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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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42-Story Development Proposed for Toronto’s Bloor Street


27 Feb 2015, Toronto, Canada

State Building Group has submitted a development application for 316 Bloor Street West. At 42 stories tall, the tower would house 535 condominium units as well as 265 square meters of retail space at its base, fronting onto Bloor Street. Read more.

Birmingham’s Arena Central Plans Edge Closer to Reality


27 Feb 2015, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Proposals for a major residential scheme at Arena Central on the proposed site of the V Building, a 50-story tower which was put on hold due to the recession, have been recommended for approval ahead of a Birmingham City Council planning meeting. Read more.

Tall Bonanza Anticipated in Developers’ San Francisco SoMA Land Grab


27 Feb 2015, San Francisco, United States

The San Francisco Business Times has compiled a list of tall-building developments expected to result from a string of acquisitions related to the city’s yet-to-be-released Central SoMA (South of Market Area) plan. Read more.

Contractor Chosen for East Delhi Hub Tower


27 Feb 2015, Delhi, India

State-owned National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) signed an agreement on Feb. 27 with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to construct a 30-hectare megaproject that will also house the tallest tower in the capital. Read more.

Brighton’s i360 Tower Moves Above Ground


26 Feb 2015, Brighton, United Kingdom

Construction of Brighton’s i360 observation tower has moved above ground. The tower reached a major turning point the week of February 16, when a 25-meter pile rig arrived on site at the old entrance of the Grade I-listed West Pier. Read more.

Can Hong Kong’s Innovation Tower Inspire the City’s Architects?


26 Feb 2015, Hong Kong, China

In the thick of Hong Kong's concrete jungle lies the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which has become a welcoming home for design professionals, students, and faculty. Read more.

Melbourne’s 334-344 City Road Tower Revised to Address Planning Concerns


26 Feb 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Even with a considerable reduction in height and apartment yield, 334-344 City Road has found no favor in a report to the Future Melbourne Committee, which was tabled earlier in February. Read more.

$155 Million Hotel Plans Submitted for Stratford, East London


25 Feb 2015, London, United Kingdom

A planning application has been submitted for a $155 million dual-hotel scheme at Stratford, east London. The project consists of a 137-bed Adagio hotel and a 249-bed destination boutique hotel called the Penny Brook. Read more.

Two Towers Topped Out in the Heart of Riyadh


25 Feb 2015, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Developers have announced that Damac Esclusiva and Damac Tower by Paramount have topped out in the heart of the Saudi capital of Riyadh, less than two years into construction. Handover is expected in 2016. Read more.

First Look at the Flora Lofts in Dallas Now Available


25 Feb 2015, Dallas, United States

Developers will build a 39-story residential tower on one of the last vacant sites in the downtown Dallas Arts District. The project at Flora and Olive streets is right next door to the Museum Tower. Read more.

Another High-Rise Proposal Propels Debate on Prague’s High-Rise Future


24 Feb 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

Several new skyscrapers are to be built in Czech towns if financial conditions and authorities allow it, including the 128-meter and 139-meter Prague Eye Towers, which would be the tallest buildings in the country. Read more.

Two 44-Story Towers Coming to Jersey City


24 Feb 2015, Jersey City, United States

New plans call for two towers on the Jersey City waterfront, which will share a five-story podium that will have parking, retail, and additional apartments. The buildings will top out at 44 floors above street level. Read more.

Martin Place Makeover With 32-Story, $583 Million Office Tower in Sydney


24 Feb 2015, Sydney, Australia

The Sydney skyline is to get a curvy new $583 million glass-fronted skyscraper, complete with public dining and event spaces, on the site of the 1960s-vintage Westpac building at the eastern end of Martin Place. Read more.

Fire Breaks Out at Dubai’s Torch


23 Feb 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hundreds of people in Dubai were evacuated from one of the world's tallest residential buildings on February 21 when fire swept through The Torch, an 86-story skyscraper, residents said. Four people suffered minor injuries. Read more.

Three-Tower Project Proposed in Istanbul


23 Feb 2015, Istanbul, Turkey

On February 23, a developer announced the launch of Ritim Istanbul – a three-tower residential and office project in Turkey’s biggest city, featuring recreational spaces and a shopping mall. Read more.

