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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 Northbank Goods Shed Clears Planning Hurdle

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16 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

The Future Melbourne Committee has announced its support of a revised mixed-use development along the Yarra River. The project includes a 17-story high-rise that will house a 180-room hotel and 250 apartments. Read more.


Melbourne Residential Tower Tops Out Ahead of Schedule

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12 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A 167-meter residential tower currently under construction in Melbourne’s CBD has topped out ahead of schedule. The developers cite their use of a new construction methodology in getting the tower topped out earlier than planned. Read more.


Plans Submitted for Multi-Building Project in Melbourne

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07 Feb 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A property developer has submitted plans for a new AU$350 million residential development in Melbourne’s newest high-rise suburb, Box Hill. The project includes two 18-story towers and one six-story building. Read more.


Developer Launches Student Accommodation Tower in Brisbane

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05 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer of student housing has announced the launch of Student One Wharf Street, a 753-bed, 40-story student accommodation high-rise in Brisbane. The AU$120 million, 122-meter high Wharf Street tower completed in 2017. Read more.


Proposal Submitted for ‘Subtropical’ Apartment Tower in Brisbane’s West End

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01 Feb 2018, Brisbane, Australia

An application has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council for a 12-story residential tower in the heart of West End. The development comprises 446 units, retail space, and communal open space on the roof of the tower. Read more.


Brisbane’s Herston Quarter Approved for Construction

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31 Jan 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A pivotal component of Brisbane’s Herston Quarter health precinct is a step closer following the approval of an AU$347 million specialist rehabilitation care center. The health center will include numerous high-rise buildings. Read more.


Chinese Developer Confirms Sale of Sydney’s Circular Quay, Gold Coast’s Jewel Projects

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29 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese developer has confirmed the sale of its Australian real estate projects to an unnamed investor. The two projects, One Circular Quay in Sydney and Jewel at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, are both under construction. Read more.


Sydney’s Westpac Place Sold

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26 Jan 2018, Sydney, Australia

The world’s largest real estate owner is selling its 50 percent share in Sydney’s Westpac Place high-rise in a transaction that is expected to yield more than AU$800 million. The 35-story tower features 74,593 square meters of office space. Read more.


Commercial Tower Proposed for Chinatown Mall Car Park in Brisbane

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22 Jan 2018, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has lodged a development application for an 18-story building in Brisbane’s Chinatown mall. The proposal includes the construction of a 12-story office building on top of the existing five-story mall carpark. Read more.


Melbourne’s 140 Lonsdale Tower Gets Approval

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16 Jan 2018, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has received development approval from the Victorian government for a new 22-story office tower in Melbourne’s central business district. The tower is part of the AU$600 million Wesley Place development. Read more.


High-Rise Apartments Planned For Shuttered Retail Site in Wollongong

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09 Jan 2018, Wollongong, Australia

Another set of new plans for the old Sam’s Warehouse site has been lodged with Wollongong City Council. Developers have applied to build a 17-story mixed-use complex that will contain 122 homes, 131 parking spaces, and 56 bicycle spaces. Read more.


Colossal Tower Complex Approved for Brisbane’s CBD

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21 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

After getting the green light from the City of Brisbane, a 274-meter tower that aims to “capture the essence” of subtropical Brisbane will become the fifth building in the city to reach the city’s maximum building height. Read more.


Melbourne Suburb Closer to Landing Student Accommodation

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19 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

500 Swanston Street in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton may be the site of a new student accommodation building, which is one among many such projects being considered for the area. Read more.


Controversial Perth Tower Proposal Rejected

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15 Dec 2017, Perth, Australia

A contentious proposal for two towers at Perth’s Scarborough Beach, which would have risen four times higher than the area’s maximum permissible height, has been rejected by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). Read more.


$2 Billion “Millennium Square” Precinct Launched in Brisbane

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13 Dec 2017, Brisbane, Australia

News Corp. has confirmed plans to develop a AU$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) "world-class innovation and media hub," which will comprise 44,000 square meters of commercial space and 42,000 square meters of retail. Read more.


