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Simpson aims to build Leicester's tallest tower - images

King of the skyscrapers Ian Simpson is expecting to win the go-ahead for plans to build the tallest tower in Leicester.

The city council has recommended approval for the 39-storey skyscraper on the empty, former industrial site in Bath Lane, overlooking the Grand Union Canal.

Drawn up for developer Westbridge Living, the tower is part of a larger waterfront development and will sit next to two other Simpson-designed blocks - the highest a 27-storey residential building - which already have planning permission.

The lower floors of the glazed skyscraper will house a 200-bedroom hotel with apartments above.

Between the 19th and 21st storeys there will be a transparent 'skybar' featuring a restaurant, gym and swimming pool.

Developer Ryan O'Neil said: 'This scheme will set the benchmark for the city. We are making a statement of intent. It will raise the bar in both in terms of design and politically.'

However, not everyone has been impressed by the 115m-tall proposals. The Conservation Advisory Panel claimed the development was 'not appropriate for Leicester' while the city's Civic Society said any scheme in the area needed to be 'more sensitive.'

by Richard Waite

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