June’s top stories: Major cities add iconic towers to their skylines

4 July 2013 (Last Updated July 4th, 2013 18:30)

Calgary got an iconic 59-storey tower called 'The Bow' in its skyline, while the SOM-designed Infinity Tower opened in Dubai. London added the 224m-high tower called the Leadenhall Building to its skyline, which does not have a central core. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headlines from June 2013.

June’s top stories: Major cities add iconic towers to their skylines

Leadenhall Building in London, UK

The $1.4bn Bow tower opens in Calgary, Canada

H&R Real Estate Investment Trust has opened the $1.4bn tower called The Bow in Calgary, Canada, designed by the UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners.

Situated on the east side of Centre Street in Calgary, Alberta, the 59-storey building will house the headquarters for Canadian energy firms Encana and Cenovus, as well as other firms.

The 1.7 million ft² tower features shops, restaurants, cafes, a landscaped plaza and an auditorium at the top.

Silvertown Quays £1.5bn regeneration moves ahead

The Silvertown Partnership has secured a £1.5bn deal to transform Silvertown Quays in London’s Royal Docks into a new ‘innovation quarter’.

Upon completion, the new quarter will feature space for incubator and technology businesses, and an avenue of ‘brand pavilions’, where brands will be able to showcase their latest products and interact with customers in new ways.

The new quarter will feature more than 1,500 new homes, as well as restaurants, cafes, galleries and leisure facilities both on and off the water.

The 50-acre Silvertown Quays site occupies a waterside location on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock opposite ExCeL.

Arabtec JV wins $1bn Abu Dhabi Plaza project in Kazakhstan

A joint venture (JV) led by Arabtec has secured a AED4bn ($1bn) contract from Aldar Properties to develop Abu Dhabi Plaza in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The 500,000m² mixed-use development will house five towers with the tallest of the buildings planned to be 320m tall, spanning 88 storeys.

The complex will feature 566 residential apartments, 107,000m² of commercial office space and a hotel with additional serviced apartments.

Plans also include a 50,000m² retail podium and four large basement car parks with space for more than 4,000 vehicles.

Ballast Nedam unveils modular stadium concept

Netherlands-based construction and engineering firm Ballast Nedam has unveiled a modular stadium concept, which can be adapted to changing needs and reused in another location.

The company said the concept, known as Plug & Play Core, was developed for ease of dismantling, transport and reuse of the stadium core, in a wide variety of designs.

The elements include three types of Plug & Play Core module which can be easily transported.

A stadium module consists of a steel main structure with floor and stand elements, which will allow designing of the structure in any desired shape.

Leadenhall Building in London topped out

The Leadenhall Building in London, UK, designed by the architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, has been topped out.

The 224m-high tower, also known as ‘The Cheesegrater’, has been constructed in a joint venture between British Land and Canadian real estate firm Oxford Properties.

The building incorporates 18,000 tonnes of steel and 70,000m² of cladding and will feature 610,000ft² of office space over 47 floors once completed.

Cayan to inaugurate Infinity Tower in Dubai

Cayan Investment and Development will open AED1bn ($272m) Infinity Tower in Dubai, UAE, on 10 June 2013.

The company has received the Dubai Municipality’s certificate of completion to inaugurate the tower.

Designed by the architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), the 75-storey tower is 310m high.

Infinity Tower includes larger floor plates, which require the facility to be twisted as it increases from one level to other level.

Each floor is rotated by 1.2 degrees to achieve the 90-degree curve which will allow residents to have views of the Palm Jumeirah or Dubai Marina.

Arabtec consortium secures first phase of Saraya Aqaba project in Jordan

A consortium led by construction firm Arabtec has secured a $629m contract from Saraya Aqaba Real Estate Development to complete the first phase of the Saraya Aqaba project in Jordan.

The consortium also includes the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and Drake & Scull Construction.

Under the project, which is expected to cost more than $1bn, approximately 634,000m² of masterplanned development will be built around a man-made lagoon, adding around 1.5km of beachfront to the Gulf of Aqaba.

Atkins to develop eco-low carbon urban planning guidance in China

UK-based architectural firm Atkins has secured a contract to develop guidance for eco-low carbon (ELC) urban planning in China.

Atkins said the Prosperity Fund brings together Chinese and UK experts to develop low carbon policies, practices and regulations, with a focus on sustainable urbanisation.

Under the project, Atkins will work with both national government agencies and city governments to provide a reference point for ELC urban planning in China.


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