south by Peter Street. To the west of the square is Manchester Central Library, Midland Hotel and Manchester Town Hall Extension. The square is home to the Manchester Cenotaph, the Emmeline Pankhurst statue, and St Peter's Square Metrolink tram stop and incorporates the Peace Garden. In 1819, the area around the square was the site of the Peterloo Massacre.


Elisabeth House

The previous building on the site was the concrete Elisabeth House, an office block which was built in 1960 and had weathered badly. It was originally meant to be clad in stone to keep with its context but for financial reasons the exposed concrete was not clad. [5] It used to house the "Dutch Pancake House", which opened in the 1970s and closed in the early 2000s. [6] Demolition of Elisabeth House, began in late 2011 and the building was fully removed by April 2012. [7] [ not in citation given ]

New building

Construction of the new building was first proposed in 2009, [8] and was granted planning permission in 2010. [9] The scheme was approved in July 2011, [10] and a 25% pre-let of the building by professional services firm KPMG enabled construction to begin. [11] One St Peter's consists of 268,000 sq ft (24,900 m2) of Grade A office space. [12]

KPMG professional services company

KPMG is a professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Construction began in May 2012 and was due to be completed in early 2014 to coincide with completion of the Central Library and Town Hall redevelopment. It then underwent internal fit out and was completed in late 2014. [13] Concern over the building's height surfaced during the construction of the core. One local observer said the building "is at least four stories too tall on the site and the lift core alone makes the neighbours cower". [14] The building fronts onto Midland Hotel, Central Library and Town Hall Extension – all Grade II* listed buildings.

Manchester Central Library public library in Manchester

Manchester Central Library is the headquarters of the city's library and information service in Manchester, England. Facing St Peter's Square, it was designed by E. Vincent Harris and constructed between 1930 and 1934. The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome. At its opening, one critic wrote, "This is the sort of thing which persuades one to believe in the perennial applicability of the Classical canon".

Manchester Town Hall Extension

Manchester Town Hall Extension was built between 1934 and 1938 to provide additional accommodation for local government services. It was built between St Peter's Square and Lloyd Street in Manchester city centre, England. English Heritage designated it a grade II* listed building on 3 October 1974. Its eclectic style was designed to be a link between the ornate Gothic Revival Manchester Town Hall and the Classical architecture of the Central Library.

Midland Hotel, Manchester

The Midland Hotel, often referred to simply as The Midland, is a grand hotel in Manchester, England. Opened in September 1903, it was built by the Midland Railway to serve Manchester Central railway station, its northern terminus for its rail services to London St Pancras. It faces onto St Peter's Square. The hotel was designed by Charles Trubshaw in a highly individualistic Edwardian Baroque style. It is a Grade II* listed building.

The columns supporting the building are on the outside, thus avoiding unwelcome columns in the office space. The exterior columns are clad in limestone rather than concrete. The choice of limestone was exacerbated by the need to remain in context with listed buildings in the vicinity and the desire to avoid weathering which is often seen in concrete. [5] A three-storey glazed balcony tops the building and features a curved, overhanging roof complete with spotlights.

Column structural element sustaining the weight of a building

A column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. In other words, a column is a compression member. The term column applies especially to a large round support with a capital and a base or pedestal which is made of stone, or appearing to be so. A small wooden or metal support is typically called a post, and supports with a rectangular or other non-round section are usually called piers. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. Other compression members are often termed "columns" because of the similar stress conditions. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest. In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features. A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged", that is to say form part of a wall.

Limestone Sedimentary rocks made of calcium carbonate

Limestone is a carbonate sedimentary rock that is often composed of the skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, foraminifera, and molluscs. Its major materials are the minerals calcite and aragonite, which are different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). A closely related rock is dolomite, which contains a high percentage of the mineral dolomite, CaMg(CO3)2. In fact, in old USGS publications, dolomite was referred to as magnesian limestone, a term now reserved for magnesium-deficient dolomites or magnesium-rich limestones.

Concrete Composite construction material

Concrete, usually Portland cement concrete, is a composite material composed of fine and coarse aggregate bonded together with a fluid cement that hardens over time—most frequently a lime-based cement binder, such as Portland cement, but sometimes with other hydraulic cements, such as a calcium aluminate cement. It is distinguished from other, non-cementitious types of concrete all binding some form of aggregate together, including asphalt concrete with a bitumen binder, which is frequently used for road surfaces, and polymer concretes that use polymers as a binder.

Situated in Manchester's historic district, the building was needed to meet strict conservation area rules. One St Peter's was designed in a simple modern classical style with high quality Jura limestone columns to fit in with the Central Library opposite. A sweeping top floor balcony perches out over St Peter's Square providing a focal point for passers-by.[ citation needed ] The new building forms part of the new civic space for St. Peter's Square. As part of the plans, the Central Library and Town Hall Extension were renovated (a process which began in 2010 and was completed in 2014) and the landscaping of the square with trees. [7]

Three further high-rise office blocks are proposed adjacent to One St Peter's; a 14-storey building named Landmark on the site of the former Odeon cinema, a 12-storey building on land currently occupied by Century House (known as Two St Peter's Square) [15] and an 11-storey block to the east (known as 3 St Peter's Square [16] ).


One St Peter's Square from Oxford Street, August 2014 One St Peter's Square from Oxford Street.JPG
One St Peter's Square from Oxford Street, August 2014

In May 2014 it was reported that the restaurant chain San Carlo is set to open its fifth Manchester venue, launching a 5,500 sq ft (510 m2) restaurant in One St Peter’s Square in late October-early November 2014. [17]

As of February 2015, approximately 40% of the floorspace has been leased. KPMG confirmed in July 2014 that it was taking an additional 10,500 sq ft (980 m2) of office space across half of the 10th floor. They had initially agreed to take 63,000 sq ft (5,900 m2) across the upper three floors. [13] In December 2014, law firm DLA Piper agreed a 15-year lease for 45,000 sq ft of space on floors eight and nine. The firm will move in mid-2016 once the lease at Barbirolli Square expires. [18]

The Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF), part of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, invested £10 million in the development. [19]

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