The Beetham Tower is a striking residential skyscraper located in Manchester City Center in England. It is considered as the tallest building in Manchester and the tallest in the UK outside of London. It is also known as the Hilton Tower, mainly because of the two Hilton corporate logos visible on each side of the building’s 24th storey.
Beetham Tower History
The Beetham Tower’s developer, Beetham Organization submitted a planning application to the Manchester City Council in July, 2003 to construct a mixed use building on the site once occupied by a unused section of a railway viaduct. Consent for the construction was given on October, 2003. The viaduct was demolished in March, 2004 and the twin cores of the building reached above ground level by August of 2004. By the end of 2005, the cores reached a height of 125 meters, at which point they became the tallest skyscraper in the UK outside of London. The Beetham Tower was completed in 2007.
Beetham Tower Features
The Beetham Tower in Manchester follows a Modernism architectural style. It stands 168 meters high and comprises a total of 47 storeys of mixed use living space. The first 22 floors are being used by the four-star Hilton Hotel, with the 25th to the 47th floor used as residential spaces. A 12 storey office block was also constructed adjacent to the building.
The tower was designed by Ian Simpson who, incidentally, also lives on the top floor penthouse of the building, considered as the highest residential living space in the UK. The building features a slender, glass tower on one side of the building that increases its overall height to 169 meters.