Beetham Tower, Manchester
Beetham Tower, Manchester is a forty-seven storey skyscraper located on Deansgate, a main thoroughfare of Manchester city centre dating back to Roman times. Construction finished in 2006. The building was designed by Manchester-born architect Ian Simpson, who lives in a penthouse occupying the top three floors. Simpson was also responsible for the other Beetham Towers that are in Liverpool and Birmingham.
A Hilton hotel occupies the lower half of the building with a bar located on the twenty-third level where the cantilever exists. Above this are residential homes ranging from studio apartments to multi-level penthouses. It is the tallest building in the United Kingdom outside of London standing at 168 metres.
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Beetham Tower is located on a small, narrow strip of land which explains its tall, slender appearance. This design maximises the available space with a four-metre cantilever approximately half way up the tower allowing for further room on higher levels. Every level has floor to ceiling windows and 6,000 glass panes were required during the construction process.
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The design has divided opinion within the local populace with many appreciating its unique, modern look but others questioning its dominance over the Manchester skyline. It can be seen from all across the metropolitan area and is visible from numerous counties further away. However in general Beetham Tower is considered a representation of modern-day Manchester, a city that has grown by 19% in the last ten years (according to the UK Census of 2011) and has a thriving economy that has diversified greatly from its industrial and manufacturing past.