October’s top news stories

5 November 2019 (Last Updated November 13th, 2019 09:52)

Dubai Municipality has completed the construction of a new 3D-printed two-storey building, Plans to launch a £250m digital city development in Middlesbrough, UK was unveiled. Designbuild-network.com wraps up key news stories of October 2019.

October’s top news stories
Dubai Municipality completed the construction of a new 3D-printed two-storey building. Credit: Government of Dubai.

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 at 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.


Middlesbrough mayor unveils plan for UK’s digital city

Plans to launch a £250m digital city development in Middlesbrough, UK, were unveiled by Mayor Andy Preston.

An initial £45m project phase includes office and residential towers followed by a digital campus, a 750-seat indoor amphitheatre and a 400-seat outdoor amphitheatre to host events such as lectures, cultural events, and entertainment.

The first phase of the construction includes three 20-storey towers, slated to be started by next year. It will create up to 400 construction employment opportunities.


LEGO Group opens first phase of new Denmark campus

LEGO Group opened the first phase of a new campus at its headquarters in Billund, Denmark. The construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

Architectural firm C.F. Møller Architects designed the 54,000m² campus, which is set to have more than 2,000 employees after completion.

The campus includes LEGO bricks in its exterior walls and two large bricks on the roof. Bricks have also been used to build the entryway.


Seminole Hard Rock opens 450ft-tall guitar hotel at Florida casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened a 36-storey electric guitar-shaped hotel in Florida, US, which forms part of a $1.5bn resort expansion.

The 450ft hotel comes with 638 new luxury guest rooms.

Designed to resemble back-to-back guitars, complete with guitar faces and brightly lit strings, the engineering masterpiece is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling glass panes.


OMA unveils design of Wafra residential tower in Kuwait

Dutch architectural firm OMA’s Iyad Alsaka and Reinier de Graaf unveiled the design for the Wafra residential tower in Kuwait.

Kuwait-based consultant Pace is serving as the local partner.

Wafra Real Estate selected OMA’s proposal for the project from among three competitors.


Westridge to refurbish Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre

UK-based Westridge Construction was selected for the refurbishment work on the Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre.

The Brighton Dome renovation project was suspended in July after R Durtnell & Sons entered a corporate voluntary arrangement with creditors.

The company was selected as the preferred interim contractor to continue the revamp work on the historic Grade I and Grade II listed buildings.


Empire State Building to open renovated 102nd-floor Observatory

The Empire State Building (ESB) opened the newly renovated 102nd-floor Observatory on 12 October.

The newly renovated Observatory features floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass elevator.

The elevator takes guests from the 86th floor to 102 through a newly renovated glass shaft.


Marshall wins contract for Scotland’s Linen Quarter redevelopment

Marshall Construction was awarded a contract for the redevelopment of the Linen Quarter in Dunfermline, Scotland.

The company is the principal contractor for the first two phases of the redevelopment scheme designed by JM Architects. The contract is valued at £11.25m ($13m).

Previously known as the Pilmuir Works, the Linen Quarter is located adjacent to the historic Carnegie Leisure Centre and Fire Station Creative.