Sheffield City Council has approved the latest plans by Axis Architects to extend the Velocity Tower on the edge of the city centre that will see the previous planned tower become two.
Designed for the developer which the tower takes its name after, the latest version features a 30 storey element instead of the existing almost completed 22 storey edition which will now be extended up with another 8 floors on top with work able to begin almost immediately. This will be almost entirely residential with 240 apartments and ground floor retail.
The previously dominant lower-rise wing has been reduced to only five floors thankfully reducing it's monolithic impact on the site. Making up for this relative fall in accommodation will be a second 18 floor tall tower, this time for a 126 bedroom apart hotel with conference facilities also included.
The design for this new tower mimics the existing half build section with its curving end and a similar facade treatment of semi-transparent green glass.
Approval for the 30 floor tower despite being an increase on what has been built so far, is a step down from original plans for a 36 storey building with a skybar on the top that would have been an unrivalled destination for Sheffield.
These were scotched when it became clear that Sheffield City Council would not approve the tallest building in the city so far from the centre. They currently have a belief that the very tallest buildings should be in the centre with those on the outskirts of the core deferring in height, hence insuring that topography aside, St Paul's Place developed by the now-defunct City Lofts will remain the title holder at 101 metres.
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