[FIRST LOOK] The AJ can reveal these images of Leach Rhodes Walker’s latest attempt to build the tallest building in the north of England
The proposed 165m-tall, 54-storey skyscraper is at least the third design to have been drawn up by the practice for the site close to Liverpool’s historic waterfront at the junction of the Strand and Leeds Street.
The new £130 million plans are 5m-shorter than the previous proposals – again backed by Y1 Developments and Richmont Properties – that were submitted for planning in 2007 (pictured below).
Despite the trim, the ‘completely redesigned’ mixed-use tower would still edge above the North’s current tallest-building-title holder – Ian Simpson’s 157m-high Beetham Tower in Manchester – and Liverpool’s own skyscraper champion, Aedas’ Tower West.
Replacing the former King Edward Public House, the building has been sited to ‘provide a continuation of the pedestrian link from Old Hall Street through to the proposed Liverpool Waters and the waterfront’ and the base of the tower will house shops, cafés and bars.
The project backers claim the scheme has been developed following ‘productive negotiations’ with CABE. The developers will be hoping for a better review of the tower than its previous plans (click here to read the full 2008 review).
Subject to planning, work could start on site early 2011 with the building completed in 2014.