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Another office tall building is under construction in Manchester's rapidly emerging Green Quarter that once finished will be the city's seventh tallest office building.

Designed by the Manser Practice for Development Securities, the 13 storey called City Park building stands above 4 storeys of parking on the lowest floors and will contain 17,290 square metres office floor space and form a key part of the office provision of the Green Quarter.

Supplying the parking will be a further 6,484 square metres of space translating into room for exactly 200 cars. Topping the scheme are a further 3 floors of plant making it the tallest under construction office building in the City of Manchester and only one floor less than the existing Arndale House with an approximate height of 77.5 metres above ground level when including the exposed parking floors.

Originally the design was to be identical, but with three less office floors however a revised planning application in early 2007 saw the height boosted by the developer to get more office space on the site.

The design features a strong curvature and will be clad in glazed curtain walling with white glass panels and vertical lines thanks to the aluminum spandrels employed. Also visible are strong vertical ribbons of dark ceramic granite running up the side of the building to the step back at the top of the roof. The plant floors will be clad in a basic Kalwall screen.

RImming the lower floors of parking, giving a clean solution to cladding what is essentially a multi-storey car park, is louvred steel although thanks to the topography of the site a large portion of the parking will be underground with only some sides exposed causing a varying height of 12 metres depending on which elevation of the building is measured.

The office building overlooks what will be a new public plaza that it will share with a 252 bedroom hotel of seven stories although, unlike the office block, construction has yet to start.

Completion of the office section of City Park was originally scheduled to be completed in August 2009 but with the core only now rising, and the original construction timetable set for a design three floors shorter, this is bound to end up later. Once completed it will be the new headquarters for the Done Brothers, a major chain of bookmakers and their law firm, Peninsula Business Services.

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