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Manhattan Loft Gardens was designed by SOM; image © Hayes Davidson.

Tallest Buildings in U.K. Outside London Rising

Owen Street, consisting of four buildings ranging from 37 to 64 stories, is being developed by Renaker Build in Manchester, skyscrapernews.com reported. Upon completion, they will be the tallest buildings in the U.K. outside London. Foundations for two of the towers, including the shortest, were taking shape in late 2016, with the entire project expected to be complete in 2021. Simpson Haugh is responsible for the final design of the development, which aims to bring nearly 1,500 new apartments to the market.

Residential Tower Taking Shape Near Canary Wharf

The Madison, a 53-story, 423-unit residential tower near Canary Wharf in London, is taking shape, and developer LBS Properties reports strong interest, World Property Journal reported. Designed inside and out by Make Architects, The Madison will boast a host of resident amenities such as a lounge, gym, spa, screening room and business center. It will have a limited number of car-parking spaces accessible by vehicle lift. LBS reports that, in addition to its style, the property is attractive because of its proximity to Canary Wharf and public transportation, such as the Crossrail railway station coming online in 2018.

High-Rise Living Versus Heritage in London

A 42-story, mixed-use tower under construction in London’s Stratford district is drawing opposition from heritage proponents who say it blocks a view of St. Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond Park, Building Design reported. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Manhattan Loft Gardens will house a 145-key hotel, approximately 250 residences, sky gardens, restaurants and retail. Proponents describe it as a step into the future representing London high-rise living, while opponents say it breaks a planning rule stating development take a back seat to the cathedral. In December 2016, an online petition against it had gathered more than 7,000 signatures.

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