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Wednesday, 3 October, 2001, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
'Green' skyscraper plan for city
Two impressions
A sail-like skyscrapher is planned for Bristol
A Bristol architect is proposing a 45-storey skyscraper for the city.

Martin Pease wants to build the 85m energy-efficient giant in the Temple Gate area.

He will present his vision for the landmark development - featuring apartments, a hotel and offices - at a seminar on Wednesday evening.

If it goes ahead, Project 360 Degrees will be the city's tallest building and one of the loftiest in England.

Mr Pease, a divisional director of the Bristol-based Stride Treglown Group, believes his tower will fit in at the site, which is close to Temple Meads railway station.

The intention is to create a landmark which will be a tourist attraction synonymous with the city of Bristol

Martin Pease, architect
He said: "This is a unique site on a major artery into the city.

"It is a natural focal point and a gateway to the south side of the city."

The skyscraper would straddle a listed building, the former George and Railway pub.

Its architects are considering "green" techniques, such as harvesting wind power from rooftop turbines and collecting rain water.

Combined with a scheme to use windows for air conditioning, Mr Pease believes the building could achieve zero energy consumption.

City landmark

About 1,500 people could be employed in the offices in Project 360 Degrees, while its apartments could become home to 500 residents.

At 150 metres (almost 500 feet) in height, the skyscraper would dwarf many of Bristol's apartment and office blocks.

Mr Pease said: "The intention is to create a landmark which will be a tourist attraction synonymous with the city of Bristol."

skyscraper impression
The skyscraper would dwarf the city

Aerial graphics
Traffic would encircle the new tower

Ground graphic
The tower would straddle an old pub

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