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Brickell CitiCentre is a mixed-use project located at the financial hub of the Brickell district in Miami, Florida, US.

“The Brickell CitiCentre is spread over three blocks west of Brickell Avenue and south of Miami river.”

Developer Swire Properties USA, a subsidiary of the Swire Properties of Hong Kong, acquired four plots of land to develop this project.

Ground-breaking for the Brickell CitiCentre was held in June 2012. The project is being constructed in phases. The first phase included the construction of the major part of the project and was completed in November 2016.

The second phase of the project is an 80-storey mixed-use development called One Brickell City Centre located on the adjacent site. Work on the project is planned to be completed by 2021. The estimated investment for the project is $1.05bn.

The project will generate 1,700 construction and 3,800 permanent jobs. The city of Miami and Miami Dade County will receive $15m a year as annual taxes from the project.

It is located between Southeast 6th Street and Southwest 8th Street and easily accessible via Interstate 95 and Miami Metromover light rail station. Good connectivity will promise a large footfall from tourists and locals alike.

Master plan for the mixed-use Brickell CitiCentre project

The Brickell CitiCentre will be spread over three blocks west of Brickell Avenue and south of Miami River. It is the largest LEED project under development in the US. It will compete with the Rockefeller and Embarcadero centres, upon its completion.

“It is between Southeast 6th Street and Southwest 8th Street and is accessible via Interstate 95 and Miami Metromover light rail.”

The project comprises 520,000ft² of shopping and dining areas, three office buildings, two residential towers and a hotel. The multi-use project covers a gross floor area of 2.89 million square feet, excluding the car parking area.

The open-air design of this mixed-use development converts it into a social forum for the city of Miami. The main challenge of the project construction is the integration of the Metromover station with the rest of the buildings within a limited space of 396,396ft². There is a pedestrian crossing to make the development more accessible.

Facilities at Brickell CitiCentre

The foundation and the underground parking area that span across 304,920ft² took 18 months to complete. The retail space covers three floors and includes a department store, luxury retail units, mall-type retail stores, restaurants and entertainment area.

There are two residential apartments each with 42 floors and 800 condominium units. The floor area of the residential apartments varies from 900ft² to 2,500ft².

The hotel features 265 guest rooms and 85 fully furnished service apartments with kitchens for long stays.

There are two eight storied office buildings, each measuring 120,000ft². One of these two buildings houses a wellness centre, which focuses on dermatology, cosmetic surgery and weight loss.

With a gross floor area of 70,000ft², the third office building is due to come up in the second phase of the project.

There are also wide walking paths, open urban plazas, roadside cafés and shops that open up to the streets.

Finances and contractors backing Miami’s development

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Swire Properties received $140m in credit from HSBC Bank to fund the initial construction costs, execute more designs and include more building elements within the development.

Swire Properties owns 100% of the hotel, office and unsold residential portions and 60.25% of the shopping centre at the Brickell City Centre while the remaining share in the shopping centre was purchased by Simon Property Group (25%) and Bal Harbour Shops (14.75%) in 2017.

The revenue from the retail outlets will amount to nearly $333.5m and $19.4m respectively from hotel and adjacent service apartments.

Turner Construction Company and their partner Dragados USA won the $10m contract for building the foundation and the underground parking space in an international bidding process organised by Swire Properties.

Kimley Horn Associates supervised the civil engineering aspects such as traffic management. MKA of Seattle provided structural engineering. Project architect Arquitectonica GEO developed the landscaping.

TLC Miami and Cosentini Associates of New York provided a sustainable design for the multi-use project. Hugh Dutton Architects handled other design aspects of the project. Kaderabek Company provided geotechnical engineering and Skycatch was contracted to monitor the construction site.