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New Tallest Proposed For Middlesbrough

The northern city of Middlesbrough could be in line for a new tallest with the announcement by local developer Mandale they plan on cashing in on their current success in the area by building an even larger project as a follow-up.

The mostly residential development will contain 4 floors of private residential accommodation above 600 new student apartments and one floor of office on the ground level. The scheme will have a total of 27 floors and rise to a whopping 114.37 metres in height. We'd bother to name in this article but unfortunately the developer hasn't settled on anything yet.

Shaped in a basic block with a central service core and the accommodation running up each side the design looks heavily inspired by modernist council towers of the 60s and 70s. Only the glass walling on the top floors of private apartments and the Alsopesque coloured squares do little to negate the impression the project isn't a rebuilt tower block from that day and age.

Standing entirely formulaic in design, it even follows one of the seeming rules of building student or affordable blocks that the windows must be small.

That a developer would dare propose such a tall tower with such an uninspired design does however raise questions about the quality control that the planning board on Middlesbrough Council are exercising during the pre-planning stages.

To put the scale in perspective the tower is almost as tall as Bridgewater Place in Leeds and it perhaps shows the desperation of Middlesbrough that there are not exactly howls of outrage from the local press that a better design has not been offered but perhaps locals think Middlesbrough needs brightening up with a tower decorated with multicoloured squares.

What is puzzling many is the logic of a buyer who would pay for luxury apartments above almost 30 floors of student accommodation but this has to be seen in a local context. Accommodation like this is in short supply in Middlesbrough so demand for the relatively small number of private units is bound to be high.

Wags are already commenting that the renderings of the building show vultures circling but there's no doubt there will be enough people desperate for a room with a view in Middlesbrough for the sums to add up and the developer to walk out with a very nice profit.

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Mandale Unnamed Tower

Mandale Unnamed Tower
Mandale Student Residence

Mandale Student Residence
Bridgewater Place

Bridgewater Place