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The CTBUH Global News Archive is the primary place to get all the latest news on tall buildings, urban development and sustainable construction from around the world. The CTBUH also disseminates this information via our Monthly e-Newsletter, CTBUH Journal, and through books and reports. To view news for a certain category or time period, please use the links on the left side menu.

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Planning Objection Delays Cork’s Planned Office Tower


07 Nov 2018, Cork, Ireland

A 15-story office tower slated for Cork City is facing delays, following a late appeal from a local heritage body. If approved, the project would deliver 6,000 square meters of office space to the city center. Read more.

Water Park with Three Towers Proposal Revealed in Dubai


06 Nov 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A proposal for a three-tower water park in Dubai called Fine Flower—Dubai Heart would include a water activities plaza, children's play area, and a panoramic restaurant tower among other island amenities. Read more.

Firm Selected to Lead 32-Story Vertical Campus Development in Melbourne


05 Nov 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has been selected to develop a 32-story vertical campus for a university in Melbourne’s CBD. Development approval has already been awarded for the project, which is set to begin construction in 2019. Read more.

Glass Elevator to Rise in London’s Battersea Power Station Chimney


05 Nov 2018, London, United Kingdom

New images have been released of a glass elevator and event space slated to open in London’s renovated Battersea Power Station. The proposed refurbishment will also include offices, retail, apartments, and a 60-room hotel. Read more.

Four Towers Approved to Join Gold Coast Hotel Development


02 Nov 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

A hotel development in Gold Coast is slated to be joined by four more towers, as plans for the scheme recently received approval. The $1.4 billion project is projected to reach completion by 2028. Read more.

New Details Emerge for 53-Story Los Angeles Project


02 Nov 2018, Los Angeles, United States

New details have been released for a 240-meter tower slated for Los Angeles’ Pershing Square area. The 53-story building’s design includes staggering floor plates on the lower levels and cantilevered swimming pools on the upper levels. Read more.

Despite Design Critics, 20-Story Tower Approved in Gateshead


01 Nov 2018, Gateshead, United Kingdom

A 20-story apartment tower with 317 units will be built in Gateshead following the approval of the local planning council, despite concerns over the project’s conservative design. Construction is expected to start in Spring of 2019. Read more.

Four-Tower Development Approved by South London Council


31 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

Despite objections voiced by residents and local businesses, the Southwark Council has approved plans for a four-tower development in South London. The 17-, 30-, 40-, and 49-story buildings will contain 1,152 new homes. Read more.

Four Condominium Towers Proposed for Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Site


31 Oct 2018, Vaughan, Canada

A mixed-use development including four high-rise towers has been proposed in the suburban Toronto city of Vaughan. The project features a total of 1,800 residential units, 6,909 square meters of commercial space, and outdoor amenity spaces. Read more.

Mega-Development to Join Montreal’s Mount Royal District


29 Oct 2018, Montreal, Canada

Near the northwest corner of Montreal, an expansive urban development has been proposed. The scheme includes five hotels, four office towers, a transportation hub, and a shopping mall, as well as a large, open piazza. Read more.

Chicago Spire Site Plans to be Reworked Following Alderman’s Rejection


26 Oct 2018, Chicago, United States

A Chicago alderman has rejected plans to build 335- and 259-meter towers on a controversial development site, in response to concerns raised by local residents. The project will require a zoning change and approval to proceed. Read more.

Hotel Chain to Join 43-Floor Scheme on Buenos Aires Waterfront


26 Oct 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A prominent hotel brand intends to join a 43-floor scheme slated for the Puerto Madero waterfront of Buenos Aires. The development, which will be the hospitality chain’s first in South America, is planned to begin works in 2019. Read more.

Head Contractor Appointed for Melbourne’s Next Residential Tower


24 Oct 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A head contractor has been appointed for 61-story residential project slated for Melbourne’s Southbank district. The high-rise features a three-dimensional diamond-patterned façade, as well as an integrated LED installation. Read more.

Boston’s Winthrop Square Tower to Proceed After City Council Approval


24 Oct 2018, Boston, United States

Ending a decade-long debate process, the Boston City Council has approved plans for a 210-meter mixed-use tower to replace a former parking garage site. The project is expected to break ground as soon as 24 October. Read more.

City of London Set to Invest in 51-Story Office Block Development


24 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

The City of London plans to purchase interest in a 51-story office block development to assist in the resolution of 41 right-to-light disputes. The proposed project would deliver 52,954 square meters of office space to the city’s central district. Read more.

