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Simpson to better Beetham with new Manchester skyscraper

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The developer behind Ian Simpson's 131m-tall Piccadilly tower in Manchester is pushing for permission to extend the scheme by another 10 storeys.

If Liverpool-based developer Albany Crown is given the green light, the tower on Aytoun Street will surpass Simpson's other Manchester tower - the 157m-tall Beetham Tower in the city's Deansgate area.

Sources close to the scheme said Manchester City Council 'was happy' with the proposal, but is yet to rubber-stamp Simpson's final design for the tower, which is part of the £80 million revamp of the city's Labour Exchange.

There had been fears that the project would be sidelined after a sister company of Albany Crown was liquidated following a High Court spat.

The High Court action was brought by Wales-based contractor David McLean, and related to an ongoing row over the £2 million mixed-used Albany Building project in Liverpool.

Chris Nisbet - owner of the Albany Assets Group - was not available for comment, but it is understood that the Piccadilly project will not be affected by the liquidation.

by Max Thompson

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