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Liverpool tower shrinks to satisfy planners

Falconer Chester has radically scaled-back its plans for a £50 million skyscraper on Liverpool's Lime Street.

An image released this week shows the height of the project before and after it was redesigned to appease the council's worries about its visual impact.

Chief project architect Adam Hall explained to the AJ that to deal with the council's concerns regarding the scheme's height, it has been reduced from 117m to 90m.

Commenting on the decision to reduce the tower by four storeys, Hall said: 'In light of the approval of Glen Howells' tower in August, hopefully there's a different stance on tall buildings in that area.'

The architect has also worked to simplify the building's elevations, which were highlighted as a problem by CABE and English Heritage when they recommended to the council that they reject the scheme.

The project in its original form was rejected by Liverpool City Council on 2 August (AJ+ 27.07.05).

by Rob Sharp

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