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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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London’s Grenfell Tower Investigation Looks into Possible Public Office Offenses


11 Dec 2017, London, United Kingdom

Almost 400 companies are being investigated for possible offenses, including corporate manslaughter and breaches of fire safety laws, over their role in the construction or refurbishment of Grenfell Tower. Read more.

Plan for Chicago Tower Hits Obstacle


07 Dec 2017, Chicago, United States

A planned 51-story tower on Wacker Drive has run into an unexpected obstacle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reviewing the project for potential “adverse effect” from demolishing an architecturally significant building. Read more.

Melbourne Builder Finally Agrees to Replace Flammable Cladding on Lacrosse Towers


04 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Three years after fire ripped through 15 floors in a matter of minutes, the builder behind the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne’s Docklands has agreed to replace the combustible cladding on the tower. Read more.

Apartment Fire Kills 10 in Tianjin


01 Dec 2017, Tianjin, China

A skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, December 1, 2017. The fire broke out around 4:00 a.m. on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city center. Read more.

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Turns Down Architecture Organization’s Offer to Help


22 Nov 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry has refused a prominent architecture organization's application to become a “core participant” (CP) on the review into the 71 deaths caused by the tragic fire in June 2017. Read more.

UK's RIBA Demands Sprinklers and Fire Escapes for New and Refurbished Multistory Homes


20 Oct 2017, London, United Kingdom

Responding to the Grenfell Tower fire, UK's RIBA has called for every new residential building over three floors to have more than one vertical means of escape, as well as sprinklers in all new and refurbished residential buildings. Read more.

Grenfell Probe in London Widens to 336 Companies


22 Sep 2017, London, United Kingdom

The Grenfell Tower fire probe has widened to include 336 firms thought to be involved in the construction, refurbishment, or management of the building. Manslaughter is among the offenses that may be discovered. Read more.

More Than 200 Dead in Mexico Earthquake as Buildings Collapse


20 Sep 2017, Mexico City, Mexico

Rescuers frantically searched through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes, and apartment buildings early Wednesday after Mexico's deadliest earthquake since 1985 killed at least 217 people. Read more.

Potential Cracks in Steel Halt Work Atop Philadelphia’s New Comcast Tower


12 Sep 2017, Philadelphia, United States

Construction atop the rising Comcast Technology Center has been halted over concerns that the steel being used is cracked. The cracking may have occurred during the steel’s galvanizing process. Read more.

Three Cranes Atop High-Rises Collapse as Irma Lashes Florida


11 Sep 2017, Miami, United States

Three construction cranes collapsed onto buildings in South Florida due to Hurricane Irma's heavy winds. Crews had to wait until the the winds calm to mobilize. There have been no reported injuries. Read more.

Glass Falls from Civil Justice Centre in Manchester


21 Aug 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that in late July, glass from three broken panels fell from the 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Manchester Civil Justice Centre onto a footpath and road below. Read more.

As One London Tower is Evacuated for Safety Reasons, Cladding Used on Others Passes Safety Test


14 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom

While residents of the Ledbury estate in southeast London have been told to move out after structural problems were found, a cladding system using stonewall insulation has become the first to pass new government-ordered fire safety tests. Read more.

NSW Government to Crack Down on Dangerous Building Materials After Grenfell Fire


08 Aug 2017, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales (NSW) government has unveiled a fire safety plan that it says is “Australia’s most comprehensive” response to the issues exposed by London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in June. Read more.

London’s Cheesegrater Struck by Steel Beam from 22 Bishopsgate Construction Site


07 Aug 2017, London, United Kingdom

A steel beam being lifted by a crane working at the 22 Bishopsgate construction site in London crashed into the side of the Cheesegrater building, resulting in damage to the external glazing. Read more.

Flames Engulf Dubai's Torch Tower Once Again


04 Aug 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For the second time in two years, a large blaze has ripped through the 79-story Torch Tower in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. All residents inside were safely evacuated. Read more.

