With completion of phase 1, the phase 2
tower was subject to a complete redesign of
the original approved 26-storey scheme. A
new planning application for the revised
design has been approved increasing the
tower to a height of 37-storeys, with a
completely new profile and an interesting
cladding scheme which is a dark 'graphite'
finish to the north facade and light 'silver grey'
to the south.
Construction work commenced in May 2007,
with the site tower crane installed in August,
and the building's core started rising in
The crane was removed in March 2009, and
cladding was externally completed in early
Upon completion Sky Plaza was the tallest
student housing in the world, a title it lost to
London's Nido in 2010.