Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

United Kingdom Related Initiatives

CTBUH UK: Manchester Urban Housing Debate
26 Jul 2017, Manchester – Event Report
On July 26, 2017, CTBUH held its first Manchester event in coordination with the CTBUH UK Chapter in a debate on the development of urban housing in the city.
2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings
21 Jun-7 Jul 2017 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its fourth annual Global Walking Tours, which took place in 15 cities around the world.
CTBUH UK Learns About "A Day in the Life of The Shard"
26 Jun 2017, London – Event Report
An audience of 100 streamed into the Warwick Business School on the 17th floor of the Shard, to hear about the challenges of operating the tallest building in Western Europe.
Tall Timber: A Global Audit
26 Jun 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The CTBUH has produced its latest Tall Buildings in Numbers research study, entitled "Tall Timber: A Global Audit."
CTBUH Releases Initial Statement on Grenfell House Fire in London
14 Jun 2017, London – CTBUH-Related News Report
CTBUH Fellow Simon Lay authored an official statement on behalf of the CTBUH regarding the devastating Grenfell House fire that occurred in London on June 14.
CTBUH UK & ZHA: Tall Towers as Catalysts for Social Interaction
8 May 2017, London – Event Report
Zaha Hadid Architects and CTBUH UK hosted an event in the ZHA gallery space, featuring presentations and a panel discussion on tall towers as catalysts for social intercation.
Top 12 Happenings of 2016, Month-by-Month
19 Dec 2016, Chicago – CTBUH News
Check out the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's top stories of 2016 for each month and take a look ahead with the Council’s monthly predictions for 2017.
CTBUH 'UH'PDATE October 2016
4 Oct 2016, Toronto – CTBUH News
The fourth issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE provides information on some of the early events and studies of the Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee.
Global Twilight Walking Tours
25 Aug 2016, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH UH/UD Committee organized its third annual Global Walking Tours in 13 cities around the world, examining public spaces in a twilight setting.
Twisting Tall Buildings
18 Aug 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
CTBUH has released a study that looks at the recent proliferation of twisting towers creating a new generation of iconic buildings throughout the world.
Motorsport Technology Transferred to the Design of Towers
10 Feb 2016, London – Event Report
A discussion on the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics, a successful technology in motorsport and aerospace, to architecture and tall buildings.
Second CTBUH Demolition Working Group Meeting
1 Dec 2015, Bergamo – Event Report
Members of the CTBUH research team visited the head offices of Despe to learn about their successful demolition of Gallowgate Twins as part of the demolition working group.
Does London Need Tall Buildings?
7 Oct 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter hosted a successful panel discussion posing the question "Does London need tall buildings?" at Grimshaw's Clerkenwell studio.
Warm Weather Spaces Walking Tours 2015
17 Sep 2015 – Tour Report
The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized guided walking tours of 16 cities around the globe, focusing on urban habitats around tall buildings.
Rights of Light Breakfast Seminar
10 Sep 2015, London – Event Report
CTBUH UK and legal firm Fieldfisher held a successful event entitled Rights of Light, which featured presentations covering the age-old topic of access to light in dense cities.
CTBUH Accredits Cardiff University Course
Aug 2015, Cardiff – Tour Report
A new course at Cardiff University focusing on the sustainable analysis and design of "mega-buildings" has been accredited by the CTBUH.
CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter Launches in London
17 Jun 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter launched with an event at London’s BT Tower. Topics of discussion included a surge in high-rise construction in the city, and sustainability.
BCO Members Tour IIT Campus
22 May 2015, Chicago – Tour Report
As a supporting partner of this year’s British Council for Offices Conference, the CTBUH hosted more than 40 visitors from the BCO for an event on its home campus at IIT.
CTBUH ’UH’PDATE February 2015
26 Feb 2015, Toronto – CTBUH News
The second issue of CTBUH 'UH'PDATE goes over the success of the 7 Cities Winter Walking Tours and welcoming 5 new committee members.
Seven Cities Winter Spaces Walking Tour
29 Jan 2015 – Tour Report
The new CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized a highly successful Winter Spaces Walking Tour in seven cities around the world.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
CTBUH Interviews Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten from OMA
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), sat for an interview…
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade.
2013 London Conference Report
Nov 2013, London – CTBUH Publication
The London Conference review covers the “Height and Heritage” conference, held in London from June 11-13, including panels, presentations, social networking events and technical tours.
2013 London Conference: Height & Heritage
11-13 Jun 2013, London – Conference
In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities seen as “anti-tall.”
Heron Tower Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Heron Tower is a world-class office building at the heart of London’s financial district. Stretching 230 meters into the London skyline, the 46-story building is the tallest in the City of London.
Canary Wharf Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
A tour of Canary Wharf is an object lesson in the kind of place-making that can stem from the exploitation of an increasing rarity and developer’s delight: a 100-acre blank space in a major metropolitan area.
Lloyd's Building Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Lloyd’s Building received strong opposition after its completion, and almost 30 years later, it still remains a very recognizable building in London.
Centre Point Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The historic Centre Point tower is an exceptional example of architecture completed in 1967. Originally built as a speculative office building, it now stands as a historically significant building.
20 Fenchurch Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Set to complete in 2014, 20 Fenchurch Street is already a feature of the London skyline. The 38-story, 177-meter tower has been nicknamed “The Walkie Talkie” because of its distinctive shape.
The Leadenhall Building Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Developed by British Land and Oxford Properties, The Leadenhall Building is an exceptionally complex, 52-story engineering project undergoing construction in the heart of the City of London.
London Walking Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
To truly gain an understanding of how to reconcile “Height and Heritage” one of the best options was to accompany the man whose job it is to do just exactly that. Peter Wynne Rees has been the chief planner for the City of London for 28 years.
Broadgate Tower Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Broadgate Tower was the first tower building in the City designed specifically for the speculative market.
Thames Boat Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The Thames Boat Tour started at Westminster Pier which lies below Westminster Palace and opposite County Hall and the London Eye.
30 St. Mary Axe Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
Since its completion in 2004, 30 St. Mary Axe has become a firm favorite, referred to by Londoners as “The Gherkin.” Incorporating multiple green features it set a new standard for high-rise design in London and beyond.
St. Paul’s Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
A fortunate few were able to fully embrace “Height and Heritage” in the tour of St Paul’s. This tour provided a unique look at the history and structure of St Paul’s.
Tower 42 Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The tallest building in the United Kingdom from 1980 until 1991 and the first major skyscraper in the City of London, Tower 42 encapsulates the theme of the conference: Height and Heritage.
Willis Building Technical Tour Report
13 Jun 2013, London – Tour Report
The tour of 51 Lime Street, known as the Willis Building, started with a trip straight to the top floor and was quick to impress the delegates with a first stop at the 23rd floor’s expansive balcony.
CTBUH Publishes Case Study on The Leadenhall Building in London
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London, but it also springs forward with an innovative structure and a dynamic street presence.
Richard Pilkington of Oxford Properties Presents at London Conference
11 Jun 2013 – Video and PPT
The recent global economic turmoil that was experienced by all those involved in the design and construction industry has certainly left its mark on the world of the developer. London, which at that time was solidifying its role as one of the world’s…
CTBUH Releases Study on the Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal Paper
There are currently 109 skyscrapers over 150 meters in Europe. This number is set to jump to 161 by the end of 2015, meaning that there are more than 50 projects in advanced stages of construction.
World Architecture News Interviews Conference Speakers
May 2013, London – CTBUH In the Media
Fifteen architects, engineers, and industry experts, set to speak at the CTBUH Conference in London 11-13 June, talk to World Architecture News about building tall.
London Conference Steering Committee Meeting
20 Mar 2013, London – Event Report
The Steering Committee for the 2013 CTBUH London Conference convened to discuss and confirm the final details of the Conference including the speakers, sponsorship, and tours.
Executive Director Visits University of Nottingham
Dec 2012, Nottingham – Tour Report
The University of Nottingham welcomed Executive Director Antony Wood to meet the students, view their latest work and to discuss the development of the Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings.
London 2013 Steering Committee Meeting
4 Dec 2012, London – Event Report
Thirty members of the London 2013 Steering Committee, representing developers and a wide range of industry disciplines, met to discuss themes and strategies for the upcoming conference.
The Tallest 20 in 2020: Entering the Era of the Megatall
8 Dec 2011, Chicago – CTBUH Research
Within this decade we will likely witness not only the world’s first kilometer-tall building, but also the completion of a significant number of buildings over 600 meters.
CTBUH Accredits University of Nottingham 2011 Masters Course
19 Jul 2011, Nottingham – Event Report
The University of Nottingham welcomed CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood as part of the annual CTBUH accreditation of the Masters Course in Sustainable Tall Buildings.
London Report: Bucking a Western Trend?
Jul 2011, London – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood visited the UK in July for the inaugural meeting of a future CTBUH UK Chapter and other endeavors.
University of Nottingham Visit
Jul 2011, Nottingham – Tour Report
The University of Nottingham, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, welcomed CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood on Tuesday July 19th.
CTBUH Releases Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
Shard London Bridge Visit
23 Jan 2011, London – Tour Report
While in London, CTBUH’s Jan Klerks took the opportunity to visit the city's future tallest building; the Shard London Bridge, currently rising next to London Bridge Station.
2006 London Conference: Talking Tall 2
25 Sep 2006, London – Conference
Tall buildings are seen as a solution to high demand for city center space, as a tool for urban regeneration and as crucial landmarks to boost the brand identities of towns and cities.
2001 London Conference: Technology, Livability, Productivitiy
9-12 Dec 2001, London – Conference
Conference held in London in 2001 on Technology, Livability and Productivity in buildings for the 21st century.
1974 Oxford Conference: Tall Buildings and people?
17-19 Sep 1974, Oxford – Conference
The 1974 International Conference in Oxford, UK was held on "Tall Buildings and People?" from September 17th-19th.

Featured Tall Buildings in United Kingdom

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, London

Rarely does a single building have such a profound impact on the history of the high-rise as 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin.

51 Lime Street

51 Lime Street, London

51 Lime Street establishes a great dialogue with the existing fabric of historic masonry buildings and more modern glass buildings.

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting Place, Leeds

Broadcasting Place is a mixed-use development close to the Leeds city center, it provides new office and teaching spaces together with 240 student residences.

Broadgate Tower

Broadgate Tower, London

The dramatic and highly visible structural system employed on Broadgate Tower is an innovative solution to the challenge of spanning the pre-existing railways that run under the site.

Heron Tower

Heron Tower, London

Heron Tower provides highly flexible work-spaces which support diverse tenant needs through a series of ten multi-story “villages”—with a full-height atrium at the heart of each.

NEO Bankside

NEO Bankside, London

Its four hexagonal pavilions have been arranged to provide residents with generous accommodation, stunning views and maximum daylight.

Strata

Strata, London

From the outset, sustainability has been key to the building's evolution. This holistic approach to sustainable high-rise design will prove to be very useful for the future of tall.

The Beetham Hilton Tower

The Beetham Hilton Tower, Manchester

The creation of an iconic landmark tower on this site was seen as an opportunity to create visual connectivity with the city center, creating a destination and attracting activity.

The Leadenhall Building

The Leadenhall Building, London

The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London.

