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Howells set for success while Simpson faces more disappointment in Liverpool

Two pivotal schemes - one by Ian Simpson and the other by Glen Howells Architects - are to be considered by Liverpool planners within the next week.

But while Simpson's 51-storey Brunswick Quay is likely to be knocked back for the second time on 23 August, it looks as though Howell's replacement of the unsightly Concourse House will go ahead.

Howells' landmark 27-storey tower is being recommended by council officials for approval just two weeks after a key Liverpool skyscraper scheme by Falconer Chester was refused planning permission by the same local authority (AJ 27.07.05).

At the same time, council officers are set to reject plans for what would be Liverpool's highest residential tower, Simpson's Brunswick Quay.

The Howells scheme is to include 152 residential units following the demolition of Concourse House and adjoining retail units. Simpson's doomed Brunswick Quay - which would have included 414 apartments, a hotel, retail units and community uses - is recommended for the chop.

by Rob Sharp

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