Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (part of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund) and Argent – the joint venture development partners for One St Peter’s Square – have appointed Carillion Construction Ltd as the main Building Contractor for the 281,000 sq ft Manchester city centre office scheme. The award winning construction company was granted the contract following a competitive tendering process, which complied with the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) guidelines. Councillor Kieran Quinn, Chair of GMPF says: “We underwent a vigorous and lengthy process to ensure that the right contractor was selected for the construction of One St Peter’s Square.

Experience, reputation and ability to deliver were of paramount importance as we are committed to ensuring that this is a very high quality scheme and that it is completed within the projected time frame.

James Heather of Argent comments: “Whilst we are delighted to have a 63,000 sq ft pre-let to KPMG, we still have almost 210,000 sq ft of Grade A office space available. As one of the only developers currently speculatively building commercial property outside of London it further reinforces our commitment to the scheme and confidence in its unique offering and setting.”

John Rodaway of Carillion adds: “As one of the UK’s leading construction companies we are delighted to have been selected as the contractor for this high profile development. One St Peter’s Square is not only a building of significant architectural merit but it will also create a new landmark building at the gateway to the city centre. We have previously worked with Argent and we are very happy to have the opportunity to continue our successful working relationship.”

Local firm, Connell Brothers is carrying out the demolition of the existing building. The demolition will be completed by April next year when Carillion will start on site. One St Peter’s Square will be ready for handover to the occupiers by Spring 2014.