The Shard

The Shard, London

The developers of The Shard showed remarkable tenacity in bringing it to fruition.

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United Kingdom Members

The work of the Council is only possible through the support of its members, which include most of the world’s leading developers, architects, engineers, contractors and others connected with tall buildings and sustainable cities. Below is the list of current organizational members located in United Kingdom, sorted by membership level then alphabetically by organization name.

Supporting Contributor

Arcadis Arcadis
PMNG ENGO CIV ARCH COMP COST ENVE ENVP FIN FIRE GEO INTR LAND OTHR PROP SEC SEIS STRC TRAN URB WIND
BuroHappold Engineering BuroHappold Engineering
ENGM STRC MEP ENGO BMNT CIV COMP ENVE ENVP FAC FIRE GEO SEC TRAN
D2E International VT Consultants Ltd. D2E International VT Consultants Ltd.
VERC ENGO OTHR
Wentworth House Partnership Limited Wentworth House Partnership Limited
STRC ENGO

Patron

BMT Fluid Mechanics BMT Fluid Mechanics
WIND CIV
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin
WIND ENGO ENVE

Donor

Make Make
ARCH URB INTR
Multiplex Multiplex
CON ENGO PROP
PLP Architecture PLP Architecture
ARCH URB INTR TRAN
Wordsearch Wordsearch
MRKT
Zaha Hadid Architects Zaha Hadid Architects
ARCH INTR URB

Contributor

AkzoNobel AkzoNobel
MATR BMNT FIRE
Alinea Consulting Alinea Consulting
COST INSU PROP
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
ARCH URB INTR
Broadway Malyan Broadway Malyan
ARCH URB INTR LAND
Canary Wharf Group Canary Wharf Group
OWN DEV CON
CCL CCL
MATR CIV CON STRC ENGO
Farrells Farrells
ARCH URB INTR
Foster + Partners Foster + Partners
ARCH
Grimshaw Architects Grimshaw Architects
ARCH URB INTR
IDOM UK Ltd. IDOM UK Ltd.
ENGO ARCH MEP STRC
Kier Group Kier Group
CON
Ramboll Ramboll
CIV ENGM ENVE MEP SEIS STRC VERC ENGO URB FAC COMP FIRE GEO PMNG
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
ARCH URB INTR
SECURISTYLE SECURISTYLE
MATR
Studor Limited Studor Limited
MATR MEP
WilkinsonEyre WilkinsonEyre
ARCH URB

Participant

AKT II AKT II
STRC CIV
Argent LLP Argent LLP
PROP DEV
Bogle Architects Bogle Architects
ARCH
ChapmanBDSP ChapmanBDSP
ENVE FIRE MEP URB VERC WIND
Cundall Cundall
ENGM STRC CIV MEP COMP ENGO ENVE FIRE GEO PMNG TRAN URB VERC
Dunbar & Boardman Dunbar & Boardman
VERC FAC
Eric Parry Architects Eric Parry Architects
ARCH
Farrells Farrells
ARCH URB INTR
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
ARCH URB INTR
Hilson Moran Partnership Hilson Moran Partnership
MEP VERC ENVE FIRE PROP SEC STRC
Mace Limited Mace Limited
CON PMNG COST PROP
MovvéO Ltd. MovvéO Ltd.
VERC FAC
Olsson Fire & Risk Olsson Fire & Risk
FIRE
Qatar National Bank Qatar National Bank
DEV FIN
Stephan Reinke Architects Stephan Reinke Architects
ARCH URB
The Vertical Transportation Studio Ltd The Vertical Transportation Studio Ltd
VERC
University of Nottingham University of Nottingham
ACAD RES
Wirth Research Wirth Research
WIND ENGO RES

Academic

Cardiff University Cardiff University
ACAD ARCH

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CTBUH United Kingdom

CTBUH UK: Manchester Urban Housing Debate

26 Jul 2017, Event Report – On July 26, 2017, CTBUH held its first Manchester event in coordination with the…

2017 Global Walking Tours: The Space Within Tall Buildings

21 Jun-7 Jul 2017, Tour Report – The CTBUH Urban Habitat / Urban Design Committee organized its fourth annual…

CTBUH UK Learns About "A Day in the Life of The Shard"

26 Jun 2017, Event Report – An audience of 100 streamed into the Warwick Business School on the 17th floor of…

More United Kingdom Related Initiatives

Steve Watts

Country Representative

Steve Watts
Alinea Consulting, London

Ian Skelton

Country Committee

Ian Skelton
AECOM, London

Vince Ugarow

Country Committee

Vince Ugarow
Hilson Moran, London

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Steve Watts

CTBUH Trustee, Treasurer

Steve Watts
Alinea Consulting, London

Tim Neal

CTBUH Trustee

Tim Neal
CallisonRTKL, London

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CTBUH United Kingdom Representation

Forms of Regional Representation
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Latest Tall Building News

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Developer Reveals New “Lozenge”-Shaped Tower for Controversial Manchester Project
23 Aug 2017 – Manchester, United Kingdom
New designs have been revealed for a contentious high-rise scheme in Manchester, which is backed by footballers-turned-developers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. Changes…
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Glass Falls from Civil Justice Centre in Manchester
21 Aug 2017 – Manchester, United Kingdom
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has confirmed that in late July, glass from three broken panels fell from the 2008 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Manchester Civil Justice…
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Reworked Proposal for London Docklands Tower Set for Approval
17 Aug 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A 49-story east London skyscraper is set for approval after its developers significantly reworked their earlier proposals. Major changes to the 225 Marsh Wall scheme…
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As One London Tower is Evacuated for Safety Reasons, Cladding Used on Others Passes Safety Test
14 Aug 2017 – London, United Kingdom
While residents of the Ledbury estate in southeast London have been told to move out after structural problems were found, a cladding system using stonewall insulation…
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Liverpool Green-Lights Two More Towers, Despite UNESCO Concerns
9 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…
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London’s Cheesegrater Struck by Steel Beam from 22 Bishopsgate Construction Site
7 Aug 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A steel beam being lifted by a crane working at the 22 Bishopsgate construction site in London crashed into the side of the Cheesegrater building, resulting in damage to…
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New Manchester Student Tower Would Replace Music Venue
4 Aug 2017 – Manchester, United Kingdom
Proposals for a 30-story, 573-bedroom student housing block have been submitted for approval, but would require the demolition of a music venue and a neighboring disused…
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London Council Approves Scheme for 162-Home Battersea Project
2 Aug 2017 – London, United Kingdom
Wandsworth Council has approved a scheme for 162 homes as part of the £15 billion Nine Elms Development in Battersea, south London. The proposals include four buildings…
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Probe into London’s Grenfell Tower Fire Shows Flammable Cladding in 80+ Buildings
31 Jul 2017 – London, United Kingdom
The investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 80 people in June, has revealed that a type of cladding and insulation used in more than 80 tower blocks…
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London's 20 Fenchurch Church Street Building Sold in Record-Breaking Deal
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…
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Brunel Street Works Approved by London Planning Officials
27 Jul 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A scheme comprising four buildings and nearly 1,000 homes in east London was approved by the Newham council, with London mayor Sadiq Khan now due to have a final say on…
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Manchester's Tallest Tower Recommended by Local Council
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…
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53-Story Tower Set to Win Planning in London’s South Bank
18 Jul 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A six-building complex, which includes a 53-story residential tower, is planned for London’s South Bank. The tower contains 227 flats above retail, plus a 34-story office…
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New Designs Unveiled for St. Michael’s Scheme in Manchester
12 Jul 2017 – Manchester, United Kingdom
A revised design has been unveiled for the controversial St. Michael's scheme in Manchester. New plans see a single tower with nickel-colored curtain walling, standing…
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Details Emerge on Principal Place Development in London
7 Jul 2017 – London, United Kingdom
The London borough of Hackney is to receive a new tower that is quickly becoming one of the tallest residential buildings in the city. Currently under construction, the…
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Architects Halve Size of London Tower to Appease Planners
6 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…
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Four-Tower Freemasons Scheme Approved in Liverpool
5 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…
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600 UK High-Rises Identified with Grenfell Tower-Style Cladding
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…
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St. Michael’s Manchester Scheme Sees Design Team Changes Ahead of Imminent Project Revisions
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…
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Grenfell House Cladding Identified as Cheaper and More Flammable Option
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…

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UK Firm Submits Plans for Three-Tower London Project
15 Dec 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Architecture practice aLL Design has submitted plans for a 69,471-square-meter three-tower development in Brentford, west London. Occupying an 84-hectare site, the scheme…
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Conservationists Raise Concerns over London’s Manhattan Loft Gardens
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…
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Revised Planning Application Reduces Height of London’s 22 Bishopsgate
6 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…
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Revised Plans for Canary Wharf High-Rise Submitted to London Councilors
5 Dec 2016 – London, United Kingdom
UK architecture practice Make has submitted revised plans for a 48-story skyscraper in London’s Docklands, having withdrawn a previous proposal for a 56-story tower on…
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Towers Begin to Rise at Manchester’s Great Jackson Street Complex
2 Dec 2016 – Manchester, United Kingdom
Several towers at the Great Jackson Street complex are currently under construction in Manchester. The development comprises some 1,494 new apartments across a quartet of…
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Two-Tower London Development Scheme Sent to City Planners for Consultation
29 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Plans by WilkinsonEyre to redevelop a prime central London site near the South Bank have been put out to consultation. The plans, known as Paris Gardens, feature a 52-…
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Planners Set to Approve City of London's Tallest Tower
22 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Eric Parry Architects’ proposals for a 73-story office block that would be the tallest in the City of London have been recommended for approval by City of London…
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Plans Unveiled for 20-Story South Cardiff Tower
18 Nov 2016 – Cardiff, United Kingdom
Plans for a 20-story residential tower, which will afford spectacular views across Cardiff and the Bristol Channel, have been revealed for a key land site in Cardiff Bay…
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Second Construction Contractor Walks From London’s One Nine Elms Complex
14 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
The Chinese developer behind the One Nine Elms complex in London has seen a second construction contractor walk away from the chance to build it. The USD$1.2 billion…
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Details Emerge on the Under-Construction Madison Tower in London
11 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Construction is underway at The Madison – a 55-story residential scheme set for Tower Hamlets in London. Plans include 423 high-specification homes, plus an expansive…
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29-Story Southeast London Residential High-Rise Proposed
10 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Shedkm has submitted a planning application for a 29-story residential tower in Abbey Wood, southeast London – the practice’s tallest building to date. The scheme, dubbed…
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Heritage Group Maintains Objections to Redesigned London Development
8 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Local heritage preservation group Historic England is still objecting to designs by Renzo Piano for a new building next to Paddington station because of the impact it…
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Plans Submitted for London’s White City Place
7 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Plans have been submitted for three new office blocks, the tallest to rise 21 stories, at a site in west London. The 100,000-square-meter scheme marks the third phase of…
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Go-Ahead Given for Office Tower Project in Stratford, London
1 Nov 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Developers have gained consent for the third major building in the International Quarter development at Stratford in east London. The large office project will rise to 21…
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Investors Proceed with 22 Bishopsgate in City of London
28 Oct 2016 – London, United Kingdom
The main investor of 22 Bishopsgate has said it will continue development of the skyscraper. The announcement follows reports that it would ask the scheme’s remaining…
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Architect Withdraws Application for 15-Story London Tower
27 Oct 2016 – London, United Kingdom
An architecture firm has pulled its application for The Beacon, a tower next to Caruso St John’s Newport Street Gallery, the day before it was due to be considered by the…
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Three-Tower Prime Place Complex Granted Planning Approval in Woking
26 Oct 2016 – Woking, United Kingdom
Planning approval has been granted for the three-tower Prime Place complex, set for Woking. The high-rise residential scheme will consist of 17-, 25-, and 34-story towers…
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St. John’s Quarter Complex Approved in Manchester
24 Oct 2016 – Manchester, United Kingdom
A regeneration scheme at the former Granada Studios' site in Manchester has been granted planning approval. The St. John's Quarter complex, which includes a 52-story…
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Heritage Group Looks to Prevent Manchester towers
20 Oct 2016 – Manchester, United Kingdom
The Twentieth Century Society, a heritage preservation group, is objecting to a pair of towers planned in Manchester by Make for footballers-turned-developers Gary…
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Highly Sustainable 17-Story Beacon Proposed for Hemel Hempstead
17 Oct 2016 – Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
The team behind the 17-story Beacon in the Hertfordshire commuter town of Hemel Hempstead believe that they have found the recipe for the greenest high-rise residential…

