Will Alsop's recent foray into the world of skyscrapers appears to be gathering momentum following the news he has won the go-ahead for this 26-storey tower in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Only yesterday the AJ reported on rumours that Alsop was secretly working on a 43-storey high-rise intended for a site on the edge of the City of London ( Alsop on verge of revealing major City skyscraper
The project, which was approved by Salford City Council, will sit at the 'gateway' to the New Chapel Street regeneration area, on a site across the River Irwell from the University of Salford campus.
The £40 million mixed-use development in Adelphi Street, designed by SMC Alsop in collaboration with locally-based SMC DTR:UK, will create almost 3,300m2
of office space, 120 parking spaces and 221 new homes.
The scheme, for Vermont Developments, will comprise a number of lower-rise buildings arranged around a central, multicoloured tower with an unusual four-storey glass skirt.
Mark Connor, chief executive of Vermont Developments, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have reached this milestone in the project.
'We have worked in close collaboration with [public/private joint venture] Urban Vision to develop a proposal for the scheme which will provide a dramatic landmark building for the Adelphi Street area.'
Work is expected to start on site in mid July, with completion due early in 2009.by Richard Waite