Preliminary Details Emerge on Cairo’s New Landmark Tower


24 Oct 2018, Cairo, Egypt

A design firm has released fresh details for a high-rise tower in the New Administrative Capital of Egypt, which is proposed to rise taller than Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The building’s "art deco" design was inspired by the state’s Pharaonic history. Read more.

Master Plan with 1,500 Homes Has Been Proposed in Newcastle


23 Oct 2018, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

A 1,500 home “urban village” has been proposed in Newcastle, which would include a hotel and up to 10,605 square meters of commercial, community and leisure space. The proposed development is estimated to cost £250 million ($324 million). Read more.

The Chicago Plan Commission Approves Nine High-Rise Projects


23 Oct 2018, Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Planning Commission has approved plans for nine high-rises ranging from 168 meters to 290 meters in height. Within the approvals is the River District megadevelopment, which is slated to provide 4,100 apartments. Read more.

41-Story Condo Tower Receives Approval of Minneapolis Planners


22 Oct 2018, Minneapolis, United States

The Minneapolis Planning Commission has granted approval for a proposed 167-meter condominium building to develop in the city’s Mill district. The tower, which is set to begin construction in 2019, may become the tallest in Minnesota. Read more.

Major Banks to Finance New Headquarters at Tashkent Urban Development Site


19 Oct 2018, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Three major banks in Uzbekistan have pledged to finance high-rise projects on the sixth land plot of an urban development in Tashkent. The site’s 26-, 33-, and 33-floor towers are planned to facilitate the financial groups’ head offices. Read more.

London’s Contentious Canary Wharf Tower Approved at Appeal


19 Oct 2018, London, United Kingdom

Despite a 49-story scheme’s initial rejection, the 332-unit tower has been approved by the London planning inspector to rise near Canary Wharf in the Docklands area. The project will also deliver 1,000 square meters of commercial space. Read more.

New Plans Lodged for 49-Story Sydney Redevelopment


19 Oct 2018, Sydney, Australia

A developer has lodged new plans to redevelop a historic Sydney site into a 49-story tower, following the rejection of a prior proposal. The $149 million project includes 246 residential units and a 100-room hotel. Read more.

Bronze-Clad Tower Proposed to Join St. Julian’s Skyline


17 Oct 2018, St. Julian's, Malta

A 25-story tower featuring a bronze-clad exterior has been proposed to replace several existing villas in the Paceville district of St. Julian’s. The high-rise includes offices, apartments, and a hotel, as well as two public plazas. Read more.

Toronto High-Rise Achieves Zoning Approval Following Height Reductions


17 Oct 2018, Toronto, Canada

A proposed mixed-use tower has achieved zoning approval in Toronto, after height and density alterations. The revised scheme will rise 32 stories, including a two-story outdoor terrace located in the mid-section of the building. Read more.

Three-Tower Condominium Complex to Develop in Mandaluyong


17 Oct 2018, Mandaluyong, Philippines

Following the success of a four-tower condominium scheme in Mandaluyong, a developer has invested $137 million to develop an additional three-tower complex in the city. The project’s first tower is slated to rise 39 stories. Read more.

Construction Contract Awarded for 55-Floor Morocco High-Rise


15 Oct 2018, Rabat, Morocco

A design and construction firm has signed a contract with a developer to deliver a 55-floor high-rise in Rabat, Morocco. The tower, which is planned to begin rising in November, will host a hotel, offices, and apartments. Read more.

Office Tower Complex with Rooftop Gardens Proposed for Downtown San Jose


15 Oct 2018, San Jose, United States

A 17-story multi-tower office complex has been proposed to rise in Downtown San Jose, California. The project spans a total of 53,976 square meters, including 1,858 square meters of retail and rooftop gardens with multi-level terraces. Read more.

High-Rise Featuring Cubic Design Slated for Historic Tarragona Site


15 Oct 2018, Tarragona, Spain

A 20-floor building, featuring a cubic design and large windows, is slated to rise in the Spanish city of Tarragona. The 318-unit tower is scheduled to begin construction in early 2019, as site-clearing has been completed. Read more.

A 33-Story "Urban Tree Farm" Tower Planned to Develop in Quito


12 Oct 2018, Quito, Ecuador

A design team has released plans for a 33-story residential building in Quito, Ecuador. The project features a twisted modular structure, allowing each floor to support native plants and trees. Read more.

Application Filed for 54-Story Downtown Vancouver Tower


12 Oct 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Fresh renderings and a rezoning application have been submitted to the City of Vancouver for a 54-story tower to rise. Plans include a total of 455 units, as well as 2,094 square meters of commercial and retail space. Read more.