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hgp Architects has won planning permission for its £28 million, 165m tower overlooking the Renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour Landmark Millennium project. The tower now includes a 100m gravity 'drop-ride' which plummets down one of the tower legs. A glass panoramic lift will rise up another leg to viewing decks at 110m. Building work is due to start in November and the tower is due to open in Easter 2001. hgp Architects' director Peter Warlow said the council had made minor conditions, such as wanting more details on external tower lighting and its impact on TV reception.

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