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Sept 13-Sept 26

WORK ON LIVERPOOL APARTMENT BUILDING IS UNDERWAY

Work on the 22-story Pall Mall Press apartments build-to-rent building developed by Graham is underway in Liverpool, Construction Review Online reports. Designed by Falconer Chester Hall, the 280,000-ft2 scheme will deliver 336 apartments. Project client Ridgeback Group acquired the site early in the year. The concrete frame for the linked two apartment blocks of 10 and 22 stories will be developed by Midwest Formwork. Residents will benefit from availability of sustainable components, from green roofs to recycled rainwater, solar panels and, internally, light-filled areas that lower the need for electric lighting. There will be retail space and a private garden terrace next to the residential apartments. Pall Mall Press is expected to be complete in October 2023.

Aug 31-Sept 12

“SLENDER, GRITTY, ROBUST” TOWER FOR SOUTHWEST LONDON

A super-thin, 20-story residential tower known as Pencil is planned on Garrett Street along the River Thames in Wandsworth, Southwest London, Architects' Journal reports. The 13-m-wide block on which Pencil is set to rise currently houses a car park and is next to a 1930s structure that once housed a paint factory but was converted into workshops and residences for Baylight Properties, the developer behind Pencil. Sergison Bates Architects handled Pencil's design, with an eye toward integrating a "slender, gritty and robust sentinel" into an inner-city former brownfield populated by repurposed industrial buildings and an array of new towers. On the drawing board are 27 flats, a café and an extension of a riverwalk. Although approved by the Wandsworth Council, a construction timeline was not provided.

MAN INJURED IN FALL DOWN ESCALATOR IN BOLTON, ENGLAND

A man in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England, was hospitalized in August after falling down an escalator at a retail store, The Bolton News reports. The town’s emergency services received a call around noon reporting the man’s fall. He reportedly had suffered a head injury. An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles and a helicopter ambulance were sent to the scene. The man was taken to Salford Royal Hospital to be treated, though neither the seriousness of his injury nor the cause of his fall was reported.

August 17-30

EVENT TO INFORM INDUSTRY ABOUT UKCA MARKING REQUIREMENT

TÜV SÜD plans to host a virtual event on September 8 at 9 a.m. British Summer Time aimed at providing details about what the new UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) marking means for manufacturers of lifts and components. Allowing lifts and components to be sold on the U.K. market and applying to products that have already been CE-certified, the UKCA marking will become mandatory by January 2023 at the latest. These products will require separate certification for the U.K. market issued by a U.K.-accredited, approved body. Scheduled to speak is Jonas Conrady, TÜV SÜD head of New Technologies in the Area of Lifts, Cranes and Conveyors. To register, visit website.

55-STORY RESIDENTIAL TOWER PLANS IN LONDON’S CANARY WHARF

As part of a push to make the Canary Wharf megadevelopment on London's Isle of Dogs more residential, Canary Wharf Group unveiled plans for a 55-story tower with more than 600 homes, Housing Today reports. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Park Place would rise on a vacant lot on the development's western edge and include 624 rentals that are a mix of market and "affordable." The plan also incorporates a four-story pavilion with remote-working facilities and cultural and retail space. The site was approved in 2015 for an office tower, but now fresh planning permission is sought for residential. Canary Wharf's Wood Wharf residential scheme by Allies and Morrison aims to provide more than 3,600 new homes, a school and a hospital. A 327-home development, Canary Wharf's first build-to-rent scheme, opened in February, and a 38-story, 900-home tower from Hadley Property Group was also recently approved.

ONLINE 2021 LIFT & ESCALATOR SYMPOSIUM PLANNED IN SEPTEMBER

Organizers of the 2021 Lift & Escalator Symposium recently announced that, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the event will be held online on September 22-23. The symposium has scheduled speakers from Hong Kong, Australia, the U.S., the Middle East and the U.K. There will also be two panel discussions on modernization and safety. Space is limited, so attendees are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Visit the event website for further information and to register.

