City Tower, Manchester

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City Tower
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General information
StatusComplete
Type Office, Communication, Retail
Architectural style Modernist
Location Manchester, England
Coordinates 53°28′49″N2°14′18″W / 53.48028°N 2.23833°W / 53.48028; -2.23833 Coordinates: 53°28′49″N2°14′18″W / 53.48028°N 2.23833°W / 53.48028; -2.23833
Completed1965;55 years ago (1965)
Owner Schroders
Height
Antenna spire123 m (404 ft)
Roof107 m (351 ft)
Top floor28
Technical details
Floor count30
Floor area20,905 m2 (225,020 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators8
Design and construction
Architect Covell, Matthews & Partners
Developer Bernard Sunley & Sons

City Tower (formerly Sunley House) is a 30-storey skyscraper situated in the Piccadilly Gardens area of Manchester city centre in England. It is one of the highest office spaces currently available in Manchester, standing 107 metres (351 ft) tall.

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History

City Tower was completed in 1965, one of three buildings forming the Piccadilly Plaza complex which was designed by Covell, Matthews & Partners and developed by Bernard Sunley & Sons between 1959 and 1965. [1]

The Piccadilly Plaza was remodelled by Leslie Jones Architects in 2001-02. City Tower stands at right angles to Piccadilly and the north-facing wall is covered with designs based on circuit boards. In the remodelling the building to the west of City Tower, Eagle Star House, was replaced by a building whose roofs are a pale echo of the swooping roofs of the original. [1]

It is currently the fourth tallest building in Manchester. The Tower has retail and leisure units on the ground floor and is Manchester's main radio transmitting station, which is located on the roof. The developer Bruntwood sold City Tower to the asset management company Schroders for £132 million in 2014 but kept their headquarters in the building. [2]

Description

View of part of the Piccadilly Plaza, including City Tower Manchester Portland Street New York Street 1107.JPG
View of part of the Piccadilly Plaza, including City Tower

The Tower has entrances on York Street (renamed New York Street in 2008) and Piccadilly Gardens (formerly Parker Street). A refurbishment programme was drawn up in the late 1990s, but this was never realised until Bruntwood purchased Piccadilly Plaza for £65 million in 2004. This plan is complete, with a new central ground floor entrance. The next phase involved repainting and fitting an atrium to the sides of the Tower. An advertising screen has been erected showing video clips to passers-by in the Gardens.

The Tower is one of Manchester's main broadcast transmission sites, hosting the antennae of local radio stations Radio X, XS Manchester and Capital on FM and digital radio multiplexes Digital One, BBC and CE Manchester.

The penthouse on floor 28 differs from the other floors as it originally had a walkway around the perimeter. When Bruntwood acquired City Tower, they removed the walkway and installed wider windows. The redesign included an overhang with floor to ceiling windows.

Although City Tower is not the tallest building in the city, the 28th floor is the highest commercial office space in Manchester. This floor was occupied by UKFast [3] but now appears to be at least partly vacant.

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References

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  2. "City Tower sale announcement". 7 May 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  3. "BBC". BBC Highest office space in Manchester.