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Competition win for energy centre
tower and façade in Manchester

Tonkin Liu has won a competition for a 40m flue tower and facade enclosing the new Vital Energi CHP Energy Centre.

The project will be a permanent addition to Manchester’s iconic skyline and streetscape. Three other practices - Hawkins Brown, Barfield and Marks, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios - were shortlisted to submit designs as part of a competition to ensure the energy centre and tower structure would be a positive addition to Manchester’s Civic Quarter.

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Made from tailored 3-8mm thick laser-cut sheets that are then curved and welded together to create a stiff strong surface, the biomimetic structure will support the 37m tall chimneys from the base of the new energy centre. It will be the latest evolution in Shell Lace Structure, a pioneering and innovative structural technique we have developed over eight years of design-led research, in collaboration with engineers from Arup.

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