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Conran's Sheffield skyscraper cleared for completion

Work will continue on Conran & Partner’s half-built St Paul’s skyscraper in Sheffield after the plans were re-worked

Last month it was feared the impasse between the collapsed developer City Lofts and Sheffield City Council could leave the residential tower unfinished just five storeys short of the intended full height of 32 (Ajonline).

The £67 million tower scheme, which will become the tallest building in the city, juddered to a halt when the practice was refused permission for alterations to the external skin.

Conran & Partners claimed 'minor detail' changes were necessary due to ‘buildability’ issues with windloading on the proposed facade coupled with increased financial pressures on the city centre project.

Among the alterations mooted was the introduction of transoms to make the full height glazing, two-thirds height instead. But the changes which were rejected by the city’s planning committee despite officer support.

However it is understood the troublesome transoms have now been designed out of the scheme allowing the development to continue.

Sheffield City Council leader Paul Scriven said: ‘I have to admit that it has been a challenging time and things did go to the wire.

‘But both the Council and the developer have been working tirelessly to get to a position were we can move forward whilst securing the best possible quality.'

He added: ‘I'm particularly pleased that we have been able to work together to ensure that we came to a mutually satisfactory conclusion.’

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