October's top stories: 5+design build Riviera Mall, QIA-Brookfield form JV for $8.6bn mixed-use project
5+design build Moscow's Riviera Mall, QIA form JV with Brookfield for $8.6bn mixed-use project, UK Network Rail revamp Manchester Victoria railway station, while ISG fit-out Brit Insurance HQ. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from October 2015.
Moscow selected US-based architecture firm 5+design to regenerate one of its 209 industrial zones for the new Riviera Mall project.
Located near the Moscow Kremlin by the Moskva river, the project will add 100,000m² of high-end and mainstream attractions to the capital, such as fashion, electronics, hypermarket, restaurants, multi-screen cinema and other entertainments.
Overall design of the development was inspired by its proximity to the river and the ever-changing light in the city.
Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) formed a joint venture with a Brookfield Property Partners subsidiary for the Manhattan West development project in New York City.
Under the deal, QIA will be entitled to a 44% stake in the mixed-use development, which is expected to involve an investment of $8.6bn.
Brookfield Asset Management CEO Bruce Flatt said: "Brookfield has enjoyed a long-standing, successful relationship with QIA and we are thrilled that they share our vision for this transformative project."
Australian property and infrastructure firm Lendlease and British engineering company Arup prepared the start of replacement works for the Engineering Building roof at University of Leicester in the UK.
Reconstruction works are part of the new £19.5m project launched by the university for replacement of its glass roof and vertical glazed facades.
Developed in the 1960s, the original Grade II-listed building was designed by architects Stirling and Gowan and is considered as an icon.
Sellar Property Group and Great Western Developments revealed plans for a £1bn mixed-use scheme, aimed to transform the area around the Paddington station in West London, UK.
The developers are to construct '31 London Street', which used to be Royal Mail sorting office earlier and is near the station.
The plan included construction of a 65-storied tower, to be termed as the 'skinny Shard', which will feature 150,000ft² of office space and 200 luxury flats.
Manchester Victoria railway station opened after a £44m revamp carried out by the UK's Network Rail.
The station, labelled the worst in the country in a 2009 Department for Transport report, gained a new roof to provide passengers and station users with a light and spacious environment.
Upgrades to the roof required an investment of £20m. Additional work included development of a tram stop with four new platforms and three new tracks, which opened in February.
UK-based Central Site Accommodation developed the first ever house to be built completely offsite.
The house was assembled at the London ExCeL centre, ready to be displayed as an exhibtion at the Offsite Construction Show later in the same week.
The new launch was expected to take a single day to set-up, along with demonstrating how offsite manufacturing (OSM) has the potential to transform the domestic housing market in the country.
UK-based developer Laing O'Rourke constructed the $150m justice precinct at Canberra in Australia as a part of the Juris Partnership consortium.
The ACT Courts Facility was to be located at the centre of the Australian capital and planned to be developed as the Territory's first public private partnership.
Macquarie Capital and Programmed FM services are partners for Laing O'Rourke in the consortium, which has been picked as the preferred proponent for the project.
Construction firm ISG was awarded a £10m fit-out contract by Brit Insurance for designing its UK headquarters at the Leadenhall Building in London.
ISG is responsible for a high-specification Category B fit-out across five floors of the new office development, which spans a 66,000ft² area.
The firm will mainly develop open plan accommodation on levels 16 to 18, to include meeting spaces, break out areas and an installation of a feature staircase between the three floors.