Shanghai Tower (Liverpool)

Shanghai Tower is a proposed 50-storey skyscraper, to be built as part of the multibillion-pound Liverpool Waters development in Liverpool, England. The proposal pays homage to Shanghai in China, which is a sister city of Liverpool. As of 2017 Shanghai tower was not included in the scheme central docks master plan.[2]

Shanghai Tower
Shanghai Tower Liverpool, night.jpg
Artist's impression of Shanghai Tower dominating the Liverpool waterfront
General information
LocationPrinces Half Tide Dock, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°24′44″N 3°00′03″W / 53.4122°N 3.0007°W / 53.4122; -3.0007Coordinates: 53°24′44″N 3°00′03″W / 53.4122°N 3.0007°W / 53.4122; -3.0007
Antenna spireAt least 200 m (656 ft)
Technical details
Floor count50
Floor area93,000 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectAFL, Broadway Malyan, Chapman Taylor, Benoy
DeveloperPeel Group


Plans to build the Shanghai Tower first emerged in 2007 when Peel Group pledged to build the tallest tower in North West England as a centrepiece for the ambitious Liverpool Waters development.[3] Peel Group commissioned four architect firms (AFL, Broadway Malyan, Chapman Taylor and Benoy) to each create a design for the tower which was to be sixty storeys tall and located on an 'island' by Princes Half Tide Dock.[3] It is hoped that Shanghai Tower will be the first major part of Liverpool Waters to be constructed, ahead of the completion of Liverpool Waters as a whole.[3]

Significance of nameEdit

Peel Group's director Lindsey Ashworth and Chairman John Whittaker are responsible for the naming of Shanghai Tower.[4] Liverpool as a city is home to the oldest ethnic Chinese population in Europe with many of the first immigrants being sailors from the port of Shanghai.[5] Chinese are the single largest visible ethnic minority group in Liverpool[6] and since 1999 the strong relationship between Liverpool and Shanghai has been cemented by the twinning of the two cities.[2] Peel Group have also said that the Liverpool Waters development was inspired by the impressive Shanghai waterfront.[4] The Shanghai Municipal Government have showed their support for the project and envisage it boosting the relationship between the two cities even further and establish Liverpool as the leading gateway into the UK and Europe for Chinese business.[4] There was a pavilion representing the city of Liverpool at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai which encouraged potential clients to invest into the Shanghai Tower development.[7]

Description of buildingEdit

Princes Half Tide Dock, the proposed site of Liverpool's Shanghai Tower.

The exact height of the proposed building is yet to be revealed, although it will be at least 200 metres (656 ft) tall and contain 50 storeys.[4] If built it will become the tallest building in the United Kingdom outside London.[8] Shanghai Tower is proposed to be a mixed use skyscraper, it will contain 93,000 sq metres (approximately 1 million sq feet) of mixed use floor space, Liverpool's first five star hotel as well as apartments, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.[4] Also within the design is a rooftop helipad alongside an underwater basement car park.[4]


The building of Shanghai Tower depends on the fate of the Liverpool Waters project itself. Although Liverpool Waters has changed form a number of times, Shanghai Tower has always remained part of it.[9] An outline planning application for the whole of Liverpool Waters was submitted in March 2010 with Peel Group having already found a significant amount of funding.[9] As of March 2012, Liverpool City Council has granted planning permission to the Liverpool Waters scheme as a whole.[10] Historic England has formally objected to the plans and UNESCO has expressed concern, meaning that the proposal will have to be referred to the Communities Secretary, who will decide whether to hold a public inquiry or to allow the project to go ahead regardless.[11] If the project continues, Shanghai Tower is expected to be completed in 2025. Note: as of 2019 there is no reference made to Shanghai Tower on the official Liverpool Waters site, nor does it appear in any of the current renders therefore its future is unknown but highly likely not to come to fruition. [9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Shanghai Tower at Emporis
  2. ^ a b "Twin cities of Liverpool". Liverpool City Council. Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "£300million tower planned for Liverpool". Liverpool Daily Post & Echo. Retrieved 12 June 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Peel Shanghai Tower". Liverpool Shanghai Partnership. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  5. ^ "Culture and Ethnicity Differences in Liverpool - Chinese Community". Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Resident Population Estimates by Ethnic Group (Percentages)". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Shanghai Expo: What's in it for Liverpool?". BBC. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Tallest buildings in London". Skyscrapernews. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  9. ^ a b c "Liverpool Waters". Peel Group. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  10. ^ Liverpool Waters news- Planning permission granted Archived 2012-03-18 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ The Guardian- Liverpool Waters skyscraper plans get go ahead

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