The first images for a new building on St Peter's Square were revealed this week (Architect's Journal Online 23.09.09). The redevelopment of Elisabeth House, opposite Manchester Central Library, was won by Glenn Howells Architects in a competition last year (FLACQ, Stanton Williams and Austin:Smith-Lord being the other front runners). Due to be submitted before Christmas the 25,000 sq m scheme will be predominately commercial with a mix of other uses including a gallery at street level.
Glenn Howells said of the scheme "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."