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London’s Balfron Tower to be Turned into Luxury Apartments after Council Grants Planning Permission
18 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The controversial refurbishment of social housing landmark Balfron Tower into luxury apartments is set to go ahead following a unanimous vote by Tower Hamlets Council’s…
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Broadway Malyan’s 30-Story Tower Approved by Birmingham City Council
14 Dec 2015 – Birmingham, United Kingdom
Planners have given the green light to build Birmingham’s tallest office building as part of the final phase of construction at the £200 million ($300 million) Beorma…
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Design Update Adds Height to 31 London Street
9 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The height of 31 London Street in Paddington has been increased by 10 percent, meaning it will now be 254 meters tall. The new plans were revealed at a two-day public…
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London Shoreditch Hotel Gets Planning Permission
8 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
New York-based hotel giant Highgate Holdings has gained planning for a mixed-use hotel and commercial office scheme in Shoreditch High Street, East London. It will be…
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New Designs Revealed for 1 Undershaft in London
7 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Architects have unveiled new designs for 1 Undershaft, a 73-story tower that will be the tallest building in London's financial district. The redesigned tower will…
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32-Story London Office Tower Plan Revealed
4 Dec 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Developer British Land has unveiled plans for a landmark office complex rising to 32 stories. Public consultation for the office building at 2 Finsbury Avenue Square has…
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High-Rise Greenwich Peninsula Plan Gets Green Light in London
24 Nov 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The Mayor of London has given his approval for the capital’s largest single regeneration development in the Greenwich Peninsula. Plans include several distinct high-rises…
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42-Story Cardiff Building Could be Tallest Residential Tower in Wales
20 Nov 2015 – Cardiff, United Kingdom
A developer has submitted plans with Cardiff council for a 42-story student apartment tower in the center of Cardiff that could become the tallest residential building in…
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NatWest Tower Demolition Underway in Birmingham
19 Nov 2015 – Birmingham, United Kingdom
The first phase of demolition at Birmingham’s NatWest Tower is underway. Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP and Sterling Property Ventures won approval to…
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London’s 22 Bishopsgate Set for Approval
16 Nov 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The City of London looks set to approve the proposed replacement for the partially-built Pinnacle tower. The 278-meter skyscraper has been recommended for approval by the…
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Mechanical and Electrical Contract Awarded for London’s One Blackfriars
9 Nov 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A mechanical and electrical contract has been awarded for One Blackfriars tower in London. The 165-meter tower will accommodate 27 homes and a boutique hotel across 52…
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Yet Another Architecture Firm Takes Over “Chiswick Octopus” Site
4 Nov 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Studio Egret West has become the latest architect to be appointed to the “Chiswick Octopus” site in west London. The practice is consulting on designs for a 32-story…
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Conservationists Petition Against Millbank Tower Plans in London
28 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Conservationists have written to Westminister Council objecting to the proposed revamp of Millbank Tower. Several preservation societies have flagged concerns about the…
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Construction Progresses on the Brighton i360 Tower
27 Oct 2015 – Brighton, United Kingdom
New photographs have been released showing the latest work on the Brighton i360 Tower, which is now two-thirds built. When completed next summer, the $61 million steel…
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New Micro-Housing Tower Proposed for East London
26 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A group of stakeholders has proposed a new housing scheme for East London that would include micro-housing units as part of a mixed-use program. If planning permission is…
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Chinese Contractor Signs Deal to Build London Residential Tower
22 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A Chinese contractor has been chosen as the main contractor for Croydon's $770 million One Lansdowne Road project. The deal is one of several agreements recently signed…
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Shard Stakeholders Propose 224-Meter London Skyscraper
21 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Three years after completing The Shard, architect Renzo Piano has unveiled designs for another London skyscraper – a 224-meter cylindrical tower expected to do for…
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Huge Docklands Scheme Scrapes Through Approvals in London
14 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Councilors have approved plans for a 1,500-home scheme in London’s Docklands, three months after announcing their intention to refuse it. The Millharbour Village scheme…
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Proposed 67-Floor All-Residential Tower Would be Tallest in London, Western Europe
8 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A Chinese developer has submitted plans to build a 67-floor residential skyscraper at the western end of the north dock in Canary Wharf. The redevelopment will deliver…
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Council Set to Refuse Rocket-Shaped Tower in London
5 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A report has delivered a damning verdict on the design of the proposed 30-story Gagarin Place building. Planners have panned the rocket-shaped tower, saying it would be a…

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Alpha Square Plans Submitted for London’s Canary Wharf
23 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Plans have been submitted for a development on the Isle of Dogs that could rise up to 63 stories. The development, which covers 50 Marsh Wall, is in the newly-named…
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London’s Wandsworth Town Center Regeneration Scheme Approved
19 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Wandsworth Council and South Thames College have gained detailed planning for 201 new homes in the heart of the south London regeneration area. The plan includes a 26-…
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London’s College Road Tower Set to Start on Site
18 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The College Road Tower mixed-use scheme will begin construction in September 2015 for completion in 2017. The scheme now has consent from Croydon borough planners, who…
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Scotland’s Tallest Residential High-Rise Flats Coming Down in Glasgow
16 Dec 2014 – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Work is starting to demolish Scotland's tallest residential high-rise flats. The Whitevale and Bluevale flats will be brought down piece by piece due to the towers'…
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London Mayor Approves Vast Wood Wharf Scheme
11 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The 4.9 million-square-foot (455,000-square-meter) Wood Wharf scheme has been approved by the Mayor of London and will see Canary Wharf extended to the east with the…
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Skanska Signs Contract to Construct London’s Scalpel
10 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Skanska has signed a £198 million (US $310 million) contract to build a new landmark office tower at 52 Lime Street in London. The project, dubbed "the Scalpel", is to…
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Master-planned Millharbour Village Proposed in London
4 Dec 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Millharbour Village is a proposed high-density mixed-use neighborhood in South Quay that includes schools, parks, commercial space, office space, and 1,500 new homes that…
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New Residential Tower Revealed for Manchester’s NOMA
1 Dec 2014 – Manchester, United Kingdom
A new 36-story tower has been proposed to stand on the Angel Gardens site in NOMA, Manchester. The tower boasts darker cladding to contrast with the lighter low-rise…
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Curvaceous Towers Coming to London’s South Bank
26 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A new, predominantly residential project will replace the much-loathed National Grid building on London's South Bank. The project will consist of three buildings of 39…
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New Proposal for Glengall Bridge Revealed in London
20 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Plans have once again surfaced for the redevelopment of a quay site in London's Docklands next to the western side of Glengall Bridge, which call for a 140-meter central…
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KPF’s “Jenga” Tower Approved After Minister’s Eleventh-Hour Decision
14 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Lambeth council has approved Kohn Pedersen Fox's proposal for a 50-story block of 450 flats in Vauxhall after an eleventh-hour decision by the Communities Secretary not…
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Planning Approved for 37-Story Tower in Vauxhall, London
13 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A 37-story residential block in Vauxhall has been approved by Lambeth Council. The development will contain 291 homes, up to 1,270 square meters of ground shops and…
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New 27-Story Tower Block Destined For Manchester City Center
12 Nov 2014 – Manchester, United Kingdom
Plans for a skyscraper in the shadow of the Beetham Tower are poised to get the green light. A narrow, triangular plot could house an “unashamedly modern” 27-story…
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New Team Set to Take Over London’s Stalled Pinnacle
10 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A team including PLP Architecture is understood to be in line to take over the stalled Pinnacle tower scheme. The takeover could see new designs for the 288-meter-tall…
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Piano Wins Planning For Shard’s “Little Sister” in London
6 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A 26-story housing scheme has been approved to sit alongside Renzo Piano's Shard skyscraper and The Place. The structure will occupy a 0.3-hectare site, replacing the…
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London Tower Plans Spell End for Make’s Chiswick Octopus
5 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The developers behind Make Architects’ Chiswick Octopus have shelved proposals for the sea-creature-shaped, LED-clad building in favor of a 42-story tower block for the…
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Delayed Rogers Tower in London to Get Underway in 2015
4 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Construction is to begin in January 2015 on 80 Newington Butts, also known as 360 London, which, once finished, will be the second-tallest building in the Elephant and…
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BretFred Founder Backs 5+Design Salford Towers Scheme
3 Nov 2014 – Manchester, United Kingdom
The newly proposed Salford Towers project includes 380 homes, 889 square meters of commercial space, and also incorporates a vacant grade II-listed pub - The Black Friar…
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PLP Works Up Alternative Vauxhall Cross Towers in London
31 Oct 2014 – London, United Kingdom
PLP Architecture has drawn up alternative proposals for the Vauxhall Cross Towers site that feature the towers getting a substantial uplift to 140 meters and 170 meters,…
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South Quay Plaza Recommended for Approval in London
30 Oct 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A predominantly residential scheme of 888 homes built over two towers on the Isle of Dogs has been recommended for approval. The main tower will be 68 stories (220 meters…

