A swathe of universities in the UK have just announced a host of new projects and investments, so HEKKTA take a closer look at the institutions under construction, aswell as the trusted round-up of all things property and architecture.

The University of Liverpool is set for a huge £1bn expansion over the next 15 years, adding a variety of new buildings and centre, including a Digital Innovation Facility and an Arts and Humanities Centre. In addition to this, the masterplan will rethink the way the university is spread out over the city.

Students wishing to study in Bristol will have a new campus by 2022, as the university add three large student accomodation buildings. Aiming to house 1,000 more students, the new £300m Temple Meads campus will look out onto the main train station in Bristol from what will be called Arena Island.

Temple Meads Campus - HEKKTA - Universities
Temple Meads Campus – HEKKTA – Universities

Work has begun on Brighton’s new masterplan for their Moulsecoomb site, involving five large blocks varying between 8 and 18 storeys, which will provide more than 800 student bedrooms as well as ground-floor amenities for the students’ union and fitness facilities. Situated a little further in land, the university are keen to develop this area into a sustainable campus which also adds to the area itself.

Brighton - HEKKTA - Universities
Brighton – HEKKTA – Universities

Architecture firm MAD have responded to a brief for a new skyscraper sat right next to the Empire State Building by flipping Manhattan architecture on it’s head. Sticking out like a sore thumb, the dark, slender tower is a sharp contrast to it’s surroundings, channelling the feel of Dubai more than New York. With the top of the skyscraper being transparent, the building looks as if it’s dissapating into thin air. If MAD’s vision for East 34th Street gets the green light, it will be among the minority of builds in the city and will certainly divide the crowds.

East 34th Street - HEKKTA - Universities
East 34th Street – HEKKTA – Universities
East 34th Street - HEKKTA - Universities
East 34th Street – HEKKTA – Universities

The government have just announced that no-fault evictions are to be banned in England, in an attempt to increase tenant’s rights and also to protect them. Section 21, which allows landlords to evict renters without a reason after their fixed-term tenancy period ends, has been shown to be the main cause of family homelessness.

San Francisco’s Salesforce Tower, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, has been awarded the ‘world’s best tall building’ by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat at their annual awards ceremony.

Salesforce Tower - HEKKTA - Universities
Salesforce Tower – HEKKTA – Universities

Roger Scruton has been fired from his position as Chair of the UK government’s Building Better Building Beautiful Commission after saying all Chinese people are ‘robots’ and claiming that islamaphobia was “invented by the Muslim Brotherhood”.

Rightmove have predicted a turn in the fortunes of the housing market, as people are getting bored of Brexit, and the recent extension of Article 50 has actually boosted confidence within the housing sector.

Brad Pitt has heaped praise upon Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, calling him a “master of light and shadow”, as his proposals for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art were being discussed at a hearing. Pitt was a guest speaker at the hearing and the proposal has since been given the green light.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art - HEKKTA - Universities
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – HEKKTA – Universities

Wales are following in England’s footsteps by banning landlord letting fees, which is to come in in September, before students start at university. A ban on them in England will come into effect in June.

While confidence may be coming back into the housing market, it never really left the commercial property sector, especially in London. That strength is growing too, as commercial property investment in Central London (the City and West End) rose to £3.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, a 28 percent increase on the £2.5 billion invested in the first quarter of 2018.

Two disused railway yards north and south of the periphery of Milan, Scalo Farini and San Cristoforo, are set for a huge overhaul by firm OMA. The firm plan to turn the zones into ecological filters, with the one zone serving as a vast park, which cools hot south-westerly winds and purifies toxic air, and the other zone cleaning the groundwater and creating a landscape for both humans and animals.

Construction output went up by 0.4% in February, but this is against a backdrop of a general decline in construction since the start of the year.

Routine safety checks unearthed ‘critical faults’ in Hammersmith Bridge in London, resulting in the bridge having to be shut for the foreseeable future until the problems are fixed.

Architects and designers are constantly seeking for more sustainable ways to create, and Danish architecture firms Lendager Group and TREDJE NATUR have managed to create a high rise building made out of upcycled materials, making use of 17,577 tons of recycled waste material.

Closing the gender pay gap has become “top priority” for RIBA, as it emerges that gap remains at 15% in UK architecture firms.