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Ambitious plan for Bradford skyscraper

Successful Yorkshire developer Asquith Properties has recently announced details of an ambitious plan to create Bradford's tallest building; Citygate. Asquith won a design competition for this key development site of the former Reynor House on Manchester Road, one of the main routes into central Bradford.

The first design included a group of towers up to 22 storeys formed in generally rectangular blocks with rounded edges. That proposed scheme has recently been replaced by a dramatic glass clad tower up to 37 storeys. The proposal is mixed use to include 729 residential units, a 116 room hotel with conference hall and retail units within the tower and surrounding blocks.

The tower is designed by Glenn Howells Architects, and takes a much more sculpted floor plan than the original design, with curved glass facades running virtually the full height of the tower.

This ambitious plan is in a league not yet seen in Bradford and whether a proposal of this scale reaches fruition will remain to be seen, although Asquith claim that if the scheme is approved later this year, it should be complete by the end of 2012.

The current tallest building in Bradford is a mere 16 storeys, and the local planning authority is currently giving a luke warm reception to another proposal in central Bradford at only around 22 storeys, combined with the ever increasing costs of high rise buildings over the past few years, this proposal may have a few hurdles to overcome before getting off the ground.

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