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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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First Mass Timber High-Rise Building in the US Cleared for Construction in Portland

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07 Jun 2017, Portland, United States

A developer has received a construction permit designating Framework, a 12-story wood-resilient building planned for Portland’s Pearl District, as a “shovel-ready” project, marking a landmark decision for the US construction industry. Read more.


Banc Apartments Riverfront Tower to Start Construction in Brisbane

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31 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer is charging ahead with construction on its US$52 million luxury riverfront building, Banc Apartments, in a show of confidence in the Brisbane apartment market. Work is set to start mid-year, with 65 percent of residences already sold. Read more.


New Renderings Revealed for First Domino Sugar Building as Construction Commences in New York City

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31 May 2017, New York City, United States

Development on the site of the former Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is moving along, with May 30 marking the launch of leasing at 325 Kent Avenue – the first building to open as part of the mega-development. Read more.


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Olderfleet at 477 Collins Street in Melbourne

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16 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer recently celebrated the start of construction for its latest premium-grade office building in Melbourne with a groundbreaking ceremony on site. The project, called Olderfleet at 477 Collins Street, is on track to complete in 2020. Read more.


Work Begins on High-Rise Hospital in Philadelphia

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12 May 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Work on a new high-rise hospital has begun in Philadelphia. The $1.5 billion scheme for the University of Pennsylvania is being built on the former site of the 20-story, 1975-built Penn Tower Hotel, which was demolished in 2016. Read more.


Construction Begins on Four-Phase Residential Project in Rostov-on-Don

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10 May 2017, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Construction has begun on the first phase of a new four-tower residential project, called The Seasons. The project will be developed in four phases, comprising almost 1,100 apartments to be completed by the end of 2021. Read more.


Aspen West Campus Student Housing Tower on the Rise in Austin

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10 May 2017, Austin, United States

The co-developer of The Independent is witnessing their latest project come to life near the University of Texas campus. The $60 million Aspen West Campus student housing tower is now under construction at 1909 Rio Grande Street. Read more.


Public Transport Emphasized at St. Leonards Square Groundbreaking in Sydney

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02 May 2017, Sydney, Australia

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for St. Leonards Square, which is part of the larger 472-520 Pacific Highway complex. At the ceremony, the developer's CEO stated that the success of the project hangs on the availability of public transport. Read more.


Foundation Work Completes for Phase One of Winnipeg’s True North Square

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26 Apr 2017, Winnipeg, Canada

The owner of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets continues the transformation of a downtown parcel set to become home to a mixed-use district. Thus far, foundation work has completed on phase one of the four-tower True North Square complex. Read more.


Construction Scheduled for Lightbox at MediaCityUK in Salford

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12 Apr 2017, Salford, United Kingdom

The next phase of construction at MediaCityUK – one of the UK’s largest technology hubs – is starting with a new, luxury residential apartment scheme known as Lightbox. Construction is set to commence on the site at the end of April. Read more.


Construction Underway on 661 Chapel Street in Melbourne

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07 Apr 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Currently on the rise in the South Yarra district of Melbourne, 661 Chapel Street will continue the current development spree that the area has seen lately, adding 30 stories and 127 luxury units to the northern end of the neighborhood. Read more.


Plans Revealed for The Pacifica in Central Auckland

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05 Apr 2017, Auckland, New Zealand

Construction is expected to begin at The Pacifica by the end of 2017 and finish by September 2020. Rising 178 meters, the building could become New Zealand's highest residential tower when completed, developers say. Read more.


First Construction Permit Issued for Chicago’s Essex on the Park Tower

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05 Apr 2017, Chicago, United States

While the 56-story Essex on the Park tower celebrated a formal groundbreaking back in January, the upcoming high-rise is now ready to begin construction in earnest. On April 3, the project was granted its first building permit. Read more.


Construction Date Set for Cape Town’s Tallest Tower

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21 Feb 2017, Cape Town, South Africa

The construction of a USD$115 million mixed-use building in Cape Town, South Africa, is scheduled to commence in April 2017. Known as Zero2ONE, it is set to be the tallest building in the city upon completion. Read more.


Three Snowhill Poised to Realize Birmingham's "Big City Plan"

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20 Feb 2017, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Construction is progressing on a 16-story office block dubbed Three Snowhill, part of a larger development poised to bring the city one step closer to realizing City Hall's collective vision of the Birmingham city center as a vibrant urban hub. Read more.