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Empress State to be Converted to Residential Use
19 Dec 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A planning application has been submitted to convert the 120-meter Empress State Building in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham from office to residential use,…
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Pinnacle Lives to Fight Another Day
12 Dec 2013 – London, United Kingdom
The “unbuildable” Pinnacle may soon return to life, according to The Independent. The development of the 63-story skyscraper had been halted in 2011 due to concerns about…
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Canary Wharf to Get Cylindrical Herzog & de Meuron Tower
10 Dec 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have designed a 56-story cylindrical skyscraper as part of a nine-hectare masterplan for London’s Canary Wharf, according to Dezeen.…
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Permission Granted for Irish Odyssey Development
3 Dec 2013 – Belfast, United Kingdom
A ₤100 million (US$164 million) redevelopment scheme at Belfast's Odyssey complex, designed by HJ Lyons, has received outline planning permission. The plan allows for…
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RSH+P Takes School of Economics Student Tower Competition
2 Dec 2013 – London, United Kingdom
The London School of Economics has selected Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P) to design the new Global Centre for the Social Sciences. Beating proposals from OMA,…
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Viñoly Redesigns Marble Arch Tower
27 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Property company Almacantar has unveiled its finalized plans for a 408,000-square foot (38,000-square meter) redevelopment of the 1960s Marble Arch Tower. The Rafael…
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New Bondway Tower Design Unveiled
26 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has revealed its design for the New Bondway tower at London's Vauxhall interchange. The 551-foot (168-meter) tower replaces an…
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Tower v. Club Decision Delayed
21 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has postponed his final decision on the controversial planning application for the Eileen House site at Elephant and Castle until December…
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Developer Proposes UK's Tallest Housing Tower
20 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
An Irish developer plans to build the tallest residential tower in the UK on a site in the city's Canary Wharf area. Ryan Corp. UK has paid ₤100 million (US$160 million)…
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Tower Plays Part in Gaming Marketing
19 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
The iconic OXO Tower on London's South Bank has undergone a transformation in a marketing stunt for the forthcoming launch of Sony's PlayStation 4. A team of rappellers…
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Solution Close for Walkie Scorchie
19 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Land Securities is close to solving the incendiary solar glare problem for the Walkie Talkie, its landmark 37-story glass office block in the City of London. The…
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Aggregate Paper Looks Deeply into 30 St Mary Axe's Design
18 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A recent academic paper, originally published on Aggregate's website, examines The Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners. Author Jonathan Massey…
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Canada Water Project to Move Forward
14 Nov 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Sellar Property Group has received planning permission from the Southwark Council for its David Chipperfield-designed Canada Water project. The proposal includes a long…
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Allies and Morrison Tower Scheme On Its Way
31 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Work has begun on the Ealing Arcadia shopping center, a ₤6 million (US$9.6 million) renovation project designed by Allies and Morrison, which is also set to include a…
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Lend Lease Seeks Heygate Estate Approval
29 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Lend Lease has submitted detailed plans for the first 360 homes at the Heygate Estate, part of the ₤1.5 billion (US$241 billion) regeneration of Elephant and Castle in…
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Tower-Downdraft Controversy Continues
24 Oct 2013 – Leeds, United Kingdom
Leeds City Council officials apparently knew high winds caused by the Bridgewater Place tower were dangerous before the building was completed. An email sent in January…
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Galliard Launches Baltimore Tower
21 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Galliard Homes has officially launched sales for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's curvaceous Baltimore Tower in Canary Wharf. Occupying a section of the city's Crossharbour…
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Wilkinson Eyre Ties Up City Deal
15 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Wilkinson Eyre has won a competition to design a development for the Mitsubishi Estate Company (MEC) in the City of London at a site stretching from 150 Leadenhall Street…
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Refinancing Deal Saves Heron Tower From Sale
4 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Heron Tower has reportedly sealed a ₤370 million (US$594 million) refinancing deal to prevent a sale of the building. The deal includes a ₤270 million (US$434 million)…
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Developers Launch Tower at Triangular Site
1 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Developers have set in motion plans to build a tower as tall as 672 feet (205 meters) at a triangular site at 30 Marsh Wall, near Canary Wharf, approximately 1,640 feet (…

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Cheesegrater Attracts New Tenants
17 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm…
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Plans Released for London’s Shell Development Centre
13 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
Developers Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar have released preliminary plans and renderings of their proposed transformation of the Shell Centre campus on London’s South…
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Revised Residential Tower Hopes to Preserve History
6 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
Revised plans for a development in southwest London have been submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth after a previous proposal for the site was blocked. The…
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Student Tower Designed to Cope with Harsh Desert Conditions
6 Dec 2012 – Nottingham, United Kingdom
Students at the University of Nottingham have designed a skyscraper for Abu Dhabi inspired by sikkas, the narrow alleys between buildings in old Middle Eastern cities.…
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How Tall Can a (Lego) Tower Go?
6 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
While architects and engineers are questioning the limits of building megatall towers, some people are asking another question: How tall can a Lego tower go? A research…
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CTBUH: BBC Series Spotlights Skyscrapers
3 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
The BBC, working with the CTBUH, has developed a series of reports spotlighting the state of the skyscraper around the world. Features focus on everything from…
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London Residential Market Driving Tall Building Development
29 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
While office tower construction has stagnated, London developers are actively pursuing a large number of residential projects, according to a report on the housing boom…
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Walkie Talkie Building Clinches Another Tenant
8 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
London's Walkie Talkie building has signed Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ascot as its newest tenant. The 38-story skyscraper, which is owned by British company Land…
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St. Mary's Tower Approved
8 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
London's Southwark Borough planning commission has approved plans for the St Mary’s Residential development. The Squire and Partners-designed scheme will create a…
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Questioning Europe's 'Small Plan Syndrome'
7 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
The Financial Times has published an article dealing with the issues of building tall buildings in historic cities. Many cities rely on their ancient buildings to…
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London's South Bank May See New Development
1 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
Private equity firm Carlyle Group has submitted plans for a 425,000 square meter residential and office development in London. The development will be located close to…
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Firm Abandons Fire Station Tower Proposal in UK
30 Oct 2012 – Birmingham, United Kingdom
British firm K4 Architects has announced it will abandon proposals to build a tower above Birmingham’s Central Fire Station. The scheme, which was in its third version…
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High-rise Demand Growing Rapidly in Minneapolis
26 Oct 2012 – Minneapolis, United States
On Thursday Chicago-based Magellan Development Group started construction on the 36-story mixed-use high-rise located at 1369 Spruce Place in Minneapolis. The building is…
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UK's Future Fifth Tallest May be Cross-Shaped
26 Oct 2012 – Liverpool, United Kingdom
A crucifix-shaped skyscraper, which would be the UK's tallest building outside London, has been earmarked for the Liverpool waterfront. Architect Maurice Shapero designed…
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'High-Rise Hope' Studies Social Impacts of Green Technology
26 Oct 2012 – Shepards Bush, West London, United Kingdom
A report recently produced for Rockwool by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has highlighted the social implications of energy efficiency…
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Ian Simpson Designs to Face Judgment in Manchester
23 Oct 2012 – Manchester, United Kingdom
The Manchester City Council is poised to approve Chelmer Developments' 42-story tower at River Street. The tower, which has been designed by Ian Simpson architects, is…
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Video: Rem Koolhaas Talks CCTV
5 Oct 2012 – London, United Kingdom
CNN interviews Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and discusses his recently completed CCTV Tower in Beijing. He also relates his profound experience as an 18-year-old visiting…

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200-Meter Tower to be Part of Fashion Company’s Headquarters in Small Denmark Town
22 Aug 2017 – Brande, Denmark
A Denmark fashion company is building a new mixed-use headquarters in its hometown of Brande. The project will accommodate retail space for up to 30 shops, areas for…
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Despite Objections, Rotterdam May Get a New Skyscraper
21 Aug 2017 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
In early August 2017, the highest Dutch administrative court dismissed objections from locals to plans for a 215-meter tall mixed-use skyscraper in Rotterdam’s Zalmhaven…
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Austrian Construction Group to Complete Krakow Tower Left Unfinished Since 1979
15 Aug 2017 – Krakow, Poland
An Austrian construction group will turn a Krakow high-rise, left unfinished since construction began in 1979, into the city’s tallest tower. Unity Tower will be part of…
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Plans Revealed for Copenhagen’s IKEA-Adjacent Cactus Towers
10 Aug 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Renderings have been released of a pair of high-rise residential towers with spiky façades, overlooking a new IKEA and hotel in Copenhagen's Vesterbro district. The…
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Mountain-Like Tower Underway at LUMA Arles in the South of France
10 Aug 2017 – Arles, France
A Frank Gehry-designed tower is rising above an experimental contemporary art center in the southern French city of Arles, and will comprise six existing industrial…
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Competition-Winning Design Selected for Grapevine-Draped Stone Tower in Stuttgart
27 Jul 2017 – Stuttgart, Germany
A competition-winning design has been selected for a new mixed-use residential tower located at Mailänder Platz in Stuttgart, Germany. The tower will be draped in…
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Foundation Work Underway at The Warsaw HUB
25 Jul 2017 – Warsaw, Poland
Construction of the three-tower Warsaw HUB is gaining momentum, with foundation work now underway. The development is one of the most technologically advanced…
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Fire Breaks Out in Central Moscow High-Rise
19 Jul 2017 – Moscow, Russia
A fire broke out in a high-rise building undergoing renovations at 19 New Arbat Street in central Moscow. There has been no information on any injured, and Moscow’s…
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Architects Selected to Design Sustainable Housing Complex in Eindhoven
14 Jul 2017 – Eindhoven, Netherlands
A team of architects has won a competition to design a “progressive residential development” in inner-city Eindhoven. Known as Nieuw Bergen, the complex will offer high-…
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Saxophone-Inspired Tower Wins Design Competition in Rotterdam
13 Jul 2017 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Architects have won a competition to design a new tower for Rotterdam. The Sax, which comprises two interconnected towers, will rise between the New Luxor Theater and the…
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New Renderings Unveiled for Mixed-Use Development in Vilnius
13 Jul 2017 – Vilnius, Lithuania
New renderings and details have been revealed for a mixed-use tower development located in the downtown business district of Vilnius, Lithuania, as the project has…
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Architects Win Competition for First Dutch Vertical Forest in Utrecht
7 Jul 2017 – Utrecht, Netherlands
The 90-meter-tall Hawthorne Tower is set to be the first “Dutch Vertical Forest.” The tower will be one of two new high-rise structures to rise in the city center of…
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Repurposed Grain Silo Completes in Copenhagen
29 Jun 2017 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Galvanized steel panels now form faceted balconies and windows that surround the exterior of a former grain-storage silo in Copenhagen, which a Danish studio has finished…
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“Three-Crowned” Cooltoren Tower Proposed for Rotterdam
26 Jun 2017 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam’s skyline is set to welcome a soaring new addition in the form of Cooltoren, a 150-meter tower that, upon completion, will become the city center’s tallest…
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MULTI Elevator Technology Officially Unveiled in Rottweil
23 Jun 2017 – Rottweil, Germany
Described as the world’s first rope-less horizontal-vertical elevator system, MULTI has been unveiled at a 246-meter test tower in Rottweil. Instead of one cabin per…
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New’R Residential Tower Completes in Nantes, France
23 Jun 2017 – Nantes, France
A developer has completed a new housing tower composed of an angular core wrapped in undulating balconies. New’R is located in Nantes and pays homage to Oscar Niemeyer as…
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Multi-Tower Design Wins Eindhoven Design Competition
20 Jun 2017 – Eindhoven, Netherlands
A team has won a competition to create a new mixed-use hub in Eindhoven. The winning proposal includes a trio of towers and a urban plaza, called District E. The 70,000-…
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Residential High-Rise Selected in Stockholm Design Competition
9 Jun 2017 – Stockholm, Sweden
An architect firm has been selected as the winners of a competition to design a community-focused high-rise in the neighborhood of Kista, a district known as the city’s…
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Bałtyk Tower Block Completes in Poznań
5 Jun 2017 – Poznań, Poland
An architecture practice has officially completed its first building in Poznań, Poland. The 16-story Bałtyk Tower resembles a huge staircase from one angle, while from…
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Skyscraper Frenzy Divides Locals in Bulgarian Capital Sofia
30 May 2017 – Sofia, Bulgaria
Projects to construct new skyscrapers in the trendiest parts of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, have triggered fierce debates about city planning and the loose…

