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Council approves Squire and Partners' Brazennose House scheme

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Squire and Partners has won planning permission to replace an empty 1960s block in Lincoln Square, central Manchester with a new 12-storey office development

The 14,000m² Brazennose House scheme has is backed by property investment manager PRUPIM, which is delivering the project on behalf of thebuilding’s owners, The Prudential Assurance Company.

Demolition of the existing building could start in spring next year (2012), Completion is due in summer 2014.

Squire and Partner's Brazennose House scheme in Manchester - section

Squire and Partner’s Brazennose House scheme in Manchester - section

The architect’s view

The natural stone framed building adopts the tripartite principle of a clearly defined base, middle and upper section. Within these sections a unifying grid is applied, in which full height glazing, vertical stone panels, spandrels and cills bring depth to the façade.
Although the façade concept is applied to all four elevations of the building, each one has its own variations depending on aspect, internal arrangements and entrances.

The new building responds to the natural boundaries of Lincoln Square, but is cut away at the eastern elevation to reveal the frontage of St Mary’s, a Grade II listed 18th century church known as the ‘Hidden Gem’. A new public space will be created in front of the church with seating and landscaping, allowing visitors to enjoy the historic building.

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