Manchester was founded by the Romans as a defensive fort, and little did Agricola know that it would develop into the sprawling metropolis it is today. The city reached the peak of its importance during England's Industrial Revolution and its aftermath, when innovative machinery churned out cotton-based textiles and the collieries worked at full throttle. Everything has changed since then of course, and the city today has been transformed by modern businesses, shopping centres and clubs. Much of the old heritage has been preserved, but new buildings like the Beetham Tower have risen up and become a part of the familiar skyline here. Visit this award-winning tower from your Manchester hotel and see how the city continues to transform itself.
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Beetham Tower was completed in 2006 and now dominates the Manchester skyline. One of the tallest buildings in England, the tower is also Europe's tallest residential block, at 168.87 metres in height and with 47 floors in total. Manchester's prestigious Hilton Hotel is based here, and the tower is also home to 219 plush apartments and 16 luxury penthouses. It's a beautiful and innovative building which seems to thrust a defiant arm into the sky from Manchester's lost industrial past, promising a bright and continuingly prosperous future in a changed world.
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Beetham Tower has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards since it went up, both for its architectural innovations and its striking design features. The 2007 Concrete Society Awards designated it Best Building, whilst the 2008 RICS North West Awards acclaimed it as Project of the Year, and many other accolades have piled in. The designer of Beetham Tower was Ian Simpson, who has a track record for erecting famous skyscrapers such as the Urbis, also in Manchester, and another Beetham Towers in London. He himself lives in the penthouse on the top floor, and has the top two floors all to himself, the lucky devil. His penthouse is unusual in featuring 21 trees, planted before the roof was added. The Hilton Manchester occupies the lower 23 floors.