Carillion has beaten Kier to land the £60m contract to build the One St Peter's Square scheme in Manchester.
Client for the project is developer Argent and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund’s property arm
"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," said GMPF chairman Cllr Keiran Quinn.
Some 63,000 sq ft of the development is pre-let to KPMG, but Argent is still seeking tenants for the remaining 210,000 sq ft of office space.
John Rodaway of Carillion said: “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.”
Demolition of the existing Elisabeth House building on the site will be carried out by Connell Brothers, with the site to be clear for Carillion by April 2012.
One St Peter's Square is scheduled to be ready for occupation by spring 2014.
The project team includes Glenn Howells Architects, building services consultant Hoare Lea, structural engineers Tier and planning consultant GVA Grimley.