January's top stories: UC San Diego's housing scheme, Walsingham House upgrade

Hensel Phelps and Mithun have been selected for second-phase construction of the University of California's East Campus student housing programme, ISG has secured a £21.7m scheme to upgrade and expand Walsingham House office. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from January 2017.


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Hensel Phelps and Mithun to design UC San Diego’s Nuevo West student housing scheme

Hensel Phelps and Mithun were selected for second-phase construction of the University of California's East Campus student housing programme.

The two companies will collaborate to design new housing as a part of the $142m UC San Diego Nuevo West project in the centre of East Mesa.

The housing will also accommodate 80 rooms and community programme space for use by patients undergoing treatment at the adjacent UCSD medical center.

ISG to upgrade Walsingham House in London

ISG secured a £21.7m scheme to upgrade and expand Walsingham House office building near Fenchurch Street Station in London.

The interiors of the eight-storey 1930s building will be almost entirely demolished and only the period Portland stone façade will be retained.

This project will see construction of steel structures and the addition of two floors. This will increase the internal office space by almost 50%, with a total area to 65,000ft2, reported Industrytoday.co.uk.

Herzog & de Meuron gets permission for Chelsea Football Club stadium in London

Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron obtained approval from Hammersmith and Fulham council’s planning committee to proceed with construction of the £500m Chelsea Football Club stadium in London.

The new stadium will completely replace the existing venue at Stamford Bridge, and will feature an increased seating capacity of 60,000 seats from the existing 20,000 seats, reported Archdaily.com.

Drawing inspiration from the Gothic architecture and Victorian-era brick terraces, its structure will consist of more than 260 sculptural brick pillars which will lend support to the steel ring above the pitch, architecture magazine Dezeen reports.

Foster + Partners commences construction of Varso tower in Poland

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Foster + Partners commenced construction of Varso Tower in the core of Warsaw city centre. With a height of 310m and covering an area of 140,000m2, the 53-storey building is expected to be Poland's tallest tower after completion of its construction in 2020.

It will have adaptable office spaces, with floorplates averaging up to 4,000m2. The building is aimed to be a hub for both smaller and large multinational enterprises. Varso Tower will also house an observation deck constructed at a height of 230m, as well as two restaurants, shops, cafés, and enclosed internal streets.

Located alongside Warsaw’s Central Railway Station, the building will help revive the centrally located Brownfield area by planting trees and installing street furniture.

University of Canterbury unveils new design for campus

New Zealand's University of Canterbury (UC) unveiled its new 30-year plan to redesign and develop its campus into a 'city inside a city', following the 2010 earthquake that struck the South Island.

Research, analysis and consultation for the proposal was carried out by the university's learning resources team in order to determine the trends that would shape its final vision.

UC vice-chancellor Dr Rod Carr said: “The plan is an exciting step, and tangible proof we are now very much looking forward into a future that will see a UC with a bright, vibrant, modern campus that will lead the world in many aspects of its development.”

Willmott Dixon to build Kingston University's Town House building

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UK-based company Willmott Dixon received a contract to construct Kingston University's Town House building.

Willmott Dixon's managing director Roger Forsdyke said: “We are delighted to be working with Kingston University to realise this fantastic first phase of its transformation programme.

“Being based in the area, it is a fantastic opportunity to use our skills to help Kingston University achieve its plan for growth and development as a leading UK university.”

The new Town House will replace the existing building, featuring an environmentally sustainable Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) good quality design and will be based on the RIBA award winning Grafton Architects.

Upgrade work to begin on New Jersey's Westfield Garden State Plaza

Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in New Jersey is set to undergo a refurbishment programme as part of efforts to enhance shopping experiences for its customers.

The upgrades are scheduled to commence in February, and will see the opening of a new dining hall and children's play area, as well as interior spaces and newly designed seating.

Additional improvements will include the introduction of a digital infrastructure offering Wi-Fi services, wayfinding and beacon technology, and music systems in addition to new digital services for retailers.

CEG gets approval to revamp Smallbrook Queensway in Birmingham, UK

UK-based developer Commercial Estates Group (CEG) obtained approval from Birmingham City Council planning committee to redevelop the SBQ site on the south-eastern side of Smallbrook Queensway, running from Bullring to Holloway Circus.

The planning applications will see the establishment of a flagship, multi-million-pound office, retail, leisure and residential development on the site, and were first submitted by CEG last year.

CEG development manager Iain MacSween said: “Today’s decision to approve these applications will enable the delivery of a vibrant, attractive development that will regenerate this prominent location, creating new job opportunities, homes, retail and leisure space close to the city centre.

“It will also open up Hurst Street views and provide a new iconic, landmark building.”

Calthorpe Estates and U+I submit plan for New Garden Square scheme in UK

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Developer Calthorpe Estates and mixed-use property regeneration specialist U+I submitted a planning application to Birmingham City Council for a £300m revamp project of a commercial site in the UK.

The designated site covers an area of 10 acres and is located on the west side of Birmingham along Hagley Road (A456), which is considered the main route leading into the city.

The project will see the construction of an urban development named New Garden Square, featuring 400 residential apartments, in addition to an area of 56,500m2 set aside for office space.