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Developer Awards Construction Contract for 170-Meter One Tower in Limassol
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…
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17-Story Residential Tower Proposed for Stockholm
8 Dec 2016 – Stockholm, Sweden
Developers are preparing a proposal, named after local shopowner Jean Bolinder, for a 17-story skyscraper as part of the redevelopment of Stockholm’s southeastern town of…
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Plans Revealed for Rotterdam’s Slim Baan Tower
7 Dec 2016 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Plans have been unveiled for the 150-meter Baan Tower in Rotterdam. With a compact footprint of just 20-by-20 meters, the building could become "the slimmest residential…
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Sports City Master Plan Receives Approval in Rotterdam
2 Dec 2016 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Feyenoord City master plan has officially been given the go-ahead for construction. The redevelopment of the site includes the current De Kuip Stadium, the…
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Hamburg’s Slender Cinnamon Tower and Pavilion Completes
30 Nov 2016 – Hamburg, Germany
The Cinnamon Tower and Pavilion in Hamburg has completed. The unique design idea, proposed as a freestanding campanile, won a 2006 competition for the neo-gothic Harbour…
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Residential Superstructure Development in Moscow Revealed
29 Nov 2016 – Moscow, Russia
Kengo Kuma and Associates have been tapped to design a new high-rise complex in Kutuzovsky Prospekt, Moscow, that would feature four residential superstructures adjacent…
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Trio of Residential Towers Proposed for Frankfurt am Main
28 Nov 2016 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Competition-winning plans to design three new residential high-rises in the center of Frankfurt am Main have been revealed. The proposal comprises an ensemble of three…
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Plant-Covered Housing Block Completes in Paris
21 Nov 2016 – Paris, France
A 50-meter Parisian apartment tower, dubbed The M6B2 Tower of Biodiversity, has completed. It is notable for its stainless steel netting which acts as a climbing frame…
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Europe’s Largest Private Residential Amenities Floor Unveiled in Warsaw
17 Nov 2016 – Warsaw, Poland
Złota 44, one of Europe’s tallest and most luxurious residential towers, has formally opened its impressive 1,793-square-meter amenities floor. The space is currently the…
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Renderings Revealed for Neva Towers in Moscow
16 Nov 2016 – Moscow, Russia
Renderings of the last full-scale skyscrapers in Moscow’s new International Business Center, dubbed Moscow City, have been revealed. Located in the northwestern region of…
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Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie Announces its Completion in Lights
2 Nov 2016 – Hamburg, Germany
Elbphilharmonie has announced its completion to Hamburg in huge illuminated letters. The façade of the building was lit up to spell out "FERTIG" – German for "COMPLETED…
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Sculptural Tulip Tower Breaks Ground at Istanbul New Airport Site
31 Oct 2016 – Istanbul, Turkey
A flower-shaped air traffic control tower proposed for Istanbul New Airport, recently celebrated its groundbreaking. On October 26, the Minister of Transport, Maritime,…
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Residential Garden Tower Completes in Köniz
31 Oct 2016 – Köniz, Switzerland
The 17-story residential Garden Tower has been completed in Köniz. The tower's unique form emerges from a polygonal footprint that extends its floor area as it rises…
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Construction Schedule Set for Warsaw’s Mennica Legacy Tower
26 Oct 2016 – Warsaw, Poland
Located in Warsaw's Wola district, an office development will consist of a ten-story building and a 35-story skyscraper, which are scheduled for completion in the fourth…
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Residential Muse Tower Proposed for Rotterdam
24 Oct 2016 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Muse is a 75-meter, 24-story residential tower designed for the Waterstad Quarter of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The design aims to shape an important pedestrian…
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Construction Date Scheduled for Tour Helka in Puteaux
21 Oct 2016 – Puteaux, France
The Tour Helka Complex is set to begin construction in 2017 and become an instant landmark for the La Défense district of Paris' Metropolitan Area in Puteaux, filled with…
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Competition-Winning Design Selected for Heidelberg Energy Storage Center and Park
17 Oct 2016 – Heidelberg, Germany
A firm has won a competition to redesign an energy center in Heidelberg. Currently a cylindrical-shaped storage facility, the space will be transformed into a dynamic…
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Dual Twisting Towers Proposed for Ayia Napa, Cyprus
5 Oct 2016 – Ayia Napa, Cyprus
Construction is set to begin on a new marina in Ayia Napa, Cyprus that features two twisted towers. Stakeholders for the Ayia Napa Marina development recently gathered to…
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Billionaire Buys $550 Million Madrid Skyscraper
3 Oct 2016 – Madrid, Spain
Amancio Ortega, thought to be Europe’s richest man, has bought one of Madrid’s most famous skyscrapers, the Torre Cepsa, for USD$550 million through his property…
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Architect Wins Planning for HafenCity Tower in Hamburg
27 Sep 2016 – Hamburg, Germany
Richard Meier & Partners has won planning for a tower in Hamburg’s HafenCity district. The 16-story building will contain luxury flats for rent and sale on the upper…

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140-Meter Tower to be built over Paris Expressway in La Défense
18 Dec 2015 – Courbevoie, France
The 140-meter-tall Trinity is set to be built along the eastern side of the CNIT building in the heart of La Défense outside of Paris. It will stand over the Avenue de la…
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Troubled Benidorm Apartment Tower Put Up for Sale
16 Dec 2015 – Benidorm, Spain
Residencial In Tempo – a Benidorm twin-tower skyscraper that was meant to be a landmark for the city but instead became a victim of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis –…
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Warsaw Spire Construction Approaches Completion
10 Dec 2015 – Warsaw, Poland
Assembly work for the glass façade of Warsaw Spire is expected to be completed by the end of December. With this major milestone, construction of the 220-meter tower is…
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Multi-Stage Urban Redevelopment Master Plan Proposed for Oslo
3 Dec 2015 – Oslo, Norway
Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen (SHL) has won an international competition to design an 87,000-square-meter master plan in central Oslo. Named Eureka Kvarteret, the…
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Voters Back Bern Region’s First High-Rise
2 Dec 2015 – Bern, Switzerland
Voters in a suburb of Bern, Switzerland, have voted in favor of the capital region’s first skyscraper. Around 64 percent of those casting ballots backed the 33-story high…
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Warsaw’s Tallest Tower Given Green Light
23 Nov 2015 – Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw’s city hall has granted approval for a 310-meter office tower which is planned to be developed by the Slovak developer HB Reavis in central Warsaw. If completed,…
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Work Set to Start on the Long-Delayed Copenhagen Gate Project
13 Nov 2015 – Copenhagen, Denmark
The city of Copenhagen has finally approved plans to build two skyscrapers joined by a pedestrian bridge at the entrance to the city’s historic northern harbor, which is…
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18-Story University of Luxembourg Building Completes in Esch-sur-Alzette
9 Nov 2015 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
A recently completed multipurpose building at the University of Luxembourg in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, combines an 18-story tower with a horizontal volume that…
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IKEA Real Estate Division Proposes Office Complex in Bucharest
9 Nov 2015 – Bucharest, Romania
Vastint Romania – Swedish group Inter IKEA’s real estate division – will complete its first two office buildings in central Bucharest at the beginning of 2017. The…
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Vertical Forest Tower Proposed for Lausanne
6 Nov 2015 – Lausanne, Switzerland
Italian architect Stefano Boeri has won a Swiss design competition with a proposal for a 35-story tower that would be another “vertical forest” featuring more than 100…
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ThyssenKrupp Premiers World’s First Rope-Less Elevator System in Gijón
5 Nov 2015 – Gijón, Spain
On November 5, only one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveiled a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its…
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Barcelona’s Sagrada Família Enters Final Stage of Construction
23 Oct 2015 – Barcelona, Spain
The Sagrada Família basilica has entered its final stage of construction, over 100 years since its foundation stone was laid and 90 years after its designer, Spanish…
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Three-Tower Development Proposed for City of Amsterdam
9 Oct 2015 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Protruding bay windows and angular balconies feature in a proposal for a greenery-covered high-rise complex in Amsterdam's financial district. The proposal features three…
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Hill International Named Project Manager for Baku Tower
7 Oct 2015 – Baku, Azerbaijan
Hill International, a global construction management company, announced on October 6 that it has received a contract to provide project management consulting services…
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Mixed-Use Scheme Could be the Tallest in Luxembourg City When Completed
29 Sep 2015 – Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
The government of Luxembourg has announced that Arquitectonica has been chosen to complete a major mixed-use project in Luxembourg City that could be the tallest in the…
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New Amsterdam Office Building Claims to be World’s Most Sustainable
25 Sep 2015 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
PLP Architecture’s new 40,000-square-meter office for Deloitte claims to be the world’s most sustainable office building, having been awarded the highest rating ever…
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Phase One of Roche’s Basel HQ Opens With 41-Story Office Tower
24 Sep 2015 – Basel, Switzerland
In Basel, global healthcare company Roche has opened a new office building that forms part of the firm’s expanded headquarters. Named Building 1, the 41-story tower is…
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Permission Granted for Two-Tower Paris Project
22 Sep 2015 – Paris, France
Ivanhoe Cambridge Inc., one of Canada’s largest property investors, has received permission from Paris City Hall to start building a two-tower development on the River…
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Moscow Class A Office Building Offers Inventive Façade Design
16 Sep 2015 – Moscow, Russia
This 15-story project is located off of Leningradsky Prospect on the northwest side of Moscow. It was designed as a Class A office space for a leading Russian developer…
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Permission Sought for Dublin’s Tallest Office Block
15 Sep 2015 – Dublin, Ireland
Plans for Dublin’s tallest office building – a 73-meter-tall high-rise at the Point Village near the northern entrance to the city’s docklands – will be lodged on…

