History was made in Manchester this past week as Beetham's record breaking development at the end of Deansgate claimed two accolades, as it rises to it's final roof height of 157m.
The most advanced of the buildings two internal cores is now around 40 floors and approximately 125m high, making it the UKs tallest skyscraper outside London and by default, Manchester's tallest as well.
The structure is now higher than Birmingham's 122m Holloway Circus Tower, another Beetham - Ian Simpson collaboration, which topped out at the end of April this year with full completion due in early 2006.
Beetham Manchester's journey to the top began in March 2004 when a derelict section of obselete railway viaduct occupying the development site was demolished. After extensive groundwork the cores began to rise above ground level towards the end of August 2004, closely followed by the floor plate slabs. The self raising DOKA construction platforms atop each of the building's cores have helped main contractors Carillion to carry out the construction quickly. The platforms allow work to continue despite harsh weather conditions and efficiently rise as the cores advance, using a system of powerful hydrualics. Despite these time saving measures, the project is over 2 months behind schedule.
The tallest core is just 10 floors away from topping out. A concrete, glass clad 'blade', will take the building to a total of 171m.
Beetham Manchester has also surpassed the 118m CIS Tower which itself was a record breaker in it's day. It held the two accolades now in the hands of Beetham for 43 years. CIS was also the tallest skyscraper in western Europe when completed in 1962. That reign was shortlived, and unfortunately for Beetham theirs will be too.
The 188m Inacity Tower is due to begin in early 2006, on a site behind Piccadilly Station at the other end of Manchester City Centre from Beetham. In a strange coincidence, Inacity will also require the demolition of a derelict, obselete section of railway viaduct before construction to begin.
Beetham Manchester will officially become Manchester's tallest and the UK's tallest outside of London upon completion which is due this time next year. It will contain 219 apartments, a 285 bedroom Hilton hotel and 6,506 sqm of office space in a 12 storey office block which will be built adjoining the main tower.
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