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hok International

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hok International has been given a green light to build Europe's tallest skyscraper at the Arena Central development in Birmingham's city centre (above). Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott gave approval on the tower last week following a public inquiry and praised the £400 million scheme for fitting in with the mixed use aims of the Urban Task Force report on urban regeneration. It will feature a 450-bedroom hotel, 18,500m2 of residential space, offices, a casino and restaurants. The go-ahead came in the same week that Prescott put the brakes on plans for a 41-storey skyscraper in the city of London (see below).

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