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High-Rise Venue Complex Completes in Gothenburg
12 Dec 2014 – Gothenburg, Sweden
The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Center Group has invested £103 million (US$162 million) in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Center and Gothia Towers project, which…
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Construction Moves Forward on OMA’s Stockholm Skyscrapers
10 Dec 2014 – Stockholm, Sweden
Apartments in OMA's Stockholm twin towers have gone on the market, with construction set to begin in spring 2015. Both will feature a prefabricated concrete structure…
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Construction of Moscow’s Moscow-City Skyscraper Block to Complete in 2018
8 Dec 2014 – Moscow, Russia
Marat Khusnullin, Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Policy and Construction, said that the construction around Moscow’s International Business Center, Moscow-City, is…
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New Details on the Retail Component of Istanbul’s Metropol Tower
3 Dec 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey
Roy Higgs International has announced the firm’s appointment to design the retail portion of Metropol Istanbul, a global mixed-use project that is rising within the…
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Landmark Tower Planned for Paphos
2 Dec 2014 – Paphos, Cyprus
On December 3, Paphos-based architectural team Vangelis Mavronicholas and Anna Margaritova will present plans for an observation tower they hope to make a landmark of the…
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ThyssenKrupp’s MULTI Elevators Will Go Up, Down, and Sideways
1 Dec 2014 – Essen, Germany
ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering giant, has created the next big leap forward in the elevator industry: a system that isn’t dependent on ropes or steel…
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Charleroi Police Headquarters Tower Completes
21 Nov 2014 – Charleroi, Belgium
In Belgium, Charleroi’s police headquarters has been expanded with a 75-meter tower on a site that also houses a local dance studio. A lively and accessible urban space…
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Paris City Council Rejects Tour Triangle Skyscraper Amid Contentious Vote
17 Nov 2014 – Paris, France
The Paris City Council voted 83-78 in a secret ballot against the Tour Triangle, which would be the second-highest tower in Paris after the Montparnasse Tower. The mayor…
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Three Skyscrapers Approved for Isle of Dogs in London
11 Nov 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Three of the tallest residential towers in the country, situated yards from each other in South Quay, were approved in a tense meeting at Tower Hamlets. Councilors also…
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Cyprus Tower Promotes Hellenic Culture
3 Nov 2014 – Nicosia, Cyprus
The Leventis Art Gallery combines its primary use with restaurants and apartments for the AG Leventis Foundation, a private foundation supporting educational, cultural,…
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Basel Pharmaceutical Research Campus to Incorporate High-Rise Towers
23 Oct 2014 – Basel, Switzerland
Construction is already underway on the first new building for the Roche campus – the corporate headquarters of the research-focused healthcare company. The redesign…
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Bosco Verticale Opens Its Doors in Milan
21 Oct 2014 – Milan, Italy
Hines' Bosco Verticale has opened its door to residents, five years after construction started in Milan’s emerging Porta Nuova district. The project comprises two…
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A Dozen Designers Create a Unique Experience at the Silken Puerta America Madrid
21 Oct 2014 – Madrid, Spain
The Silken Puerta América Madrid features interiors that were designed by a dozen world-renowned architecture firms. Each studio designed one of the 12 interior floors,…
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Helsinki Holding High-Rise Design-Build Competition for City Center
16 Oct 2014 – Helsinki, Finland
The State of Finland and the City of Helsinki are seeking a developer for the area close to the city center by means of a design-build competition. The competition calls…
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New Photos Released of Tour Majunga in Paris' La Defense District
10 Oct 2014 – Puteaux, France
New photos have been released of the Tour Majunga, rising in the La Defense district outside Paris. This complete reinvention of an office block is distinguished notably…
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Eiffel Tower Gets Glass Floor in Paris
8 Oct 2014 – Paris, France
Visitors to the Eiffel Tower in Paris will now be able to look down through a vertigo-inducing glass floor that forms part of a €30 million (US $38 million) refit of…
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Lutheran Church to Develop a 33-Story High-Rise Building in Tallinn
6 Oct 2014 – Tallinn, Estonia
The Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church (EELK) is planning to construct a 33-story skyscraper in the heart of Tallinn. If all goes according to plan, the 130-meter, sail…
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Monaco’s Tallest Building Nears Completion
2 Oct 2014 – Monaco, Monaco
Monaco's tallest building is nearing completion – the first significant addition to the region’s skyline since the 1980s. Named Tour Odéon, the 170-meter structure will…
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Seifert’s Tower 42 in London Refused Listing
1 Oct 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Richard Seifert’s landmark Tower 42 in London has been turned down for listing. After considering the merits and condition of the 183 meter-tall building at 25 Old Broad…
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Rotana Announces Istanbul Hotel Project
1 Oct 2014 – Istanbul, Turkey
An Abu Dhabi-based hotel chain said that it has agreed to work with a Turkish developer to build Tri G, a 30-story glass and steel tower in the Günesli neighborhood on…

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MesseTurm May Be For Sale
20 Dec 2013 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Germany’s second-tallest building has been put up for sale, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The 63-story MesseTurm is valued at about 500 million euros ($680 million…
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Soviet High-RiseTopped With Traditional Cabins
18 Dec 2013 – Kosice, Slovakia
Artist Tomas Dzadon has placed three traditional log cabins on the roof of a panelak, one of the ubiquitous high-rises in which more than 50 percent of Slovakians live…
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Munich Hotel Does Some Fancy Tricks
17 Dec 2013 – Munich, Germany
Victor Enrich Tarres, a Spanish artist, has manipulated photos of a Munich hotel into gravity-defying, distorted images, reports the Daily Mail. It took six months to…
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Eiffel Tower Lit for Mandela
16 Dec 2013 – Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower was lit with a spectacular display in honor of the recently deceased freedom fighter and president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. The inscription “…
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Vertical Cemetery Proposal Alleviates Dead-Space Problem
3 Dec 2013 – Oslo, Norway
A proposal for a graveyard housed in a skyscraper from architecture student Martin McSherry earned a commendation at the Oslo Conference for Nordic Cemeteries and…
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Video: Rem Koolhaas Explains De Rotterdam Complex
2 Dec 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dezeen has produced an exclusive interview with Rem Koolhaas, in which he tells the architecture website about his colossal new De Rotterdam Tower. The visibility of this…
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Eiffel Tower Stairs Put Up on Sale
25 Nov 2013 – Paris, France
A 15-step section of the Eiffel Tower's original spiral staircase, which once was part of the connection between the second and third levels, will be sold today in Paris…
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UNStudio Wins Competition with Sustainable Tower
22 Nov 2013 – Munich, Germany
Dutch office UNStudio has won a competition to design a residential and office complex in the German city of Munich. UNStudio's design for the city's new Baumkirchen…
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De Rotterdam Completed by OMA
22 Nov 2013 – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has completed its colossal "vertical city" in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. OMA designed the 44-story De Rotterdam complex for…
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E' Tower Completed in The Netherlands
18 Nov 2013 – Eindhoven, Netherlands
Wiel Arets Architects recently completed the E' Tower in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The design of the 22-story, 110-apartment building is derived from the Brick…
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Russian Trump Tower in the Pipeline
12 Nov 2013 – Moscow, Russia
American real estate tycoon Donald Trump, while in Moscow for the finale of his Miss Universe pageant Saturday, announced that he was planning to build a skyscraper in…
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Un-leaning the Tower of Pisa
4 Nov 2013 – Pisa, Italy
Pisa's famous bell tower has lost a little bit of its lean, according to a new report by researchers. The Tower of Pisa, which has been tilting perilously for more than…
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Conceptual Skyscraper to Grow Food and Foster Community
1 Nov 2013 – Berlin, Germany
Architects Agnieskzka Preibisz and Peter Sandhaus have unveiled plans for a figure-eight-shaped conceptual residential tower for the eastern quarter of Berlin. Sited at…
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Abandoned Apartment Building Becomes Graffiti Gallery
25 Oct 2013 – Paris, France
Galerie Itinerrance, a Parisian art gallery, invited 105 visual artists from around the world to paint the interior and exterior of an abandoned nine-story social housing…
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PLP's Southwark Towers Plan Wins Approval
16 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A development of nine new multi-story buildings on the South Bank in London has been given planning permission. The Southwark Council gave PLP Architecture the go-ahead…
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Pritzker-winning Architect Designs Paris Courthouse Tower
14 Oct 2013 – Paris, France
Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled the design of the Paris Courthouse, a multi-story tower comprised of four volumes. The Palais de Justice, located in the Clichy…
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Video: Sagrada Familia Animation Illustrates the Final Basilica Vision
3 Oct 2013 – Barcelona, Spain
More than a century has passed since construction began on the Sagrada Familia, the Barcelona cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. This week, the architects responsible…
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Competition Crowns Norway's Future Tallest With Cradle-to-Cradle Principles
23 Sep 2013 – Oslo, Norway
The Urban Mountain team has won the Nordic Built Challenge in Norway with a proposal that includes the refurbishment and extension of Biskop Gunnerus Gate 14 in central…
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Helsinki Plans Major Skyscraper Hub Competition
20 Sep 2013 – Helsinki, Finland
The City of Helsinki is launching a major redevelopment plan, which is set to include 10 or more skyscrapers. In association with the World Cities Network, the city will…
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Parisian Skyscraper Pair May Move Forward
18 Sep 2013 – Paris, France
Russian developer Hermitage seems to be moving forward with its long-stalled Hermitage Plaza in the La Defense district of Paris. The €3 billion (US$4 billion) complex…

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Venetians Take Sides in the Palace of Light Debate
14 Dec 2012 – Venice, Italy
After 75 years in the fashion industry, the 90-year-old couturier Pierre Cardin has set his sights on shaping the Venice skyline. His proposed Palais Lumière, a 60-story…
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Students Compete to Design Temporary Timber Stadium Tower
12 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
A 200-meter timber tower near Wembley Stadium in the Borough of Brent, London has been proposed in a “temporary buildings” student competition. Called The Splinter, the…
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Belfast's Tallest Tower Repossessed
5 Dec 2012 – Belfast, United Kingdom
The 85-meter (279-foot) Obel Tower in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s tallest building, has been taken over by administrators. The administrators were appointed after the…
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Pierre Cardin Defends His Venetian Bouquet
30 Nov 2012 – Venice, Italy
Fashion mogul Pierre Cardin is determined to give his hometown of Venice a sculptural mixed-use skyscraper, despite protests from the citizens. To Mr. Cardin the 280-…
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Ireland Saves Its First Skyscraper
16 Nov 2012 – Dublin, Ireland
Dublin’s Planning Board has refused to allow Ireland’s first skyscraper, Liberty Hall, to be demolished. This decision rescinds the permit the Dublin City Council issued…
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Paris Development Making Progress
5 Nov 2012 – Paris, France
Plans to build two of Europe’s tallest towers in a Paris suburb are moving forward, despite community protests. The Russian developer expects to have financing in place…
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Moscow Tower Overtakes The Shard
1 Nov 2012 – Moscow, Russia
Construction on the 75-story Mercury City Tower in Moscow has surpassed the height of The Shard as the structure topped out at 339 meters this week. The 306-meter Shard…
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2013 Venice Biennale Name Inspired by a DC Skyscraper
30 Oct 2012 – Venice, Italy
Massimiliano Gioni, the man in charge of the 2013 Venice Biennale, announced that the exhibition's theme will be "The Encyclopedic Palace." Mr. Gioni revealed that the…
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Monaco's New Tallest Tower in the NYT
19 Oct 2012 – Monaco, Monaco
The New York Times features Monaco's future tallest building, Tour Odéon, an under-construction 70-unit residential tower that will rise 170 meters (558-feet) tall. The…
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Moscow Development Plans to Build 14 Skyscrapers
17 Oct 2012 – Moscow, Russia
The Crocus Group Holding announced it will augment its Crocus City development in the city of Moscow with 14 skyscrapers. The previously suspended project will emulate…
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Arabtec Wins Gazprom Contract
4 Oct 2012 – St. Petersburg, Russia
Arabtec has received a AED453 million (US$123 million) contract to build Europe's future tallest tower, the 463-meter (1,520-foot) Lakhta Center. The long-delayed Gazprom…

