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CTBUH Global News

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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Work Continues on Jakarta’s Pertamina Tower


05 Jan 2015, Jakarta, Indonesia

Construction work on Pertamina Tower, Jakarta, which began in January, 2014, is now well underway. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the 530-meter, 99-story net-zero skyscraper is designed to generate as much energy as it uses. Read more.

Local Imagery Defines Yangon Hotel Complex


10 Dec 2014, Yangon, Myanmar

A major resort is currently under construction in Yangon, Myanmar. Consisting of a 15-story luxury hotel and a 29-story extended-stay hotel, the complex will provide more than 660 rooms with views of Inya Lake. Read more.

Skanska Signs Contract to Construct London’s Scalpel


10 Dec 2014, London, United Kingdom

Skanska has signed a £198 million (US $310 million) contract to build a new landmark office tower at 52 Lime Street in London. The project, dubbed "the Scalpel", is to due complete in 2017. Read more.

Construction of Moscow’s Moscow-City Skyscraper Block to Complete in 2018


08 Dec 2014, Moscow, Russia

Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Policy and Construction, said that the construction around Moscow’s International Business Center, Moscow-City, is wrapping up, and that the complex is set to be fully completed by 2018. Read more.

Developers Celebrate the Topping Out of 605 West 42nd Street in New York City


04 Dec 2014, New York City, United States

A topping out ceremony was held for 605 West 42nd Street, a 60-story high-rise that represents the largest rental development currently under construction in Manhattan, containing 108,000 square meters. Read more.

Builders Sought to Construct The Palm Gateway in Dubai


04 Dec 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A tender has been floated for the construction of The Palm Gateway on Palm Jumeirah Island in Dubai. The project consists of three towers to be constructed on an existing car parking podium. Read more.

Tender Issued for Iconic Katara Towers in Doha


02 Dec 2014, Doha, Qatar

Katara Hospitality has issued a tender for the substructure and basement works at the Katara Towers, in Doha. The pincer-shaped twin towers in the Lusail district will host hotels and branded apartments for permanent residents. Read more.

Foundation Work for Kuala Lumpur's KL118 to be Completed in 2015


01 Dec 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The developer expects foundation and piling works on the KL118 Tower, formerly known as Menara Warisan Merdeka, to be completed by the third quarter of 2015. The tower will have 118 stories and is estimated to cost $1.5 billion. Read more.

Derelict Plaza Rakyat in Kuala Lumpur May Finally Continue Construction


26 Nov 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

After 20 years in limbo, the metaphorical gates of the abandoned Plaza Rakyat project will finally open as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has taken vacant possession of the site. The original plan calls for a 79-story tower. Read more.

Work on Dubai Pearl to Restart in December


25 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

After a series of delays since it was announced in 2003, work on the Dubai Pearl will restart in December, with the $6 billion megaproject set to be completed “by 2018”, the developer’s chief executive has said. Read more.

Construction Resumes on 3 World Trade Center in New York City


24 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

Silverstein Properties has resumed construction of 3 World Trade Center after selling $1.6 billion in tax-exempt Liberty Bonds in October, secured by tenant leases and a mortgage. Construction is expected to be complete in 2018. Read more.

CTBUH Hosts Tour Through Toronto’s Ïce Condominiums


24 Nov 2014, Toronto, Canada

On November 19, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) hosted a tour of the Lanterra Developments condominium project known, maybe all too appropriately in this instance, as Ïce. Read more.

Emirates Pearl Hotel Taking Shape in Abu Dhabi


24 Nov 2014, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Construction is progressing steadily on the twisting Emirates Pearl Hotel in its location at the heart of Abu Dhabi. In close proximity to the Emirates Palace, the planned property aims to position itself among high-class business hotels. Read more.

Manhattan West Platform Completed in New York City


20 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

Brookfield Properties recently completed a 2.6-acre (1-hectare), 120,000-square-foot (11,000-square-meter) platform over railroad tracks leading into Penn Station, which will serve as the foundation for the Manhattan West megaproject. Read more.

Folded Slabs of Columbia Medical Center Take Shape in New York City


18 Nov 2014, New York City, United States

After having topped out in late September 2014, construction on the Columbia Medical + Graduate Education Building has moved into initial cladding work, with the first length of glazing installed on the west façade. Read more.

