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Beetham Hilton Tower has become an iconic symbol for Manchester. Signalling the on-going regeneration of the Castlefield area and expansion of the city's urban core, it was the tallest structure in Manchester from completion in 2006 until 2018. At 169m tall, it stands amongst the highest mixed-use towers in Europe.

The tower is orientated on the major urban axes of Deansgate and Liverpool Road that link its site visually to the city-centre and beyond the city to the West. The silhouette of the crystalline elegance of the tower is completed by a slender glazed ‘blade’ that stretches skywards.

The Tower accommodates 279 hotel guest bedrooms with 219 apartments above, the transition between the two is expressed by a 4m cantilever at level 23. The remainder of the hotel including a ballroom and business centre and a separate commercial building are located at low-level. These components are arranged to create a new public space on the street corner that benefits from the activity of glazed frontages to the foyers, bar and restaurant.

The envelope comprises a glazed skin that hints at the different aspects of the façade without disrupting the simplicity of the building form. The composition of transparent and solid elements emphasises the tower’s verticality and defines a grand scale that transcends that of an individual apartment or guest bedroom. A further level of refinement is provided by contrasting reflections and shadows from vertical opening louvres, perforated metal panels and solar shading fins.

Project information

  • Client

    Beetham Organization

  • Status

    Built

  • Area

    27,871 sq m

  • Start

    2002

  • Completion

    2006

  • Consultants

    Structural Engineer: WSP

  • Elements

    220 hotel bedrooms
    Hotel bar and lounge
    Restaurant
    Conference facilities
    Health centre
    Hotel support facilities
    150 residential apartments
    Basement parking

  • Awards

    2009 Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence
    2008 RIBA National Award
    2008 RIBA Award
    2008 RIBA North West Award
    2008 Civic Trust Award
    2007 Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Best Tall Building Award
    2007 The Concrete Society, Building Category
    2007 MSA Design Award, Sport & Leisure
    2007 MSA Design Award, Overall Winner
    2006 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Building of the Year Award
    2004 Housing Design Award, Unbuilt
    2004 MSA Design Award, Unbuilt Retail

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