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Leach Rhodes Walker aims high with Liverpool's tallest tower

Leach Rhodes Walker (LRW) has unveiled plans to build the tallest tower in Liverpool.

The 54-storey mixed-use skyscraper next to the Princes Dock development looks set to take the crown as the highest building in the North West, so long as Liverpool City Council approves the £130 million proposals, submitted for planning last week.

At 170m tall, the scheme for Y1 Developments and Richmont Properties, would edge above the current title holder - Ian Simpson's 157m-high Beetham Tower in Manchester.

However, the project will need to start on site next summer if it is to be topped out before Woods Bagot's impressive 188m-tall Eastgate tower, also in Manchester.

Overlooking the waterfront, the LRW tower will be built on the site of the former King Edward Public House site in Leeds Street, north of Liverpool's famous Three Graces.

The building will house 412 apartments, 7,620m2 of office space, 2,286m2 of shops and 245 car parking spaces.

It will also boast a 'glamorous' rooftop bar and restaurant and, according to the developer, the 54th-storey penthouses will become the 'highest living spaces in the UK'.

The scheme has already been presented to English Heritage, and the architect maintains it has carried out an 'extensive visual' impact assessment of the tower in relation to the World Heritage Site.

by Richard Waite

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