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    Manchester’s Newest Skyscraper

    The tower nearing completion

    The tower nearing completion

    Manchester’s latest skyscraper recently ‘topped out’, making it the fourth tallest building in the city. The 106 metre high tower, encompassing 37 storeys, is to be used for student accommodation, making it one of the tallest in the world for this purpose.

    Work began on the £28.5 million project in 2010, and is ready for the new university year. The work is being carried out by national contractor Shepherd Construction and developer Student Castle, and the building was designed by Manchester architects Hodder and Partners. The finished building will have 7000 square feet of floor space, and will provide self-contained hi-tech contemporary studios, apartments and cluster flats of up to 6 bedrooms for 520 students.

    Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive of Manchester City Council, marked the completion of the concrete frame of the building with a ‘topping out’ ceremony in April. Clive Williamson, construction director for Shepherd Construction, said at the ceremony: “We’re delighted to join with Student Castle in celebrating this important milestone as the building will meet the aspirations for 21st century student living and will also provide a new landmark for Manchester’s city centre.”

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