The St Michael’s Partnership has today released images of the new design to the development’s façade.

The controversial City Centre scheme was put on hold back in May with Director Gary Neville telling the architects Steven Hodder to have another think about the design.

Now Neville, who plans to put all the details before the council’s planning committee by the 10th November has said that the massing of the scheme and uses haven’t changed, just “the clothes the building is wearing”.

Over the past month Hodder + Partners have been refining the design of the façade which were displayed at the latest public consultation on the 23rd August. Whilst the external design of the scheme has been enhanced, the massing remains unchanged.

The developed design sees the vertical mullions sculptured to give an extra level of depth resulting in more animated elevations. This feature, combined with the anodised bronze of the mullions and the lozenge shape of the building, will result in different reflections and colours of light bouncing off the building.

This new design has also been incorporated into the podium and office element thus providing greater animation at street level. The crown of the building has also been redesigned to provide a more dynamic finish.

Stephen Hodder of Hodder + Partners stated: “I was encouraged by the outcome of the public consultations but welcomed a pause to re-evaluate the details of the elevations. I feel the outcome is a more dynamic expression, one that not only adds vibrancy to the tower, but also presents a stronger engagement with the adjoining streets’

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