Liverpool Waters – Shanghai Tower.

Shanghai tower will be the centerpiece of The Peel Group’s massive 60 hectare £6bn Liverpool Waters project at Liverpool’s central docks.

At a possible 55 storeys, (but probably higher in our opinion), it is scheduled to be the tallest imminent structure on the city’s waterfront. It will be built at Princes Dock on a plot of land slightly north-east of the 40 storey West tower, Liverpool’s current tallest skyscraper.

Named to honour our twin city of Shanghai – which also has a tower of the same name, (the second tallest in the world), it will be the centerpiece of the commercial district cluster of tall buildings. The tower will be accessed via two main entrances on Shanghai Plaza – one will be in front of a new pontoon spanning the dock’s waterway, and another will be at the heart of the plaza. Another semi-private entrance will be accessed at the back of the building for residents.

Shanghai tower will feature:

  • 26,000 square meters of Grade A office space,
  • A 340 room 5* hotel,
  • 280-300 residential apartments,
  • A public skydeck viewing platform,
  • 230 parking spaces.

Various designs have been seen in renders created by Peel’s in-house digital studio Rust, but all but the last have been artist’s impressions of the building. The final design, (which is on display at Peel’s head office at the Trafford Centre), is of a tapering tower featuring two main masses. One of the masses reaches floor 38, with the other reaching the apex height. The final architectural feature is of an oblique summit, a cutting edge – a reflection of our future intentions?


STATUS: Conceptual. Awaiting planning documents to be submitted.



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17th October 2015 by Chris Gibson