Venice is subjected to flooding at levels not seen since the 19th century, as Venetians take to the street to protest the impact that cruise ships are having on it’s defences; additionally, the joys of a general election are upon us! Seeing as today is the last day to register to vote, we take a look at what the major parties are promising us concerning housing.

All in this week’s Property Portal.


The historic city of Venice has been subjected to it’s worst flooding since records began in 1872, with four tides above 140cm. As if by the hand of god, just minutes after the Venice council rejected a climate change crisis plan, the council building filled with water. Houses and several churches have been devastated, with the damage predicted to cost up to a billion euros to repair. Residents have now taken to the streets, protesting the impact that huge cruise ships of tourists are having on the city’s flood defences.


It appears that Labour’s years of moderation are over, as Corbyn and co. reveal the most radical manifesto in decades. From a housing perspective, they are promising the biggest council house building programme since the 1960s, kickstarting a ‘housing revolution’. Spending £75bn over the course of five years, it is one of the focal points within their election manifesto.


Housing for the Conservatives is certainly an area in which they will come under scrutiny for failing to deliver on several of their promises of housebuilding in previous elections. They have pledged to charge foreign homebuyers an extra 3% of stamp duty, to attempt to even the playing field. 


Zaha Hadid Architects have completed their new Leeza Soho skyscraper, which features the world’s largest twisting atrium running through the core of the building. Designed by the late architect herself, it’s one of Zaha Hadid’s lasting legacies in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

Leeza Soho - HEKKTA - Venice

Leeza Soho – HEKKTA – Venice


If you’ve ever needed a reason to go and visit Luxembourg, now you do! Newly elected prime minister Xavier Bettel has announced that they are making all public transport completely free; the first country in the world to do so!


The venue for the blockbuster rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr on December 7th, the Diriyah Arena is still yet to be completed! With work on the 15,000 seater stadium starting just two months before the bout, staff have been up against the wall to ensure it’s ready to welcome the Heavyweight champion of the world.

“The arena and site are utterly breathtaking. We can’t wait,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

Let’s just hope it’s ready!


Penang in Malaysia is set for an artifical expansion, as the Penang government invite planners and architects alike to submit masterplans for three, new man-made islands. With construction beginning in two years time, they are being built to provide extra space for urban development and to support the Penang 2030 Vision.


BIG releases plans for a vast new urban development in Milan, named The Portico. Featuring slick design, the development will cover 53,500 square metres, with three main structures creating the border of the site.

Milan - HEKKTA - Venice

Milan – HEKKTA – Venice


London’s largest co-working space is set open within Victoria House in Bloomsbury Square, combining offices, retail and leisure space. Headed up by LABS Collective, the 15,000 sq foot project is set to open in 2020.


If you’re looking for a change of scenery, how about Aberdeen? Having be rated as the best place in the UK to live, based upon job opportunities, average salary and house price affordability, it could be the place for you!


“And you know just where you’re heading, it’s equidistance ‘tween London and Reading, Oh Slough, my kind of town”.

The town that Brent put on the map is set for a huge new regeneration programme with £650m being invested into the area. The North West Quadrant Scheme will see 1,400 new homes provided, plus more commercial spaces and 200,000 square feet of leisure, retail and cultural facilities.


Zaha Hadid Architects have revealed the new terminal hub for the new electrified 540-mile-long railway that will connect the Baltic states with Poland. The multimodal Ülemiste terminal boasts a very futuristic design, with undulating metal channels mimicking railway tracks.


Frank Gehry creates a weird and wonderful design for the new Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul; giving an impression flight, Gehry was keen to represent Korean architecture within his design.

“What struck me when I first visited Seoul nearly 25 years ago was the relationship between architecture and the natural landscape.

I still remember clearly the powerful impressions I had stepping up from the garden of Jongmyo Shrine.”