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Alsop wins green light for new Salford tower - images

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Will Alsop's recent foray into the world of skyscrapers appears to be gathering momentum following the news he has won the go-ahead for this 26-storey tower in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Only yesterday the AJ reported on rumours that Alsop was secretly working on a 43-storey high-rise intended for a site on the edge of the City of London ( Alsop on verge of revealing major City skyscraper ).

The project, which was approved by Salford City Council, will sit at the 'gateway' to the New Chapel Street regeneration area, on a site across the River Irwell from the University of Salford campus.

The £40 million mixed-use development in Adelphi Street, designed by SMC Alsop in collaboration with locally-based SMC DTR:UK, will create almost 3,300m2 of office space, 120 parking spaces and 221 new homes.

The scheme, for Vermont Developments, will comprise a number of lower-rise buildings arranged around a central, multicoloured tower with an unusual four-storey glass skirt.

Mark Connor, chief executive of Vermont Developments, said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have reached this milestone in the project.

'We have worked in close collaboration with [public/private joint venture] Urban Vision to develop a proposal for the scheme which will provide a dramatic landmark building for the Adelphi Street area.'

Work is expected to start on site in mid July, with completion due early in 2009.

by Richard Waite

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