Plans are underway for a “Tower of Light’ which some have already started referring to as the Eiffel Tower of the North.
The new flue tower and façade enclosing the new Vital Energi CHP energy centre would be erected in Manchester’s Civic Quarter.
The architects – London based company Tonkin Liu – have said that the 40m tall structure will be a super-light, super-thin biomimetic structure will create an “energy powerhouse” right in the middle of Manchester.
Here’s a sneak peak of what it’s expected to look like…
Tonkin Liu say that the new tower would not only put Manchester on the map on a global scale, but also be a breakthrough in terms of locally produced energy here in the North.
“It would be a wonderful thing – a landmark and an energy source right in the heart of the city.”
So how will it work?..
Reflectors moved by the wind will reflect sunlight to fill the tower with moving light during the day.
Then at night the gently-lit tower and reflective white brick podium form a holistic energy landmark.
Developers say that the new structure will “herald a new era of low-carbon, locally produced energy.”
According to Tonkin Liu, the project will be finished by the year 2019.
Short wait yet then! What do you think? Let us know in the comments.