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MUSEUM TOWER TOPS OUT

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The £28 million Imperial War Museum-North has been topped out at a ceremony attended by the architect Daniel Libeskind and museum trustee Kate Adie.

Accompanied by the sounds of a lone piper, a gold-plated bolt was fixed into the topmost point of the steelwork to mark the completion of the 55m steel and aluminium entrance tower. The building comprises three interlocking elements representing earth, air and water, which will house the distinct functions of the museum. Known as the air shard, the tower will offer visitors views of up to 32km over Manchester.

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