The council had commissions a wood clad building, but public feedback was, to put it mildly, rather negative, so they have now shown off a stone clad building which should be more in keeping with the architecture of the tower behind it.
In addition, a proposed canopy has been removed, and the space between buildings widened to give clear and improved views of the clock tower from the north.
The opportunity of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund presents a one-off opportunity to protect the clock tower, which is currently on Historic England’s ‘At-Risk Register’.
If the plans are approved, at some point in the next few years, it will be easier to climb up a very steep set of steps to a narrow walkway, with quite stunning views.
And a cafe to calm nerves when back down on the ground. Seems that viewing platforms are becoming rather popular. More about the Cally Tower here.
Update: There will be a chance to climb up the Caledonian Tower on 18th June 2016 — tickets will be released here at 8am on Sunday 15th May 2016. Mark your diaries!