King Edward Tower is a proposed skyscraper to be constructed on Leeds Street in Liverpool, England. The tower was first proposed in 2007, received funding in 2008 and was altered pending approval in 2010. The estimated cost of the development is £130 million. If built, the tower will become the tallest structure of any kind in Liverpool, taking the title from West Tower. It also has the potential to become one of the tallest buildings in the United Kingdom outside London.
Originally the development was known as the King Edward Towers because two buildings were proposed to be built. Each would have been roughly 130m tall and have between 40 and 50 floors. However, this idea was soon changed to a single, taller tower. The building is intended to be mixed use with roughly 412 apartments, plus large amounts of office (25,000 square feet (2,300 m2)) and retail (7,500 square feet (700 m2)) space alongside basement level parking. There are also plans for a restaurant which will take up the entire 14th floor, with a rooftop bar also likely.
In early 2010 a new modified design of the tower was presented to the public. Subject to planning, construction for this design was planned to have begun in 2011 and ended in 2014.
New designs produced by Maurice Shapero emerged in early 2012 which would replace those of Rhodes Leach Walker. A planning application was expected to be submitted in Spring 2012. The scheme, which has been inspired by the ‘notion of the shipping container’ will house 22,986m² of apartments, 1,966m² of shops, 7,744m² of offices and a 1,168m² restaurant.