Everton are the latest Premier League side to get a shiny new stadium, announced in the same week that Sadiq Khan cancelled plans for Foster + Partners’ new skyscraper, The Tulip.
Everton have unveiled designs for their new £500m waterfront stadium. Created by world renowned architect Dan Meis, the stadium will seat 52,000 fans, and has even allowed space in the design for safe standing, should there be changes in the laws. The ground will be built at the Bramley-Moore Dock site on the wider Liverpool Waters development and the club hope it will be ready to host games by 2023.
Having been sceptical about The Tulip’s compliance with London regulation on skyscrapers, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has rejected plans to build the Foster + Partners-designed skyscraper. It would have been the second tallest building in London, but Khan argues it provides, “very limited public benefit” and even more cuttingly, is not the, “world class architecture that would be required to justify its prominence”.
RIBA announce their shortlist for the 2019 Stirling Prize, including Grimshaw’s new London Bridge Station.
World renowed architect César Pelli has sadly passed away at the age of 92. Senior principal at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, he was the man behind some of the world’s most recognisable skyscrapers including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, formerly the world’s tallest building.
A shiny stainless steel museum for the US Army has been built in Virginia by SOM architects. The National Museum of the United States Army will tell the story of America’s oldest military service to honour the soldiers, with the design evoking the principles of the Army.
“it is disciplined, modest, and rigorous” – SOM
After being sacked for anti-Semetic comments, Roger Scruton has been reinstalled as head of the new UK housing commission Building Better, Building Beautiful.
A new building for the European Commission offices in Brussels will be designed (slightly ironically) by London based firm Perkins and Will, alongside Madrid-based architecture studio Rafael de La-Hoz. The building is promised to be, “a future-proofed, resilient and innovative solution”, and also focuses on cutting down on the buildings’ emissions.
It appears activity is picking up in the London prime property market, potentially due to the low prices of late. In central London prime property prices increased by 0.7% month on month, but fell 0.7% quarter on quarter and are still down 4.8% year on year.
Revisions have been made to the new £900m London Goodsyard scheme in the Shoreditch area, downsizing several features. They have cut the height of the biggest landmark building, but crucially will provide 50% affordable homes, compared the previous figure of 15%.
New government plans could allow renters to access a database detailing rogue landlords and their behaviour, such as failing to make a property habitable, or being convicted of serious offences. If so, it marks a huge change in government thinking as to the powers supplied for the renters vs landlords.
Grimshaw’s Camden Sainsbury’s has become the first supermarket to be awarded a place on the National Heritage List for England, with the futuristic building being awarded Grade-II listed status.
Zahira Asmal, an urbanist from South Africa, has spoken out against the harshness of the UK visa system after she had to cancel a lecture she was to make in the UK. Describing it as, “humiliating, overpriced and unfair”, she was supported by Architecture Foundation deputy director Phineas Harper, who said that it could really serve to threaten the arts in the country.
Architect Daniel Libeskind has designed a beautiful new building for a Maggie’s cancer care centre in Hampstead, north London. Angular wooden panels curve around to provide shade whilst giving the building the feeling of being welcoming.
Brexit has been labelled the culprit for the decline in the UK commercial property sector, as it falls by a third in the second quarter of the year as buyers are held back because of Brexit uncertainty.
However, on the flip side investment into the UK residential property sector is up by 150%! This makes it the fourth biggest city in Europe for multifamily investment, indicating some investors are willing to see past the uncertainty.
Two new robotic bars to open on rooftops in London and Milan, designed by Makr Shakr. The London bar is on display at the Barbican as part of the AI: More than Human exhibition.