2016: The year's biggest Design Build Network stories

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza broke ground in China and commenced construction on the national stadium, which will host the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from 2016.


Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza breaks ground in China

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza broke ground in China.

The 167,000m² building will include eight storeys, designed as a series of infinite rings to enhance connectivity. The project’s layout will resemble the symbol for infinity.

All departments in the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza are arranged around a central atria and courtyards. The building’s unitised insulated glazing system will allow in natural light, while the aluminium perforated screens will prevent direct solar heat gain and enable rainwater collection.

Construction begins on Tokyo 2020 Olympics stadium

Construction commenced on a national stadium, which will host Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Expected to be completed in three and a half years, the ¥149bn (£1.1bn) structure was designed by Japanese architect and Professor Kengo Kuma.

The design includes an oval building structure, which will feature seating stands sheltered below a latticed larch and steel canopy. Circulation areas around the edge of each level will include different plants and trees in harmony with the surrounding park.

Stanton Williams and Asif Khan selected to design Museum of London, UK

Stanton Williams and Asif Khan will work with architect Julian Harrap and landscape design consultant J&L Gibbons to design the Museum of London at West Smithfield.

Early stage concepts include a new lifted landmark dome, which will create a light-filled entrance to the museum, as well as spiral escalators transporting visitors down to the exhibition galleries, flexible spaces, and a new sunken garden.

The Museum of London's director Sharon Ament said: “Over the coming months, we will work together to design a new museum for London and Londoners, which will be one of the top visitor attractions in the capital.

Designs of three firms selected for theme pavilions of Dubai 2020 Expo

BIG, Grimshaw Architects, and Foster + Partners emerged as winners in a competition to design theme pavilions for the Dubai 2020 Expo.

A total of 13 firms participated in the competition, which was organised by Emaar Properties in July 2015 for Expo 2020.

Firms submitted their designs under the expo's three main themes: Mobility, Sustainability, and Opportunity.

Salford City Council grants approval for second phase expansion of MediaCityUK

Salford City Council approved the second phase of theMediaCityUK expansion.

Up to ten new buildings with a development value of over £1bn will be constructed, a move that will create more than 1,400 new homes and hundreds of jobs.

The area already includes the BBC and ITV studios, as well as The Lowry, dock10 studios, apartments and hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, the University of Salford, Salford City College, and the UTC.

RMJM to serve as interior designer for Emaar venture in Dubai

RMJM was selected by Aurecon as the executive architect and interior designer for The Tower, a new structure at Dubai Creek Harbour being designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava.

Calatrava selected global engineering consultants Aurecon as the engineer and architect-of-record to collaborate on design and technical features of the project.

Emaar Properties’ venture at Dubai Creek Harbour is situated parallel to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Its chairman Mohamed Alabbar said: “The Tower in Dubai Creek Harbour will be a shining beacon of hope for the world, celebrating diversity and human achievements.

Kier to restore Glasgow School of Art's fire-ravaged Mackintosh Building in Scotland

Kier Construction secured a £25m contract to restore Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Mackintosh Building, which was damaged by fire in May 2014.

Kier provided full construction management services to deliver the restoration project, which was structured over two main phases.

The first phase was set to begin in July, 2016. An external envelope was created to make the building wind and water-tight.

The roofs over the east and west wings will also be replaced and restoration of the west wing and modernisation of the east wing interiors will commence this year.

SEGRO partners with Barratt London to deliver 1,000 homes in Hayes, West London

UK-based SERGO chose Barratt London as a partner to deliver 1,000 homes on the former Nestle plant in Hayes, West London.

The agreement is subject to planning permission.

Both firms will be working with Hillingdon Council to gain planning permission.

Ireland's DCU unveils infrastructural development proposal

Dublin City University (DCU) revealed a €230m plan for construction of a student centre, sports facilities, modern digital teaching spaces, and an extension to on-campus accommodation.

A long-term loan was secured for the project, as well as bridging finance for infrastructural improvements to be carried out in next five years.

The plan is financially backed by Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, which is managed by National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA).

FXFOWLE unveils plans for new $70m Statue of Liberty Museum in New York

Architecture company FXFOWLE unveiled plans to build a new $70m museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in the US.

Plans for the new 26,000ft2 building were released by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) and the National Park Service/US Department of the Interior. Exhibitions were planned to be created by ESI Design, while Phelps Construction Group were to be responsible for construction.

Expected to open to the public in 2019, the building will serve as a vital part of a beautification plan, which also includes landscaping and lighting. The existing Statue of Liberty Museum is located inside the monument and is only accessible to a small number of visitors.

Bouygues wins €100m condominium project in Mumbai, India

Bouygues Bâtiment International and VSL, both subsidiaries for Bouygues Construction, won a contract for developing two condominiums in Mumbai for property developer Oberoi Realty.

The project has an estimated worth of €100m and required the two units of the UK developer to build the two upmarket complexes, Eternia and Enigma.

Designs for the complexes were created by Singapore based architects HB Design.

3XN to build tallest residential tower in Danish city Aarhus

Aarhus, the second largest city of Denmark, approved 3XN's construction of a residential tower, which was expected to become the city's second tallest building after the cathedral.

The Aarhus Cathedral is 96m tall and the residential tower is just 1m shorter.

The city's municipal council granted approval for the development, La Tour Tower.