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Century House Bites The Dust: Long Live Two St Peter's Square

Fred Done development begins Spring despite campaign

Published on January 31st 2014.

Century House Bites The Dust: Long Live Two St Peter's Square

MOSLEY Street Ventures Limited, principally owned by bookmakers Fred and Peter Done and family, has announced that work will begin in Spring 2014 on its landmark office building on Mosley Street, Manchester. This has been designed by Ian Simpson Architects to have a 'civic character' and 'to be in character' with other nearby landmarks.

We wanted to ensure that our building is developed in line with the Square’s timetable

The development, to be named Two St Peter's Square and will include a 3 month demolition period and 22 month build, with completion expected in summer 2016.

Two St Peter's Square - ExteriorTwo St Peter's Square Fred Done, principal owner of Mosley Street Ventures Limited, said: “St Peter’s Square is undergoing considerable redevelopment and we wanted to ensure that our building is developed in line with the Square’s timetable, which is why we have taken the decision to commence work on a speculative basis. Our team is currently in talks with a number of potential tenants. We are extremely proud to be connected to this project and to be producing a quality building that will be located right in the heart of Manchester City Centre." 

The office accommodation will comprise 157,000 sq ft within the 11 storey building, with 5,142 sq ft of ground floor leisure space and basement parking for 43 vehicles. The investment value of the completed building will be in excess of £80 million.   

A film of the building’s construction and design can be viewed at www.twostpeterssquare.com

The Done family own two other properties in Manchester, the 140,000 sq ft Peninsula office building in Manchester’s Green Quarter and Steam Packet House on Cross Street.

Century HouseBye Bye Century House

Bye Bye Mr Fox

The decision to demolish Century House has provoked dismay among campaigners who see the 1930s building as an important structure adding considerably to the streetscape of this part of the city centre.

The strength of feeling shown about the building can be witnessed here and here.

Check the latter link for a description of Century House and its several charming details including a relief sculpture of George Fox, founder of the Quakers.

The new graphic reveals an interesting point.

We get an idea of how St Peter's Square will look post redevelopment with the double lines of platforms and tracks of the Metrolink system covering the present Mosley Street portion of the Square. Simpson's echoing of the decorative work on the Town Hall Extension can be measured here. It's a lovely touch.

Nice detailing - but not for longNice detailing - but not for long

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13 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Graeme WrightJanuary 31st 2014.

The Done family are Murdochizing everything in Manchester. I expect an application to change the City's name to Doneville or Donechester in a few years

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DavidJanuary 31st 2014.

That is a completely meaningless expression.Ruper Murdoch is right wing,anti monarchy,media mogul.He is not known for property development either. Anybody who does anything in this city that involves change gets blamed by the numpties who want to preserve the Manchester of their childhood.

Ghostly TomJanuary 31st 2014.

Sorry to see Century House going. It will be missed and is a loss to the square. I hope someone takes the trouble to save parts of it like the doors. I hope No 2 grows on me as it is built as No 1 next door has done...

ShybaldbuddhistJanuary 31st 2014.

I like century house, shame it's going. I don't like everything being built in Manchester having One and now Two attached to it. What's all that about? What's next Arndale One, Primark One, NCP Car Park One. Stupid, just give things proper names.

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AnonymousJanuary 31st 2014.

Erm... the placename is St Peter's Square. From the corner with Peter Street, these are the first and second buildings. Thus no 1, no 2. Same as on any street. What's stupid about that?

ShybaldbuddhistJanuary 31st 2014.

It just sounds stupid. Give a building a name, like Century House. One St Peter's Sq, One Angel Sq, Manchester One, Square One, Number One Deansgate. Would you put a number before or after Urbis or the Corn Exchange? What about the Shard or the Gherkin?

AnonymousJanuary 31st 2014.

Nonsense. It's the street number. Perfectly normal and logical. Same as 99% of buildings, as I say.

AnonymousJanuary 31st 2014.

Our listening council, eh? Dissension will just not be considered. Protesting - hell, why bother?

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GimboidJanuary 31st 2014.

You do realise that the council aren't themselves behind this planned redevelopment, and actually have limited powers to prevent it happening?

AnonymousJanuary 31st 2014.

It is bit of a shame to lose Century House, but I would balance that off against the fact that the two bland late C20th buildings next door will also be going. I think it will be an overall improvement for St Peter's Square. Better to have a single imposing block than a higgledy piggledy row, in my view, for a place like this.

AnonymousFebruary 1st 2014.

Yuck..Could they not do, as often happens in North America, something incorporating the façade of the old building? Also too much cr@p all around the Art Gallery.....The place opposite for example is a disgrace and shows the lack of AMBITION in the TOWN HALL....

JimtoFebruary 3rd 2014.

Real shame to lose Century House. Surely there is a way to incorporate it into the designs. The proposed buildings are very average, nothing new or interesting there. Easy money for the council though. Custodians of the city.

AnonymousMarch 10th 2015.

If you walk down Back George Street you can see it being demolished.

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