HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Stadiums

The year ahead seems all very uncertain at the moment, but one thing you can count on is HEKKTA’s weekly dose and property and architecture news! This week we shall focus on the stadiums that are being planned around the world at the moment, as well as all the latest news in property and architecure.


Chelsea’s new stadium, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has been granted planning permission. The new stadium will increase the capactity from 41,837 to 60,000, but the most prominent new feature will be the 264 brick piers, which will encase the existing stadium and support a steel ring above the pitch, creating more space. The new stadium will have the same capacity as their London rivals Arsenal, who play at the Emirates Stadium. The two large football stadiums are just some of the new stadiums in the capital, such as West Ham’s Olympic Stadium. The Swiss firm have been working with London architecture firm Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands on the project and have created a really spectacular design. The whole construction is expected to cost £500 million and be completed by 2021.

Chelsea Stadium - Herzog & de Meuron - Stadiums

Chelsea Stadium – Herzog & de Meuron – Stadiums

Chelsea Stadium - Herzog & de Meuron - Stadiums

Chelsea Stadium – Herzog & de Meuron – Stadiums


The design for a $1.9 billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders American football team has been released, which Las Vegas hopes will entice the team’s move to the city. The stadium will feature a transparent glass roof and will be able to seat 65,000 supporters and black bands curving around the structure also feature in the design by MANICA Architecture. Las Vegas does not have its own football team so the city are keen for the Raiders to make the move, as events such as the Superbowl generate a lot of money around the area. The state has reportedly approved $750 million for the new stadium, while Raiders owner Mark Davis has pledged $500 million and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson would contribute $650 million. This is another example in the trend of American football teams changing locations and stadiums.

Oakland Raiders - Stadiums

Oakland Raiders – Stadiums

Oakland Raiders - Stadiums

Oakland Raiders – Stadiums


Spanish architect duo Selgascano have designed a colourful pavilion, which will act as a school for 600 orphaned children in the Kibera slum in Kenya, the largest slum in Africa. The pavilion was constructed by José Selgas and Lucía Cano at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and was rebuilt in Kenya. One of the partners in the project,  Second Home co-founder Rohan Silva said that, “Architecture and design isn’t just about looking nice, it is about making a difference to people’s lives,”.


A castle on a remote island has just been put in the market for £550,000. Only accessible by boat, the Grade-II listed property on Thorne Island has become one of the most viewed properties on Rightmove this year. The 2.5-acre island is completely private but it has not been lived in for more than a decade and needs a bit of doing up.


American firm Lang Architecture have designed some holiday homes which are a two hour drive from New York city. The light-filled cabins have a modern feel about them and they were built to appeal to city dwellers who want a holiday retreat. The residential development called Hudson Woods has plots for 26 sites.


We have discovered a fantastic elliptical cheese factory in the village of Afyon Tazlar, in Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar Province, named the Farm of 38° 30° after the coordinates of its site. The architects Slash Architects and Arkizon Architects had a desire to change the factory’s status to a sort of cheese showroom, as the design allows people to peep in.


The has been announced that the new George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Exposition Park in Los Angeles, not San Francisco. The amazing design by MAD is predicted to cost $400 million, but the museum board claims that it will become, “one of the most imaginative and inclusive art museums in the world”, and so will create thousands of new jobs in the city. Inside, the museum will contain around 100,000 square feet of galleries, which equates to approximately 9,000 square metres.

The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art - Stadiums

The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Watkins Jones have secured the funding for their 33 storey tower in Stratford. The £100 million project will be over 100 metres and will provide over 190,000 square feet of new accommodation and will involve UPP operating 511 new study bedrooms and communal space for the length of the concession. The Group Chief Executive Officer of UPP said, “Located in the heart of Stratford, this exciting scheme will offer future generations of students’ competitively priced accommodation and facilities of the highest quality”.


Designer Karim Rashid and architect Alex Hughes have joined forces to create a new firm named Kurv Architecture, that offers comprehensive property design, from foundations to artwork. Rashid stated that, “Our company’s role and mission is to apply our collective knowledge of and experience with the worlds of real estate, architecture, interiors, industrial manufacturing, construction, and digital technology onto new ideas and experiences for better buildings and better development,”.


The average UK house price increased by £4,000 (1.7%) in December, the highest acceleration in price since the Brexit vote, according to Halifax.


Willmott Dixon has finally signed a £41m contract to build Kingston University’s landmark Town House building, which is set to be a key feature in the campus.


Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge looks uncertain as it’s been predicted that costs for the bridge could rise well over the estimated £185 million and the charity behind the project is in threat of liquidation. If it were to fall through, it would be a real shame as this is something HEKKTA would love to see in the capital.

Garden Bridge - Thomas Heatherwick - stadiums

Garden Bridge – Thomas Heatherwick


The government has announced a new housing scheme in which housing providers can apply for a share of a £7 billion fund to increase the supply of homes.


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has claimed Brexit will have no impact on the ability of UK architects and designers to pitch for public-sector commissions in Europe, despite fears it could seriously decrease their chances.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has taken over two major planning applications in the capital, one in Haringey and the other in Harrow, to ensure that suitable proposals are made to secure hundreds more affordable homes.


Construction has begun on Foster + Partners‘ new skyscraper in Poland named the Varso Tower. It is to be 310 metres high which will make it the tallest building in Poland and it is expected to be completed in 2020. The tower is due to be the headquarters of  real-estate developer HB Reavis, but it will also provide offices for other business and start-up companies.


Multiplex has been chosen as the contractor for the £1 billion scheme in Nine Elms, near Vauxhall. Chinese developer Dalian Wanda Group couldn’t agree a final price with two previous bidders, Interserve and Balfour Beatty. The scheme will include a business centre, fitness suite and children’s play area. The landmark project will also provide a further 3,584 sq ft of high-quality retail space and landscaped parkland for the local community to enjoy.

2017-12-28T11:10:30+00:00