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Changing Cityscapes: Manchester


Inside Manchester's Beetham Tower

As part of the BBC News Changing Cityscapes series, architect Ian Simpson explains his design for the Beetham Tower in Manchester.

Completed in 2006, the tower is Britain's seventh tallest building, reaching a height of almost 169m.

A skyscraping shard of glass, in an otherwise low rise city, the building is loved by some and loathed by others.

The first 23 floors house a hotel, while the upper floors contain apartments.

Ian Simpson lives in the penthouse where he has his very own olive grove in the sky.

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