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Sydney Metro Shortlists Three Developers for Victoria Cross Station and Tower


16 Mar 2018, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Metro has short-listed three development groups to build Victoria Cross Station and a 167-meter commercial tower overhead. The project would include a maximum gross floor area of 60,000 square meters and include 160 car spaces. Read more.

Further Details Emerge on Chicago’s Lincoln Yards Project


16 Mar 2018, Chicago, United States

A developer has unveiled a more detailed look at its planned Lincoln Yards project on Chicago’s North Side, where it plans to invest up to $10 billion to develop roughly 1.6 million square meters of residential and office high-rises. Read more.

Council Set to Reject Woolwich Central Tower in London


15 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

The Greenwich Council is set to turn down an application for Woolwich Central Tower, a 27-story high-rise planned in London. The building would have provided 1,000 square meters of commercial space plus 260 apartments. Read more.

Student High-Rise Site in Melbourne Acquired


14 Mar 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A private-equity firm has acquired a Melbourne development site, with plans to develop one of the world’s tallest student housing towers. A permit modification for the site would allow 864 student beds and co-working space over 52 stories. Read more.

Plans Revealed for Luxury Hotel Along Dubai Water Canal


14 Mar 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Additional details have been revealed for a five-star hotel and luxury residential building planned for a site along Dubai Water Canal. The 31-story high-rise, to be called the Private Residences, will be designed by Foster + Partners. Read more.

Team Selected for Charenton-Bercy District Master Plan and Tower in Eastern Paris


13 Mar 2018, Paris, France

A team that includes the development arm of Bouygues Group and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been chosen to develop the Charenton-Bercy project in eastern Paris. The plan includes a 180-meter-tall net-zero-energy high-rise. Read more.

Approval Granted for Parramatta Office Tower


13 Mar 2018, Parramatta, Australia

The City of Parramatta has approved an AU$230 million office tower less than three months after the application was lodged. The development at 32 Smith Street will deliver 26,000 square meters of commercial space to the area. Read more.

Una Condo Tower Will Rise on Brickell Waterfront in Miami


12 Mar 2018, Miami, United States

Developers plan a 47-story condo tower, dubbed Una, on the Brickell waterfront in Miami. Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the building’s amenities include a spa and fitness center, private marina, and three pools. Read more.

Largest Regeneration Scheme in Wales to Begin in Cardiff


12 Mar 2018, Cardiff, United Kingdom

The first phase of the largest regeneration scheme in Cardiff is set to begin in September 2018. The development will feature 1,000 apartments, 139,354 square meters of new office space, and a waterfront plaza offering food and beverage options. Read more.

Units Now Available in High-Rise Project in Subang Jaya


12 Mar 2018, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

Units in a two-tower development in Subang Jaya are now available for purchase. The 361-unit project, called Lot 15, is being marketed toward first-time buyers and young professionals with one- and two-bedroom apartments. Read more.

Manchester Councilors Back Revised St. Michael’s Tower Proposal


09 Mar 2018, Manchester, United Kingdom

Manchester councilors have voted in favor of an architect’s controversial plan for the St. Michael’s Tower in the city center. The green light came despite objections from preservation groups concerned with the tower’s impact. Read more.

Upscale Condo Tower Planned Near Minneapolis Riverfront


08 Mar 2018, Minneapolis, United States

Developers have unveiled a 39-story condo tower slated to be built along the Minneapolis riverfront. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the 101-unit tower could be the tallest and priciest condo project to rise in the city since the recession. Read more.

Japanese Giant to Build Condos in Gurgaon, India


08 Mar 2018, Gurgaon, India

A Japanese conglomerate has partnered with an Indian developer to begin Phase 1 of a 5,000-home development in the northern city of Gurgaon. The initial phase will see the construction of two 35-story condominium towers with 433 units. Read more.

Sydney Approves 50-Story Hotel Project


07 Mar 2018, Sydney, Australia

Developers have been granted approval to build a 50-story mixed-use tower that would contain hotel, retail, and residential uses in Sydney’s CBD. The AU$426 million development follows a number of other high-rise proposals in the area. Read more.

Architect Envisions Super-Slender Cylindrical Skyscraper for New York


07 Mar 2018, New York City, United States

An architect has released a speculative proposal for a 400-meter-tall skyscraper in New York City that would be supported by spiraling steel cables rather than columns. The office tower would feature an observation deck on the 96th floor. Read more.