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Richard Pilkington of Oxford Properties is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Richard talks about how the Canadian Oxford Properties ended up investing in London including their soon-to-be…
Breaking the Mold while Embracing Context in Historic Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects
The pieces of architecture which we place in cities are not singular objects but parts of a greater whole – which, once existing, will either function well in their context or have a broken relationship with their surroundings. Embracing context is…
City Planning and Tall Buildings: Custodian to 4000 Years of History
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Peter Wynne Rees, City of London
The City of London has been at the center of the debate on "tall versus historic" over the past two decades, as witnessed by a number of now evocative words: Gherkin, St. Pauls, Cheese-grater, Prince Charles, Walkie-Talkie, etc. In this presentation…
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Kamran Moazami, WSP; John Kilpatrick, RWDI
Historic cities present challenges for tall buildings. There are issues with urban landscape, viewing corridors, adjacent structures, confined access, buildability, and building identity. Below ground there are issues with transport infrastructure,…
Interview: Community in Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – 2013 London Conference Interviews; Angela Brady, RIBA
Angela Brady of RIBA is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2013 CTBUH London Conference at The Brewery, London. Angela talks about the importance of social aspects in tall buildings to properly integrate into the community of the city.
From London to Chicago: The Willis Group and Tall Buildings
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group
From the 1970’s seminal Willis Faber Dumas Ipswich building, through 51 Lime Street London (winner of the CTBUH 2008 Best Tall Building Europe award), to the Willis (ex-Sears) Tower in Chicago, there are few companies that have an association with…
Embodied Carbon and High-Rise
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This presentation examines the significance of embodied energy and carbon in tall buildings. It presents the life-cycle carbon analysis (including both operational and embodied emissions) of a 40-story building in London, UK and concludes by…
Interview: Leadenhall Building
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; David Scott, Laing O'Rourke
David Scott of Laing O'Rourke is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. David talks about prefabrication of skyscrapers and the Leadenhall Building, currently under construction in London.
Best Tall Building Europe: Broadcasting Place: Diversification of Tall Buildings for New Social Context
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; George Downing Downing; Alex Whitbread, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Creating a unique form on the Leeds skyline, the cor-ten clad Broadcasting Place has an iconic presence, but was not designed as a piece of sculpture. The building’s form and elevations were planned around the optimization of daylighting and the…
The Economics of Sustainability & Mixed-Use
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
Davis Langdon’s cost model for tall buildings is a seminal reference tool in the industry. In addition, a complimentary reference for sustainable-economics in the context of tall is being developed as part of the CTBUH Sustainability working group.…
2009 Best Tall Building Award Winners: Broadgate Tower, London, UK
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Timothy Poell, SOM
Timothy Poell, SOM presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by conferring international Best Tall Building Awards. In this special session we gain an insight…
Towards More Sustainable Tall Buildings
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ken Dalton & Richard John, AECOM / Faber Maunsell
Ken Dalton of AECOM, presented his view that sustainability outcomes will only be fully successful if sustainability priorities are shared by the planners, investors, developers, landlords, occupants, and their respective supply chains. This…
Steel-Concrete-Steel: Unique Hybrids at London Tallest
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Kamran Moazami, John Parker and Rodolfo Giannini, WSP Cantor Seinuk
Kamran Moazami, WSP Cantor Seinuk, showed the structural engineering design approach used to create the iconic tower named the ‘Shard at London Bridge’ (Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop). At a height of 1016 feet (310 metres), it will become…
The Tall Building, Reconsidered...
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan and Jeremy Melvin, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Simon Allford and Paul Monaghan, of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, highlighted the surprising revival of tall buildings in the UK since the late 1990s, through the work of their firm at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. Founded in 1989 by four…
It’s Not What You Build, But the Place Where You Build It: Urban Sustainability in London
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Rees, City of London
Peter Wynne Rees of the City of London Corporation, mentioned that the three factors to ensure successful property acquisitions and sustainable developments have always been location, location and location. During his presentation at the CTBUH 8th…

