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Tower of Light

From the industrial revolution to Manchester’s contributions to music, engineering, and architecture, Manchester has been a hub for change and innovation in the UK. 2020 proves to be no different as Manchester adds the futuristic-looking ‘Tower of Light’ to its skyline, that will help reduce Manchester’s carbon footprint by over 3,100 tonnes.



Structural Engineer:


Protective Coatings Applicator:

Manchester City Council & Vital Energi

Tonkin Liu

Arup Gorup

Shawton Engineering

NL Williams Group

Tower Of Light

The tower acts as a renewable energy source by sending heat and electricity (via hot water) through over a mile of underground pipework. The energy generated will power seven prominent buildings in Manchester’s civic quarter, with plans to add additional buildings in the future.

The tower was constructed in 7 sections using light-weight stainless steel, achieving a height of 40 meters (131 feet).

Photo Credits: Shawton Engineering Limited

For nonferrous substrates, we use a combination of glass grit and glass bead to remove contaminants, debris, imperfections and create a surface profile suitable for coating adhesion. The protective coating system included a surface tolerant primer and a specialised, polysiloxane top coat creating an outstanding anti-corrosive paint system.

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