One St Peter's Square
|One St. Peter's Square|
The concrete core of One St. Peter's under construction in October 2012
|Type||High rise office|
|Architectural style||Modern classical|
|Location||St. Peter's Square, Manchester,
|Construction started||May 2012|
|Completed||March 2014 (planned)|
|Height||60 metres (200 ft)|
|Floor area||268,000 feet (82,000 m)|
|Design and construction|
One St Peter's Square (also known as Peterloo House) is a high rise office building, currently under construction in Manchester, England. The building is situated in St. Peter's Square in Manchester city centre.
The building was first proposed in 2009, and was granted planning permission in 2010. Construction commenced in May 2012 and is due to be completed by March 2014 to coincide with completion of the Central Library and Town Hall redevelopment.
Situated in Manchester's historic district, the building was required 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 Central Library opposite. A sweeping top floor balcony will perch out over St Peter's Square providing a focal point for passers-by.
Three further high-rise office blocks are proposed adjacent to 1 St Peter's ; a 14-storey building (known as Landmark) on the Odeon cinema site, a 12-storey building on land currently occupied by Century House and an 11-storey block to the east.
The columns supporting the building are located on the exterior, thus avoiding unwelcome columns in the office space. The exterior columns will be 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. The previous building on the site was the concrete Elisabeth House which was built in 1960 and 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. A three-storey glazed balcony will complete the top of the building. The balcony will feature a curved, overhanging roof complete with spotlights.
The scheme was approved in July 2011, and a 25% pre-let of the building by accountant company KPMG enabled construction to begin. One St Peter's will consist of 268,000 feet (82,000 m) of Grade A office space.
Demolition of Elisabeth House, a derelict office block began in late 2011 and the building was fully removed by April 2012. The new building will form part of the new civic space for St. Peter's Square. As part of the plans, Manchester Central Library and Manchester Town Hall Extension will be renovated (a process which began in 2010 and is due for completion in 2014) and the landscaping of the square with trees.
Construction commenced in summer 2012, with an estimated completion date of 2014. 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". The building fronts onto Midland Hotel, Central Library and Town Hall Extension – all Grade II* listed buildings.
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