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Three contractors line up for £60m Manchester office job

Bam, Carillion and Kier have been shortlisted for a £60 million office development in Manchester city centre.

Developer Argent and its joint venture partner the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) yesterday announced the final three contractors that will go head to head to win the One St Peter’s Square building contract.

The contract comprises the redevelopment of Elisabeth House in Manchester’s St Peter’s Square into a 14-storey, 273,000 sq ft BREEAM Excellent building.

Argent development manager James Nicholson said construction for the project could begin on site by the end of the year.

“We are very pleased to be making this announcement because it will enable us to commence the next stage of the development at One St Peter’s Square,” said MrNicholson.

“If we are successful in securing a pre-let, we could be on site by the end of the year. We have no doubt that this will be an iconic and inspiring addition to the stunning buildings that are already a part of Manchester’s civic quarter.”

The scheme will include a mix of uses at ground floor level, with cultural space for public exhibitions. The design team for the project comprises Glenn Howells Architects, building services consultant Hoare Lea, employer’s agent Faithful and Gould, structural engineers Tier and planning consultant GVA.

GVA and Savills are joint agents for the scheme.

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