HEKKTA’s Property Portal – Will Alsop

Architect Will Alsop has passed away this week at the age of 70, and architects from all over the world are paying their respects to the man and paying trubite to his creativity and expression.

Sadiq Khan has also pledged to build 10,000 more council homes, whilst May agrees to pay for the removal of the dangerous cladding around hundreds of tower blocks around the UK.

Architects from all over the world have been paying tribute to Will Alsop, “one of architecture’s biggest characters and talents” after he passed away after a short illness. Renowned for his colourful, expressive and playful designs, Alsop was nominated for the Stirling Prize four times and won UK architecture’s highest honour in 2000. Norman Foster called Alsop a “truly unique individual”, while Richard Rogers said he was a “wonderful, warm, brilliant architect and friend”.

Have a look at some of his architectural highlights.

Will Alsop

Foster + Partners have unveiled plans to build a new sustainable city in India. The city will be the the new state capital of Andhra Pradesh, set on the banks of the River Krishna. Named the city of Amaravati, the super-stainable city will cover 217 square kilometres and will centre on a governmental building with a needle-like roof.

Amaravati, India's new sustainable city - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

Amaravati, India’s new sustainable city – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

Theresa May has finally pledged to foot the £400m bill in order to replace the dangerous cladding on social-housing blocks, in the wake of the Grenfell disaster.

A fire safety report on the Grenfell disaster claims it was not the cladding alone that caused the disaster. In fact, four key factors contributed to the “system failure” during renovation works: ignorance about existing regulation and guidance; indifference about public safety; lack of clarity on the responsibility of roles; and inadequate rule enforcement.

British Land has submitted a planning application for a new development scheme in London’s Docklands. The development, if approved, will see 3,000 new homes built, 2m square feet of workspace and 1m square feet of retail, leisure, entertainment and community space including proposed health and social infrastructure, and educational uses for all ages. Creating this new town in Canada Water is predicted to create 20,000 jobs in the area. Click here to see a video detailing the plan for the new town.

Sadiq Khan has pledged to build 10,000 new council houses over the next four years with the £1.67bn he secured from government in the Spring Statement.

Seventeen postmodern buildings have been to the National Heritage List for England in an attempt to “stem losses of this important style of architecture”. Some of the newly listed buildings include a home designed by architecture critic Charles Jencks with architect Terry Farrell, and several works by CZWG.

Cascades, Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London by Rex Wilkinson of CZWG (Grade II) - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

Cascades, Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London by CZWG (Grade II) – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

Work has begun on the Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre, the 668-metre-high megatall skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. When completed in 2024, it will become the world’s second tallest building.

Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

Shimao Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Centre – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

A survey conducted by The Architects’ Journal revealed that a quarter of all black and minority-ethnic architects experience racism in the workplace.

A pair of modern skyscrapers designed by architect David Childs have been proposed for Chicago’s waterfront, on the same site on the site that Santiago Calatrava’s 150-storey Spire began construction, but was stopped the following year due to the global financial crisis. The pair of towers are certainly elegantly designed, and nudge above the majority of the skyline.

A rather dramatic video accompanied the announcement – click here to have a watch!

400 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

400 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

UK equities and UK property have come out first and second in a monthly performance comparison of the major investment types.

Wates has been confirmed as framework contractor for the £650m renovation of a number of buildings on Parliament’s Northern Estate.

Birmingham is set for a new tower right next to it’s iconic Bullring shopping centre. A Kuwaiti firm has brought back their three-block plan, which includes a 30-storey tower, and forms the long-awaited phase two and three of the Beorma Quarter development. The 30 storey tower will become Birmingham’s tallest.

Abdulaziz Al-Nafisi, deputy chief executive officer of Salhia, which is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, said, “Beorma Quarter will be our first stand-alone, UK project. With a focus on Birmingham because of HS2 and the Midlands Engine, we think the development will be a great addition to the city and further boost the local economy in the Digbeth district.”

Beorma Quarter - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

Beorma Quarter – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

Construction of luxury flats in central London dropped by a quarter last year, with apartments housed in developments dubbed “posh ghost towers” struggling to sell.

A new skyscraper has been proposed by DeciBel Architecture in Melbourne. The tall, skinny design would make it Melbourne’s tallest building at 330 metres high, but remarkably, it will be built on an angled plot just half the size of a tennis court!

Magic Tower - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

Magic Tower – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

The massive £1.4bn redevelopment of the Brent Cross Shopping Centre is moving forward as Graham / Hochtief are believed to have secured the first major contract for infrastructure works in a joint venture.

Brent Cross redevelopment - HEKKTA - Will Alsop

Brent Cross redevelopment – HEKKTA – Will Alsop

Developers appear to be struggling to keep up with the moving property market, whilst short-term tenants in shared offices signal change in London’s commercial sector.