Sydney CBD Hotel Approved After Modifications


06 Mar 2018, Sydney, Australia

The City of Sydney has granted a developer approval to build an 18-story hotel designed by Plus Architecture in the city’s CBD. The proposal for the AU$35 million hotel was the third application for the site to be submitted by the developer. Read more.

Upscale Hotel Set to Occupy Adelaide’s Future Tallest Building


05 Mar 2018, Adelaide, Australia

Adelaide’s future tallest high-rise, the under-construction Frome Central Tower One, is set to host an upscale hotel with 326 rooms that will open in 2020. The 134-meter-tall tower will also contain 83 residential units. Read more.

Questions Raised About Design Review of Philadelphia’s Jewelers Row Tower


05 Mar 2018, Philadelphia, United States

Following the release of renderings for a 24-story tower, a Philadelphia architecture critic has raised questions about the effectiveness of the city’s Civic Design Board, which was founded in 2011 to vet all large projects for architectural integrity. Read more.

Architect Urges Mayor to Step in on 550-Home West London Scheme


02 Mar 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has questioned London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s decision not to overrule a local council’s refusal of the firm’s 550-unit high-rise scheme, after the mayor recently intervened on behalf of an adjacent 472-unit proposal. Read more.

Developer Proposes 60-Story Office Tower in Toronto


01 Mar 2018, Toronto, Canada

A developer has announced plans for a 60-story office tower to be built in Downtown Toronto’s quickly transforming South Core. Branded The Hub, the building will contain 130,064 square meters of space, with a glassed-in winter garden at its top. Read more.

Double Helix Design Revealed for Tech Company’s Shenzhen Headquarters


28 Feb 2018, Shenzhen, China

GroupGSA has revealed its proposal in a design competition to build a tech company’s new headquarters in Shenzhen. The mixed-use tower design was inspired by the repeating hexagons of a carbon atom. Read more.

Twin Tower Development Green-Lighted in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast


28 Feb 2018, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast City Council has approved a twin-tower hotel and residential project for a riverfront Surfers Paradise site. The two towers will rise 34 and 46 stories, and contain 503 apartments, 280 hotel rooms, and five ground-floor townhouses. Read more.

New Renderings Revealed for Portland’s Twin Towers


27 Feb 2018, Portland, United States

An architect has revealed updated renderings of the firm’s proposal to build a pair of interlinking high-rises in Portland’s 13-hectare mixed-use Broadway Corridor site. The taller of the towers, reaching 296 meters, would be the tallest in the city. Read more.

Developer Awards $163 Million Main Contract for Dubai’s Aykon City Tower


27 Feb 2018, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer has awarded a $163 million contract to China State Construction Engineering Corporation for the construction of a tower in its Aykon City master development. Work on the tower is expected to begin on March 1, 2018. Read more.

London Mayor Rescues Rejected High-Rise Housing Scheme


27 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

The mayor of London has stepped in to rescue a locally rejected 427-unit residential scheme in West London. The development would see five towers built to house retail, office space, and residential units – 40 percent of which would be affordable. Read more.

Planning Commission Backs 38-Story Tower in Los Angeles’ Historic Core


26 Feb 2018, Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles city planning commissioners approved a condominium tower in the city’s Downtown Historic Core. The building would contain 467 units and 860 parking spaces, which would be shared with nearby buildings. Read more.

Planning Minister Freezes AU$4.5 Billion Worth of Development in Melbourne


23 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has put on hold AU$4.5 billion worth of high-rise apartment projects at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne. A government statement said the 26 development applications would be referred to a committee for analysis. Read more.

Architect’s East London Scheme Gets Go-Ahead


23 Feb 2018, London, United Kingdom

An architect has won planning permission for a major mixed-use development on an 11-hectare site in Newham, East London. The scheme includes five buildings over 20 stories and two buildings in excess of 30 stories. Read more.

Chinese Developer Lodges Sydney Apartment Tower Plan


22 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has lodged an application with the City of Parramatta to develop a 21-story mixed-use apartment tower. Designed by Woods Bagot, the 76-meter high-rise will contain more than 100 apartments with retail at the base. Read more.

Three-Tower Development Launched in Sydney Suburb


21 Feb 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has launched the first stage of its three-tower development in St. Leonards, near Sydney. It will comprise two towers of 46 and 26 stories, accommodating 654 apartments, as well as a 15-story commercial and retail building. Read more.