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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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Melbourne’s Tallest Tower Approved

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16 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The Victorian government has approved a proposed 90-story tower in Melbourne’s Southbank. The approved tower will stand at 324 meters tall, which, if completed today, would be Australia’s tallest building. Read more.


Apartment Sales Launched at Majakka Tower in Helsinki

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15 Feb 2017, Helsinki, Finland

Sales of apartments in Majakka – the first residential tower building at the REDI complex – began on February 15, 2017, to great interest. Currently, around 90 percent of the apartments have been reserved. Read more.


Revised Artists’ Alley Presented at Design Review Panel in Toronto

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15 Feb 2017, Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Design Review Panel considered a slightly scaled down version of plans for Artists' Alley – a mixed-use, three-tower development on a block of land between St. Patrick and Simcoe Streets, just south of Dundas. Read more.


San Francisco’s Millennium Tower Deemed Safe, for Now, as Legal Issues Continue

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15 Feb 2017, San Francisco, United States

Although Millennium Tower has sunk 16 inches and titled two at its base, inspectors have deemed the building safe, at this time. Inspections entailed evaluation of electrical, plumbing, and life-safety systems, among other components. Read more.


Conservationists Call for Public Inquiry for St. Michael’s Development in Manchester

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13 Feb 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

Conservationists are calling on the secretary of state to hold a public inquiry into plans for the St. Michael’s development in Manchester. A primary concern is the planned demolition of historic buildings on Jackson’s Row near Town Hall. Read more.


Dubai Developer Agrees to Largest Ever Insurance Claim in the Region

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06 Feb 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai developer Emaar Properties has agreed a significant insurance claim with Orient Insurance over the dramatic fire at its Address Downtown hotel on New Year’s Eve 2015. It is thought to be the largest ever claim in the Middle East. Read more.


Melbourne’s Upcoming Collins Arch Project Selects Hotel Brand

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03 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Developers have confirmed that W Melbourne will open in 2020 as part of its USD$769 million mixed-use luxury precinct Collins Arch. The hotel will be located in the eastern core of the project, offering 294 spacious guestrooms across 15 levels. Read more.


Major Australian Bank to Relocate to Under-Construction Melbourne Tower

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30 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A major Australian bank is set to take up the anchor tenancy at 839 Collins Street. Located in the Docklands precinct, the tower will rise to 20 stories and feature 38,000 square meters of grade-A commercial office space. Read more.


New Victoria Police Tower Gets the Green Light in Melbourne

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27 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The City West Police Complex, headquarters for the Victorian police force in Melbourne, has been given the green light to add a new, 39-story, high-security tower. The addition, set for 311 Spencer Street, is estimated to complete by 2020. Read more.


City of London Planners Approve 1 Leadenhall Tower

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26 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Local architecture practice Make has been given the go-ahead for a new 32-story office block in the City of London. Backed by developers Brookfield Property Partners, the 1 Leadenhall scheme was approved by Corporation planners. Read more.


New Fire Code Targets Cladding Flammability in UAE Buildings

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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.


Permit-Ready Purchase Lays Foundation For New South Melbourne Residential Tower

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24 Jan 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Salvo Property Group has secured almost a full hectare site at 60-82 Johnston Street for more than AUD$40 million (USD$30.4 million), with a permit for four residential towers in the Fishermans Bend precinct. Read more.


Condos at New York’s 15 Hudson Yards Are a Quarter Sold

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23 Jan 2017, New York City, United States

Hudson Yards' first condominium offering is now a quarter sold since commencing sales in September 2016. Though not slated to open until October 2018, 15 Hudson Yards in Manhattan has found buyers for 75 of its 285 condominiums. Read more.


Select Apartment Sales Set to Launch at Dubai’s Royal Atlantis Resorts

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23 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

A developer is launching sales of apartments at its Royal Atlantis Resorts and Residences on the Palm as it banks on an upturn in Dubai’s real estate investor sentiment. Starting January 28, about 20 units will go on sale. Read more.


Land Sale Brings the Gold Coast’s Orion Towers One Step Closer to Reality

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20 Jan 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A USD$18.8 million deal locked in a site for a tower destined to become the tallest in the Southern Hemisphere. Developers of the proposed Orion Towers project settled on a 5,724-square-meter parcel of land in Surfers Paradise. Read more.


