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SMC Alsop wins planning for Salford tower

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SMC Alsop has won planning permission for this 27-storey mixed-use tower in Salford, Greater Manchester.

The scheme, designed in collaboration with local practice SMC DTR:UK, is being backed by Vermont Developments and will provide 22 floors of residential accommodation, above four floors of retail and office space.

It is hoped the tower will act as a 'gateway' to the New Chapel Street regeneration area, adjacent to the River Irwell and the University of Salford campus, and will bring 'a distinctive new architecture to the area'.

According to the practice, the building's base will have a 'flared, faceted and folded facade, enriched by colour and pattern'.

The tower will take a simple rectilinear form, but with the addition of coloured cladding to give a 'striking pixellated' effect, that is supposed to reflect 'in a sensitive way the natural context, weather and light conditions'.

Will Alsop said of the scheme: 'Our objective is to deliver a unique and individual building that will act as a local landmark, while transforming and enriching the streetscape for the benefit of local residents, the community and passers-by.'

by Richard Vaughan

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