British architect Glenn Howells has beaten off competition from leading British practices to design one of Manchester’s biggest development projects, Elisabeth House.

Glenn Howells Architects, which has significant operations in Birmingham and London, saw off competition from Stanton Williams, FLACQ and Austin-Smith:Lord, to win the project to design the 1960’s office block.

The new design for Elisabeth House, located in St Peter’s Square, Manchester City Centre, is touted as a large-scale, high-quality, grade A commercial building.

The development is expected to cater for a wide range of uses at ground floor level, according to developers Argent UK Developments, working with Glen Howells.

A national competition to select a preferred architect for the scheme was launched in May 2008, attracting about 50 architectural practices from across the UK, with Glenn Howell’s design being selected.

The scheme is being backed by the Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund (GMPVF) and Argent. Planning submission is expected to take place in April 2009.

By Ozge Ibrahim.