Vicarage Fields Shopping Centre Redevelopment Granted Approval in London

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20 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Proposals for the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre on Ripple Road in Barking, east London – billed as “a rival” to the nearby Westfield center in Stratford – were approved by the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham on Monday, January 16. Read more.


Conceptual Renderings Revealed for Thompson Center Redevelopment in Chicago

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20 Jan 2017, Chicago, United States

The Illinois governor and other Republican lawmakers are making a second run at selling and demolishing the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago’s Loop. The decision could allow conceptual plans for a 115-story tower to proceed. Read more.


Planners Recommend London’s 54 Marsh Wall for Approval

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18 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

A 42-story tower proposal at 54 Marsh Wall for east London's Canary Wharf has been recommended for approval by Tower Hamlets councilors. The project would deliver 216 apartments between the main tower and a linked 16-story sister block. Read more.


Barcelona’s Torre Agbar Sold for the Second Time in Three Years

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18 Jan 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Torre Agbar has been sold for the second time in just three years, with its site in Barcelona's emerging technology district struggling to hold onto tenants. The recent acquisition is expected to see the tower continue its life as an office tower. Read more.


Funding Acquired for Angel Gardens Tower in Manchester

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16 Jan 2017, Manchester, United Kingdom

A new residential tower at Angel Gardens – the USD$184 million development by Manchester’s Victoria Station – has come a step closer to realization after builders secured a loan from a German bank to build the 35-story property. Read more.


Chiswick Curve Refused Planning in London

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13 Jan 2017, London, United Kingdom

Planning officers have rejected plans for the 32-story Chiswick Curve in west London, saying its location, scale, and design would “cause harm, including substantial harm” to a range of designated heritage assets and conservation areas. Read more.


Joint Venture To Add New Resort to Multi-Tower Deira Islands Complex in Dubai

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09 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Developer Nakheel has signed a joint venture with Thailand-based Centara Hotels and Resorts, paving the way for a USD$136 million beachfront resort on its multi-tower Deira Islands project in Dubai. Read more.


New Rendering Revealed for Long-Dormant Skyscraper in New York City

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22 Dec 2016, New York City, United States

Over a year after purchasing a prime plot in Midtown Manhattan, a developer has yet to begin construction on a proposed tower at 520 Fifth Avenue. However, new renderings may point to some progress at this long-dormant site. Read more.


Developer Awards Construction Contract for 170-Meter One Tower in Limassol

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21 Dec 2016, Limassol, Cyprus

A joint-venture contract has been awarded to two construction companies that will build a 170-meter-tall luxury residential tower, dubbed One, at a seafront site in Limassol, Cyprus. The project is expected to complete in 2019. Read more.


Initial Building Permit Acquired for Chicago’s 123 East Cermak

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21 Dec 2016, Chicago, United States

A long-discussed plan to bring even more hotel rooms to Chicago’s newly-branded McCormick Square entertainment district, located near the McCormick Place Convention Center, is finally ready to be realized at 123 East Cermak. Read more.


Conservationists Raise Concerns over London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens

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14 Dec 2016, London, United Kingdom

Protestors claim that the under construction Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford, which will house a 145-room hotel, nearly 250 flats, and three large sky gardens, will mar a protected view of St. Paul's Cathedral. Read more.


Sales Launched for Ivy Condos in Toronto

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09 Dec 2016, Toronto, Canada

Evolved from a late-2015 proposal to replace a row of Mutual Street homes with a high-rise tower, marketing has kicked off for the residential project now branded as Ivy Condos. The development comprises 235 units across 32 stories. Read more.


Revised Planning Application Reduces Height of London’s 22 Bishopsgate

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06 Dec 2016, London, United Kingdom

PLP has submitted revised plans for its tower at 22 Bishopsgate, reducing the skyscraper’s height by 23 meters. The new application for the tower in the City of London features a 59-story building standing at 255 meters. Read more.


Window Washing System Out of Commission at New York City’s One World Trade Center

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28 Nov 2016, New York City, United States

A majority of the windows at New York City’s One World Trade Center haven’t been washed since 2015 because the system used to suspend the washers isn’t safe, according to a representative of the building's developer. Read more.


Trump Name to Be Removed from New York City Apartment Complex

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16 Nov 2016, New York City, United States

Trump Place on Manhattan's Upper West Side is about to drop the president-elect's name after an outcry by residents; instead, the three buildings at 140, 160, and 180 Riverside Boulevard will be renamed for their street addresses. Read more.