2019 top news stories

3 January 2020 (Last Updated January 3rd, 2020 13:55)

Lendlease named partner for $2.7bn Birmingham Smithfield project and £1bn Olympia London redevelopment project gets approval. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headlines from 2019.

2019 top news stories
The 17ha Birmingham Smithfield site development is part of the city’s Big City Plan. Credit: © Birmingham City Council.

Lendlease named partner for $2.7bn Birmingham Smithfield project

Infrastructure development company Lendlease was selected as a partner for the £1.5bn ($2.7bn) Birmingham Smithfield site redevelopment project in the UK.

The company will form a contractual joint venture (JV) with Birmingham City Council to deliver the project.

The City Council chose Lendlease following an OJEU competitive dialogue procurement process.


£1bn Olympia London redevelopment project gets approval

The £1bn Olympia London redevelopment project in the UK was approved by the Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

According to the plans submitted by Olympia London’s owners YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International, the exhibition centre will be redeveloped into a cultural hub for arts, entertainment, events and creative business activities.

After development, the 14-acre site will comprise hotels and restaurants, performance venues and office areas.


HMW starts Phase II construction of $2.5bn development The Wharf

Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW) started construction work on the second phase of the $2.5bn mixed-use waterfront neighbourhood ‘The Wharf’ in Washington DC, US.

Phase II of The Wharf will complete the remaining 1.25 million square feet of new mixed-use development and include 625,000ft² of Trophy Office Space, 255 apartment residences, 131 hotel rooms, 96 condominium homes, 109,000ft² of ground-level retail shops and restaurants.

PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette, in collaboration with ER Bacon Development, City Partners, Paramount Development, and Triden Development, are leading the development of The Wharf.


Mortenson | Clark finishes construction of $1.4bn sports complex in US

The Mortenson | Clark joint venture (JV) comprising Clark Construction Group and Mortenson completed the construction of the $1.4bn Chase Center sports and entertainment facility in San Francisco, California, US.

Construction of the sports facility was completed in 30 months.

Spread across two million square feet, the centre comprises five structures. The 18,000-seat arena will serve as the home court for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. It will also be the hub for 200 events each year.

The centre also houses two 11-storey buildings on 11 acres of land.


NSW school wins contest to design Western Sydney International Airport

Students from McCallums Hill Public School in Roselands, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, won the competition to design the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

Using the 3D digital building game Minecraft, a team of five Year 5 and 6 students created a design focused on sustainability, customer experience and accessibility.

The competition was conducted by Liverpool City Council in partnership with the NSW Department of Education.


Tender process begins for $1.65bn ID Manchester project

The UK’s University of Manchester started the tender process for a development and investment partner for the £1.5bn ($1.65bn) ID Manchester project.

ID Manchester will serve as a ‘trailblazing neighbourhood’ and can potentially create more than 6,000 new jobs.

ID Manchester is next to Piccadilly Railway Station and a 20-minute train journey away from the city’s international airport.


Dubai Municipality completes construction of first 3D-printed building

Dubai Municipality completed the construction of a new 3D-printed two-storey building featuring a height of 9.5m and a total area of 640m².

Claimed to be the first 3D printed structure worldwide, the structure is in line with the UAE vice-president and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s directives to use 3D printing technology to establish 25% of the buildings in Dubai, UAE, by 2030.


Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Leeza SOHO tower opens in China

The 45-storey Leeza SOHO tower designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) opened in Beijing, China.

The project anchors the city’s new Fengtai business district, which is a financial and transport hub between the city centre and the recently opened Beijing Daxing International Airport to the south.

The 172,800m² tower offers Grade A office space for small and medium-sized businesses.