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.

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Manchester City Council & Vital Energi

Tonkin Liu

Arup Group

Shawton Engineering

NL Williams Group

The tower acts as a renewable energy source by sending heat and electricity (via hot water) through 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. 

You can read more about Tonkin Liu’s design here.

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

Tower Of Light - Installation

Photo Credits: Shawton Engineering Limited

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

For more information on our protective coating application services, please visit our Product Finishing section. You can find more information on our bead blasting and nonferrous surface preparation here.