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nick-taylor
May 1st, 2006, 03:31 PM
The tallest residential tower in the EU (2nd in Europe behind only Triumph Place in Moscow) has just topped out in the constantly regenerating Manchester. Beetham is an up and coming tower builder since finishing this first tower in 2004, he could be compared to the UK version of Trump, but rising from scratch and aiming higher at a record pace.

Beetham Tower, Liverpool - 90m (complete)
Beetham Tower, Birmingham - 122m (complete)
Beetham Tower, Manchester - 171m (topped out)
Beetham Tower West, Liverpool - 138m (core rising)
Beetham Tower, Brighton - 122m (proposed - site cleared)
Beetham Tower, London - 219m (proposed - site cleared)




http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/590BeethamTowerManchesterCelebratesTopOut_pic1.jpg




http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/590BeethamTowerManchesterCelebratesTopOut_pic2.jpg




http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/590BeethamTowerManchesterCelebratesTopOut_pic5.jpg

Dagrecco82
May 1st, 2006, 03:52 PM
What a gorgeous building!

czsz
May 1st, 2006, 04:28 PM
It may have been better if the vertical elements were more continuous. The horizontal emphasizing midsection is disruptive.

czsz
May 1st, 2006, 04:28 PM
It also seems a bit out of place. What's the context of this tower? Who's going to want to live in such a thing in Manchester?

nick-taylor
May 1st, 2006, 06:25 PM
Its a bit out of place, but high-rise living is taking off and this tower is the first of many more to come; there are three taller towers in the pipeline for Manchester, while a whole roster of other towers is cropping up around the city specifically around the transport nodes.

I believe all the apartments have been sold and the architect: Ian Simpson liked it so much he decided to take the penthouse!

Leeds, which is around 15miles from Manchester is also seeing a high-rise renaissance, with 11 new towers at various stages of proposal and construction that are taller than the current tallest.

MidtownGuy
May 1st, 2006, 06:41 PM
Nice juxtaposition of old and new, IMO.

czsz
May 1st, 2006, 07:48 PM
Could you show us the other Beetham towers and residential highrises going up in the UK, nick?

Marksix
May 2nd, 2006, 06:34 AM
Could you show us the other Beetham towers and residential highrises going up in the UK, nick?


The Beetham Tower is in my neighbouring city and is a very impressive structure. Anyone who knows Manchester however, will understand that for five months of the year the upper floors will be in cloud (Manchester is the only city where the TRAMS have life jackets under the seats!) and IMHO the tower in isolation is a little oppressive. One interesting (!) feature is that about two thirds up, where the tower is cantilevered out there is a bar with a window IN THE FLOOR with a view to the ground thousands (and thousands) of feet bellow!!!!!!

I actually know Stephen Beetham, real name Swift and live in one of their earlier developments in Liverpool where they are based. They were general developers of buildings such as mine; an 18th century newspaper stables apartment conversion. Stephen (age about 30) always wanted to build skyscrapers the “Flat Iron” on Broadway being his favourite building. They bought a site of similar dimensions as the Flat Iron, the old St Pauls eye hospital in Liverpool. The odd shape made it difficult for most developers to look at but Stephen wanted a skyscraper and the site was ideal for that. However, a sky scraper in the UK is rare and in Liverpool unheard of to the extent he was laughed out of town by the banks. He was also laughed out of town by every bank and institution in Manchester, London and every other city in the UK. After several years of continuous knock backs he went outside the UK (Dublin) and almost immediately got his tower financed.

The tower in Liverpool incorporated an SAS Radisson hotel, the tower is complete and this model has been replicated throughout the country with Manchester being the latest to top out. Expect to pay £225k for a two bed apartment in this tower.

You can see from this rendering the West Tower, adjacent to the first which is well under way.

THeir website is well worth a look: http://www.thebeethamorganization.com/home.php

First Beetham Tower in Old Hall St, Liverpool, second pic shows West Tower adjacent which is under construction now and the third is one of their early developments (and where I live) showing how they got from that to skyscrapers.

Marksix
May 2nd, 2006, 07:35 AM
Also, it may be of interest to see some one of their intermediate developments which shows how they got to their current status as the most prolific developer in the UK.

These pics show how they converted an obsolete office block (Wilberforce House) on a prime waterfront location into apartments, bars & restuarants.

nick-taylor
May 2nd, 2006, 09:51 AM
These are the towers that have been built, are u/c or are proposed. What with the nature of Beetham, its likely that as soon as Beetham West is close to finishing, either Beetham Brighton or Beetham London will start and other towers will be proposed to ensure his in-house architect Ian Simpson and company is constantly kept busy. A possibility is a significantly tall tower around the Canary Wharf area, while Beetham could continue to create a Liverpool high-rise cluster of his own.




