New BREEAM Landmark for St Peter’s Square in Manchester
In July last year we blogged about the proposed new office building, One St Peter’s Square, which was set to bring 270,000 sq ft of BREEAM Excellent office space to central Manchester in a modern landmark building.
This week it was announced that a contractor has been chosen to make the ┬ú60m proposal a reality, with construction firm Carillion winning the battle over rivals BAM and the Kier Group.
Argent, the company behind Brindleyplace in Birmingham, and joint venture development partner Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) are responsible for the redevelopment of the property – which involves demolishing the old structure and re-building a new 14-storey landmark.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the property will bring Grade A office space to Manchester in what has been described as a building of “significant architectural merit” by John Rodaway, Accounts Director at Carillion, adding that One St Peter’s Square will create a “new landmark building at the gateway to the city centre.”
Among the previous construction projects carried out by Carillion are the iconic Beetham Tower, the M6 Toll and the Grand Mosque in Oman.
Chair of GMPVF Coun Kieran Quinn, said: “We underwent a vigorous and lengthy process to ensure that the right contractor was selected for the construction of One St Peter’s Square. Experience, reputation and ability to deliver were of paramount importance as we are committed to ensuring that this is a very high quality scheme and that it is completed within the projected time frame.”
KPMG has already agreed to take three floors of the property upon completion, making it their new headquarters from 2015, leaving another 210,000 sq ft available for pre-let.
Demolition is due to be completed by April 2012 at which point Carillion will commence construction work. The property is scheduled to be ready for occupation by Spring 2014.
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