St Peter's Square, Manchester

Manchester

Client:
Manchester City Council
Main Contractor:
Laing O'Rourke
Completion Date:
2017
Portland Stone:
Jordans Whitbed
Scope of Project:
New water feature

Following three years of development to St Peter’s Square, the new water feature was unveiled in June 2017 to mark it being fully open to the public.

Situated between the new Metrolink stop and Number One & Number Two St Peter’s, the feature tops off a major £20m transformation.

The water feature is a discreet ‘horizontal fountain’ bordered by a profusion of shrubs within a Portland Stone surround.

Albion Stone supplied 13m³ of Jordans Whitbed block. Portland Stone was chosen to complement the public square as it is bordered by Grade II historical buildings.

Leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said: 
“This water feature is the closing chapter to what has been a remarkable transformation of St Peter’s Square, from a muddle and claustrophobic transport interchange into an enviable public space that can sit proudly amongst the renowned squares across the world. In St Peter’s we have somewhere in our city centre that the public can truly be proud of and a space that complements the architecture – both new and old – in the civic heart of Manchester.”

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: 
“As well as being one of Manchester’s most important civic areas, St Peter’s Square is home to one of Metrolink’s busiest tram stops. It’s fitting that we now have a completely transformed, bigger and better tram stop at the heart of the square, being used by more people than ever before. The new stop offers even more opportunities for people to travel into the city and enjoy everything the new-look square and surrounding area has to offer.”