HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Greenwich Peninsula

A massive £1bn development in Greenwich Peninsula has been announced this week, which is on everyone’s lips in the world of property and architecture. Many more investments into the capital have been revealed in property news also, so we get your right up to date with the latest headlines with a handy news round-up.

A new £1 billion development project has been unveiled for London’s Greenwich Peninsula with the architect Santiago Calatrava being the man behind the development. This enormous project is part of the £8.4-billion regeneration works on the river-side site, which will build nearly 16,000 homes and also a new design district, schools, offices and healthcare services.

Peninsula Place - Calatrava Architecture - Greenwich Peninsula

Peninsula Place – Calatrava Architecture – Greenwich Peninsula

Peninsula Place, the name of Calatrava’s project, will include new tube station, performance venue and winter gardens topped by a crown-like arrangement of towers. The three large towers will be above the tube station, the theatres and bars amoungst other things and will be surrounded by newly built apartment and office blocks. There will also be a massive bridge built to connect the development with the waterfront.

Peninsula Place - Calatrava Architecture - Greenwich Peninsula

Peninsula Place – Calatrava Architecture – Greenwich Peninsula

Peninsula Place - Calatrava Architecture - Greenwich Peninsula

Peninsula Place – Calatrava Architecture – Greenwich Peninsula

Greenwich Peninsula is led by Allies and Morrison, a British firm, who will also design two residential blocks for the site. Together with Calatrava’s scheme, they predict to build 800 homes.

“My ambition is for Greenwich Peninsula to be a unique cultural destination for Londoners and visitors to this global city,” said Sammy Lee of Knight Dragon. “Calatrava’s contribution will help ensure that the UK’s biggest regeneration project fulfils its potential to become just that.”

Peninsula Place - Calatrava Architecture - Greenwich Peninsula

Peninsula Place – Calatrava Architecture – Greenwich Peninsula


A 53 storey tower is set to built near Canary Wharf after an £150m contract is signed between developer LBS Properties and Balfour Beatty. The Madison Tower will contain largely luxury flats but with a few of affordable homes.

The Madison Tower - Canary Wharf

The Madison Tower – Canary Wharf


In reference to our article on a smog-eating skyscraper, yet more buildings are seeking to exploit this new technology. Polish studio FAAB have revealed plans for a smog-eating school in Kraków, Poland. This technology is enabled by a moss that attracts pollutants and converts them into biomass, and the school would be covered in it.


Architects David Adjaye, Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and Daniel Libeskind and 6 others have been shortlisted in the competiton to design the UK’s National Holocaust Memorial in London.


A survey has revealed that almost half of all architects in the UK are from overseas, and as Brexit looms, many are trying to apply for UK citizenship in fear of their future.


The Queensferry Crossing deck between Edinburgh and Fife has been completed meaning the bridge now becomes the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the longest to feature cables which cross mid-span at 1.7 miles.


Construction outside London has hit records levels, providing a bit of Brexit optimism.


Archived photos are revealed by the offices of Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, showing the Centre Pompidou in Paris as it turns 40.

40 years - Centre Pompidou

40 years – Centre Pompidou

40 years - Centre Pompidou

40 years – Centre Pompidou


Theresa May to offer more security to renters by giving more rights to tenants as she accepts the system is broken.


Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has added a teahouse on the top of a tower in Vancouver for hosting traditional tea ceremonies. To see more of Kuma’s work click here.

Kengo Kuma teahouse

Kengo Kuma teahouse


Barking is revealed as London’s most profitable buy-to-let area with a yield of 5.6%, as it undergoes a large regeneration.


Balfour Beatty and joint venture partner Places for People have been given the green light to build 300 homes near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. They plan to build 1,500 in total, but the first stage will be 300 new homes. The two new neighbourhoods will be named East Wick and Sweetwater. The massive project is expected to generate £400m in London and the local area.


Belgian studio Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects have created a bachelor pad on the Leie river in Sint-Martens-Latem, just southeast of Ghent. It has an underground club, built-in cigar and wine storage, a car lift and a classy pool.


Find out what innovative ideas have made the Don’t Move, Improve Awards 2017.


Architects Foster + Partners have revealed their design for a cascading tower complex after winning a competition to provide accommodation for pilgrims en route to the world’s largest mosque in Saudi Arabia. It will be located between the Haramain High-speed Rail Station and the Grand Mosque, making it a key part of the pilgrims’ journey towards the mosque’s Holy Kaaba building in Mecca, or Makkah. The scheme will be named the Jabal Omar Development afters its Saudi Arabian developer Jabal Omar Development Company. A truly breathtaking design.

Foster + Partners - Jabal Omar Development - Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners – Jabal Omar Development – Saudi Arabia


Chinese investment continues to pile into the UK, research finds.


The incompleted design for Mies van der Rohe‘s amber-glass office tower in the City of London has been revealed for the first time, ahead of an exhibition at the Royal Institute of British Architects. The Mansion House Square project was under development for over 20 years but never built, following a long campaign by Prince Charles because of his opposition to modernist architecture. It instead became the site for James Stirling-designed No 1 Poultry.

The Mansion House Square project - Mies van der Rohe

The Mansion House Square project – Mies van der Rohe


Construction has begun on American studio ASAP’s rocky Downtown LA hotel. The Spring Street Hotel is proposed for the core historic district in Downtown Los Angeles and was designed as if to look like a rock emerging from the landscape. We’re not sure it really blends in, but a cool design none-the-less.

Snowsfields Yard - Bermondsey

Snowsfields Yard – Bermondsey

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