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Cranes being set up for rise of city's tallest building

Cranes being set up for rise of city's tallest building

Work is about to start on Manchester's tallest building after work began to erect the tower cranes to put the 200 m (673 ft) structure in place.

The cranes will be in place next week after piling was completed for two of the four towers at the Owen Street site, where developer Renaker Build is constructing 1,400 apartments.

When completed, the tallest tower will have 64 storeys and will be 119 ft taller than the Beetham Tower, the highest Manchester building at present. The new structures were designed by Simpson Haugh architects, who also devised the Beetham Tower where head architect Ian Simpson lives.

The lowest of the four towers will be 399 ft high, making all of the buildings taller than the second highest building in the city at present, the CIS Building.

However, the construction of new skyscrapers does not end with the Owen Street project. Other large buildings will include a tower located on the site for the former Granada Studios. Allied London received planning permission for this last month and it will be just two feet lower than the Beetham Tower, as well as being used in the same way; its lower half will be a hotel and the upper floors will host apartments.

Other projects include the 410 ft River Tower, three towers containing 900 apartments between them in the St John's development by the River Irwell, and the 28-storey Axis Tower, which is under construction on a tiny footprint between Lower Mosley Street and the Bridgewater Canal.  

But for the 2008 economic crisis, the Beetham Tower would already have been surpassed as Manchester's tallest building, but the planned 610 ft Inacity Tower next to Piccadilly Station was cancelled due to the financial crash. The crisis also led to the cancellation of a planned skyscraper where the former Transport and General Workers Union Building on Aytoun Street stood. This derelict Art Deco structure has since been demolished and a new hotel has been built there instead.

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