Manchester’s iconic CIS Tower is set for a major overhaul

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Plans to revamp Manchester's iconic CIS Tower have been submitted for planning.

The CIS building, once Europe's tallest skyscraper, was sold to Castlebrooke Investments for £66 million back in May 2017.

It had been home of the Co-Operative since the 1960s, before the group moved to its own building directly opposite at One Angel Square.

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The CIS remained Manchester’s tallest tower for more than 40 years before another Ian Simpson scheme, Beetham Tower, was built in 2006.

Now, the The 25-storey building is set for a massive overhaul which will see retail and leisure injected into its ground floor and the refurbishment of its basement level.

The building last underwent a refurbishment 15 years ago, which saw it get a £5.5 million solar panel face lift, however the re-development plans being submitted for this upcoming overhaul are like nothing a building from the 1960s has seen.

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An unprecedented amount of money has been committed by Castlebrooke Investments to ensure the listed building keeps up appearances in an ever-changing modern day Manchester city centre.

According to planning documents, the tower's well-recognised 'CIS' wording will be removed – however it is not yet clear if the wording will be replaced as a new name for the tower has not yet been chosen.

Castlebrooke director Estelle Hunt added: “No other 1960s listed building of this scale has been refurbished to this extent before in the UK.”

A decision on the submitted planning documents is due in April and if successful, construction is set to start as early as next year.

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