Apartment Sales Launched at Majakka Tower in Helsinki

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15 Feb 2017, Helsinki, Finland

Sales of apartments in Majakka – the first residential tower building at the REDI complex – began on February 15, 2017, to great interest. Currently, around 90 percent of the apartments have been reserved. Read more.


38-Story Seattle Office Tower Set to Begin Construction

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07 Feb 2017, Seattle, United States

A developer is set to start work on 2&U, a lifted, 37-story, 665,000-square-foot (62,000-square-meter) office tower in Seattle’s urban core. The $392 million building is named for its location, at Second Avenue and University Street. Read more.


Construction Work Underway on Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center

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27 Jan 2017, Fuzhou, China

Construction is underway for the Fubon Fuzhou Financial Center in Fuzhou, China. The new, 29-story corporate building is set for a site along the Minjiang River in the Straights Financial Street Development of Fuzhou’s Taijian District. Read more.


Budapest's Largest Urban Development in 30 Years Begins Construction

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25 Jan 2017, Budapest, Hungary

An architect has won the commission to design a new multi-tower master plan for the Budapart neighborhood of Budapest, Hungary. The project is set to become the largest singular urban development in the city in nearly 30 years. Read more.


Excavation Underway for Vancouver’s 1575 West Georgia Street

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16 Jan 2017, Vancouver, Canada

More than two years have passed since news first broke about the planned construction of a 26-story, mixed-use tower at 1575 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. Work crews have since cleared the site and begun excavation. Read more.


Construction Begins in Warsaw on Poland’s Future Tallest Building

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11 Jan 2017, Warsaw, Poland

Construction has begun on Varso Place – a mixed-use development in the Warsaw city center. Plans for the 140,000-square-meter scheme include Poland's future tallest tower and two mid-rise buildings of 21 and 19 stories, respectively. Read more.


Construction to Begin on Student Housing Tower in London

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10 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Work is set to start on architects Hodder & Partners’ biggest project to date, after client the University of London announced it had finalized funding for the £105 million ($128 million) student-housing tower. Read more.


New Details Emerge on The Wyatt as it Nears Construction in Toronto

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06 Jan 2017, Toronto, Canada

Set to begin construction in Toronto's Regent Park, The Wyatt will contribute 342 residential units to the re-imagined neighborhood. With construction eminent, new details have emerged on the tower's interior design features. Read more.


24-Story Tower Approved for London’s Orchard Wharf Development

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05 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

A 24-story tower has been granted planning permission in east London. Work on the tower, which is part of a larger scheme known as Orchard Wharf, is expected to start in 2017 with a completion date scheduled for 2019 or 2020. Read more.


Construction Underway on Coda at Tech Square in Atlanta

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20 Dec 2016, Atlanta, United States

An architecture firm recently celebrated the start of construction for Coda at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta, adjacent to the Georgia Institute of Technology campus. Construction is scheduled to complete in early 2019. Read more.


Site Prep Underway for 76-story South Loop Tower in Chicago

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16 Dec 2016, Chicago, United States

While the upcoming 887-foot (270-meter) skyscraper at 113 East Roosevelt has not officially started construction, site work has begun at the prime parcel located at the southern edge of Chicago’s Grant Park. Read more.


Oceanwide Center Tower Breaks Ground in San Francisco

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09 Dec 2016, San Francisco, United States

Site work has commenced on the development set to include San Francisco's second-tallest building. Tower 1 will rise 61 stories and 277 meters once completed in 2021, overtaking the 260-meter height of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid. Read more.


Construction Begins for 290-Meter Tower in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach

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05 Dec 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Construction work on a 290-meter tower at Jumeirah Beach has started, with Emaar appointing Middle East Foundation Group as enabling works contractor for 74-story The Address Residences Jumeirah Resort + Spa. Read more.


Construction Set to Begin for Brisbane 1 Complex

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01 Dec 2016, Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has officially turned the first sod on the site of the Brisbane 1 development in South Brisbane. The complex on Cordelia Street will be the first Australian development built by R&F Properties. Read more.


South Loop High-Rise Hotel Quietly Starts Construction in Chicago

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17 Nov 2016, Chicago, United States

Chicago’s South Loop construction boom continues as crews and equipment arrive on-scene to prepare the southeast corner of Wabash and 11th Street for a new 306-foot (93-meter), 281-room hotel tower. Read more.