One St Peter's Square is a high rise office building in Manchester, England. It is situated in St Peter's Square in the city centre.Elisabeth HouseThe previous building on the site was the concrete Elisabeth House, an office block which was built in 1960 and had weathered badly. It was originally meant to be clad in stone to keep with its context but for financial reasons the exposed concrete was not clad. Demolition of Elisabeth House, by now derelict, began in late 2011 and the building was fully removed by April 2012.New buildingThe building was first proposed in 2009, and was granted planning permission in 2010. The scheme was approved in July 2011, and a 25% pre-let of the building by professional services firm KPMG enabled construction to begin. One St Peter's consists of 268,000sqft of Grade A office space.Construction began in May 2012 and was due to be completed in early 2014 to coincide with completion of the Central Library and Town Hall redevelopment. It is currently undergoing internal fit out and was completed in late 2014. Concern over the building's height surfaced during the construction of the core. One local observer said the building "is at least four stories too tall on the site and the lift core alone makes the neighbours cower". The building fronts onto Midland Hotel, Central Library and Town Hall Extension – all Grade II* listed buildings.
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