St. James Buildings, Manchester
|St James Buildings|
|Architectural style||Edwardian Baroque|
|Location||Oxford Street, Manchester|
|Address||61-95 Oxford Street
|Client||Calico Printers' Association Ltd|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Clegg, Fryer & Penman|
St James Buildings is a high-rise, Grade II listed building on Oxford Street, Manchester, England, completed in 1912. The building is Edwardian Baroque in style, has a Portland stone exterior and reaches a maximum height of 60m.
The building opened in 1912 as the headquarters of the Calico Printers' Association Ltd, a company formed in 1899 from the amalgamation of 46 textile printing companies and 13 textile merchants. Companies involved in the merger included F. W. Grafton & Co, Edmund Potter & Co, Hoyle's Prints Ltd, John Gartside & Co, F. W. Ashton & Co, Rossendale Printing Company, Hewit & Wingate Ltd, and the Thornliebank Company Ltd.
In recent years,[when?] the building has been renovated and leased to businesses by its owner Bruntwood. Notable lessees include Kaplan Financial Ltd, the General Medical Council, BPP Law School, and the Arup Manchester office who were based on the 8th floor and the General Medical Council.
The building is Edwardian Baroque in style, has a Portland stone exterior and reaches a maximum height of 60m. The architects Clegg, Fryer & Penman designed the long facade with three slightly protruding pavilions with grossly inflated pilasters and pediments; in the centre the principal pediment is topped by a stumpy tower which breaks through the cornice line. The lowest third of the facade is emphasized by rustication and by having a more elaborate arrangement of windows.