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Fatal Fire Burns Honolulu High-Rise Without Sprinklers

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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.


Trinity Parish Plans 30-Story Tower in First Hill, Seattle

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14 Jul 2017, Seattle, United States

A First Hill church is planning a massive undertaking: a 30-story condo tower with 200-plus units at 8th and Cherry Street in Seattle. The parish has sold development rights to the land, while maintaining ownership rights to the property. Read more.


Perth Council Offers In-Principle Support of Perth+ Proposal

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13 Jul 2017, Perth, Australia

The City of Perth has given in-principle support for the Perth+ complex, which would become a centerpiece of Elizabeth Quay. Plans feature two towers reaching 19 and 54 stories or 86.5 and 220 meters, respectively. Read more.


Melbourne Tower Height Slashed as Queen Victoria Market Redevelopment Gets Green Light

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12 Jul 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved new planning controls that will pave the way for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, but slash the height of a proposed tower overlooking the markets. Read more.


Architects Halve Size of London Tower to Appease Planners

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06 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

Architects have more than halved the size of their “co-living” scheme in Stratford, east London, following government consultations. Revisions include reducing the height of the main tower to 19 stories and removing the “apart-hotel.” Read more.


Four-Tower Freemasons Scheme Approved in Liverpool

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05 Jul 2017, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool city council has approved proposals for a 656-unit residential scheme on the edge of the city center. Located on Leeds Street, the Freemasons development will consist of four separate residential towers rising up to 16 stories. Read more.


West Police Center Headquarters Receives Green Light in Melbourne

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03 Jul 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Final approval has been granted to fund Cbus Property’s US$460 million City West Police Centre complex. The 65,000-square-meter tower will become the state’s first purpose-built headquarters in more than half a century. Read more.


Project Management Firm Contracted for Dubai Creek Harbour Development

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30 Jun 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A project management company has been selected for the upcoming Dubai Creek Harbour. The announcement did not give any details about the nature of the company's role, but said that the project would take 30 years to build out. Read more.


Hotel Brand to Open in Melbourne’s Upcoming 600 Collins Street Tower

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30 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne. The project is expected to open in 2023, and is the group’s first announced property in Australia. Read more.


Start of Construction Rumored for Toronto’s Proposed Bay-Adelaide North

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27 Jun 2017, Toronto, Canada

Plans for a 32-story tower tentatively known as Bay-Adelaide North are ramping up, with a new Site Plan Approval (SPA) submitted to the City of Toronto this month and rumors of a pending start of construction. Read more.


Plans Revealed for 42-Story OPPO Tower Scheme in Chengdu

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27 Jun 2017, Chengdu, China

Plans have been reveled for a major mixed-use scheme in Chengdu featuring a 42-story tower. The development is backed by one of China’s largest electronics companies and will serve as their headquarters when complete. Read more.


Second Wolf Point Apartment Tower Cleared to Rise in Chicago

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23 Jun 2017, Chicago, United States

The second phase of the three-tower project at Wolf Point has scored its first building permit. With the official all-clear, the site will soon be swamped with crews working to construct the 62-story rental apartment tower known as Wolf Point East. Read more.


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

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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.


St. Michael’s Manchester Scheme Sees Design Team Changes Ahead of Imminent Project Revisions

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22 Jun 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Developers have replaced the design team behind their controversial St. Michael's high-rise scheme in Manchester, signaling imminent project revisions. An exact timescale for the revised proposals is not yet known. Read more.


Contractor Selected to Deliver Collins Square Tower 5 in Melbourne

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21 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A construction contractor has been appointed to deliver the fifth and final commercial office tower that will complete the US$1.8 billion landmark Collins Square development located at 727 Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Read more.


Grenfell House Fire Provokes Investigation into Cladding on NSW Towers

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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.


Work Set to Resume on Stalled Saigon One Tower in Ho Chi Minh City

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20 Jun 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Saigon One Tower is finally set to resume construction thanks to a new investor. The building, located in central District 1, has stood unfinished since 2011, despite being nearly 80 percent complete. Read more.


Grenfell House Cladding Identified as Cheaper and More Flammable Option

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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.


Park Central’s First Residential Tower Launched in Brisbane

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19 Jun 2017, Brisbane, Australia

The first residential tower within Park Central – a new US$760 million master planned, transit-oriented development in Woolloongabba – will be launched in June 2017. Park Central One will feature 168 apartments across 18 levels. Read more.


London Government to Inspect Tower Blocks Following Grenfell House Fire

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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.


45-Story Fort Lauderdale Tower to Open in September

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16 Jun 2017, Fort Lauderdale, United States

Fort Lauderdale's next tallest building, Icon Las Olas, is set to officially open its doors in September of 2017. With one- to three-bedrooms ranging in size from 89 to 185 square meters, monthly rents stretch from $2,500 to $7,000. Read more.


Design Firm Appointed for Da Nang’s Cocobay Towers

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14 Jun 2017, Da Nang, Vietnam

A firm has been appointed to provide architecture and interior design services for a luxury twin-tower scheme called Cocobay Towers. The 200-meter towers will be the focal point of Cocobay – a 31-hectare entertainment and hospitality hub. Read more.


Fatal Fire Engulfs London’s 24-Story Grenfell House

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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.


Sphere-Topped Skyscraper Planned for Seattle

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07 Jun 2017, Seattle, United States

Plans submitted recently for the Third Avenue and Virginia Street project in Seattle’s Belltown call for a 46-story tower topped by a giant transparent sphere. The building would include apartments above a few floors of office and retail space. Read more.


Architects Submit Planning Applications for 21-Story Salford Central Block

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07 Jun 2017, Salford, United Kingdom

Detailed planning permission is being sought for the tallest of three residential blocks designed for the banks of the River Irwell in Salford, UK. The 21-story block would contain 199 homes and accompany two shorter neighboring buildings. Read more.


Plans Submitted for Manchester’s Angel Meadow Complex

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02 Jun 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

A developer has submitted plans for a $303 million development in Manchester. The Angel Meadow complex will feature 756 new homes across four towers, including a centerpiece 40-story skyscraper and three shorter buildings. 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.


Construction Contractor Named for Upcoming London Spire

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31 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

The developer behind the 67-story residential tower proposed for London’s Docklands has named its construction partner for the US$1 billion project. Once complete, the Spire will house 861 residences at West India Dock, near Canary Wharf. Read more.


Office Tenants Quick to Snatch up Collins Arch Space in Melbourne

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26 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The mixed-used development at Melbourne’s 447 Collins Street, known as Collins Arch, has added commitments from three major legal firms to its office space within 12 months of commencing its leasing campaign. Read more.


Standard High Line Hotel Hits Market in New York City

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25 May 2017, New York City, United States

A firm is putting its trendy, 338-room Standard High Line up for sale after paying $400 million for the building only three years ago, sources said. Sources also added that the hotel has been quietly on and off the market for the past few years. Read more.