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Beetham Tower

301 Deansgate, M3 4LQ
Manchester ENG United Kingdom

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began2004
  Finished2006
Floor Count50
Basement Floors2
Floor Area45,067 m²
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - conference
 - hotel
 - office
 - residential
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - cantilever
 - sign
Materials
 - glass
 - aluminium
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire555 ft
561ft - to tip of glass blade
Roof515 ft
515ft - to roof deck

Description
Architect: Ian Simpson Architects

Beetham Tower is a landmark development under construction on a site at the junction of Deansgate, Great Bridgewater Street and Liverpool Road in Manchester city centre.

The £150 million project will hold a number of titles when finished, these include:

-UK's tallest building outside of London (Current holder is the nearby 118m CIS Tower)
-UK's highest living space (Current holders are the 3 Barbican Towers, London, each is 123m tall)
-Could become the 7th tallest building in the UK.
-One of the tallest residential buildings in Europe.

The tower has a 14m glass 'blade' on top that brings the total height to 171m (561ft).

It is being built on a site that formerly contained a viaduct occupied by a car dealership, and a car park.

The building will include a five star, 285 bed Hilton Hotel, a public 'destination sky bar' on the 23rd floor and apartments up to floor 47.
The floors above the 22nd overhang the floors below by 4m.

It will also have offices and leisure facilities.

The project was made public in early July 2003.

The top floors will offer views of Greater Manchester, the Pennines and as far as the Welsh Mountains, Liverpool and the Blackpool Tower.

Apartment prices range from £100,000 to £700,000 ($170,000-$1,200,000) while penthouses will cost between £750,000 and £3,000,000 ($1,300,000-$5,000,000).

By the time the building was approved, all 206 apartments and 4 of the 16 penthouses had been sold.

The building was granted planning permission by Manchester City Council in late October and is due to start construction in February 2004, the building is expected to open in 2006.

Demolition of the building at the site and site clearence commenced in January 2004, by the end of February the site had been cleared and groundwork commenced.

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