Monday 19 March 2018

WATCH: This is the world's 'moaniest' building - and it's driving locals mad

Denise Calnan

Denise Calnan

An architect has apologised for a design which has resulted in the skyscraper being dubbed "the moaniest building in the world".

Beetham Tower in Deansgate, Manchester makes a ghastly howling noise every time wind blows through the glass blade at the top.

The moaning, humming and whistling has become infuriating for those living and working in the area.

This footage shows how "moany" the building becomes when faced with gale-force winds.

The 47-floor structure cost €213m to build and is one of the thinnest skyscrapers in the world.

The blade on the south side of the building, designed to accentuate the building's slim form and also act as a lightning rod, is believed to cause the howling during windy weather.

Several works have taken place on the building since 2007 in an attempt to halt the humming, but to no avail.

The sound can be heard from 300 metres away and reportedly once affected the production of TV soap 'Coronation Street'.

Architect Ian Simpson, who lives in an apartment at the top of the tower, has previously publicly apologised for the noise.

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