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Austin-Smith:Lord wins thumbs-up for Manchester tower

Austin-Smith:Lord (ASL) has been given the go-ahead for its redesigned high-rise scheme in Store Street, Manchester.

The £72 million project was eventually passed after a lengthy meeting of Manchester's Council's planning committee yesterday (13 September), which resulted in an unconditional approval for the 30-storey residential tower.

However, the members demanded that a lower, adjoining block was reduced in height by one storey.

The approved 383-home Gravity development for developer Time and Tide is in effect a second attempt by ASL.

Back in June the practice unveiled significantly reworked proposals after its original plans, featuring retro-style modular pods, were criticised by CABE (Austin-Smith:Lord aims higher with redesigned Manchester skyscraper).

ASL decided to ditch the 'showy, active energy-generation technologies' in favour 'of discrete passive measures to reduce the carbon footprint of the development' and create a taller, 'more elegant tower'.

A future timescale for the project is not yet known.

by Richard Waite

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