July’s top news stories

6 August 2018 (Last Updated September 5th, 2018 07:54)

Austrian construction company Strabag has won a €110m contract for the Triiiple building construction project in Vienna, and the City of London Corporation in the UK has approved Lai Sun Development Company’s plan to construct a new skyscrape. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key headline from July 2018.

July’s top news stories
The three residential towers, standing at more than 100m high, will be built near the centre of Vienna. Credit: ZOOM VP.

Strabag to build three 100m-high residential towers in Vienna

Austrian construction company Strabag won a €110m contract for the Triiiple building construction project in Vienna.

Under the contract, which was awarded by Soravia and Are Development, three 100m-high residential towers will be built near the city centre.

The first and second tower will feature 480 owner-occupied flats, while the third tower will have 670 micro-apartments.


City of London approves Cheesegrater 2 skyscraper plan

The City of London Corporation in the UK approved Lai Sun Development Company’s plan to construct a new skyscraper, called Cheesegrater 2, at 100 Leadenhall.

The building will be 263.4m-high upon completion, thereby becoming the third tallest building in the Square Mile.

The project was approved by the corporation’s planning and transportation committee.


BAM TCP and HMRC break ground at A-listed former warehouse

BAM TCP Atlantic Square and HM Revenue & Customs officials broke ground at an A-listed former warehouse building at Atlantic Square in Glasgow, Scotland.

Located in the heart of the International Financial Services District, HMRC will lease the ten-storey new building.

This building will feature 187,205ft² of office space for a minimum of 20 years.


DAMAC’s Sharia-compliant Ghalia tower in final stages of completion

DAMAC Properties announced that its Sharia-compliant Ghalia tower in Jumeirah Village Circle, UAE, has entered the last stages of completion.

The one-million square foot property features 727 furnished luxury apartments.

Designed to operate in an alignment with the principles of Sharia, Ghalia will provide separate leisure amenities such as separate dining facilities, gymnasium and swimming pools to residents and visitors.


Herzog & de Meuron and BBB chosen for GSD’s Gund Hall expansion

Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Harvard GSD) selected Basel-based architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron as design consultant and New York firm Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB) as the architect of record for the transformation project of its Gund Hall.

Under this project, the new space will be integrated into the current school structure. This space is intended to boost cross-disciplinary collaboration by creating intersection points among the school’s present studio workspace, faculty and departmental offices, seminar rooms and classrooms, research library, and the new interior spaces intended for social gatherings, and public programmes

The latest addition is expected to add a minimal amount to Gund Hall’s physical footprint, thereby eliminating the need for securing additional land. This would preserve Harvard GSD’s green space and basketball court.


Colorado Springs partners with Colorado College to build stadium

The City of Colorado Springs and Colorado College (CC) revealed a proposal to build the Edward J. Robson Arena, an on-campus competition venue featuring 3,000 permanent seats.

Based in the US, this arena will become the home of CC Tiger Hockey and serve as a multipurpose venue to host regional, national and international events.

Initially proposed to be a practice venue, the Edward J. Robson Arena has now been envisaged as a competition venue that will benefit the college and the city.


Hammerson defers plans to extend Brent Cross shopping centre in London

UK-based shopping centre operator Hammerson decided to postpone its £1.4bn plan to extend the Brent Cross shopping centre in London.

The decision to postpone the plan was due to risks in the current retail climate, which has seen the closure of chains such as Maplin and Toys ’R’ Us while certain retailers such as House of Fraser made moves to reduce their rental bills through creditor voluntary arrangements.

Approximately 15 million people visit the centre, which opened in 1976.


NPI contracts Balfour Beatty to develop Gables Station in Florida

NP International (NPI) awarded a contract to Balfour Beatty for the development of 1.3 million square feet mixed-use Gables Station in Coral Gables, Florida, US.

The project will see the construction of three towers, featuring 120,000ft² of retail space; 500 residential units, which will include 66 furnished hotel units; and a 1,000-car parking garage.

The site of the Gables Station project is located on US Highway 1 and next to the Miami Metrorail, providing access to the Miami International Airport, Brickell, downtown Miami, Coconut Grove, and Dadeland.