With St Paul's Tower in Sheffield now only one and a half floors away from topping out the council has approved new revisions for the cladding of the scheme just in time.
The newly approved design restores floor to ceiling windows, sees the elimination of the transoms and removes the handrails.
This does however not restore everything that was approved on the tower before and is very much a compromise measure. As well as the spire still missing from the scheme the window frames are chunkier than the original proposals with brown still being the colour of the day and the darkened strips of vertical glazing remain.
The decision by the council to approve these plans is very much a compromise whereby the architect Conran + Partners and the developer, the now under administration City Lofts, have met in the middle and agreed that a tower is better built than unbuilt.
St Paul's Tower isn't the only building in trouble in Sheffield though. The Velocity Tower has seen the construction crane removed from there despite plans to extend it from 22 to 30 storeys and the wing and second tower remain unbuilt.
Work is continuing on fitting out the interior of the main constructed portion of the scheme but it's unknown at this stage whether Velocity intend to increase the tower in size and when.
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