Sunday 22 April 2012

Beetham Tower

Beetham Tower or Holloway Circus Tower was designed by Ian Simpson and built by Laing O'Rourke. It is 121.5 metres ( 399 ft ) tall and covers an area of 650 square metres.

Completed in 2006 it cost approx £72 million to build and is now an imressive and modern addition to the Birmingham landscape and city skyline. Beetham tower is the first tower over 100 metres since the Alpha Tower was completed in 1973.

With 39 floors, its glass facade and aqua coloured frontage, is home to the Radisson Blu hotel which takes up the first 19 floors. The remaining floors comprise of 158 luxury apartments with starting prices around the £2.5 million mark. Originally the building was to contain offices but planning permission for this purpose was not granted.

Plans for a large tower on this site go back as far as 1998 when regeneration campaigns produced a number of ideas for large city projects.

The Beetham Group made some modifications to the original height design as objections from the Civil Aviation Authority over its breaching of new building height restrictions imposed since the 9/11 bombings resulted in a reduction in the number of floors from 44 to 39.

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