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SimpsonHaugh completes two offices in newly developed areas of Manchester

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The 12 and 20-storey towers, primarily providing offices, are located in Spinningfields and the Civic Quarter

Two St Peter’s Square

This development sits in Manchester’s newly regenerated Civic Quarter. Owned by Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, who acquired the site in 2015, it provides 12 storeys of speculative office space.

Two St Peter’s Square is the final component of the seven-year rejuvenation of St Peter’s Square, which SimpsonHaugh masterplanned in 2010 as part of Manchester’s Civic Quarter Regeneration Framework.

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Twostpeterssquare2092 daniel hopkinson

Source: Daniel Hopkinson

The facade’s patterned tracery screens, inspired by motifs embedded within the adjacent Town Hall buildings, are formed of 6 x 4m prefabricated reconstituted Portland Stone panels, each weighing approximately eight tonnes.

Internally, the positioning of the core at the back of the building means clear spans of up to 18 metres, aiding flexibility.

Architect’s view

With every aspect of the design, we sought to lock Two St Peter’s Square in place, embedding it within its civic surroundings and creating a dialogue with the Town Hall extension. Inside, open and flexible floorplates offer tenants maximum useable space and benefit from excellent natural daylighting, solar shading and views out to the magnificent buildings nearby. The detailed tracery façades stand as an elegant marker for the square and reflect the area’s strong heritage.

Simon Critchley, associate partner, SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Stpeterplan

Stpeterplan

Level 5-9 plan

Client’s view

St Peter’s Square has been transformed into a much loved space, successfully marrying key transport services and public realm. The success of the transformation is also testament to the world-class architecture surrounding the square – in particular Number Two – that has complemented new and old alike, creating a space of true significance in Manchester’s civic heart.

Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council

Peterssection

Peterssection

Project data

Start on site December 2014
Completion March 2017 

Gross internal floor area 23,301m²
Form of contract JCT 2011 Single Stage Design & Build with amendments
Construction cost £35.8 million (shell and core)
Construction cost per 
 £1,538 (shell and core)
Architect SimpsonHaugh and Partners
Client Mosley Street Ventures Ltd 

Structural engineer Buro Happold 

M&E consultant McKenna4ME (to tender) 
Quantity surveyor AECOM
Facade consultant Buro Happold 
Project manager Swithenbank Property Consultants 

CDM coordinator Innov8
Approved building inspector Manchester City Council
Main contractor Laing O’Rourke
CAD software used MicroStation
Annual CO2 emissions 12.4kg/m2
Agent Cushman & Wakefield

No 1 Spinningfields

Spinningfields is an office-led, mixed-use district on the western edge of Manchester city centre.

Designed for Allies London, this 20-storey development provides office space, ground-floor commercial spaces and Manchester’s highest restaurant on the 19th floor. Schroders recently bought the building from Allied London for £200 million, in the biggest single office acquisition to take place in the region.

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1spinningfields0989 daniel hopkinson

Source: Daniel Hopkinson

The design includes a double-height ground floor and mezzanine area, above which sit six 24,750 sq ft podium office floors capable of housing dealer rooms. These floors cantilever 7.5m out to the north to provide protection for the street frontage and entrances, supported by trusses that are visible through the glazed façade.

Above this, the tower component also cantilevers out 4.5m to the east, and each 11,000 sq ft floorplate can be sub-divided into two tenancies.

Architect’s view

Our design provides a high-quality commercial offer and creates a strong architectural landmark for this location. We are really pleased with the success of No 1 Spinningfields within the context of the wider masterplan. To see it successfully let and operational marks another milestone in Manchester’s story.

Mark Savage, partner, SimpsonHaugh and Partners

Spinningfieldsplan2

Spinningfieldsplan2

Level 2 plan

Project data

Start on site 2015
Practical completion 2017 

Gross internal floor 44,917m²
Form of contract JCT Design & Build Contract 2011 Edition (with amendments)
Construction cost £70.5 million
Construction cost per 
 £1,570
Architect SimpsonHaugh 
and Partners
Executive architect Axis Architects
Client Allied London
Structural engineer RoC Consulting
M&E consultant Grontmij
Quantity surveyor Gardiner & Theobald
Façade engineer Mott MacDonald
Planning consultant Deloitte Real Estate
Project manager Gardiner & Theobald LLP Management Services
CDM coordinator Gardiner & Theobald
Approved building inspector Manchester City Council
Main contractor BAM Construction North West 
CAD software used Revit
Annual CO2 emissions Target 20.7kg/m² (notional building), Building 14.3kg/m² (actual building)

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