November's top stories: One World Trade Center named US's tallest building
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November’s top stories: One World Trade Center named US’s tallest building

01 Dec 2013

One World Trade Center in New York, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been called the tallest building in the US, Westfield, Hammerson secure approval for £1bn Croydon scheme in London, while Atkins has been selected to provide design services for a development in Al Habtoor City of Dubai. Designbuild-network.com wraps up the key headlines from November 2013.

November’s top stories: One World Trade Center named US’s tallest building

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Atkins to provide design services for development in Al Habtoor City, Dubai

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Atkins has been selected by Al Habtoor Group to provide multidisciplinary design services for the development of three luxury residential towers and a retail podium totaling 395,000m² in Dubai, UAE.

The project will be a key part of Al Habtoor City, a major new mixed-use development next to Sheikh Zayed Road.

Atkins will be responsible for providing architectural, structural, MEP and ground engineering design services.

The scope of the project includes two 75-storey residential towers and a third 52-storey tower, which will together house up to 1,460 apartments and 11 penthouses with leisure facilities for residents.

Westfield, Hammerson secure approval for £1bn Croydon scheme in London

Australia-based Westfield and the UK-based property developer Hammerson have secured approval from the London Borough of Croydon for their £1bn redevelopment plan of the Whitgift Centre in Croydon, London, UK.

Both firms are working together as the Croydon Partnership to deliver the scheme, for which the council has given planning permission.

The application will now be considered by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

OMA completes De Rotterdam Vertical City tower in Netherlands

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Architectural firm OMA has completed the 160,000m² De Rotterdam mixed-use slab-tower at the Wilhelmina Pier in the Netherlands.

Situated on the banks of the Mass River, De Rotterdam is developed by MAB Development and OVG Real Estate.

De Rotterdam features three stacked and interconnecting towers that rise 44 floors to a height of 150m and have a width of more than 100m.

Qatar unveils concept design for Al Wakrah Stadium

The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has unveiled the new concept design for Al Wakrah Stadium, developed by Aecom, in association with Zaha Hadid Architects.

Al Wakrah is the proposed as the southern-most city in the country to host matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Zaha Hadid said Al Wakrah’s tradition is reflected in the stadium design, which captures the essence of the traditional dhow, an Arabian pearl fishing boat.

Buro Happold to design Zaryadye Park in Moscow

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UK-based engineering consultant Buro Happold has won an international competition to design the Zaryadye Park in Moscow.

Buro Happold will work with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Associates on the development, which will deliver a new cultural centre and civic centre.

The project, which will provide a new cultural hub for the city, will feature new museum and gallery spaces, new restaurant and retail spaces, an ice cave and education and park management facilities.

One World Trade Center named tallest building in US

One World Trade Center in New York, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, has been declared as the tallest building in the US.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has ruled that the tower’s height is 1,776ft.

The height was specifically chosen in order to commemorate the year of the Declaration of Independence of the US.

The design of the 104-storey tower, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2014, is intended to reaffirm the nation’s founding in the face of attacks that destroyed the original World Trade Center towers on 11 September 2001.

Buro Happold to deliver Linkoping city centre extension in Sweden

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Buro Happold, in collaboration with Rundquist and Metro Arkitekter, has secured a contract to deliver an extension programme to Linkoping city centre in Sweden and a high speed rail interchange by 2030.

The extension project will create a new sustainable urban centre, with mixed land use, new building volumes and positioning and scaling of a railway area.

Planned developments also include public parks and piazzas, streets, footpaths, cycle paths and new recreation spaces around the Stångån River.

Bouygues secures contract for Macau hotel in China

Bouygues Construction subsidiary Dragages Macau has secured a contract, worth about €360m, to construct a hotel in Macau, China, which will be part of the City of Dreams entertainment complex.

The contract has been awarded by Melco Crown Entertainment, which owns and develops casinos and leisure and entertainment complexes.

After completion, the 39-storey hotel will feature 783 bedrooms, including ten villas, a casino, restaurants, a conference room and a sky pool.

Broadway Malyan completes masterplan for Mall of Baltia in Russia

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UK-based architectural firm Broadway Malyan completed the concept masterplan for the Mall of Baltia, a retail and leisure centre to be built at Kaliningrad, Russia.

Developed on behalf of project developer Gamma Invest Group, the 100,000m² Mall of Baltia project will include a large shopping mall, restaurant area and amusement park, in addition to a sports centre and water sports centre, with parking for more than 3,000 vehicles.

Claimed to be the largest of its kind in the region of Kaliningrad, the new mall will incorporate a varied range of recreational, entertainment and sporting facilities, to boost the retail element.

After completion, the Mall of Baltia will house a grocery hypermarket, a DIY hypermarket, an electronics and household appliances hypermarket, a furniture hypermarket and a sportswear and leisure goods department store.


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