Sales Launch for Sydney by Crown


18 Nov 2014, Sydney, Australia

The Grand Opening of the Sydney by Crown Display Suite was marked with an invitation-only media event. The new AUS $250 million (US $218 million) tower will begin sales on November 22. Read more.

World Trade Center Nanjing Complex Progresses, Main Tower Lagging Behind


14 Nov 2014, Nanjing, China

The World Trade Center Nanjing is a mixed-use development that will include a luxury five-star hotel and two residential towers. The complex remains under construction, although the 328-meter main tower is still on hold. Read more.

Damac Towers Continue Upward Rise in Dubai


12 Nov 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

One of the largest construction projects in Dubai is now heading skywards. The $1 billion Damac Towers by Paramount resort is to include more than 1,800 serviced suites and 5-star Paramount Hotel. Read more.

First 60-Floor Residential Skyscraper in Japan to Go on Sale in January


11 Nov 2014, Tokyo, Japan

Apartments at the 209-meter-tall Parkhouse Nishi Shinjuku Tower 60 are set to go on sale in January. The tower, still under construction, will be the first residential building in the country to reach 60 floors. Read more.

Brookfield Multiplex to Deliver Sydney’s Tallest Residential Tower


07 Nov 2014, Sydney, Australia

Brookfield Multiplex has been appointed as sole contractor to construct the iconic Greenland Centre Residential Tower at 115 Bathurst Street in Sydney’s central business district. Read more.

New York’s 551 Tenth Avenue Begins Upward Climb


31 Oct 2014, New York City, United States

On the corner of 40th Street and Tenth Avenue, yet another major rental tower is just beginning to rise at 551 Tenth Avenue. The building will have 600 units, and permits indicated a final height of 52 stories. Read more.

Construction on Manchester Residential Tower Quartet to Begin in February 2015


29 Oct 2014, Manchester, United Kingdom

The Media City scheme planned for Salford Quays in Manchester will start construction in 2015. The project consists of four towers, the tallest of which will be 27 floors, each sitting on its own individual retail podium. Read more.

Hard Rock Hotel to Open in Dubai’s Marina 101


28 Oct 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai’s Marina 101 will soon house the Middle East’s first Hard Rock Hotel, it was announced on October 27. The hotel will occupy the first 33 floors of the building and will feature a club and restaurant on the 101st floor. Read more.

Forthcoming Skyscrapers Seek to Enhance Delhi National Capital Region


24 Oct 2014, New Delhi, India

The amenities promised by developers in many of the skyscrapers under construction in the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) have been a hit with the well-heeled customers looking for the high-rise lifestyle. Read more.

Construction of Toronto’s EY Tower Approaching Grade


22 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

A block west of the construction site for the Bay Adelaide Centre East Tower, EY Tower will soon be rising from the ground. The foundation raft slab was poured during mid-July and two tower cranes are now working away on site. Read more.

CHAZ Yorkville Condos Nearing Final Height on Toronto’s Charles Street


15 Oct 2014, Toronto, Canada

Another high-rise development is approaching its final height in Toronto. CHAZ Yorkville Condos has made significant progress over the past several months and work is now under way on the 47th and final residential floor. Read more.

Richard Meier Reveals 163-meter Skyscraper in Taichung


14 Oct 2014, Taichung, Taiwan

Designs have been unveiled for a 163-meter-high skyscraper that is already under construction in the Taiwanese city of Taichung. The Taichung Condominium Tower will offer 110 luxury apartments in the center of the city. Read more.

High-Rise Super Hospital Under Construction in Montreal


09 Oct 2014, Montreal, Canada

Halfway through construction, the $1.8 billion Centre hospitalier de l’université de Montréal (CHUM) is a new breed of super-hospital. It will be the largest French-speaking teaching hospital in North America upon completion. Read more.

Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre to Open Early 2016


08 Oct 2014, Guangzhou, China

The 530-meter Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre is slated to complete in early 2016, at which point it will be the tallest building in Guangzhou. The tower will offer an assortment of office space, an art mall, a hotel, and residences. Read more.

Monaco’s Tallest Building Nears Completion


02 Oct 2014, Monaco, Monaco

Monaco's tallest building is nearing completion – the first significant addition to the region’s skyline since the 1980s. Named Tour Odéon, the 170-meter structure will contain 70 apartments and two sky duplexes. Read more.