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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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Ho Chi Minh City’s “Ghost Tower” Seized as Collateral After Owners Fail to Repay Debt

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13 Sep 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The Vietnam Asset Management Company (VAMC) recently seized control of the unfinished Saigon One Tower – located in Ho Chi Minh City's downtown District One – as collateral over its investors' unpaid debt. Read more.


New York City “Courtscraper” to Include More Affordable Homes

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23 Aug 2017, New York City, United States

More apartments are being made available at affordable prices in VIA 57 West in New York. Nicknamed the “courtscraper,” the residential tower will host apartments that rent for $1,000 a month cheaper than an average Manhattan home. Read more.


Construction to Resume on New York Wheel After Fired Construction Firm is Replaced

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16 Aug 2017, New York City, United States

After its owners fired its construction firm for repeated delays and rising costs, the New York Wheel is set to resume construction, and will rise 630 feet, making it the tallest observation wheel in the world. Read more.


Liverpool Green-Lights Two More Towers, Despite UNESCO Concerns

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09 Aug 2017, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Liverpool City Council has approved the construction of 31-story and 15-story residential blocks near the historic Pier Head area, just weeks after being warned its UNESCO World Heritage site status was under threat. Read more.


China Asks Waldorf Owner Anbang to Sell Assets Abroad

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02 Aug 2017, Beijing, China

Chinese authorities have asked Anbang Insurance Group Co., whose chairman was detained in June, to sell its overseas assets and bring the proceeds back to China. The company, however, said they have no plans to comply. Read more.


London's 20 Fenchurch Church Street Building Sold in Record-Breaking Deal

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28 Jul 2017, London, United Kingdom

London’s landmark 36-story “Walkie Talkie” building has broken records with its US$1.7 billion sale to a Hong Kong firm best known for making oyster sauce. The deal easily surpasses the previous record price for a single building in the UK. Read more.


New Images Revealed for 565 Broome SoHo Tower in New York City

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28 Jul 2017, New York City, United States

Currently under construction, 565 Broome SoHo is expected to open its doors in 2018. With sales now underway, further images of the development have been revealed, detailing the scheme’s luxury interiors and wide-ranging amenities. Read more.


Foreclosure Imminent for New York City’s 111 West 57th Street Project

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27 Jul 2017, New York, United States

The cost of building what developers claim to be the “World’s Skinniest Skyscraper” has ballooned so enormously that the 111 West 57th Street project, which is less than one-quarter complete, is now facing imminent foreclosure. Read more.


Manchester's Tallest Tower Recommended by Local Council

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26 Jul 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Plans to build a 67-story skyscraper in the heart of Manchester’s Trinity Islands development have been recommended by local planning officials, despite objections from heritage groups. Read more.


Contractor Selected to Develop Emirates Business Park in Dubai

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25 Jul 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A contractor has been selected to develop the mixed-use US$1.4 billion Emirates Business Park project, unveiled earlier this month, which will expand the emirate's financial free zone, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). Read more.


San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Sinks Another Inch But There Could be a Fix

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21 Jul 2017, San Francisco, United States

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco has sunk another inch in the past seven months, but on the brighter side, engineers have found a potential fix, which would entail drilling new piles down to bedrock from the building's basement. Read more.


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.