Here I am in St. Peter’s Square looking towards the new office block, No 2 St Peter’s Square. I wasn’t sure about this building when it was first mooted but, now that the cladding is going up, I quite like it especially the side elevation. The intricate trace work echoes the patterns on the side of the Town Hall Extension on the other side of the square that echoed the Victorian Gothic architecture of the original Town Hall on Albert Square.
The square was busy as work continues on this building and the new tram station which, we are told, will be ready by the end of this month. We shall see about that. The station is looking good as well surrounded by the new trees. And the cross that marks the site of the long gone St Peter’s church is back in position and looking good. I’ve lost track on how long the square has been in a state of redevelopment but it’s looking good.
I’m trying to work out the pattern of the panels. Some looks like it’s being put in diagonally. Other parts look more random. I hope they sort it out. At the moment it’s annoying me a bit.
It was a sunny afternoon and, in spite of the noise, a group of tourists were having a tour of the area.
This picture is the trace work on the Town Hall Extension for comparison.
And here is a picture of the restored and reinstated cross. The guide was saying it marked the position of the spire of the old church but I was told it marked the site of the altar. That would make sense as that is the most sacred part of a church where the contact between the people and God takes place. Because the crypt is still under the square and occupied the land here is still consecrated. The camera had problems focussing on the cross as it’s still surrounded by a fence so it couldn’t decide where to focus producing a fuzzy picture.