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PostSubject: Alsop Tower Approved For Salford   Sat Dec 04, 2010 6:21 am

Alsop Tower Approved For Salford

Vermont Developments have had their latest project, a residential tower in Salford, Manchester, approved by the local council after it's worked its way through the planning process successfully.

The scheme is located on Adelphi Street next to the River Irwell and adjacent the University of Salford Campus by which it will be joined to with a new footbridge.

There will be 221 new apartments in the block, many of which will be aimed at students, plus 3,300 square metres of new commercial space and 120 car parking spaces. The budget for the project is slated at roughly £40 million in total.

With a total of 27 floors floors it will come in at about 85 metres by our calculations, more than enough for it to provide an impressive gateway to the masterplan for the area by Salford Council's planning unit, Urban Vision.

The project has been penned by DTR Architects and Will Alsop who lends it a touch of starchitect quality. Their design features a glass skirt on the first four floors looking a bit like the base has been wrapped in semi transparent plastic.

The upper floors of the tower will feature glazing and coloured panelling in an attempt to create a colourful but pixellated look. These solid rectangular shapes combined with the general massing of the tower make it rather modernist in look and more than a bit sixties, much will hinge on the quality of the cladding to make or break the aesthetic of the building.

This is the second plan Vermont has had for the site, the previous one featured two towers penned by Leach Rhodes Walker but that was dumped for this which Vermont will now be progressing with.

Vermont aim to begin construction on the building pretty quickly with a 2007 date pencilled in. This should lead to a finish in 2011

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