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Glenn Howells' £50m Elisabeth House gets green light

Glenn Howells Architects’ competition-winning scheme for One St Peter’s Square in Manchester has won approval from planning officials

The £50 million, 25,000m² commercial office scheme for the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) and Argent will be more than double the size of the existing 1960s Elisabeth House block – the former home of the Dutch Pancake Company.

Glenn Howells of Glenn Howells Architects said: ‘We are thrilled that this project has received planning permission. We believe that it is not only a significant building and very different model for an office building for Manchester but perhaps more importantly, it will play a vital role as part of the wider regeneration of St Peter’s Square.’

Previous story (AJ 10.02.10)

Glenn Howells’ £50m Elisabeth House scheme set for green light

Planning officers have recommended the thumbs up for Glenn Howells Architects’ competition-winning designs for the redevelopment of Elisabeth House in St Peter’s Square, Manchester

The 14-storey, 25,000m² commercial office scheme for the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) and Argent will be more than double the size of the existing 1960s Elisabeth House block – the former home of the Dutch Pancake Company.

Cultural space for public exhibitions will be included on the ground floor, along with a double-height reception with views across St Peter’s Square.

The report by Manchester City Council’s planning officers said: ‘The proposal is interesting and modern, and would be acceptable and appropriate in the city context, and with the surrounding heritage assets.

‘This approach of introducing a modern building into a historic environment has worked successfully elsewhere in Manchester and the scheme respects the setting of the St Peter’s Square conservation area and the listed buildings associated with it.’

A decision on the scheme is expected tomorrow (11 February).

Previous story (AJ 23.09.09)

Elisabeth House, St Peter’s Square, Manchester by Glenn Howells Architects

[FIRST LOOK] These are the first images of Glenn Howells Architects’ proposed 25,000m² redevelopment of the 1960s Elisabeth House in Manchester

The project, known as One St Peter’s Square, was won in competition ahead of FLACQ, Stanton Williams and Austin-Smith:Lord almost a year ago (AJ online 14.10.08).

The commercial office scheme overlooking St. Peter’s Square for the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) and Argent will house a ‘mix of uses’ including a gallery at street level.

Glenn Howells described the project, which will sit opposite the refurbished Central Library and a new Town Hall extension, ‘as probably the most significant building north of Birmingham’.

He said: ‘We want to create an elegant building, with a long life and that will not look like it was built in 2012. We want to make it look effortless.

‘We also thought it was inappropriate for it to be louder than the other buildings around it.’

Mike Whitley, chair of The GMPVF said: ‘Our plans to redevelop Elisabeth House with Argent are moving on quickly and we’re delighted to be submitting a planning application in October.

‘We’re confident that the finished result will be a stunning 21st Century building, playing a major, strategic role within St Peter’s Square and the city region as a whole.’

The scheme goes out to public consultation next week and is due to be submitted for planning before Christmas.

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