It was rejected twice by the planners (political), so no panic at all. Brunswick Dock is residential, except for the tower's site. The south ends docks and the land beyond need to regenerate quickly. This tower would have been the catalyst to attract further investment to this area. They are lining up to build in the centre. There is not enough construction companies to do the work. If the city did not have a height limit on buildings, the city would resemble New York by now - even in 1950 they rejected a city centre 50 floor plus glass block that looked like the Pan-Am building in NY.
Relation to grade is an open book here as the area around is open to development.
If you are going to do it then have that stands out in an attractive way. Brutalist Communist architecture stood out, however I would want it near me.
Wall to wall special is fine to me, rather than way to wall bland anycity, anywhere out-of-the-box architecture. What you are saying build bland have the odd iconic building. Best do the best you can at all times. Every building should be designed to be special in some way. Cheapo speculative dross made by fast buck money men should be discouraged. This tower is clearly not one of those.
It is big and it is different that is clear. It is not an off-the-shelf complete with instructions anywhere, anycity block. It is sail shaped to give a maritime feel to an old maritime city, which none of the new building around the quays are. They could be anywhere in England and more suited to the edge of an inland town.
The views from the tower would be stunning, right into the North Wales hills and out into Liverpool Bay.
It is mixed use: hotel, residential and some offices.
They are, and quite a way away.
There is water and a road between the tower and buildings on the hinderland.
Below: Ignore the old school in the foreground. The site it to the top right, to the left of the yellow houses. The two sheds with the white roofs. The area, as you can see is quite sparsely populated inland. The docks can be the focus of the area encouraging further development. http://i1.tinypic.com/2m6twup.jpg
No plan. UNESCO criticised the city for not having one, not even for the World Heritage Sites. Everything is ad-hoc, on an as submitted basis.
The city built apartments on the docks quays and failed rendering the area dead - the wrong type of designs completely. This tower will bring a mass of people into the area adding needed vibrancy.
Below: A view from the opposite bank to Liverpool through Birkenhead Docks. In the foreground is a ship with a red coloured hull - this is approx 20,000 tons, to give an idea of scale of things. The sea is to the left. On the Liverpool bank to the right the white coloured sheds can be seen. To the left of these is the proposed tower site. http://i16.tinypic.com/2vcxi4o.jpg
BTW, Birkenhead Docks has this proposed - four 50 floor blocks and others: http://i18.tinypic.com/3zh49zq.jpg
Financial? No. My stake is that I was born about 750 yards from it.