Probe into London’s Grenfell Tower Fire Shows Flammable Cladding in 80+ Buildings


31 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

The investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people in June, has revealed that a type of cladding and insulation used in more than 80 tower blocks across the UK poses a “significant fire hazard.” Read more.

Fire Breaks Out in Central Moscow High-Rise


19 Jul 2017, Moscow, Russia

A fire broke out in a high-rise building undergoing renovations at 19 New Arbat Street in central Moscow. There has been no information on any injured, and Moscow’s Emergencies Services said there were no people inside. Read more.

Fatal Fire Burns Honolulu High-Rise Without Sprinklers


17 Jul 2017, Honolulu, United States

At least three people have died and another 12 have been injured in a fire at a Honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said. Hundreds fled the condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors. Read more.

600 UK High-Rises Identified with Grenfell Tower-Style Cladding


22 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

Around 600 UK high-rises are believed to be covered in similar cladding to the material suspected of worsening the deadly London apartment block fire, the British government said Thursday, June 22. Read more.

Grenfell House Fire Provokes Investigation into Cladding on NSW Towers


20 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

Flammable cladding blamed for the rapid spread of the fatal blaze that occurred at Grenfell House in London was pinpointed as contributing to a past fire in a Melbourne high-rise, provoking investigation into cladding on NSW towers. Read more.

Grenfell House Cladding Identified as Cheaper and More Flammable Option


19 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

The cladding used in the Grenfell House renovation has been identified as a cheaper and more flammable variety. The aluminum-composite panels were installed prior to a devastating fire at the 24-story tower. Read more.

London Government to Inspect Tower Blocks Following Grenfell House Fire


16 Jun 2017, London, United Kindom

Following a devastating fire that took place in a 24-story residential high-rise in West London on June 14, all 4,000 high-rise tower blocks in the UK similar to Grenfell House are to face inspections, a communities secretary has announced. Read more.

Fatal Fire Engulfs London’s 24-Story Grenfell House


14 Jun 2017, London, United Kingdom

A fire transformed Grenfell House, a high-rise apartment tower in West London, into an inferno early Wednesday morning, sending at least 74 people to hospitals and raising fears that others might have been trapped inside. Read more.

Fire Breaks out at London’s Trellick Tower


20 Apr 2017, London, United Kingdom

Around 200 people fled to safety after a fire broke out on the 27th floor of an iconic tower block in northwest London. More than 50 firefighters tackled the blaze in Trellick Tower in Kensal Town on the night of April 19. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out at Under-Construction Dubai Skyscraper


03 Apr 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A large fire broke out early on the morning of April 3 at an under-construction high-rise building near Dubai's largest shopping mall, sending thick gray smoke billowing over the heart of the city. Read more.

Vancouver’s TallWood House Boasts Top Fire-Safety Measures


02 Mar 2017, Vancouver, Canada

The 18-story building known as TallWood House at Brock Commons is the largest mass timber building in the world. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services has worked to ensure the project achieves top fire safety measures. Read more.

Skyscraper Construction Failure Forces Evacuation of Over a Dozen Buildings in San Francisco


16 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

A construction failure at a partially built skyscraper in downtown San Francisco forced the evacuation of a dozen nearby buildings in the SoMa neighborhood, the city's fire department said on Wednesday, February 15. Read more.

Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai to Delay Completion Until Summer 2018


08 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor is working to get its Viceroy Jumeirah Village Dubai back on track following a 2016 fire at the site. The 65-story project was initially scheduled for completion in 2017, but is now targeting an opening in 2018. Read more.

New Fire Code Targets Cladding Flammability in UAE Buildings


25 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

New fire safety regulations came into force across the UAE on January 22 in response to a series of blazes in towers in the Emirates over the past few years. The new code specifically targets flammability issues involving exterior cladding. Read more.

17-Story High-Rise in Tehran Collapses after Fire


19 Jan 2017, Tehran, Iran

Soldiers, sniffer dogs, and rescue workers are searching for an estimated 25 trapped firefighters in the ruins of a 17-story commercial building that collapsed on January 19 while they were trying to put out a blaze. Read more.