March's top stories: HHC to construct tower in Chicago, SES to support Godiva Place in UK

HHC secured approval to construct its new office building in Chicago, SES to provide mechanical and electrical services for Godiva Place in UK. wraps-up the key headlines from March 2017.

HHC to construct trophy-class office tower in Chicago

US-based real estate development and management company The Howard Hughes (HHC) secured approval to construct its new office building at 110 North Wacker Drive, Chicago.

HHC will collaborate with Riverside Investment & Development, Goettsch Partners and CBRE to construct the new 51-storey trophy-class tower.

The 1.35 million ft² tower is set to be designed by Goettsch Partners, and will feature an aluminium-and-glass curtain wall and amenities such as retail and dining options, a conference centre, a fitness facility and building systems.

SES to provide mechanical and electrical services for Godiva Place in UK

Wates Construction subsidiary SES Engineering Services won a contract to provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services for the Godiva Place student accommodation project in Coventry, England.

The deal will see the company design and deliver full M&E services for Coventry University's five new residential towers via its offshore Prism manufacturing facility.

Services specified in the agreement include lift safety, security, heating, ventilation, drainage and energy efficient lighting and control.

Chelsea FC's new stadium plan gets approval

Chelsea Football Club's proposal for a new £500m stadium to be built on its existing Stamford Bridge ground was approved by the Mayor of London.

The stadium was designed by Herzog and de Meuron, the architecture firm that was also responsible for designing the Birds Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing and Allianz Arena in Munich.

The redevelopment of the stadium will increase its seating capacity to 60,000 from the existing 41,600.

Finegold Alexander completes renovation of University of Massachusetts Amherst's Old Chapel

Finegold Alexander Architects completed renovation works and reopened the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst's Old Chapel.

The chapel was originally opened in 1885, and was closed in 1999 due to code and accessibility requirements.

It has been refurbished into a vibrant community space for student gatherings, exhibits and events via an investment of $21m.

Mace tops out first phase of Greenwich Peninsula's Upper Riverside

Mace and Knight Dragon celebrated the topping out of Greenwich Peninsula’s Upper Riverside first phase, which covers an area of roughly 1.6 miles by the side of the River Thames.

The Greenwich Peninsula is London's largest single regeneration project and is currently undergoing an £8.4bn transformation scheme.

The redevelopment is expected to result in 15,720 new homes in seven new neighbourhoods, a major film studio, a new design district, schools, offices, as well as health services and public spaces.

Midas Group begins work to revamp St George's Bristol, UK

UK-based Midas Group started construction work on the redevelopment of St George's Bristol with the aim of transforming the site into one of the world's premier concert venues.

The £6m transformation project includes the development of a new pavilion-style extension, which is expected to be completed by next year.

The extension was designed by architect Patel Taylor, and will feature various multi-purpose spaces for performances, education workshops and venue hire.

Allied London submits final plans for vertical village in Manchester

Allied London submitted the final plans for the construction of the first vertical village Trinity Islands in the St John district in Manchester, UK.

The village was designed by architecture company Child Graddon Lewis (CGL) and will form riverside communities along the Irwell.

The mixed-use development will include 1,400 homes within five towers, with a choice to buy or to join private residential communities (PRC).

Minnesota Twins to install Eaton's LED system at Target Field

US baseball team Minnesota Twins announced plans to install power management company Eaton's Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system at Target Field for the 2017 season.

Target Field is a 38,885-seat open-air baseball park designed by Populous and located in the Warehouse District, west of Downtown Minneapolis.

The easy-to-install LED system is expected to improve the viewing experience for spectators, as well as cut energy usage by as much as 75%.