HEKKTA’s Property Portal – WAF World Building of The Year

This week a few of the big stories in property & architecture include a huge development plan for East London’s Royal Docks getting the green light to go ahead and also the shortlist for the WAF World Building of The Year 2018 being announced.


The World Architecture Festival’s (WAF) World Building of The Year shortlist has been announced, and from first glances, it’s clear to see that the past year has been a glorious one in the world of architecture. Big names on the list include Thomas Heatherwick’s stunning grain silo art gallery in Cape Town (featured image) and also Zaha Hadid’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh (pictured below). Another headline grabbing building to make the list is the new US Embassy in London, which Donald Trump called “horrible”.

Click here to see the rest of the buildings on the shortlist.

Zaha Hadid Research Centre - HEKKTA - WAF

Zaha Hadid Research Centre – HEKKTA – WAF


The Glasgow School of Art’s sprinkler system was delivered a day before the devastating fire ripped through the building, however the system was not operational as it would’ve taken weeks to fully install.


Designs for a new Bob Dylan Museum in Tulsa have been unveiled by Seattle architecture firm Olson Kundig. Situated close to a substantial archive of his belongings, the museum will serve as a tribute to the iconic songwriter.

Bob Dylan Center - HEKKTA - WAF

Bob Dylan Center – HEKKTA – WAF


Manchester and Edinburgh house prices are rising at a faster rate than anywhere else in the UK, while London house prices hit a nine year low.


Kohn Pedersen Fox have completed their new San Diego skyscraper called Pacific Gate by Bosa and it stands out from surrounding architecture with it’s elegant curved glass form.

Pacific Gate by Bosa - HEKKTA - WAF

Pacific Gate by Bosa – HEKKTA – WAF


Plans of £300m worth of investment to transform East London’s Royal Docks have been approved. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said, “Today marks a major step forward in the development of this site, which has the potential to become not only an important new business destination but also a key part of the capital’s cultural life.” Aspects of the plan include creating an attractive waterside residential, leisure and business district for the borough of Newham and for London as a whole and also incorporating a new cultural programme and building skills in young people.


MPs vote to back the £14bn third runway scheme at Heathrow by 415 votes to 119 in favour.


A new building for the Aga Khan foundation has been completed in London’s Kings Cross. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Fumihiko Maki, the Aga Khan foundation is a non-profit organisation that provides long-term solutions to some of the most impoverished places on Earth.

Aga Khan Centre - HEKKTA - WAF

Aga Khan Centre – HEKKTA – WAF


A Grade-II listed brutalist church in Clifton, Bristol has had a £3m refurbishment. Built back in 1973, it was designed by Ron Weeks of the Percy Thomas Partnership, who even had input from the Vatican. The refurb was carried out by British architecture firm Purcell.

Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul - HEKKTA - WAF

Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of SS. Peter and Paul – HEKKTA – WAF


The number of people in their early 30s leaving the capital has doubled due to London property prices.


The new £1.4bn Brent Cross development has been hit with a six month delay because of compulsory purchase orders for land at the site. It is now expected to be completed March 2023 instead of September 2022.

Brent Cross - HEKKTA - WAF

Brent Cross – HEKKTA – WAF


Government are entering proposals to give tenants more power against bullish landlords. Landlords could be forced to give tenants a minimum three-year contract, but allow them to leave earlier if they want. The longer tenancies, proposed by the communities secretary, James Brokenshire, in a consultation paper to be published on Monday, would stop landlords forcing tenants out at short notice.