HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Skyscraper Projects

A series of new skyscraper projects have been announced this week by some big architecture firms around the globe, aswell as some landmark developments nearing completion. There are also a flurry of huge development schemes set for construction around the UK.

Architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill have announced their plans to build Chicago’s second tallest building, with a 1,422 feet (433 metres) tall skyscraper next to Chicago’s historic Tribune Tower. The elegant looking building will be a mixture of commercial space, apartments and also hospitality and it is part of a wider scheme which includes a revamp of it’s neighbour, the Tribune Tower.

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Foster + Partners have announced work is set to commence on Mexico City’s Reforma 432. The building has added three extra levels, meaning it will be the same height as the tallest building in the city, Torre Reforma, completed by local firm LBR&A Arquitectos in 2015. Reforma 432 has been in the pipeline for a while, stalled by delays and interruptions. After a change of developer and a name change, the building is now ready for construction.

Foster + Partners' Reforma 432 - HEKKTA - Skyscraper Announcements

Foster + Partners’ Reforma 432 – HEKKTA – Skyscraper Announcements

Twisting towers seem to be the trend at the moment with a flurry of new twisty projects being announced, and Zaha Hadid Architects continue this trend as they complete the Generali Tower in Milan, one of three skyscrapers at Milan’s CityLife development. It joins Arata Isozaki’s 202-metre high Allianz Tower, which was completed in 2015, and the duo will be bolstered by Studio Libeskind‘s 175-metre tall PwC tower, set for completion next year.

Generali Tower, Zaha Hadid Architects - Skyscraper Projects

Generali Tower, Zaha Hadid Architects – Skyscraper Projects

KPF’s supertall bullet-shaped skyscraper in Shenzhen is nearing completion. Standing at 400 metres, it will become the city’s third tallest building when completed and will be home to the China Resources export company.

Elizabeth Diller, named the most influential architect in the world by TIME, has said that the male-dominated architecture industry is undergoing “dramatic change”.

Experts have predicted that there will be overall construction industry growth flatline in 2018 due to by a 20% drop in office construction. However, this plateau is merely temporary as growth will rebound in 2019 to a predicted 2.7% growth rate and a 1.9% rise in 2020 as major infrastructure projects gather speed.

The £150m Hanover Square scheme in Mayfair is to begin the construction works after securing a pre-let. The scheme around the Bond Street station area will consist of 130,000 square feet of offices and ground floor retail aswell as several new buildings and luxury flats.

Investor Legal & General have launched a new affordable housing business, with the aim to become the leading private affordable housing provider in the country. It will be fully operational and delivering a targeted 3,000 homes each year within the next four years.

Hong Kong developer Far East Consortium have bought a stalled £77m site in Manchester previously owned by collapsed developer Pinnacle (Angelgate). The site on Dantzic Street was bought at an auction for a reported £5.2m and the Asian developer will draw up its own residential scheme.

There has been a breakthrough with the super-strong material graphene by scientists at the University of Exeter. They have pioneered a new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production, and many believe this stronger and more water resistant composition can revolutionise construction.

Work on Crystal Palace’s new £100m main stand is set to start next year, with the South London Premier League side’s total capacity set to increase from 26,000 to more than 34,000.

Selhurst Park new main stand - HEKKTA - Skyscraper Projects

Selhurst Park new main stand – HEKKTA – Skyscraper Projects

Residents relief as developer Barratt Homes promises to replace the dangerous cladding that coates a high-rise block in Croydon, South London. The building failed the fire safety tests which were carried out in light of the  Grenfell disaster. Recladding the building will cost Barratt Homes £2m, and it is the first true breakthrough amidst the ongoing debate over who should pay the cost for recladding all of the buildings that failed tests in the UK.

A new BBC HQ in Cardiff has been completed, designed by Foster + Partners. It is part of a Central Square masterplan for the area beside Cardiff Central train station.

“The design of the building is inspired by its unique location and the institutional heritage of the BBC, to create a distinctive icon that the people of Cardiff can be proud of,” said head of studio at Foster + Partners, Gerard Evenden.

BBC Cardiff - HEKKTA - Skyscraper Projects

BBC Cardiff – HEKKTA – Skyscraper Projects

In last week’s property portal, we delved into how robots are claiming their place in construction. Well this week more projects using 3D roboting printing have emerged, such as this AZL Architects-designed glowing pavilion outside a stone-clad house in the Chinese village of Shanyinwu.

Glowing 3D printed pavilion - HEKKTA - Skyscraper Projects

Glowing 3D printed pavilion – HEKKTA – Skyscraper Projects

Heathrow calls for fresh ideas on airport expansion.

A huge £350m regeneration plan for Leeds’ South Bank area has been given the green light. The development scheme led by developer CEG, will largely be the construction of new buildings around the main Leeds train station, including the construction of the tallest building in Yorkshire. The scheme has been designed to make a powerful positive impact on arrival to the city and is expected to be delivered in five phases over 12 years.

CEG's £350m Leeds South Bank scheme - HEKKTA - Skyscraper Projects

CEG’s £350m Leeds South Bank scheme – HEKKTA – Skyscraper Projects