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Austin-Smith:Lord unveils planned Manchester skyscraper - images

Austin-Smith:Lord has unveiled these images of a proposed 30-storey skyscraper scheme on the north-eastern edge of Manchester city centre.

The development in Store Street, which is expected to win the go-ahead in June, will house 330 one- and two-bedroom apartments in two separate blocks - the shorter a six-storey building which will 'respond to the adjacent existing housing.'

Sitting above two levels of basement car parking and new ground-floor commercial and retail space, the 30-storey residential tower will boast a 'simple glass skin' which will be interspersed with stainless-steel pods.

The smaller block will feature a cast-stone skin with glass balconies.

Describing the scheme, project architect Clive Panter said: 'The intention is to create a dialogue between the two buildings through an architectural language that balances the different and common characteristics of each building.

'The clarity and power of the forms results from the extrusion of the building footprint, generated from the desire to reduce wind speeds and visual impact on the adjacent residents. This provides the buildings with a dynamic form that requires little elaboration.'

He added: 'The two buildings are related in expression but each has a different character.'

The scheme, which has been designed with engineers Faber Maunsell, was originally submitted for planning in November last year.

by Richard Waite

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