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Arndale House Also known as Arndale Tower

 

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  • Arndale House is built above Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre.
  • For many years i was the 4th tallest building in Manchester although a slew of buildings built since 2000 have seen this position slowly decrease.
  • It's yellow tiles have earned it the inauspicious nickname of 'Europe's biggest public toilet'
  • It is said by some to be the low point of Manchester's architecture where utilitarian modernism had become dominant. Phrases such as "scenes of rape" and "brutal obliteration" have been used to describe the scheme.
  • The tower is metres away from the epicentre of the 1996 IRA bomb attack on Manchester. The tower sustained blast damage including the loss of most of the windows. The bomb was allegedly strong enough to have brought the building down, were it placed differently.
  • Towers of Silence is a crime fiction novel published in 2002 based around Arndale Centres car park, where a police inspector investigates a woman's fall to her death from the 14th floor in as an apparent suicide, though she was afraid of heights.

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Architect
J L Womersly
Hugh Wilson
Developer
Arndale Property Trust

Reference Data

Reference No.
179
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
24-11-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Arndale Centre, Manchester. M4
Council
Manchester City Council
County
Greater Manchester
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1968
Construction start date
1972
Completion date
1975
Renovation Date
2003
Style
Modernist

Roof Height (AGL)
90.00

Arndale House

Total Floors (O.G)
21

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Retail


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