City Tower, Manchester
City Tower, (formerly known as the Sunley Building) is a 30 storey office block situated at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, England. It is currently the third tallest building in Manchester, with the highest office space currently available in Manchester (City Tower is expected to fall to eighth tallest building by 2012), standing 107 m (351 ft) tall. City tower was completed in 1965, the Plaza complex having been constructed by the developers Bernard Sunley and designed by Covell, Matthews & Partners. It has entrances onto York Street renamed in 2008 New York Street and Piccadilly Gardens. Over the years, the tower became increasingly run down and as a result many tenants left. A refurbishment programme was drawn up in the late 1990s, but this was never realised until property company Bruntwood purchased Piccadilly Plaza for £65 million in 2004. This plan is complete, with a new central ground floor entrance. The next phase involved repainting and fitting an atrium to the sides of the tower. An advertising screen has been erected showing full motion video clips to passers by in the gardens. The tower is one of Manchester's main broadcast transmission sites, hosting the antennas of local radio stations XFM, Rock Radio and Galaxy on FM as well as digital radio multiplexes Digital One, BBC, MXR North West and CE Manchester. The penthouse floor (floor 28) is different to all the other floors in the building as it originally had a walkway around the perimeter. When Bruntwood acquired the City Tower they removed the walkway and put in much wider windows than the rest of the building. The redesign also included an overhang with floor to ceiling windows. Although City Tower is not the highest building in the city, the 28 floor is the highest commercial office space in Manchester and is occupied by UKFast

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