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WATCH: Ace New Two St Peter's Square Video

Watch as the £80m Ian Simpson-designed Fred & Peter Done development is constructed

Published on February 20th 2015.

WATCH: Ace New Two St Peter's Square Video

MOSLEY Street Ventures - a company principally owned by BetFred founders and Salford-born Fred and Peter Done - have released a cracking new video plotting the construction of Two St Peter's Square.

The Done's will also soon start work on a new 380-apartment PRS scheme on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Trinity Way

The new £80m Ian Simpson-designed office block to go up on the former Century House site is due to be complete by January 2017.

The eleven-storey building will comprise of 161,000 sq ft of office space, 5,100 sq ft of ground floor leisure space and underground parking for 72 vehicles.

Construction firm Laing O'Rourke were recently appointed to deliver 'one of the most prestigious office buildings in Manchester'.

2 St Peter'sTwo St Peter's Square

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.

The Done's will also soon start work on a new 380-apartment PRS scheme for Salford at the former Blackfriars pub site on the corner of Blackfriars Road and Trinity Way - read here.



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

SteveFebruary 20th 2015.

Film doesn't load...very slow website too

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EditorialFebruary 20th 2015.

For once it's an issue with their site, Steve, not ours

AnonymousFebruary 20th 2015.

I stopped reading after I saw the name Ian Simpson....Zzzzzz.

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

A man who is to good architecture what Accrington stanley are to the Champions leauge.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Even if true your put-down would be atrocious. And you spelt league wrong.

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2015.

The video is hardly "ace". There's no fly-through, no views of the building from different angles or close-ups showing any detail. It's just like watching a slowed down version of Sim City where you're not even playing. The video as totally over-hyped and therefore disappointing.

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Old isn't always goodFebruary 23rd 2015.

Is this the same Anonymous mouthing off each time?

crisbyFebruary 25th 2015.

I enjoyed the video, flythroughs are often pretty pointless. I see the trams don't appear to be running though ...

NEW ISN'T ALWAYS BETTERFebruary 21st 2015.

I still feel very keenly that Century House should remain....

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AnonymousFebruary 21st 2015.

I was there this morning and, sadly, part of the back has already gone.

AnonymousFebruary 21st 2015.

Why haven't you chained yourself to the building?

NEW ISN'T ALWAYS BETTERFebruary 21st 2015.

I'm not really into chains I'm afraid...

Jonathan SchofieldFebruary 23rd 2015.

I don't mind it at all. As long as that grille with the quatrefoil etc decoration doesn't seem as flimsy as the 'jolly' red veneers around many of the new hospital buildings off Oxford Road then let's crack on with it. The grille does chat nicely to the grilles on the Town Hall Extension gables.

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crisbyFebruary 25th 2015.

Quite right, and I hope you are right about the result being as substantial as the visualisations look. I would suggest that, after a period where Mr Simpson seemed to have lost his creative mojo and was turning out some pretty formulaic stuff, this may represent a return to form. Hope so anyway, the man has shown genius in the past.

SteveFebruary 24th 2015.

Yes the grille is the best feature. I hope it's in stone. Can't wait to see St Peter's Square finished...although I think we can forget it being a serene quiet space for people to sit in, with the extra amount of trams passing through

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SteveFebruary 24th 2015.

Also, are the trees that have been planted in the square so far actually Lilac trees?

Another TimMarch 10th 2015.

Is it just me who is concerned that, not only will this not be a true plaza because of the trams charging up and down, but these massive new buildings are placed perfectly to shroud the whole area in shadow for most of the day, leaving it feeling enclosed and claustrophobic. 1 St Peters Square in particular is so much bigger than what came before. Add to this the removal of one of the only bits of dedicated cycle access in the city centre, replaced by draconian signage. madcyclelanesofmanchester.blogspot.co.uk/…/cycling-penalty-500.html… And then the much lamented - particularly on ManCon - closure of Library Walk. More and more I get the feeling this isn't a space for people to congregate and linger. Just a bit of decoration on a darkened tramway.

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SmittyMarch 10th 2015.

I thought cyclists consider footpaths to be "dedicated cycle access". That's certainly how they behave as they rudely barge past pedestrians on a daily basis. On your substantive point, I given that St Peter's Square runs NE to SW I don't think it will have that much impact on light in what is a pretty large plaza. We're getting a beautiful new square, that even Ian Simpson doesn't appear to be ruining. Why complain all the blooming time!

DarrenMarch 10th 2015.

Smitty, given the choice of road or paths I'm not surprised if some chose the path. If cyclists had dedicated lanes then they would use them. And I don't mean a green strip of tarmac, I mean the vastly superior type you get in other European cities that embrace cycling.

Another TimMarch 10th 2015.

Smitty, It is NE-SW than I would have imagined, but still, you can see where the shadows are falling from the much shorter buildings on the satellite view ( goo.gl/…/iKA5I… ), beside which, it's about the feel and the aspect of the place, dominated by these huge characterless corporate looking towers. Re: cycling, it's nice to hear you think it's understandable and fair for people on bikes to use footways in the absence of anything better - I'm sure you'll be sticking up for them when they do - but actually it's less than ideal for everyone concerned so it just leads to more congestion and parking problems.

SmittyMarch 11th 2015.

All I ask is that cyclists obey the rules of the road as pedestrians are the ones who come off worst! Perhaps cyclists could learn from the rather more polite class of rider you see in other European cities and pedestrians would be more sympathetic to their "plight". I don't understand how you think that St Peter's Square is characterless. No 1 looks great, the side bit on No 2 has the potential to look lovely and complement the town hall extension (although let's reserve judgement till we see it), and on the other side we have the best buildings in the city! Apart from the Blob it will be one of the best spaces in Manchester when finished. But, hey, keep complaining.

DavidMarch 11th 2015.

Anyone above the age of ten who is cycling on the pavement is breaking the law and it's about time the police started fining cyclists who cycle on pavements.When some idiot cycles at high speed behind you on a pavement you never hear his approach like with a car or motorbike and if you move for some reason in your direction,they are going to crash into you.Also there are the ones who cycle full pace down pavement toward where there is a bend and again expect you to get out the way.Then there are the ones who think the rules about stopping at traffic lights and pedestrian crossing don't apply to them.The excuse from cyclists is always about how motorists treat them badly but that's no excuse for their behaviour and attitude to pedestrians,who by the way also have to deal with drivers who don't stop at lights and other things.If cyclists won't keep off pavements then pedestrians should use all their new cycle paths in return.

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