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Salford City Council grants approval for second phase expansion of MediaCityUK

Salford City Council has given approval for the second phase of the expansion of MediaCityUK.

Up to ten new buildings with a development value of over £1bn will be constructed, a move that will create more than  1,400 new homes and hundreds of jobs.

The area already includes the BBC and ITV studios, as well as The Lowry, dock10 studios, apartments and hotels, restaurants, cafés and bars, the University of Salford, Salford City College, and the UTC.

Phase two will provide more than 50,000m² of business accommodation, over 4,000m² of live and work units, 1,871 residential units including town houses, 4,400m² of retail and leisure space, and over 1,800 car parking spaces.


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Construction of Dania Pointe mixed-use lifestyle centre to commence in South Florida

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Dania Pointe is to enter Phase I groundbreaking after demolition and clearing of the 102 acre site is completed.

Located in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, the mixed-use lifestyle centre will be a ten minute drive from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, as well as 20 minutes from the communities of Weston and Plantation to the west.

Replacing an old wooden roller coaster and amusement park, the new development will include more than 100 retail spaces and restaurants, with up to 500,000ft2 of Class A office space, 1,000 luxury rental apartments and condominiums, and two signature hotels.

The project's developer Kimco Realty's southern region president Paul Puma said: “By turning shopping ‘inside-out’ in an open-air environment, we are aiming to maximise the potential of Dania Pointe’s prime location by creating an exciting experience that will appeal to every type of consumer.


Grimshaw to design technology innovation centre in UK

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Grimshaw has been chosen by ENTIQ and DV4 to design Europe’s new technology innovation centre in the UK.

The centre will be located at Here East, a 1.2 million ft2 digital and creative campus in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

Grimshaw will design the centre, which will span an area of 6,750m2. The building will feature modular settings in response to the requirements of the innovative corporate companies and start-ups it will accomodate, offering a more flexible space.

ENTIQ's co-founder and CEO of the centre Claire Cockerton said: “Working with Grimshaw, we are bringing design thinking, product innovation, and new ways of working with smaller and local suppliers into the core of this project.

Seascape Towne Centre in Florida to open next year

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Construction of the Seascape Towne Centre has begun in Miramar Beach, Florida, US, and is expected to completed by next year.

Spreading across an area of 55,000ft2, the community centre is being designed as a destination for dining, shopping, and family entertainment.

It is located at Highway 98 at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach.

It will offer amenities and family-friendly entertainment facilities, including restaurants, entertainment sector, boutique shops and markets.

Design unveiled for The Perelman Center at World Trade Center in New York

Design of The Ronald O. Perelman performing arts center (Perelman Center) at the site of the World Trade Center in New York has been unveiled.

Set to open in 2020, the centre will produce theater, dance, music, film, opera, and multidisciplinary work while offering a range of amenities for visitors.

REX's principal Joshua Prince-Ramus said: “The Perelman Center is an immensely flexible canvas on which directors can script  the patrons’ entire experience from their very entrance into the building. It is a mystery box, a constant source of surprise for theatergoers and the community. We are honored to be involved with such an important project on such an important site."

Designed by New York-based REX, the Perelman Center has gleaming glass towers on the north side of the 9/11 memorial.


BMT Fluid Mechanics to act as engineering consultant at iconic tower in Dubai Creek Harbour

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Fluid Mechanics has been appointed as the wind engineering consultant for 'The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour' by Aurecon.

Owned by Emaar Properties, the Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour has been designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, who also leads the engineering work.

Aurecon has been selected by Calatrava as the engineer/architect-of-record and to work on a range of design and technical features in the project.

A specialist in wind engineering, architectural aerodynamics and building physics, BMT Fluid Mechanics will offer its expertise to the $1bn construction project.


Formal Investments to redevelop commercial space in Glasgow

Property developer Formal Investments plans to redevelop a commercial space in Glasgow with an investment of £75m.

The plan includes construction of a 12-storey building and 130,000ft² of office space on Bath Street, as well as the revamp of a second building that housed a previous BHS outlet.

It also plans to improve a third building located on Sauchiehall Street.

The total area under the redevelopment plan will reach 240,000ft².

Formal Investments director Nicholas King was quoted by as saying: “This proposal shows a really exciting vision for an important site in Glasgow city centre and will provide the highest quality environments for retailers and businesses, large and small.”

Capital & Centric and Henry Boot to develop Kampus project in Manchester, UK

Joint venture partners Capital & Centric and Henry Boot have secured approval from planning authorities to develop Kampus, a £200m mixed-use scheme in the centre of Manchester, UK.

The new scheme has been designed by architects Mecanoo and Shedkm, reported To feature a botanical garden, the project will be built on Aytoun Street and will cover 2.3 acres.

Under the first phase, the scheme will see development of almost 500 flats across two 12-16 storey buildings, whereas the second phase will see the rennovation of two listed mill buildings. The flats will feature retail and leisure spaces at ground level.

Adam Higgins of Capital & Centric was quoted by as saying: “We have worked closely with Manchester city council and importantly, the local community to create this exciting scheme, which will rejuvenate this area of our city that has been neglected for too long.

“The secret garden concept is pivotal to our vision to create a vibrant new bohemian destination for the city.”