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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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Refurbishment Planned for Australia’s First Skyscraper in Sydney

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26 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A development application has been submitted to refurbish a heritage-listed building in Sydney’s Circular Quay. The AMP Building, which opened in 1962, was Australia's first skyscraper and held the title as its tallest building until 1964. Read more.


Proposed Four-Tower Residential Development Receives Backing from City of Melbourne

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21 Apr 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Toyota has received an endorsement by the City of Melbourne for their proposal to develop 1,000 new apartment units. The proposal includes a four-tower apartment project over its dealership, which is located just outside of the city’s CBD. Read more.


Kodo to Take Shape in Adelaide as Construction Officially Commences

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20 Apr 2017, Adelaide, Australia

Ground officially broke on the AU$100 million (US$75 million), 30-story Kodo apartment development on Angas Street in the Adelaide central business district. Construction is expected to complete by the end of 2018. Read more.


Brisbane’s Aveo Newstead Sets May Sales Launch Date

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19 Apr 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Construction continues on a 19-story vertical retirement community in Newstead, which has been met with increasing demand from retirees looking for lifestyle-led apartment living. Unit sales are set to launch in May. Read more.


Apartment Sales Launched for The Foundry in Sydney’s Paper Mill Precinct

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11 Apr 2017, Sydney, Australia

A developer is preparing to release the final apartment offerings in its master planned community along the rejuvenated Georges River in Liverpool. The offering will include a range of units from one- to three-bedroom apartments. Read more.


Waterfall-Inspired Tower Planned for 77 Hope Street in South Brisbane

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10 Apr 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A Brisbane-based developer has submitted a new development application for a striking 33-story residential tower at 77 Hope Street in south Brisbane, inspired by Queensland’s rainforests and sub-tropical climate. Read more.


Construction Underway on 661 Chapel Street in Melbourne

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07 Apr 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Currently on the rise in the South Yarra district of Melbourne, 661 Chapel Street will continue the current development spree that the area has seen lately, adding 30 stories and 127 luxury units to the northern end of the neighborhood. Read more.


Site of Proposed Brisbane Residential Tower Sold, Scrapping Plans

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04 Apr 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has bought a prime inner city office building that was previously the center of plans for one of the city’s most significant residential projects. With this new development, it is unlikely that those plans will be realized. Read more.


Adelaide High-Rise Complex Targets Local Downsizers

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03 Apr 2017, Adelaide, Australia

An AUD$150 million (USD$114 million) two-tower project on the southern edge of Adelaide’s CBD is set to launch ahead of a 2017 construction start. The development is primarily seeking to attract locals looking to downsize. Read more.


Architecture Firm Tapped to Design New Stations for the Sydney Metro

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31 Mar 2017, Sydney, Australia

An architecture firm has won a competition to create a chain of seven stations along an extension of the Sydney Metro, which will tunnel beneath the city's harbor. The firm also picked up the commission for the USD$1.1 billion Circular Quay tower. Read more.


Avani Broadbeach in Gold Coast Nearly Sold Out As Construction Progresses

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30 Mar 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The Avani Broadbeach tower in Gold Coast has topped AUD$110 million (USD$84 million) in sales, meaning the residential development is now 90 percent sold out as construction passes the halfway mark. Read more.


Planning Minister Grants Approval for Melbourne Quarter Tower

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24 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The newly approved Melbourne Quarter Tower will be located at 693 Collins Street, injecting almost 55,000 square meters of office space into the precinct across its 28 floors, in addition to approximately 2,500 square meters of retail space. Read more.


Architects Propose Melbourne Apartment Tower Set Above Rail Lines

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21 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer is garnering public opinion prior to submitting plans with city authorities for a residential building that would be the nation's first to be set above rail lines, according to developers. The 24 Chapel Street tower would rise 20 stories. Read more.


Proposed Gold Coast Residential High-Rise features 1:13 Slenderness Ratio

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16 Mar 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

A developer has unveiled the architectural design for a USD$154 million, cutting edge residential tower on a prime beachfront site in Surfers Paradise. A development application for the tower was lodged with City of Gold Coast. Read more.


Historic Broadway Hotel to be Centerpiece of Brisbane Redevelopment

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15 Mar 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A Brisbane developer is progressing with its plans to transform Woolloongabba’s historic Broadway Hotel and surroundings into a world class residential, commercial, and food and dining destination. Read more.


Redevelopment of Melbourne’s Historic Tea House to Include 39-Story Tower

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10 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

One of Southbank’s historic structures, The Robur Tea Building, is in line for a major new addition, with plans for a hotel and high-end apartments to be housed in a new 145-meter tower extending from its southern façade. Read more.


Hotel Named for Sloped Sydney High-Rise

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09 Mar 2017, Sydney, Australia

A new hotel featuring a 10-story hanging garden will open in Central Sydney in 2020, reportedly worth around USD$46 million. The 17-story tower at 430 Pitt Street will feature a sloping roof and “green waterfalls.” Read more.


Singaporean Investors Purchase Hilton South Wharf Hotel in Melbourne

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08 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Singapore-based investors have snapped up the 396-room Hilton South Wharf hotel in Melbourne for USD$174 million in the city's biggest hotel deal in 2017 so far. The hotel will be converted to a Pan Pacific within about three months. Read more.


Luxury Residential Tower 35 Spring Street Completes in Melbourne

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06 Mar 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A developer has unveiled Melbourne’s newly completed luxury tower at 35 Spring Street. Designed by Bates Smart, the 43-story building features 270 condominiums, each with protected terraces and views of the cityscape. Read more.


Twin Towers Proposed for Kangaroo Point in Brisbane

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02 Mar 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted to develop a vacant parcel of land into a twin 20-story residential development. The project’s architectural statement says that the development represents a climate responsive design. Read more.


New Development Application Submitted for Brisbane Office Building

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28 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for a 16-story commercial office tower at 11 Breakfast Creek Road, Newstead, Brisbane, with construction anticipated to start in the first half of 2017. Read more.


Conceptual Design Revealed for Sirius Building in Sydney

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24 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

An Australian architecture studio has envisioned a Tetris-like extension to the iconic Sirius building in Sydney. The firm proposes the conceptual scheme as an alternative to demolishing the brutalist social housing building. Read more.


New Residential Supertall Planned for the Gold Coast

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20 Feb 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The 22-story International Beach Resort in Surfers Paradise will soon make way for a new 90-story residential tower at 84-88 The Esplanade. The developer has purchased the site for USD$44.5 million in a deal that closes on February 28. Read more.


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.


30-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Wharf Street in Brisbane

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13 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted an application to build a 30-story residential tower at 152 Wharf Street in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Brisbane. The proposal consists of 197 apartments of varying layouts and three ground-floor retail tenancies. Read more.


Timber Office Tower Proposed for Brisbane

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10 Feb 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Continuing the trend for innovative timber construction, 5 King – a high-performance office building proposed for the Brisbane Showgrounds – is to become the tallest engineered timber building in Australia, according to developers. Read more.


Local Broker Discusses Development in Sydney

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09 Feb 2017, Sydney, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Sydney. Read more.


Local Broker Discusses Development in Melbourne

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06 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

In the run-up to the CTBUH 2017 Conference in Sydney, the Council is examining the state of urban development in Australia’s cities. Chris Bates, a Wealth Coach & Mortgage Broker at Wealthful, has profiled development in Melbourne. 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.


Marco Melbourne Residential Tower Complex Completes

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02 Feb 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The signature dual towers of Marco Melbourne recently reached completion, creating a prominent presence on Melbourne’s skyline and a new residential address within the heart of Melbourne at Southbank. Read more.