May 16, 2020

Dubai’s Dynamic Tower Hotel: Top 7 facts

Dynamic Tower Dubai
David Fisher at Dynamic Group
Catherine Sturman
2 min
Dynamic Tower, Dubai (YouTube)
After being in the pipeline since 2008, the new Dynamic Tower Hotel is set to be constructed by architect David Fisher at Dynamic Group, at a total cost...

After being in the pipeline since 2008, the new Dynamic Tower Hotel is set to be constructed by architect David Fisher at Dynamic Group, at a total cost of Dh 2 billion. Incorporating 80 floors, the 1,378ft tower will enable each floor to move independently, with the ability to fully rotate in three hours. Take a look at our top 10 facts regarding the new innovative project.

1. Although the location for the tower has not yet been confirmed, it is hoped the project will be complete in time for EXPO 2020.

2. The project will incorporate both apartments and hotel accommodation, and will become the first rotating towers, with floors attached to a central support. Voice-activation will become embedded, so floors can move at the visitor or owners request.

3. The mixed-use building will also house retail space, attracting further tourism, in addition to parking for residents, besides swimming pools and gardens.

4. Building materials will be prefabricated and constructed in a factory and shipped over, at which Dynamic Group will aim to build each floor in six days.

5. Embedded renewable energy features will be installed, such as wind turbines which will help power the movement of each floor as it rotates, in addition to utilising solar power for electricity in order to run the building.

6. With the rise of the IoT, the building will incorporate smart technologies, enabling the temperature of the building to be controlled more efficiently

7. When completed, the tower will become the second tallest building in Dubai

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Jun 18, 2021

Hill Partnerships, Wheat Quarter revive Welwyn Garden City

Dominic Ellis
3 min
Hill Partnerships and Wheat Quarter sign 'multi million pound deal' to regenerate a former Shredded Wheat building in Welwyn Garden City

Wheat Quarter and Hill Partnerships have entered into a construction agreement for the delivery of the former Shredded Wheat Factory buildings and public realm at the exciting Welwyn Garden City regeneration scheme.

The multi-million pound deal will bring about the sensitive refurbishment of Wheat Quarter’s Listed Production Hall, Listed Silos and Art Centre. Hill will also deliver the new Louis de Soissons Building and Bridge Community Building as part of a comprehensive single package deal. Welwyn Garden City is a town in Hertfordshire, approximately 20 miles from London.

Wheat Quarter Project Director, John West, said “We are delighted to have signed the construction agreement with Hill, who bring their quality, proven track record and delivery strength on board. Having created the platform for Metropolitan to be on site today delivering affordable housing on the south site, we hope to receive planning approval for our improved scheme on the north site in the coming months and start work later this year for the final phase of this landmark site.

“We have all endured a tough three years through Brexit and Covid. However after a lot of hard work, we are excited to be back to deliver this exceptional scheme with Hill as our delivery partners, who will use their skills and expertise in town centre regeneration to make the former Shredded Wheat Factory Buildings shine once again”.

Andy Hill, Chief Executive at Hill, said it was looking forward to working with Wheat Quarter to carefully restore and refurbish the iconic listed Production Hall, Silos and Art Centre and will use its "exceptional skills" in regeneration to ensure these landmark historic buildings and the new Louis de Soissons and Bridge Community Buildings, deliver excellent amenities for the benefit of the community, helping to revitalise and breathe new life into the centre of Welwyn Garden City.

Walter Cooper & Co assisted with the acquisition and disposal of land at Wheat Quarter to a range of developers. Working in conjunction with JLL, Walter Cooper has packaged the deal with Hill, which will see them build 150,000 sq ft of commercial buildings, creating hundreds of new job opportunities in the townThe Hertfordshire Mercury reports that the site could house 1,200 flats.

Towns and cities are working hard to reposition themselves in response to the pandemic and growth in online shopping.

Wigan Council has announced that Galleries25 – a joint venture partnership between Cityheart and Beijing Construction Engineering Group International – has been appointed as the Strategic Development Partner for the £130 million redevelopment of the Galleries Shopping Centre in Wigan.

Plans for the transformation of City Square in Leeds are set to take a significant step forward with the appointment of Leeds-based Re-form Landscape Architecture which will collaborate with Leeds City Council and other stakeholders on the scheme. The company’s concept for the new-look City Square is due to be fine-tuned over the course of the next year.

Startup Digital Urban is incorporating 3D digital modelling capabilities and satellite technology. It is the latest company to join the ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory, and aims to take advantage of the support available in space and satellite technologies to further its commercial development.

Turn to page 70 of our June issue to read more on urban regeneration projects. 

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