Soaring 33 storeys high, this staggering structure could put Sunderland firmly on the map by giving it the North East's highest building.
The Spirit of Sunderland tower is the brainchild of developer Thornfield Properties, which wants to build the tower as part of its £147million plans for the regeneration of the Holmeside area of the city centre
Shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, 150 apartments and other leisure facilities would be housed in the tower and covered square, and 1,800 jobs would be created.
If plans get the go-ahead, Spirit of Sunderland would be the tallest building north of the Beetham Tower, Manchester, and outstrip anything being built or planned in Edinburgh or Glasgow.
A cocktail bar is planned for the 24th floor, which the developer says will become an essential stop for anyone visiting the North East.
Spirit of Sunderland's architect, Page and Park, said Wearside had a number of tall buildings, and high-rise housing in the city was already popular. The tower blocks at Church Street and Dock Street in Roker, newly refurbished, are seen as some of the best successes in the country.
The plans are aimed at breathing new life into Holmeside. A series of acquisitions means three quarters of the three hectare site is owned by the arc's partners, English Partnerships and One NorthEast.
On a clear day, the upper floors of the tower will boast views south to the North Yorkshire Moors, west to the North Pennines, north to the Cheviots and eastwards out to sea.
LATER EDIT (ON 14 NOV 2010)
As agreed in 'Posts 90 to 107' of the "Forum Admin"
thread, the following changes were made on 14th November 2010, to the TITLE of this thread . . .
As this area (the Holmeside Development Area) is still intended to be developed, even though the "Spirit of Sunderland" itself is no longer likely to ever happen, it is still an ongoing project, but needed to be re-named:
From . .
Spirit of Sunderland | Sunderland | 33fl | 328ft | Proposed
to . .
Holmeside Development Area | Sunderland | Various | Pre-planning
(NH - Moderator)