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New £50m tower will bring 'renaissance to Liverpool'

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Architects from Abbey Holford Rowe are to present Liverpool planners with proposals for a new £50 million tower which the designers are flagging as the most significant new addition to the city's skyline since the Liver Building.

Next week's detailed application is for a triangular 200-bed hotel, a conference centre and 1,000m 2fitness club set above 110 flats. The 100m, 28-storey tower will face the River Mersey.

'It will form an amazing exclamation mark, ' said Abbey Holford Rowe partner Gareth Abbott.

'It will hopefully start a renaissance in the city.You will be able to see the Isle of Man from the top, maybe Ireland on a clear day.'

The 0.6ha development on Old Hall Street will also include a nine-storey office block on the site of a former car park. Building work for the office and the Radisson SAS Liverpool hotel is due to start in December and will take about two years to complete. Underground car-parking will provide 80 spaces for residents of the flats.

Stephen Beetham, managing director of developer the Beetham Organisation, said: 'The building will have a major impact on the Liverpool skyline.'

Initially, Radisson wanted to build a 32-storey tower on the site, but it scaled down the project after informal discussions with city planners. The new design will be privately funded.

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