Two St Peter's Square

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Two St Peter's Square
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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 started2015
Completed2017 [1]
Cost£80 million [2]
Height60 metres (200 ft)
Technical details
Floor count11 [2]
Floor area162,000 sq ft (15,100 m2) [2]
Design and construction
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Two St Peter's Square is a high-rise office building in St. Peter's Square, Manchester, England. Designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, the scheme was controversial as it involved the demolition of a 1930s Art Deco but unlisted building. [3] [4]

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.

Manchester City and metropolitan borough in England

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SimpsonHaugh and Partners English architecture practice

SimpsonHaugh and Partners is an English architecture practice established in 1987 by Ian Simpson and Rachel Haugh. The practice is based in Manchester with offices in London. In 2014 the practice re-branded as Simpson Haugh & Partners.


Century House

The site of Two St Peter's Square was previously occupied by four buildings: Century House, Sussex House, Bennett House and Clarendon House. [2]

Century House was built in 1934 [5] for the Friends Provident Society, a Quaker-friendly society that provided life insurance. It was constructed using Portland stone, [6] and featured a relief sculpture of George Fox, [4] as well as ornate carvings on the side of the six-storey building. [5]

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Portland stone Limestone quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England

Portland stone is a limestone from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. The quarries consist of beds of white-grey limestone separated by chert beds. It has been used extensively as a building stone throughout the British Isles, notably in major public buildings in London such as St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Portland stone is also exported to many countries—being used for example in the United Nations headquarters building in New York City.

George Fox English Dissenter and founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

George Fox was an English Dissenter, who was a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends. The son of a Leicestershire weaver, he lived in times of social upheaval and war. He rebelled against the religious and political authorities by proposing an unusual, uncompromising approach to the Christian faith. He travelled throughout Britain as a dissenting preacher, often being persecuted by the disapproving authorities. In 1669, he married Margaret Fell, widow of a wealthy supporter, Thomas Fell; she was a leading Friend. His ministry expanded and he made tours of North America and the Low Countries. He was arrested and jailed numerous times for his beliefs. He spent his final decade working in London to organize the expanding Quaker movement. Despite disdain from some Anglicans and Puritans, he was viewed with respect by the Quaker convert William Penn and the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell.

A campaign was started in June 2013 to save Century House. [5] The Twentieth Century Society strongly objected to the plans to demolish the building. [7] Manchester City Council approved the demolition of Century House on 25 July 2013. [8]

The Twentieth Century Society (C20) is a British charity which campaigns for the preservation of architectural heritage from 1914 onwards. The society's interests embrace buildings and artefacts that characterise 20th-century Britain. It is formally recognised as one of the National Amenity Societies, and as such is a statutory consultee on alterations to listed buildings within its period of interest, and must be notified of any proposed work to a listed building which involves any element of demolition.

Manchester City Council Local government body in England

Manchester City Council is the local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is composed of 96 councillors, three for each of the 32 electoral wards of Manchester. The council is controlled by the Labour Party and led by Sir Richard Leese. The opposition is formed by the Liberal Democrats and led by former Manchester Withington MP John Leech. Joanne Roney is the chief executive. Many of the council's staff are based at Manchester Town Hall.

Two St Peter's Square

The new building contains 162,000 square feet (15,100 m2) of space over 11 storeys, consisting of 157,000 square feet (14,600 m2) of office space and 5,142 square feet (477.7 m2) of shops, as well as a 43-space basement car park. [4] The building is faced with stone, with a complex lattice structure on the side. Plans were submitted in 2013, [6] and it was completed in early 2017. [1] It was a speculative development, with no pre-arranged tenants. [2]

Separate posts to carry over tram cables were installed in August 2014 so the current assemblage of buildings could be demolished – before these were constructed, the cables were attached to the building structures. Hoardings and scaffolding were installed in November 2014 in preparation for demolition.

As of April 2019, floors 1–5 of the building were occupied by the Department for Work and Pensions and floors 8–10 by Ernst & Young. A coffee shop and a Wagamama restaurant occupied the ground floor. [9]

Department for Work and Pensions United Kingdom government ministerial department

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