Green light for £50m Manchester scheme

One St Peter's Square will replace the existing Elisabeth House
One St Peter's Square will replace the existing Elisabeth House

The project is being led by Argent, the developers behind the revamp of London’s King’s Cross Central Scheme, and it will see Elisabeth House replaced by a 270,000 sq ft office building, which will be known as One St Peter’s Square.

Improvements to the Civic Library and Town Hall, as well as better transport links, are promised as part of a wider plan to upgrade what was once the city’s commercial heart.

“We are thrilled that this project has received planning permission,” said Glenn Howells. “We believe that it is not only a significant building, but more importantly, it will play a vital role as part of the wider regeneration of St Peter’s Square.”

The building will incorporate office floorplates of up to 22,500 sq ft, as well as flexible cooling strategies for occupiers. The ground floor level will have space for public exhibitions, while the double-height reception will offer panoramic views across the redeveloped square.

Mike Whitley, chair of The Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund, added: “We have always had great confidence in the plans for the development and the finished result will be a striking 21st century building in the heart of the city centre.”

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