Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Storey, New Chapter: Tower and Library Link 'To Get Go-Ahead' ; 'Son of Beetham' Plan to Be Approved Central Library Bid Also Set for Green Light

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

New Storey, New Chapter: Tower and Library Link 'To Get Go-Ahead' ; 'Son of Beetham' Plan to Be Approved Central Library Bid Also Set for Green Light

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TWO landmark city centre projects - including Manchester's second Beetham Tower style skyscraper - are set to be approved by planners.

Architect Ian Simpson's 42-storey tower, which is set to transform the city's skyline, and his controversial new link on Library Walk are both due to win approval when they go before the town hall's planning committee.

The M.E.N revealed plans for the new 410ft River Street tower, which will contain up to 600 serviced apartments near the Mancunian Way, earlier this year. The building will be just five storeys lower than the Beetham Tower - Simpson's most famous building - which houses the Hilton hotel on Deansgate less than half a mile away.

The as-yet unnamed glass tower, commissioned by British firm Chelmer Developments, has a similar cantilevered design to its neighbour and will be aimed at short stay professionals visiting the city. Eleven people objected to the plans - mainly citing the size of the structure - with two people writing to the council to support the development. …

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