Beetham Tower, Liverpool - 90m (complete)

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/371BeethamTowerLiverpool_pic1.jpg




Beetham Tower, Birmingham - 122m (complete)

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e228/chris_engels/HCT.jpg

http://www.linearb.net/images/holloway_1.jpg




Beetham Tower, Manchester - 171m (topped out)

http://img342.imageshack.us/img342/3739/spinniny10la.jpg




Beetham Tower West, Liverpool - 138m (core rising)

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/165BeethamTowerWest_pic2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/Martin_S/West%20Tower/060422-3.jpg




Beetham Tower, Brighton - 122m (proposed - site cleared)

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/348NewEnglandSquare_pic1.jpg




Beetham Tower, London - 219m (proposed - site cleared)

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/1524BeethamLondon_pic1.jpg

nick-taylor
May 2nd, 2006, 10:34 AM
Low and behold....Beetham proposed today another tower for London....although its sketchy it won't be tall cause its close to the Tower of London - so this one would probably be under 100m

Marksix
May 2nd, 2006, 02:20 PM
while Beetham could continue to create a Liverpool high-rise cluster of his own.
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...sadly this will not happen. Liverpool City Council have a moratorium on further tall buildings in the city. Their anti-business policies have already driven away hundreds of millions of pounds of investment including another Ian Simpson tower on Brunswick Dock, one of the port’s old dock keys.

The rational is that the council and planners, having courted and got World Heritage Status for the city mean to keep Liverpool has a "heritage" city ala York, Chester, Oxford etc even at the expense of investment and the chronic lack of business in the town and continuing high unemployment. The assumed status in having World Heritage Status in their mindset outweighs the deterrence WHS has on a city developing. They overlook the needs of a city to develop economically to develop socially. Their political careers of course, depend upon perpetuating low economic activity, depravation, poverty and crime. But hey – at least we are a World Heritage Site!

Their incompetence is depressing in the extreme. Of course when they are given millions of tax payer’s money for their own pet projects they approve hotels such as the one below right at Kings Dock (three of these in fact), the core of the historic docklands.....

noone
June 2nd, 2006, 03:29 AM
The tallest residential tower in the EU (2nd in Europe behind only Triumph Place in Moscow)
Oh no,it isn't.Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden for example is 190 m and what's that thing on the roof ? Don't you think that's cheating?
Nice tower though.



http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/590BeethamTowerManchesterCelebratesTopOut_pic1.jpg




http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/590BeethamTowerManchesterCelebratesTopOut_pic2.jpg




http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/590BeethamTowerManchesterCelebratesTopOut_pic5.jpg

ablarc
June 2nd, 2006, 07:04 AM
The one in Brighton? Hopefully not.

nick-taylor
June 3rd, 2006, 11:50 AM
ablarc - The site around Birghton Station has great scope for redevelopment.

Other Brighton towers u/c, approved or proposed:




135m - City Gateway Tower (GS Architects)
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/349CityGatewayTower_pic1.jpg


128m - Brighton Marina Tower (Wilkinson Eyre)
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/347BrightonMarinaTower_pic5.jpg

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/347BrightonMarinaTower_pic2.jpg


122m - New England Square (Allie & Morrison)
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/348NewEnglandSquare_pic1.jpg


84m - King Alfred Tower 1 (Frank Ghery)
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/2802KingAlfredTower1_pic1.jpg


68m - King Alfred Tower 2 (Frank Ghery)
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/2803KingAlfredTower2_pic1.jpg


55m - Medina House (Lomax Cassidy & Edwards)
http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images/pics/4409MedinaHouse_pic1.jpg

ablarc
June 3rd, 2006, 11:56 AM
Brighton's one of those places that shouldn't have high-rises. Ruins the atmosphere. Your aerial makes my point, nick.

nick-taylor
June 3rd, 2006, 04:19 PM
Brighton already has highrises though. Sussex Heights at 102m was until the Manchester Beetham topped out this year, the tallest residential tower outside of London!

102m - Sussex Heights
http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/6013/a15ls.th.jpg (http://img520.imageshack.us/my.php?image=a15ls.jpg)




I think any urban environment other than trully historic cores like Bath, York, Durham, etc... can have highrises, they just need to be located carefully. The annoying thing with Sussex Heights is that its right in the core, practically a stones throw from the historic core. Infact the older highrises are closer to the core than the new towers which are further from the core as my following map illustrates. Essentially the two tallest towers will roughly act as markers for the ends of Brighton on the sea front - about 5miles.


http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/4962/o13ub.gif

ablarc
June 3rd, 2006, 04:43 PM
Brighton already has highrises though.
Atmosphere already ruined.

Maine-Montparnasse Tower does that to Paris. Fortunately, a horrified Paris said, "No more! The others will be in the outskirts." So, though the damage was not undone, it's also not aggravated.

nick-taylor
June 4th, 2006, 08:19 AM
Although the towers are tall and noticable, you wouldn't know about them unless you walk along the streets surrounding them. Its not like NYC, where some blocks blot out everything around. These new towers themselves are away from the city centre for the simple reason that they would never see the light of day.

I personally can't wait until the Brighton Marina Tower goes up - thats going to be quite good as it rises from what is currently just a sea wall protecting the marina from the English Channel - a sort of lighthouse.

Swede
June 4th, 2006, 10:45 AM
Oh no,it isn't.Turning Torso in Malmo, Sweden for example is 190 m and what's that thing on the roof ? Don't you think that's cheating?
TT is mixed use tho.../the lowest cubes are offices.