Petros was founded by Peter Collins in 1974 who remains the Group Chairman. Ownership of the Group remains with the Chairman and his immediate family.
Some notable developments carried out over the years by the Petros Group are as follows:
The Stamford Shopping Centre opened for trading in mid 1970s and with connecting transport links transformed Altrincham from a district to a regional shopping centre providing over 250,000 sq ft of prime retail space occupied by such household names as The House of Fraser, Boots and WH Smith. Additonal facilities developed include a town library, pedestrianised square, roof and multi storey parking for 750 cars and approximately 45,000 sqft of offices.
To preserve the essence of what was a historic market town, Petros also developed a small arcade in Kingsway, with retailing space and self-contained offices skilfully merging in with the Old Market Place conservation area. This now houses the Group's Manchester office.
The diversity within the Petros Portfolio enables the Group to respond to specific functional retail requirements, demonstrated by a purpose built supermarket for CRS in Fleetwood and a district shopping centre in Tyldesley as well as three supermarkets for the John Lewis Partnership subsidiary Waitrose in Longfield and Bromley in Kent and Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.
Headingley Office Park is a 140,000 sq ft development near Leeds which recognised the advantage of an out-of-town location, avoiding the congestion of the City Centre but being close enough to benefit from its services. This scheme was one of the first campus style office developments in the country with low density, versatile office space and good natural light enhanced by an open view of established parkland. It is a successful strategic location for a number of leading companies including Bass North, Abbey and Freemans.
In Liverpool, close space projects include the ten-storey, 85,000 sq ft Regian House in the City Centre as well as the substantial and distinctive refurbishment of a Grade II listed building in Dale Street.
Sovereign House is now a notable landmark in the now fashionable Castlefield area of Manchester. This provides 41,000 sq ft of high quality office accommodation, merging the architecture of the past with new and compatible building techniques.