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Sheffield skyscraper gets approval

Sheffield City Council has approved plans by developer Velocity Estates to build an 18-storey residential tower.

The student accommodation block housing 292 people will be built near the Moore Street/Eccleshall Road roundabout. A five-storey link block to an existing tower has also been approved by the council.

Velocity Estates residential managerSuzanne Wright, said: “The planning we have secured at Velocity Tower is yet another vote of confidence for the development and will allow us to once again adapt to the changes in market trends.”

She added that the company was “delighted” with how well the designs were welcomed throughout the process.

Axis Architecture designed the block, which will “be fully glazed with frameless glass, maintaining the high visual standards of the existing tower”.

It is anticipated that the first students to occupy the tower will move in in 2011.

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