September’s top stories: Downtown Jebel Ali proceeds, $19bn Mexico airport design

30 September 2014 (Last Updated September 30th, 2014 18:30)

Limitless appointed Dar Al-Handasah to design the $19bn Downtown Jebel Ali project in Dubai, Foster + Partners, Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) won a design contract for the new international airport in Mexico City and Queens Park Rangers Football Club are to invest £6.2bn in regenerating land in West London. Designbuild-network wraps-up the key headlines from September 2014.

September’s top stories: Downtown Jebel Ali proceeds, $19bn Mexico airport design

Mexico Airport Design

Dar Al-Handasah to design and supervise $19bn downtown project in Dubai

Downtown Jebel Ali

Dubai-based master developer Limitless appointed Dar Al-Handasah to design and supervise the $19bn Downtown Jebel Ali project in Dubai.

Located between Jebel Ali free zone and Techno Park, Downtown Jebel Ali has four zones spread across an area of more than 6.5 million m² and is designed to house 326 buildings, including residential and commercial units.

Under the AED19.5m ($5.3m) contract, Dar Al-Handasah will review and enhance the existing infrastructure design of the 200ha mixed-use community's two, three and four zones.

Foster + Partners, FR-EE and NACO to design new $9.16bn airport in Mexico

Mexico airport

Foster + Partners, Fernando Romero Enterprise (FR-EE) and Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) won a contract from the State of Mexico to design the new international airport in Mexico City for $9.16bn.

Spread across an area of 555,000m², the airport will feature a single, large terminal that will use less materials and energy, and will avoid usage of internal trains or underground tunnels.

The entire terminal of the airport will be enclosed with a continuous lightweight glass and steel structure and soaring vaulted roof.

Initially, the airport will have three runways with the capacity to handle 50 million passengers. However, the plan also includes expanding the runways to six by 2062, with the capacity to handle 120 million travellers.

Queens Park Rangers to invest in £6.2bn West London regeneration programme

Queens Park Stadium

Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPRFC) is to invest £6.2bn in regenerating brownfield land at Old Oak in West London.

The regeneration programme will prepare hundreds of acres of land in order to build 24,000 new homes and a new 40,000-seat stadium.

In addition, the area will be added to with new commercial space, including retail, studios and offices, restaurants, cinemas, a hotel and other leisure accommodation.

The project is expected to create 55,000 new jobs in the region.

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said: "We want to create a new destination that we propose to call New Queens Park.

QPRFC invited the public to share their opinion about the master plan.

Lend Lease seeks approval for second phase of £1.5bn Elephant & Castle project

Property developer Lend Lease sought planning approval from Southwark Council in the UK for the second phase of construction of its £1.5bn regeneration of Elephant & Castle in London.

Phase two included planning to build 593 homes and develop 3,990m² of retail space at Elephant Park.

Stage two, named West Grove, will be designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Panter Hudspith Architects (PHA). Construction works on West Grove is expected to begin on the demolished Heygate Estate site in spring this year.

ICD to build $1.5bn Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai

Government-owned Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) secured approval to build the $1.5bn Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai.

Planned to be built on the crescent of The Palm and next to the Atlantis resort, the 46-storey Royal Atlantis will feature 800 rooms, suites and 250 luxurious hotel apartments.

In addition, the project will also house recreational, entertainment and services facilities, private gardens and infinity pools.

The resort will be developed in association with Kerzner International.

Architects design cloud-shaped skyscraper in China

Cloud shaped building

A new cloud-shaped skyscraper Cloud Citizen received the highest prize in the skyscraper competition Shenzhen Bay Super City.

The futuristic project was designed by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design in Shenzhen, China, in collaboration with a team of experts from Chalmers Technical University in Sweden.

Proposed for the Shenzhen Bay area across from Hong Kong, the master plan of the new 170ha financial city district includes three mixed-use towers, several cultural buildings and a landscape connecting the district to the surrounding city.

Each of the three towers will be 680m, 580m and 480m in height.

The proposed structures of the Cloud Citizen will have space for office, commercial, leisure and cultural activities.

In addition, the structure will harvest rainwater, produce power from the sun, wind and algaes, store carbon and filters particles from the air and provide sanctuaries for wild plants and food production modules.

Nikken Sekkei reveals design of 338m Riyadh Tower project

Riyadh Tower

Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei revealed the design of the 338m mixed-use Riyadh Tower to be built in the Olaya business district in the Saudi capital.

The 73-storey 'crystal and light' structure will house a five-star hotel with indoor and outdoor swimming pools in addition to office space, retail outlets, 38 one to four-bedroom serviced apartments, 228 private residences and several penthouses.

At the top of the structure will be a Sky Palace apartment, Sky Restaurant and Cigar Lounge, claimed to offer panoramic views across the capital.

Nikken Sekkei MENA regions, CIS and India regional manager Dr Fadi Jabri said: "This design combines the two main themes of crystal and light, with the tower being crowned by crystal-shaped forms that reflect the colour of the sky transforming from blue to golden orange and then midnight blue, as day turns to night.

Nikken Sekkei won the Riyadh Tower design contract over six international firms selected from the initial 32 prequalified companies.

The Japanese architectural firm has also won the design and engineering consultancy contract for the new Saudi Stock Exchange headquarters.

Nakheel launches The Palm Gateway beachfront complex project in Dubai

Dubai-based real estate developer Nakheel unveiled plans for The Palm Gateway project, a three-tower beachfront residential, retail and leisure complex to be built at the Palm Jumeirah.

Planned to be constructed on the existing Palm Monorail Gateway terminal, the new project will feature more than 1,300 homes with a beach club, retail, dining and fitness outlets, with the tallest tower rising 260m high.

The taller Tubular Tower will have 61 floors including 46 above podium level and 520 apartments, the 211m Central Tower will comprise 49 floors including 32 above podium level and 429 apartments, and the 205m Beach Tower will consist of 48 floors, with 34 above the podium, and 313 apartments.