[photopress:Liverpool_Skyline.gif,full,alignright]In a US$20 billion planned transformation of Liverpool’s waterfront in the UK (pictured right), Shanghai’s name is to have a central role.
A 60-storey building named Shanghai Tower is to be built as a center piece on the regenerated waterfront. The tower is expected to cost $500 million and cover an area of 93,000 square meters, including offices, apartments, entertainment spaces and a five-star hotel. The architectural design is still to be decided.
Inspiration for the tower’s name came from John Whittaker, Chairman of Peel — the UK ports and property group behind the waterfront development and a new container terminal at the Port of Liverpool — when he made a business trip to Shanghai, which is twinned with the city of Liverpool.
Liverpool is said to have the oldest Chinese community in Europe, receiving its first Chinese sailors around the 1850s when a shipping line was established between the two cities.
Source: RTG Communications