Shanghai Tower (Liverpool)
Artist's impression of Shanghai Tower dominating the Liverpool waterfront
|Location||Princes Half Tide Dock, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom|
|Antenna spire||At least 200 m (656 ft)|
|Floor area||93,000 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||AFL, Broadway Malyan, Chapman Taylor, Benoy|
Shanghai Tower is a proposed 50-storey skyscraper, to be built as part of the multi-billion pound Liverpool Waters development in Liverpool, England. The proposal pays homage to Shanghai in China, which is a sister city of Liverpool.
Plans to build the Shanghai Tower first emerged in 2007 when Peel Group pledged to build the tallest tower in North West England as a centrepiece for the ambitious Liverpool Waters development. Peel Group commissioned four architect firms (AFL, Broadway Malyan, Chapman Taylor and Benoy) to each create a design for the tower which was to be sixty storeys tall and located on an 'island' by Princes Half Tide Dock. It is hoped that Shanghai Tower will be the first major part of Liverpool Waters to be constructed, decades ahead of the completion of Liverpool Waters as a whole.
Significance of name
Peel Group's director Lindsey Ashworth and Chairman John Whittaker are responsible for the naming of Shanghai Tower. Liverpool as a city is home to the oldest ethnic Chinese population in Europe with many of the first immigrants being sailors from the port of Shanghai. Chinese are the single largest visible ethnic minority group in Liverpool and since 1999 the strong relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai has been cemented by the twinning of the two cities. Peel Group have also stated that the Liverpool Waters development was inspired by the impressive Shanghai waterfront. The Shanghai Municipal Government have showed their support for the project and envisage it boosting the relationship between the two cities even further and establish Liverpool as the leading gateway into the UK and Europe for Chinese business. There was a pavilion representing the city of Liverpool at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai which encouraged potential clients to invest into the Shanghai Tower development.
Description of building
The exact height of the proposed building is yet to be revealed, although it will be at least 200 metres (656 ft) tall and contain 50 storeys. If built it will become the tallest building in the United Kingdom outside of London as no under-construction, approved or even proposed buildings in other British cities exceed a height of 60 storeys (in London Shard London Bridge, Bishopsgate Tower, The Three Houses, Columbus Tower and The Pride all consist of at least 50 storeys). Shanghai Tower is proposed to be a mixed use skyscraper, it will contain 93,000 sq metres (1,001,043 sq feet) of mixed use floor space, Liverpool's first five star hotel as well as countless apartments, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Also within the design is a rooftop helipad alongside an underwater basement car park.
The fate of Shanghai Tower lies within the fate of Liverpool Waters itself. Although Liverpool Waters has changed form numerous times, Shanghai Tower has always been a key element within the proposed development. An outline planning application for the whole of Liverpool Waters was submitted in March 2010 with Peel Group having already found a significant amount of funding. As of March 2012, Liverpool City Council has granted planning permission to the Liverpool Waters scheme as a whole. English Heritage has formally objected to the plans and UNESCO has expressed concern, meaning that the proposal will have to be referred to the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who will decide whether to hold a public inquiry or to allow the project to go ahead regardless. If the project continues, Shanghai Tower is expected to be completed in 2025.
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