Tuesday, May 22, 2007

La Lumiere is a skyscraper development that is due to commence construction in early 2007 in Leeds, United Kingdom. It is a second phase to the redevelopment of a Royal Mail sorting office which has already seen a 65 m tall former Royal Mail office reclad to become apartments called West Central. The construction of Lumiere will comprise of two towers of a height of 54 storeis / 171 m and 32 storeys / 112 m both of which are to be clad in glass with the taller tower to be predominantly blue and the smaller tower to be of a reddish texture. The developer behind the project is KW Linfoot and the buildings designed by Ian Simpson will comprise of a mixture of apartments, offices, shops, cafes, restaurants and a Winter Garden. The building that is due to be complete by 2009 could potentially become the tallest building in the United Kingdom outside of London a whole 6 feet taller than the current tallest building Beetham Tower (including Beethhams 20m decorative fin on top of the building, which is not solid). On July 21 2006 it was made official that building of these towers would commence in 2007 after councilors gave the proposals approval for construction.

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