St. James Buildings, Manchester

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St James Buildings
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Architectural style Edwardian Baroque[1]
Location Oxford Street, Manchester
Address 61-95 Oxford Street
Greater Manchester
M1 6EJ
Coordinates 53°28′32″N 2°14′30″W / 53.4755°N 2.2416°W / 53.4755; -2.2416Coordinates: 53°28′32″N 2°14′30″W / 53.4755°N 2.2416°W / 53.4755; -2.2416
Opened 1912[1]
Client Calico Printers' Association Ltd
Owner Bruntwood
Height 60m[1]
Technical details
Floor count 9[1]
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 was constructed in the Edwardian Baroque style and has a Portland stone exterior reaching 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.

The renovated building is leased to other businesses by its owner Bruntwood.[2] 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[3] and the Medical Practitioner's Tribunal Service.


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 façade 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 façade is emphasized by rustication and by having a more elaborate arrangement of windows.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "St James Buildings". Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  2. ^ "St James'". Bruntwood. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  3. ^ "Manchester - Arup". Arup. Retrieved 2011-12-02.
  4. ^ Atkins, Philip (1976) Guide across Manchester. Manchester: Civic Trust for the North West ISBN 0-901347-29-9; p. 99
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