Russell WBHO tops out at St Peter’s Square
Construction has reached its highest point at the £50m 3 St Peter’s Square in Manchester, the Property Alliance Group project that will house a Motel One and a Staycity aparthotel from autumn 2021.
Russell WBHO is the main contractor on the scheme, working for its sister company PAG and funder Royal London Asset Management on the 20-storey job.
Installation of the roof has taken place over the last few weeks, following removal of the project’s 78m tower crane last month, signalling completion of the building envelope. Internal fit-out is already progressing with most of the Motel One section almost completed, and the project remains on track for an autumn 2021 handover.
A brief, socially distanced ceremony was held on the roof overlooking One and Two St Peter’s Square.
Gareth Russell, joint managing director of Russell WBHO, said: “3 St Peter’s is looking fantastic in its setting, and we were pleased to welcome our clients to tour the site and mark a significant milestone in the project.
“Despite the disruption of recent months and the challenges posed by the site’s extremely tight location in the middle of a very busy part of town, the project remains on programme for a 2021 handover. This event provides an excellent opportunity for us to thank the whole project team for their hard work over the last two years.”
On the site of the former Peterloo House, the new building was designed by Stephenson Studio with Leach Rhodes Walker as delivery architect.
Alex Russell, managing director of PAG, said: “This was a site that was originally earmarked for new office space, but our appraisals identified the huge potential for a hotel. An iconic location within the city centre, at the heart of the historic civic quarter and surrounded by all the entertainments Manchester has to offer, 3 St Peter’s offers an excellent setting for visitors.”
The ground floor up to the 8th storey will house 328 Motel One rooms, with amenity areas at street level. Floors nine to 20 will feature 256 studio and one-bedroom units for Staycity under its premium Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity brand.
This is the third Motel One built by Russell WBHO in the city centre, following completion of the 330-bed Motel One Piccadilly in London Road and the 302-room Motel One Royal Exchange in Cross Street. It is the team’s first for Staycity, which also has a 182-apartment site in Manchester’s Piccadilly.