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C.I.S. Solar Tower

Identification

C.I.S. Solar Tower
CIS Tower
110856

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
curtain wall
black light blue dark blue
international style

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The services core was originally clad with around 14 million one centimetre square grey tessarae which, due to a lack of expansion joints and adhesion failure had begun to fall off.
  • The exterior is of glass, aluminium and black enamelled steel.
  • The interior was designed by Sir Misha Black, co-founder of the Design Research Unit.
  • The tower was heavily influenced by skyscraper architecture in America (particularly the Inland Steel Building in Chicago).
  • Completed in 2006, the services tower was clad with 7,244 80 Watt photovoltaic modules.
  • The building has Europe's largest commercial solar façade and is one of Britain's largest solar power systems.
  • The building is Grade II Listed.
  • CIS Solar Tower was activated by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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Location

Miller Street
M4
Manchester
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

117.90 m
117.90 m
25
1959
1962
2006

Involved Companies


Design Research Unit
facade maintenance system supplier, solar technology supplier

2006

ISG Interior Exterior PLC

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • National landmark
  • Solar panels are installed
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