HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Lord’s

A new UK government commission, which aims to protect ‘good design’, has come under attack by architects; and the designs of the new Lord’s stands have been revealed in this week’s property and architecture headlines. Read on to find out more.

Designs for Lord’s new stands have been revealed, created by Wilkinson Eyre. The new stands will serve to provide a MORE futuristic look to the stadium and also increase capacity to 30,500 people. They complement the design of the Stirling-prize winning Media Centre, which sits in between the two. The development of the Compton and Edrich Stands, replacing the previous design, is part of a huge overhaul of the ground overseen by Populous.

Lord's - HEKKTA

Lord’s – HEKKTA

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A new UK commission called Building Better, Building Beautiful, which aims to prevent houses of poor quality of design being built in certain areas has come under scrutiny in the architecture world. Architect Charles Holland says that it is conservatism stating, “This is the same old binary argument about traditional rather than contemporary architecture, which feels like a tedious hangover from the 1980s, a pantomime Prince Charles speech reverberating forever,”.

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A new skyscraper planned for the J L Hudson’s Department Store site in Detroit has undergone huge revisions in terms of design and also function. In the ever present battle for the sky, New York firm SHoP Architects have added 54 metres to the skyscraper, meaning it will outgrow the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, meaning it will be the tallest in Michigan. The design has also been altered to a staggered glass style, which from first views, looks very slick indeed.

Hudsons skyscraper - HEKKTA - Lord's

Hudsons skyscraper – HEKKTA – Lord’s

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Amazon’s mammoth new headquarters, HQ2, may be split between New York and Virginia. With cities all across the US, Mexico and Canada desperately bidding, Queens and Arlington County were chosen due to their geographical practicality but also their high-tech capacities. Amazon’s new HQ promises to bring $5bn in investment and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs.

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House prices are predicted to fall if we don’t manage to secure a deal upon leaving the European Union.

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Jeffrey Berns, the millionaire that made his earnings through cryptocurrency, has bought up a 67,000 acre plot of land in the Nevada desert with the plans to create a smart city called Innovation Park. It will be powered by blockchain technology, a set of digital records that track transactions chronologically and publicly, which facilitate digital cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether.

Innovation Park - HEKKTA - Lord's

Innovation Park – HEKKTA – Lord’s

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Owen Hatherley maps out why we must protect Sheffield, ‘one of the UK’s most important cities for modern architecture’, to prevent it from being destroyed. Click here to read on.

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New plans emerge to revamp the Camden Lock area by redeveloping the Juniper Crescent and Gilbeys Yard estates next to the Camden Goods Yard site. The £410m project will see up to 700 mixed tenure homes built as part of the wider regeneration of the famous London area.

Camden Lock revamp - HEKKTA - Lord's

Camden Lock revamp – HEKKTA – Lord’s

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Ministers have pledged £2m for councils in order to fight rogue landlords, but the money only works out as £6,000 per council.

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After delays in the completion of Spurs’ new ground, Wembley have agreed a deal with the Premier League side which will allow them to play there until the new stadium is finished.

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Architecture firms Snøhetta and Dialoghave completed a stunning library in the Canadian city of Calgary, which will larger home for the Canadian city’s literature collection and more space for programmed events. The wooden inside features beautiful atriums blended with glass and concrete.

Calgary Public Library - HEKKTA - Lord's

Calgary Public Library – HEKKTA – Lord’s

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The issue of landlords discriminating against benefits tenants rolls on as it emerges that online property adverts are doing the same.

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In a bold move, Stockholm’s new council blocks the city’s Winter Olympic bid, the building of a new Foster + Partners Apple store and also a new Nobel Centre designed by David Chipperfield.

2018-11-13T11:45:19+00:00