United Kingdom Related Papers/Research

A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design
Jun 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 2; Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales
This research suggests the most effective way for improving energy efficiency in tall buildings is a “fabric-first” approach. This involves optimizing the performance of the building form and envelope as a first priority, with additional technologies…
Bioclimatic Comfort Design for High-Rises
20 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue II; Jeroen Janssen, AKT II Ltd.
Building in an ever more urbanized world, with high-rise buildings increasing in both height and number, makes it essential to ensure we create comfortable urban spaces, as the urban microclimate in and around towers is affected dramatically. This…
Reaching for the Sky: The Determinants of Tall Office Development in Global Gateway Cities
1 Feb 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue I; Richard Barkham & Dennis Schoenmaker, CBRE Global Research; Michiel Daams, University of Groningen
There are numerous hypotheses about the social and economic processes that lead to the development of skyscrapers, but empirical evidence is scarce. In this article, the authors take an initial look at the determinants of office skyscraper…
20 Fenchurch Street, London, UK
Jan 2017 – Corporate Publication
20 Fenchurch Street, located in the financial district of the City of London, was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly. The building has been nicknamed the 'Walkie Talkie' because of its distinctive shape and top heavy form. Some of its notable…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities growing together to effectively become one. This paper establishes the criteria…
Remodel, Recycle or Rebuild? - Addressing the Fire Safety Challenges of Repurposing Skyscrapers
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Simon Lay, Olsson Fire & Risk
Some of our established world cities are already facing the challenge of older tall building stock that is no longer relevant to the most commercially attractive uses. One of the biggest challenges faced by any re-purposing of high-rise buildings is…
The Rejuvenation of a Tall Building
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Albert Williamson-Taylor, AKT II Limited
The incredibly rapid urbanization observed in many of the larger cities in the world is forcing society, and the construction industry in particular, to think of new ways to address this enormous demand. As cities grow, land becomes more valuable…
The Integrated Smart Design Technologies for Tall Building Structural Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Pamg Liu, YuCheng, Dorothee Citerne & Leo Zhang, Arup
A series of integrated smart design tools has been developed to satisfy different design requirements and to achieve an optimal balance between economics and safety. The series of tools combines the functions of parametric modelling, optimization…
Jobsite Safety Management: Potential of Navigated Inspection
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Pin-Chao Liao, Xiaoyun Wang & Xinlu Sun, Tsinghua University; Youssef Khalife, United Technologies Corporation
Unsafe behaviors are one of the most critical leading indicators of construction accidents; therefore, timely identification of unsafe behaviors, and understanding the rationale behind them, facilitate rectification, which mitigates the probability…
The New Super Skinny Skyscraper Trend: Some Wind Engineering Considerations
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stefano Cammelli, Sara Bisio & Yiqing Wang, BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd.
A new and almost unprecedented model for skyscrapers is currently being explored within the Manhattan real estate market: these are the so-called super slender ultra-luxury residential tall buildings, towers with relatively compact floor plates and…
Exploring Geometry and Form in Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Using four tower designs on four continents – the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China, the Crown Sydney Resort Hotel in Australia, 45 Bay Street in Canada, and 150 Leadenhall Street in the UK – Chris Wilkinson will explain Wilkinson Eyre’…
A “Fabric-First” Approach to Sustainable Tall Building Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Philip Oldfield, University of New South Wales
This research suggests the most effective way for improving energy efficiency in tall buildings is a “fabric-first” approach. This involves optimizing the performance of the building form and envelope as a first priority, with additional technologies…
21st Century Vertical Lifestyles - Intergenerational, Integrated Communities
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects Limited
How does the 21st Century youth culture of social media integrate and merge with an ever increasing tech savvy senior population? As our cities and urban environments become increasingly dense and tall, the challenges and opportunities for vertical…
High Intensity Urban Order
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects
Density via high-rise structures remains a primary agenda in our era of urban concentration. It is crucial to understand the societal forces that drive concentration: the communication requirements of Post-Fordist Network Society. In contrast to…
1 Undershaft – The City of London’s New Skyscraper Where the Public Comes First
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Eric Parry, Nick Jackson & Tanya Parkin, Eric Parry Architects
The paper will describe the aims underpinning the proposed development at 1 Undershaft in the City of London. The project will be exemplary in putting the public first, featuring a new square at the tower base and offering the capital’s highest free…
City Hubs
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Keith Griffiths, Aedas
Our lives are adapting to a convenient, vibrant, and connected live-work dynamic, and our cities must change and respond to those new requirements. Much of the urban population prefers to live in smaller apartments in high-density inner urban areas…
The Other Side of Tall Buildings: The Urban Habitat
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
A growing number of tall buildings recognized by the CTBUH, through its international awards programs and research, are noteworthy not so much because of their sheer height or engineering feats, but because of their contribution to the urban habitat…
Making Cities – Examples of Urban Development in London
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; David Partridge, Argent
The paper uses the example of Argent’s work at King’s Cross to explore issues of density in mixed use city development, and the creation of a “human city”.
New Developments on Stainless Steel Façades with Regard to Reflectance, Corrosion and Aesthetics
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Joern Teipel, Outokumpu
Stainless steel is a key material in modern skyscraper architecture, exploiting the material’s sustainability, functionality and aesthetics. After an outline on some general features of stainless steel this article provides an overview of current…
The Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; James Parakh, City of Toronto Planning Department
This paper investigates the Network of Urban Spaces Surrounding Tall Buildings, the Tall Building as Place Makers how Tall Buildings meet the street. As contributing elements in the fabric of the City, Tall Buildings often have associated Urban…
The Promise of Public Realm: Urban Spaces in the Skyscraper City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects
This paper will reveal the importance of integrating the Ground Plane, Mid-Level and Rooftop Urban Public Spaces in the City. We will explore the NYLON New York/London axis of Urban Design, with London now emerging as a 21st C skyscraper city with…
The Vertical Master Plan
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Temoor Ahmad & Neven Sidor, Grimshaw Architects; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Adam Miller, Thornton Tomasetti
With over half of the world’s population now living in an urban environment, major world cities (especially) will always grow in population over time. To avoid city sprawl, urban densification will be required. This will need to happen at a steadier…
It’s Not About the Skyline, It’s About the Base Condition
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Terri Boake, University of Waterloo
The rapid densification of cities is a fairly recent phenomenon and seems in many cases to be progressing without regard to important already established urban theory regarding the design of successful cities. More effort needs to be placed into the…
How New Generations, Industries and Workplace Paradigms Are Redefining the Commercial High-Rise
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ
This paper will provide a data-driven analysis of building performance from three eras: the early 1900s, mid-twentieth century, and today. This longitudinal analysis will illustrate how buildings from each era speak to a particular aesthetic and…
Capturing the Placemaking Potential of the New Skyscraper City
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Stefan Krummeck & Benjamin MacLeod, Farrells
This paper is a comparative analysis between Qianhai and an earlier case with which Qianhai bears many similarities: Canary Wharf in London. Both were envisaged by government to serve as new centres for international business. Both are “water cities…
Challenges and Benefits of Integrating Public Space into Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Rafael Viñoly, Charles Blomberg & Marcos Blanes, Rafael Viñoly Architects
The integration of publicly accessible amenities into tall buildings is a desirable approach to expand the use of a given building to ever-broader segments of the surrounding urban populations – creating a sense of community that centers on the…
Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design
26 Oct 2015 – Context, Climate, Culture – Investigating Place in Tall Building Design; Robert Goodwin, Perkins + Will
Should a tower in Moscow look like one in Dubai? Once one entered a city and marveled at the unique magic of its architecture – the pastel classicism of St. Petersburg; the cobbled cortile of Siena; the delicate mashrabiya of Cairo – and there was a…
Developing an Icon – The Story of the Shard
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property Group
London is considered one of the world’s safest harbors for investment capital. However, it has also been one of the lightning rods in the rapidly developing debate over the influence of global capital on the built environment. To say that some tall…
Fire Safety Strategies for Penthouse Designs
Aug 2015 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue III; Hadrien Fruton & Karl Wallasch, Hoare Lea
Penthouses, with their luxurious amenities and uninterrupted 360-degree views over the city skyline, tend to be larger than normal apartments and often have unique design features that can create challenges in fire safety design. The critical…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
From Block to Blob and Back Again
Nov 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue IV; Ben van Berkel, UNStudio
United Network Studio (UN Studio) is a Dutch architecture firm founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, which in the 2000s established offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong, partly to accommodate the firm’s increasing number of highly detailed…
Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; CTBUH Research
The latest CTBUH technical guide, Green Walls in High-Rise Buildings, provides a thorough investigation of the methods used around the world for implementation of vertical vegetation at height. In commemoration of the release of this important guide…
High Life in the Sky? Mortality Rates in Swiss High-rises
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; Radoslaw Panczak, University of Bern; Bruna Galobardes, Bristol University; Adrian Spörri et al., ISPM
High-rise housing continues to attract criticism in many countries as an unhealthy and unpleasant habitat that isolates people and attracts crime. Nearly one in six households in Europe are now in high-rise buildings and this number is likely to grow…
The New Context of Tall
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, OMA
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), sat for an interview…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2013
Dec 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
By all appearances, the small increase in the total number of tall-building completions from 2012 into 2013 is indicative of a return to the prevalent trend of increasing completions each year over the past decade.
The History of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Nathaniel Hollister, CTBUH
Due to the compact and historic nature of its cities, some unpopular designs, and an unfortunate association with public housing, Europe had historically been slow to build skyscrapers. But currently, the continent is outpacing North America in…
Case Study: The Leadenhall Building, London
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Andy Young, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; Nigel Annereau, Arup; Andy Butler, Laing O’Rourke; Brian Smith, Davis Langdon
The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London, but it also springs forward with an innovative structure and a dynamic street presence.
From “Dry and Safe” to “Tall and Sharp” / Owning an Icon
Jun 2013 – Irvine Sellar, Sellar Property; Kent Gardner, Evans Randall
The owners of two of London’s most significant skyscrapers, Irvine Sellar of the Shard and Kent Gardner of the Gherkin, spoke with CTBUH about the challenges and rewards of building tall in a historic city.
The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Viewpoints: The London Conference
European architecture is at a crossroads. Its commercial and environmental realities are driving buildings ever-higher, but not all are convinced. In this article – contributed by various speakers at the London Conference – we ask: What is special…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Past, Present and Future of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; CTBUH Research
There are currently 109 skyscrapers over 150 meters in Europe. This number is set to jump to 161 by the end of 2015, meaning that there are more than 50 projects in advanced stages of construction.
Engineering Tall in Historic Cities: The Shard
May 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Kamran Moazami & Ron Slade, WSP
Can historic cities preserve their character and identity while embracing the modern tall building phenomenon? Two engineering-team leaders behind the Shard discuss the creative solutions needed to insert a massive project into the dense historic and…
Office vs. Residential:The Economics of Building Tall
May 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; James Barton & Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
When it comes to tall buildings in London, the sky’s the limit, and not necessary in terms of height. With rents among the highest in the world and investors eager to see strong returns, the incentive to maximize floor plates, as well as the…
Performance Based Fire Engineering in the UK
1 Mar 2013 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 2 Number 1; Roger Plank, University of Sheffield
This paper reviews the recent developments in fire engineering and the design approaches which are being used in the UK, compared with traditional prescriptive solutions. The research background which has underpinned this is briefly summarised, and…
The Shard, London, UK
13 Jan 2013 – Corporate Publication
As the tallest skyscraper in Western Europe, The Shard takes its name from the four shards of the doubleglazed glass façade set at various angles, towering more than 20m above roof level. Architect Renzo Piano designed an irregular pyramidal-shaped…
How Tall Buildings Meet the Ground is as Important as How They Meet the Sky
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; James Goettsch, Goettsch Partners
If you are concerned about the urban habitat, you have to be concerned about whether or not buildings provide a positive experience at the ground level.
Embodied Carbon and High-Rise
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
This paper examines the significance of embodied energy and carbon in tall buildings. It presents the life-cycle carbon analysis (including both operational and embodied emissions) of a 40 storey building in London, UK. The results demonstrate that…
Integrating Wind Turbines in Tall Buildings
Nov 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue IV; Ian Bogle, Bogle Flanagan Lawrence Silver
The world is constantly changing. Our energy demands are increasing daily and global population is expected to increase by another 50% to 9 billion people by 2050. Traditional consumption of non-renewable resources continues at an alarming pace, with…
So You Want a Tall Building?
May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; John Worthington, DEGW
Having devised tall building strategies for Rotterdam, Dublin and London, he is the kind of guy who is called in as cities start to think about adding tall buildings. As such, he has developed a broad expertise and an interesting set of opinions.
The Importance of Real Life Data to Support Environmental Claims for Tall Buildings
May 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; Joana Gonçalves, Universidade de São Paulo (FAUUSP); Klaus Bode, BDSP Partnership
One of the main causes of energy efficiency failures is LEED rewarding projects for their predictions, but not for proving the savings. The operation of buildings accounts for 85% of its environmental impact.
Tall and Urban: An Analysis of Global Population and Tall Buildings
Apr 2011 – CTBUH Journal, 2011 Issue II; CTBUH Research
Tall buildings are spreading across the globe at an ever-increasing rate. This study demonstrates the relationship between population and tall buildings across those countries and presents information on the average height and age of each country’s…
Dormitowers
Dec 2010 – Richard Simpson; UNITE Group, Plc.
This past decade, “student skyscrapers” have re-emerged at or near university campuses and city centers. As such, the vertical dorm is making a comeback after a construction drought which started in the early 1970s.
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Economics of High-rise
Oct 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III; Steve Watts, Davis Langdon
Includes comparative studies of high-rise construction costs based on location and building function. Key high-rise cost drivers = shape & geometry, size & regularity of floor plate, structural solution, façade specification, environmental strategy…
The Skycourt - A Comparison of Four Case Studies
Feb 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue I; Jason Pomeroy, Broadway Malyan
The effects of industrial capitalism and secularism have not only seen the fall of public man (Sennett 1976) but the slow disintegration of the public realm.
Towards More Sustainable Tall Buildings
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ken Dalton & Richard John, AECOM
The paper covers with the view that sustainability outcomes will only be fully successful if sustainability priorities are shared by the planners, investors, developers, landlords, occupants, and their respective supply chains.
The Tall Building, Reconsidered.....
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Simon Allford, Paul Monaghan & Jeremy Melvin, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris LLP
This paper examines the surprising revival of tall buildings in the UK since the late 1990s, through the work of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. Founded in 1989 by four young architects, AHMM’s approach to tall building design is unsullied by the…
Steel-Concrete-Steel: Unique Hybrids at London Tallest
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Kamran Moazami, John Parker & Rodolfo Giannini, WSP Cantor Seinuk
This paper presents the structural engineering design approach used to create the iconic tower named the ‘Shard at London Bridge’ (Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop). At a height of 1016 feet (310 metres), it will become the tallest building…
It’s Not What You Build, But the Place Where You Build It: Urban Sustainability in London
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Peter Rees, City of London Corporation
This paper argues that a wise property developer who wishes to avoid leaving a clumsy trail of carbon footprints across the planet will therefore choose sustainable development locations.
The Economics of Supertall Towers
Nov 2007 – CTBUH Wiley Tal Journal, 2007; Watts, Steve ; Kalita, Neal and Maclean, Michael
This paper addresses global economic factors infl uencing the decisions leading to the development of super-tall towers, including population growth and urbanization, economic cycles and the ‘Skyscraper Index’, regulation and ‘regulatory tax’, and…
Mixed-Use High Rise in the UK: An Urban Renaissance?
Dec 2005 – 6th International Conference on Tall Buildings, Hong Kong 2005; Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director
In many cities around the world, inner-city living is seen as a vital factor in the success of an urban centre. In recent decades in the UK, however, British cities have seen a migration of inhabitants away from the city to the suburban periphery.
The EnTrak System: Supporting Energy Action Planning via the Internet
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; J. Kim & J.A. Clarke, University of Strathclyde
The aim of this paper is to provide decision-makers with information on energy demands, supplies and impacts by sector, time, fuel type and so on, in support of energy action plan formulation and enactment, and describing the system structure and…
New Paradigms in High Rise Design
10 Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Antony Wood, University of Nottingham
Tall Buildings are perhaps the most keenly debated building typology currently in existence. Opinion on their contribution to the urban agenda is usually clearly divided; strongly for, or strongly against. Since September 11th and the World Trade…
Fire Engineering the Tallest Building in the Historic City of Manchester, UK
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Dean Kevin McGrail & Simon Francis Lay, WSP Fire Engineering; W.K. Chow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
This paper addresses the fire engineered design of the means of escape provisions from the residential areas of the New Landmark Beetham Tower in the Historic City of Manchester. When completed the residential tower will be the tallest residential…
New Paradigms in High Rise Design
Aug 2004 – CTBUH Journal, Fall 2004; Antony Wood, University of Nottingham
Tall Buildings are perhaps the most keenly debated building typology currently in existence. By relating this to recent tall buildings internationally, the paper concludes by suggesting new paradigms for high rise design.
Cost Comparison Between North American Codes and British Collapse Measures
Oct 2003 – CIB / CTBUH Kuala Lumpur 2003 Conference; Barry Charnish, Halcrow Yolles
This paper will provide a review of the specific code clauses an estimate of the structural cost premium, based on a normalized design, with costs provided by Canadian, American, and British Contractors and Sub-contractors. These costs will be…
Birmingham: Inventing a New Life for the 21st Century
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Rod Duncan; JM Architects
In 1998-99 Rod Duncan participated in an international professional exchange to Birmingham. Duncan writes on the valuable lessons from Birmingham, identifying the factors influencing its successes.

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The Shard

The Shard, London

The developers of The Shard showed remarkable tenacity in bringing it to fruition.

Strata

Strata, London

From the outset, sustainability has been key to the building's evolution. This holistic approach to sustainable high-rise design will prove to be very useful for the future of tall.

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, London

Rarely does a single building have such a profound impact on the history of the high-rise as 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin.

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United Kingdom Facts

Population 63,181,775 (2011)
Area 243,610 km² • 94,058 mi²
GDP $2.32 trillion (2012)
150m+ Buildings 18 Completed14 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed
Tallest City London
Global Ranking #24 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #4 in Europe by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Tower 42 (183 m, 1980)
Average Building Age 13 Years
Most Common Function Office (50%)
Most Common Material Composite (54%)

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings in United Kingdom