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Hilton
Hilton Tower, Deansgate. 169metres (561 ft).

Manchester's tallest building (UK's tallest outside London). Completed in 2006. 47 storey glass tower. It is claimed you can see Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, Jodrell Bank & Snowdonia from the top. (aka Beetham Tower, designer Ian Simpson). Houses Hilton hotel and flats.
Refuge Building
Refuge Building, Oxford Road. 66.2m (217ft)

Designed by Alfred Waterhouse completed 1912. Grade II listed building with a landmark tower and clockface. Housed offices for Refuge Insurance now the Palace Hotel.
Great Northern
Great Northern Tower. 72m (236ft).

A landmark building for new Manchester, a postmodern residential and retail development. Completed in 2007.
Town Hall
Manchester Town Hall. 87m (286ft).

Tallest town hall in the UK. Designed by Alfred Waterhouse and cost 1million to build in 1877. Superb example of Victorian neo-Gothic architecture.
Portland Tower
Portland Tower. 80m (262ft).

Completed 1962. Offices. Covered with yellow to advertise the 2002 Commenwealth Games in Manchester.
City Tower
City Tower. 107m (350ft).

Formerly Sunley Tower and part of Picadilly Plaza which overlooks Picadilly Gardens. Allowed to become rundown, bought by Bruntwood Property Developers in 2004, refurbishment nearly complete will house offices and retail.
Arndale House
Arndale House. 90m (295ft) and part of the Arndale Centre aka The Arndale.

4th tallest building in Manchester. Built in the 1970's, said by some to be the lowpoint of Manchester's architecture. The centre was badly damaged by an IRA bomb in 1996 and recently renovated. Arndale House contains offices and some residential flats.
CIS Tower
CIS Tower, Corporation Street. 118m (387ft).

Built 1962. 2nd tallest building in Manchester. Home to Co-operative Wholesale and Insurance Services. Clad with solar PV panels in 2005, can now power 75 homes and feeds into the National Grid.
Sunshine
Manchester, England.

Sunshine Hours : Average 4 hours sun per day. Cloudiest months : December and January. Average Winter (November to March) 6 oC (43 oF). Summer (April to October) 15 oC (59 oF). Summer of 2006 one of the hottest ever recorded.
Rainfall
Manchester, England.

Rains one day in every three. Driest months : February, April, May & July. Wettest months : October, November & December. Contrary to popular opinion, rainfall figures are slightly below average for the UK! Heaviest downpour ever in the UK (5 minute burst) 32mm in Preston, Lancs 1893. Summer of 2007 one of the wettest ever recorded.