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Liverpool dump to house Europe's tallest building

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A former rubbish tip in Liverpool is to be the focus of an international competition to design Europe's tallest building.

The 70-floor 'vertical theme park' will contain a jungle eco-system including a rainforest, a 30-floor waterfall and a 2500-bed hotel.

The £750 million scheme will include luxury flats and a 20,000-seat stadium. The developer, Wiggins, is drawing up a multi-stage international competition to create a design 'following in the tradition of names such as Pugin, Scott and Gibberd'. Proposals have been submitted to planners and the project may create 30,000 jobs if given the nod.

Before being landscaped for the International Garden Festival of 1984, the site next to the River Mersey was a rubbish dump. Around 10 million tonnes of refuse will have to be decontaminated over a year. The clear- up will cost around £30 million for the 36ha site to hold the 400,000m2 building comprising a theme park, a five-star hotel, penthouses and 100,000m2 of shops. There will be no office space in the tower.

No date has been finalised for the competition launch, but if the building goes ahead, it will be completed after the Millennium. A spokesman from the planning authority said it had received no planning application and could not comment on the scheme.

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