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Post by Mr007 on Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:35 am

Peel Plan Liverpool Whopper

Only weeks after Liverpool set a new height record with a proposal for a tall building, it looks like being broken again, this time by developer Peel.

Located literally in the Princes Dock near the likes of the under construction Alexandra Tower and the finished City Lofts Tower, the proposal will be built on an island surrounded by water in the middle of the dock and connected to the dockside by a pathway.

The tower on an island has been on the plans for the area since they first surfaced, but with the specifications of sixty floors the project has been put to four architects practises - AFL, Broadway Malyan, Chapman Taylor and Benoy, who will be all competing to deliver a landmark scheme that Peel like the look of. If built, it is set to be the tallest tower in the United Kingdom outside of London, trumping Manchester's 188 metre tall Inacity Tower.

Called the Shanghai Tower in recognition of the links between Liverpool and Shanghai including their similar historical waterfronts, it will have 93,000 square metres of space including Liverpool's first 5-star hotel, not to mention a helipad on the roof and basement parking underwater in the dock. Yellow submarines will be optional.

Despite big ideas Peel do however have a poor record of delivering skyscraper projects, with all their previous proposals including the Quay Point Towers in Manchester having failed to shape up to the initial big announcements.

As to whether this one hits the same problems as Quay Point or continues the momentum that Liverpool's waterfront is now getting, only time will tell.

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