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Architect Debuts 34-Story Salford Tower in Greater Manchester

28 March 2018 | Manchester, United Kingdom

Simpson Haugh Architects has submitted a proposal for a 34-story tower on the waterfront in Salford that would be the regeneration area’s tallest development.

Created for Forshaw Land & Property Group, the Clippers Quay scheme would replace a low-rise 1980s office development across the water from Media City UK, Michael Wilford & Partners’ the Lowry, and Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North.

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Simpson Haugh said the structure would be taller than Salford Quays’ current tallest building, the Blue Tower, and also taller than a 94-meter office block designed by Sheppard Robson which won approval in 2016 but is not yet under construction.

The Simpson Haugh block – earmarked for a 0.17-hectare triangular site – would deliver 216 new homes plus ground-floor commercial space and a rooftop terrace.

Documents submitted in support of the application said the building would have a high-quality glass façade to consistently reflect the adjacent water and sky.

“Each surface will catch the light in a different manner and ensure a constantly changing appearance in response to the time of day, weather conditions and the viewers’ perspective,” a planning statement from consultant Lichfields said.

“Fritting is employed horizontally at slab edges and to sub-divide the opaque panels and to enhance the verticality of the façade. Natural ventilation is provided through anodized aluminum rapid vents which are inward-opening windows concealed with a flush-finished perforated metal screen to the façade.”

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