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Manchester tower scheme for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

Consultancy WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff is to work on a 50-storey tower in Manchester.

The firm – which worked on the Shard in London and the Freedom Tower in New York – will turn its attention to phase one of Allied London’s Vertical Village.

The 50-storey building will be connected to a 35-level tower to form the first part of a new neighbourhood in the city.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will provide services including civil and structural engineering, building services, façade engineering, vertical transportation and geotechnical and fire assessments.

When complete, the Vertical Village will comprise 1,200 homes within six interconnecting towers. It will incorporate cycle sheds, retail units and restaurants, with potential for medical and education facilities as well as office space.

A detailed planning application for phase one will be submitted in August. Child Graddon Lewis is the architect for the scheme.

This month WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff also helped gain planning approval for the redevelopment of Astley House and Byrom House on Manchester’s Quay Street into three blocks of office space.

WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff senior building structures technical director Peter Lloyd said: “These project wins are a great achievement for the team and a chance for us to showcase our high rise credentials in the North West where, for a number of years throughout the recession, the market has lain low.

“It is pleasing to see these kinds of ambitious designs both being submitted, and achieving planning, and we’re look forward to cementing our reputation as the leading specialists in high-rise developments in the region. It is a great opportunity for us to utilise the skills that our team has employed on projects nationally and internationally, on home soil.”

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