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If Simpson’s view offends him...

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Manchester practice Simpson Haugh & Partners is designing the redevelopment of two major tram stops in the city centre.

But readers of the Manchester Evening News could have been forgiven for thinking that co-founder Ian Simpson had redesigned Deansgate-Castlefield station simply because he didn’t like the sight of it from his penthouse apartment in his own Beetham Tower.

The paper reported last week that Simpson, ‘bored of looking down onto a drab grey tram station’ had ‘designed himself a brand new view’ including attractive natural features such as the tracks running through new grass and sedum planting.

Simpson himself adamantly maintains this was not his motivation for taking on the job, remarking: ‘It wasn’t something I’d even thought about.’


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