HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Conversions

Two of London’s landmark buildings, which underwent conversions, have been finished this week so we take a look at how architects have given the buildings a new lease of life. In other headlines, the British government probes deeper into Russian money laundering through UK property.

Conran and Partners have restored and converted Richard Seifert’s celebrated Centre Point tower in London, turning the once office building into a cluster of apartments. However it will cost you a penny or two with a one bedroom starting at £1.8million and a three bed going for a whopping £8m. The Grade II listed building’s subtle brutalist style was brought back to life as the original structural engineering firm Pell Frischmann, who helped make the building, returned to collaborate with Conran and Partners on the conversion.

Centre Point Tower apartment - Conran and Partners - HEKKTA - Conversions

Centre Point Tower apartment – Conran and Partners – HEKKTA – Conversions

London’s heritage-listed Hoover Building, which in 1930s was a manufacturing plant and repairs centre employing 1,600 people, has also been renovated and converted into apartments. Known as one of London’s most famous art deco buildings, UK studio Interrobang were careful not to lose the essence of the building in the conversion. A total of 66 apartments now reside in the building, from small studio aparments to three bed homes.

The Viceroy Chicago hotel has had it’s 1920s facade restored by Chicago architecture firm Goettsch Partners and the firm also a pleated glass tower to the hotel to increase it’s capacity. To restore the building they demolished the building but reconstructed the same terracotta facade back to it’s original appearance.

Viceroy Chicago - Goettsch Partners - HEKKTA - Conversions

Viceroy Chicago – Goettsch Partners – HEKKTA – Conversions

The British government continues it’s retaliation to the Salisbury nerve attack as MPs probe into Russian money laundering in the UK, and focus on properties that have been bought with suspected ‘dirty-money’.There have been claims that dirty money may have bought up to £4.4bn worth of UK property, with more than a fifth of that purchased by Russians.

Developer Weston Homes have announced they are planning a £300m development scheme in East London. The developer plans to build more than 1,000 homes alongside shops, pubs and pedestrian promenade along the waterfront on the edge of Barking town centre in Essex. If permission is granted, construction will start in 2019.

A team of scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new biodegradable building material called Finite. It is made from desert sand and is as strong as concrete but has half the carbon footprint. This breakthrough could be the answer to the current dwindling supplies of construction-grade sand, which is an essential component of concrete.

Rogers Stirk + Harbour Partners have released new visuals for their new Toronto skyscraper THE HUB.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - THE HUB - HEKKTA - Conversions

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – THE HUB – HEKKTA – Conversions

Architecture studio Office S&M have built a pink terraced house on Salmen Road in East London…

Half of Carillion’s 18,000 workforce have managed to secure jobs with other contractors following the company’s collapse.

A string of post-war buildings in Coventry have been given a Grade II listed status as the city prepares to become UK City of Culture for 2021. This was after recommendation by Historic England with Chief Executive Duncan Wilson stating, “The reinvention of Coventry after the second world war and the vital role that its postwar architecture played in restoring pride and confidence was renowned internationally,”.

One of the buildings in Coventry earmarked for preservation - HEKKTA - Conversions

One of the buildings in Coventry earmarked for preservation – HEKKTA – Conversions

The winners of this year’s Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design Asia have been announced. Click here to browse the victors.

Ardmore Construction Limited have been chosen to deliver a new student housing tower for Imperial College London in North Acton. Built on the former Perfume Factory site, the £100m project will contain 600 student rooms and 85 PRS residential units.

Vietnam’s rapid growth fuels Ho Chi Minh property boom.

Engineering firm Arup and architecture studio CLS Architetti have teamed up to build the world’s first 3-D printed house at this year’s Milan design week. The one-bed home is currently being printed in a square near Duomo cathedral.

San Diego’s Mexican property market at risk from Trump tariffs.

The ski-park on top of BIG’s Amager Bakke Waste-To-Energy Plant designed by SLA Architects is due to open later this year.