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Glenn Howells' £50m Elisabeth House nears completion

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New images have been revealed of Glenn Howells Architects’ competition-winning scheme for One St Peter’s Square in Manchester as the scheme nears completion

The £50million, 25,000m² commercial office job for the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) and Argent is more than double the size of the former 1960s Elisabeth House block – the former home of the Dutch Pancake Company - which stood on the site.

The 14-storey commercial office scheme, which is due to complete later this year, includes a cultural space for public exhibitions at the ground floor.

Glenn Howells Architects saw off competition from Stanton Williams, Austin-Smith:Lord, and FLACQ to win the job back in October 2008 (AJ 14.10.08).

The project sits opposite Manchester’s Grade II*-listed library which was refurbished by Ian Simpson Architects (ISA) and Ryder last year (AJ 25.03.14).

Simpson has designed an 11-storey office building to sit next to the GHA’s designed block. But the scheme, will see the demolition of the 1930s Century House as well as Sussex House, Bennett House and Clarendon House, has been criticised by conservation groups (AJ 16.05.13).

One St Peter's Square by Glenn Howells Architects

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