West Tower


West Tower

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name = West Tower
location = Liverpool, England United Kingdom
year_built = 2007
groundbreaking=2005
opening = 2008
construction_period = 20052007
complete = 2007
use = Residential/Office/Restaurant
antenna_spire = 140m
roof = 138m (above sea level) [http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2007/05/01/beetham_video_feature.shtml West Tower nearing completion] , bbc.co.uk, accessed 31 May 2007]
floor_count = 40|elevator_count = 2
cost = £35,000,000
architect = Aedas
developer = Beetham Organization
contractor = Carillion
skyscraperpage_id = 33722
emporis_id = 217175


caption = West Tower, Liverpool

The West Tower was completed late 2007 on the waterfront of Liverpool, England. The building is the second tower to be built by Carillion [ [http://www.carillionplc.com/building/news/NRWestTowerGroundbreaking.htm#TopOfPage Carillion Building news] ] in Liverpool for property developers Beetham. [ [http://www.skyscrapernews.com/buildings.php?id=165 scyscrapernews.com building information] ]

With a spire height of 140 metres and 40 floors, West Tower is Liverpool’s tallest building. The building commands views across the city, over the Mersey to the Wirral and as far as Blackpool on a clear day. The first five floors are the new headquarters for the Beetham Organization and the remaining floors, apart from the 34th, have been divided into luxury apartments and penthouses.

The 5 floors of Beetham’s offices are set back between concrete columns and are fully glazed to provide an "animated façade" at street level. A glazed lift and stair serving the office are accommodated between raking fins with views to the river.

The 127 apartments are clad in a fully glazed perimeter curtain wall of random clear and opaque panels and are orientated to provide views of both the city and river. The upper penthouse floors are tiered back to incorporate external terraces behind glazed balustrade screens.

The 34th floor is home to Britain's highest restaurant, the Panoramic Restaurant Liverpool. [http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/liverpooldailypost/news/regionalnews/tm_headline=city-to-boast-britain--8217-s-highest-restaurant%26method=full%26objectid=18402952%26siteid=50061-name_page.html City to boast Britain's highest restaurant] , Liverpool Daily Post, accessed 31 May 2007] This floor is completely clad in a clear glass perimeter offering diners views of the city of Liverpool and further afield.

Awards

At the 4th Liverpool Daily Post Regional Property Awards [ [http://www.ldpbusiness.co.uk/liverpool-news/liverpool-business-news/2008/04/12/property-awards-celebrate-liverpool-s-rising-profile-96026-20755496/2/ Regional Property Awards 2008] ] in association with RBS, Beetham West Tower won Aedas the best Mixed Use Development prize. This prize was awarded for best use of land which would normally have stood barren; creation of an iconic building; and best use of limited space.

References

External links

* [http://www.thebeethamorganization.com/ Beetham Organization homepage] (requires flash-player)
* [http://www.aedas.com/ Aedas Architects homepage] (requires flash-player)


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