Québec City to Get a New Skyscraper


23 Feb 2015, Québec City, Canada

Plans were unveiled for Le Phare de Québec, a high-rise proposal that would become the tallest building in the city by a wide margin. Construction is slated to start in 2016 and is expected to take approximately 10 years to complete. Read more.

Colombo Port City in Doubt as Government Insists on Probe


20 Feb 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Chinese-funded, $1.5 billion Port City development in Colombo, Sri Lanka is in doubt once more after the prime minister said that the deal was signed without cabinet approval and without following procedures. Read more.

Cape Town’s Tallest Skyscraper Achieves Green Rating


20 Feb 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

Glittering in the sun, the 139-meter Portside is Cape Town’s tallest skyscraper and has recently achieved a 5-Star Green Star SA rating. Portside is the first tall building in the country to be certified with a green rating. Read more.

Skyscraper Pair Coming to Long Island City in New York


20 Feb 2015, New York City, United States

Just north of Long Island City‘s Court Square and its once-lonely Citigroup Building, developers will erect a complementary pair of residential towers fronting opposite sides of Jackson Avenue. Read more.

London’s Pinnacle to Be Demolished and Built From Scratch in $460 Million Deal


19 Feb 2015, London, United Kingdom

Under news plans, the current site of the Pinnacle with be demolished and a new skyscraper, with a fresh design, will be built from scratch. Set to be completed in 2018, the building will be called 22 Bishopsgate. Read more.

Thirteen Major Developments to Drastically Alter the Jersey City Skyline


19 Feb 2015, Jersey City, United States

Jersey City is experiencing an increase in high-rise construction, which developers say is due to the improved economy and the desire of younger generations to be closer to New York City and mass transit. Read more.

Mott MacDonald to Manage Foxconn’s New Tower in Shanghai


19 Feb 2015, Shanghai, China

A UK engineering consultancy has been appointed by high-tech manufacturer Foxconn to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management services for its new $136 million Shanghai Foxconn Plaza. Read more.

CBRE to Manage Tallest Tower in Paris


18 Feb 2015, Paris, France

CBRE, the global real estate adviser, has been appointed to manage the tallest skyscraper in France, the 231-meter Tour First. CBRE will be responsible for ensuring that the asset retains its world-class status. Read more.

Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower in Abu Dhabi 90 Percent Leased


18 Feb 2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

A developer has announced that leasing in Burj Mohammed bin Rashid Tower, the tallest tower in Abu Dhabi, has already reached 90 percent, as demand for prime residential property in the capital remains strong. Read more.

Minneapolis Planners Pick 36-Story Tower for Nicollet Hotel Block


18 Feb 2015, Minneapolis, United States

City planners in Minneapolis have named a winning high-rise scheme in the public competition to redevelop a downtown lot that had locals reevaluating the place of tall towers in the Twin Cities. Read more.

Moscow-City Is Expected to Sit Half Vacant During 2015


17 Feb 2015, Moscow, Russia

Moscow-City, a financial district of glass-fronted skyscrapers meant to be Russia's answer to New York's Wall Street, will be nearly half vacant in 2015, according to a Moscow-based real estate consulting company. Read more.

BIG’s Curvaceous Calgary Skyscraper Breaks Ground


17 Feb 2015, Calgary, Canada

Construction is now underway on the 66-story Telus Sky Tower in Calgary. The 70,000-square-meter skyscraper, which was first unveiled by BIG in 2013, broke ground the week of February 9 on 7th Avenue. Read more.

Studio Gang’s Solstice in the Park May Still See Light of Day in Chicago


17 Feb 2015, Chicago, United States

A never-built Chicago condo project designed by Studio Gang might still see the light of day. Originally designed in 2006, the 26-story Solstice on the Park project is to be located in Hyde Park. Read more.

Apartments in Mumbai’s World One Go On Sale


16 Feb 2015, Mumbai, India

Luxury apartments in Mumbai's forthcoming tallest skyscraper have gone on sale in London as the developers target wealthy Mayfair residents. The under-construction tower is expected to be completed in 2016. Read more.

Brookfield Multiplex to Construct Apartment Tower in Melbourne


16 Feb 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Brookfield Multiplex has been selected for the construction of EQ Tower, a landmark apartment high-rise in Melbourne’s central business district. Slated for completion in 2017, EQ Tower will feature a host of sustainable technologies. Read more.