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The Crazy Saga Of Sheffields Velocity Continues

The tale of the under construction Velocity Tower in Sheffield is continuing with yet more twists and turns.

Yesterday afternoon, the planning committee of Sheffield City Council approved plans by Axis Architects for revisions to the approved Eclipse Tower originally penned by Broadway Malyan for Cala.

The changes however are mostly external with differences made to the fašade, window boxes for residents, changes to the car parking and a wind turbine on top of the tower that were positively welcomed by the committee.

With it already having almost 10 floors built, this would normally mark the end of the planning process but the architects, and their client Gravity, plan on taking things further still.

A report by the Area Board states how the contractors did originally start building specifically for a 36 floor tower under the impression they had approval despite having not even applied for planning permission for such a building.

Sheffield City Council ordered the contractor to stop building and revert to the original plans with the Area Board ignoring the existence of the Arts Tower and stating that a 33-36 floor tower "would unacceptably break the city's skyline in important distant views." Significantly, this does not mention anything under 33 floors.

Foundations of the scheme were however laid to support a building up to 36 floors tall before they were forced to revert to the approved design and the architects have engineered into what's already been built, the ability to go taller.

Sources within Axis Architecture say that they plan on going back and filing an application for a taller building of possibly 32 floors as soon as possible as sources stated to skyscrapernews last year. Velocity has also confirmed to potential buyers they also want to go taller than 22.

Velocity have already released a marketing image of what the 36 floor building could have looked like on the view down St Mary's Gate. What's notable about the design is the taller version is a continued version of the shorter, now approved building that is under construction with more floors tacked on the top giving some clue of how they could proceed.

The main challenge will come from time itself. The current site is being built so fast that it will have topped out within three months, and without an application yet filed and the planning process taking a minimum of 13 weeks this leaves a possible gap in the construction schedule.

What it leads to is a completely unprecedented situation. Will the builders down tools when they reach the 22nd floor and just fit out the interior of the tower whilst hoping that they get approval for something taller?

Alternatively they could switch work to the shorter wing of the proposals which has yet to start rising above street level which although buying them some extra time, could still have problems arise if there are any delays in application.

All of this combines to shape up as one of the most complicated and interesting building sagas of recent times.

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