New Luxury Hotel Planned for Adelaide

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11 Dec 2017, Adelaide, Australia

South Australia’s Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith has conceived a plan to address Adelaide’s hotel shortage and attract tourism by building a six-star hotel on the River Torrens. Read more.


Approval Granted for Beachfront Tower in Gold Coast

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07 Dec 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A six-star development on Broadbeach’s Wharf Road has been granted planning permit approval by the Gold Coast City Council. The beachfront tower will be among the most slender towers in the world, standing at 165 meters high and 12 meters wide. Read more.


Melbourne Builder Finally Agrees to Replace Flammable Cladding on Lacrosse Towers

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04 Dec 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Three years after fire ripped through 15 floors in a matter of minutes, the builder behind the Lacrosse apartment towers in Melbourne’s Docklands has agreed to replace the combustible cladding on the tower. Read more.


Japan's Condo Developers Spot Opportunities in Asia-Pacific Urbanization

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30 Nov 2017, Melbourne, Australia

As people around the world are adopting urban lifestyles at an increasing rate, Japanese companies are seeing new opportunities to expand their overseas operations, especially in building commercial and residential complexes. Read more.


Developer Launches Marketing for Gold Coast Tower

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28 Nov 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A Brisbane-based developer is making its debut on the Gold Coast with the launch of Elysian, a 21-story apartment project in Broadbeach. The approved tower will contain 65 apartments on an 825-square-meter site. Read more.


Hotel With Tiny “Pod” Units Planned for Melbourne

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27 Nov 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A 910-square-meter site at 63-69 City Road, Southbank is back on the market with a permit for a 30-story hotel with 270 pod-style rooms. The site is expected to sell for around AU$15 million (US$11.45 million). Read more.


The Beach Apartments Completes in Gold Coast

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22 Nov 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

Construction on the Beach Apartments, the latest tower in Gold Coast’s Broadbeach suburb, has been completed. The 108-meter-tall tower is within walking distance of the beach, the new light rail, and a popular dining precinct. Read more.


Chinese Conglomerate Attempts to Sell $5 Billion of Global Skyscraper Assets

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21 Nov 2017, Beijing, China

A Chinese conglomerate is offering to sell all five of its large-scale projects in Britain, the US, and Australia to a single buyer for an estimated US$5 billion, as Beijing tightens control over companies’ offshore investments. Read more.


Melbourne’s Wesley Place Stage One Begins Construction, Stage Two Still Seeks Approval

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17 Nov 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Signage from a multinational construction company has emerged across the site of the Wesley Place project at 130 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne. Meanwhile, the second phase of the project still awaits approval. Read more.


Development Application Submitted for Brisbane Square Tower 2

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14 Nov 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for Brisbane Square Tower 2, which would be located at 266 George Street. If approved, the 36-story “suspended commercial tower” would be one of the tallest commercial towers in Brisbane. Read more.


Second Timber Office Building Proposed for Barangaroo, Sydney

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13 Nov 2017, Sydney, Australia

A planning application has been lodged for a second engineered timber office building at Barangaroo South in Sydney. The development is proposed as a "sister building" to International House Sydney. Read more.


Gold Coast Tower for Sale Could Fetch At Least AU$180 Million

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10 Nov 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A 35-story, 279-apartment Gold Coast tower – which is in the early stages of construction – is now on the market, and price estimates sit at around the AU$180 million (US$138 million) mark. Read more.


Developer Commits Funding to Perth+ Project

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08 Nov 2017, Perth, Australia

A developer has committed funding to the Perth+ project, which includes one of Perth's tallest buildings, and includes a five-star hotel, luxury apartments, office space, bars, restaurants, and retail facilities. Read more.


Existing Structures on 32 Smith Street to Transform Into Parramatta's "Northern Gateway"

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07 Nov 2017, Parramatta, Australia

A collection of existing structures at 93-95 Phillip Street and 32 Smith Street in Parramatta will be redeveloped into a super-site for a new commercial building. The scheme will act as a "northern gateway" to the city. Read more.


Firm Chosen for Brisbane Resort Excavation Job, the Biggest in Queensland’s History

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06 Nov 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A construction firm has been selected for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane excavation job. With more than 450,000 cubic meters of materials to remove, this will be the biggest excavation job in Queensland's history. Read more.