Two St Peter's Square

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Two St Peter's Square
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General information
Status Under construction
Type High rise office
Architectural style Modern classical
Location St Peter's Square, Manchester,
Greater Manchester,
England, UK
Coordinates 53°28′38″N 2°14′42″W / 53.477205°N 2.244991°W / 53.477205; -2.244991Coordinates: 53°28′38″N 2°14′42″W / 53.477205°N 2.244991°W / 53.477205; -2.244991
Construction started 2015
Completed Expected Summer 2016[1]
Cost £80 million[1]
Height 60 metres (200 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 11[1]
Floor area 162,000 sq ft (15,100 m2)[1]
Design and construction
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Two St Peter's Square is an under construction high rise office building in St. Peter's Square, Manchester, England. Designed by SimpsonHaugh and Partners, the scheme has been controversial as it involved the demolition of an 1930s Art Deco but unlisted building.[2][3]

Century House

The site of Two St Peter's Square was previously occupied by four buildings: Century House, Sussex House, Bennett House and Clarendon House.[1]

Century House was built in 1934[4] for the Friends Provident Society, a Quaker-friendly society that provided life insurance. It was constructed using Portland stone,[5] and featured a relief sculpture of George Fox,[3] as well as ornate carvings on the side of the six-storey building.[4]

A campaign was started in June 2013 to save Century House.[4] The Twentieth Century Society strongly objected to the plans to demolish the building.[6] Manchester City Council approved the demolition of Century House on 25 July 2013.[7]

Two St Peter's Square

The new building will contain 162,000 square feet (15,100 m2) of space over 11 storeys, consisting of 157,000 square feet (14,600 m2) of office space and 5,142 square feet (477.7 m2) of shops, as well as a 43-space basement car park.[3] The building will be faced with stone, with a complex lattice structure on the side. Plans were submitted in 2013,[5] and it is due to be completed in summer 2016. It is a speculative development, with no pre-arranged tenants.[1]

Separate posts to carry over tram cables were installed in August 2014 so the current assemblage of buildings could be demolished – prior to separate posts these overhead tram cables were attached to the building structures. Hoardings and scaffolding were installed in November 2014 in preparation for demolition.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dones to unveil £80m tower". Manchester Evening News. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Critics hit out at Ian Simpson's St Peters Square office plans". Architects Journal. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ a b c "Century House Bites The Dust: Long Live Two St Peter's Square". Manchester Confidential. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "The end of the Century? Not if we can help it". Manchester Evening News. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Major New Building For City Centre Manchester". Manchester Confidential. 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Century House Manchester threatened by demolition". The Twentieth Century Society. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Planning and Highways Committee meeting". 25 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
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