July's top stories: Opus' business centre in Shakopee, TST construction planned for 2020

The Opus Group has started construction on a speculative industrial development in the Valley Park Business Centre in Shakopee and Grand River Development has planned to build Taipei Sky Tower, which is planned for construction in 2020. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headlines from July 2016.


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Opus starts construction on a speculative industrial development in Shakopee’s Valley Park Business Centre

The Opus Group has started construction on a speculative industrial development in the Valley Park Business Centre in Shakopee, US.

Located southwest of Minneapolis near a major state highway, the 122,400ft² speculative development will be suitable for tenants who desire to be in the Shakopee submarket.

Prior to this, Opus completed a 200,000ft² speculative development and a 216,000ft² build-to-suit industrial warehouse and office space for AmerisourceBergen.

Grand River Development to develop Taipei Sky Tower

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Grand River Development has planned to build Taipei Sky Tower (TST), which is planned for construction in 2020.

TST will be constructed as a mixed-use commercial building at Taipei’s prime Xinyi district.

The 54-story tower will be more than 260 meters in height and will consist of approximately one million square feet in combined floor area.

This building will include a retail podium, luxury hotel, lifestyle hotel, and a theatre house.

Riant Capital's CEO Aaron Chan said: “Due to the unique location and street front exposure of the site, we are able to re-create a new whole pedestrian block comprising of independently operated retail and F&B flagship or concept stores, which are typically found in major international cities such as New York, Tokyo, or Hong Kong.

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

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Stanton Williams and Asif Khan are to 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.

“Our project sparked the imagination of truly remarkable architects whose hard work and talent produced astounding submissions.”

ISG to convert Manchester’s Corn Exchange into hotel

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Construction services company ISG has secured a £13m contract from Queensberry Real Estate to convert Manchester’s Grade II listed Corn Exchange in the UK into a four-star boutique hotel.

Levels two to five of the building will be refurbished and a 114-room aparthotel would be created for operator Roomzzz. This latest transformation scheme is the second phase of a £30m investment to develop the building as a leisure destination.

The building’s ground and first floor level restaurant and bar have already been refurbished and will remain in operation throughout the project’s duration.

ISG’s scheme is set to begin in mid-August this year and will see the company carrying out remedial works to the roof structure and installing a cantilevered scaffold system at first floor level. Later on, the company will make structural alterations to the building’s floor slabs to introduce new service risers.

Gleeds selected for Glasgow city centre development

Construction consultancy firm Gleeds has been selected as the project manager and cost manager for Formal Investment’s £75m city centre development in Glasgow.

Plans for the development include a 12-storey structure incorporating 130,000ft² of Grade A office space on Bath Street, as well as remodelling and refurbishment of a second building, which previously housed retailer BHS.

Improvements to a third location on Sauchiehall Street will bring the total area covered to 240,000ft².

Turner and AECOM JV to oversee construction of $1.9bn stadium in the US

A joint venture (JV) between Turner Construction and AECOM has been selected to oversee construction of a stadium for the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, California.

This sports and entertainment venue forms part of a 298-acre mixed-use entertainment district being built by the Hollywood Park Land Company.

With a seating capacity of up to 70,000, the new stadium will be built at a cost of around $1.9bn, mynewsla.com reported. It will house 275 luxury suites, more than 16,000 premium seats, and have standing room for 27,000 spectators.

Shigeru Ban Architects to design PortLiving's residential highrise in Canada

Real estate developer PortLiving has commissioned Japan-based Shigeru Ban Architects to design a residential high-rise building in Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood.

PortLiving's founder and CEO Macario Reyes said: "We are extremely excited by Shigeru Ban's decision to bring his craft to the Pacific Northwest, where we expect he will be embraced for his environmentally-sustainable approach, creative integration of outdoor living, and his leadership in innovation."

The height of the building has not yet been announced, but a rendering depicts a glass-coverd tower with a sloped roof.

Zaha Hadid's skyscraper design secures approval in Victoria, Australia

Plans designed by well-known architect Zaha Hadid for a $300m tower on Collins Street has secured approval from the Victorian government in Australia.

The 54-storey skyscraper will feature 420 apartments, more than 10,000m² of office and retail space, and over 600m² of publicspaces, including an art gallery on the ground floor. The resitential areas will be a mix of one, two, and three bedroom apartments.

The building will resemble a vase, tapering inward at the base.