ESCALATOR REPLACEMENT UNDERWAY AT LONDON TUBE STATION

Underneath South Kensington tube station in London, a project is underway to replace all five of the station’s escalators at the same time, according to IanVisits. To do that, Piccadilly line trains have stopped calling at South Kensington station and won’t call there again until next spring. Two escalators lead from the ticket hall to a concourse just below ground, and three escalators head down to the lower level, where staircases turn right to the eastbound platform, and down to the westbound platform. The old escalators were installed in the 1970s and are now in need of replacing. In most stations, there is enough space to allow one escalator to be taken out of action while passengers use stairs to go down and the other escalators to go up, but limited space at South Kensington prevents this. The source reports that old concrete was being broken up to make room for the new escalators, which are expected to arrive in September. Working on all five escalators at the same time allows the station to be brought back into operation as quickly as possible. Twenty-five of the new Otis escalators of the type that will be installed at South Kensington tube station are already in operation at other London Underground stations. They have also been installed on the Elizabeth line.

August 3-16

PLANS FOR “BIOPHILIC” LONDON TOWER SUBMITTED

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) has submitted plans for a 24-story office building in the City of London, which the architect said “tackled head-on” the challenge of meeting net zero, Building reported in August. The 116-m, 66,867-m2 building will contain a variety of office spaces above retail and community uses and will have four basement levels. Rather than “another hermetically sealed building,” the scheme would have “access to biophilia” on every floor and “industry-leading quantities of fresh air,” said AHMM co-founder Simon Allford. The project is targeting BREEAM Outstanding, WELL Platinum, and LEED Platinum certifications. Targets have been set for embodied carbon and operational energy density that “significantly exceed” the city’s policy for the urban greening factor, targeting 0.53, compared with an existing rating onsite of 0.0. Work is expected to start in 2023, subject to planning

COUNCIL TO GRANT PLANNING CONSENT FOR EDGE LONDON BRIDGE TOWER

The Southwark Council resolved to grant planning approval for the EDGE London Bridge tower, Pilbrow & Partners reported in July. Developed by Dutch-based EDGE and designed by Pilbrow & Partners, the building will be located at 60­-68 St. Thomas Street next to the London Bridge Station. It will be the most sustainable office tower in London, achieving BREEAM Outstanding and WELL Platinum accreditations. The tower’s envelope allows daylight inside the building while limiting heat loss in the winter and overheating in the summer. A timeline for construction and completion is not available.

July 20-August 2

NEW DEADLINES SET FOR VFA FORUM INTERLIFT PRESENTERS

Because of health and safety issues spurred by the pandemic, VFA Interlift e.V.-Association for Lift Technology has postponed the biennial interlift trade fair until spring 2022. The accompanying event, VFA Forum interlift, is accepting abstracts from those who would like to present an approximately 20-min. lecture. Potential presenters should send their lecture offers by Friday, October 15, 2021, and include the following:

  • Speaker’s name
  • Company/institution
  • Communication data
  • An approximately 10-line abstract of presentation’s content

Several topics are suggested for the VFA Forum, and a listing can be found here. Accepted presenters will be notified by mid-December. Direct further inquiries to Anja Smieja, VFA Academy, Hamburg, Germany, by phone: +49 40 8000473, or by email at akademie@vfa-interlift.de. The new date for interlift, to be held in Augsburg, Germany, will be April 26-29, 2022.

LEIA URGES U.K. GOVERNMENT TO REASSESS SELF-ISOLATION RULES

The U.K.’s Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) has joined a call from industry sectors including retail, manufacturing and construction to re-examine current COVID-19 self-isolation rules, citing fear of a worker shortage as the holiday season approaches, LEIA announced on July 20. While LEIA welcomed the U.K. government's announcement that self-isolation is set to end for fully vaccinated people and most school pupils starting on August 16, the association said that date should be moved up. Most lift and escalator companies had strong health and safety management systems in place prior to the pandemic, and have adapted well to managing workplace risk, LEIA Managing Director Nick Mellor said, adding that many will keep COVID-19 measures in place even after the government’s change in guidance. For more information, visit the LEIA website or contact Emma Mackley at email.

PLANS SUBMITTED FOR CANARY WHARF SKYSCRAPER IN LONDON

Architectural design firm Maccreanor Lavington revealed designs for a 56-story skyscraper in London’s Canary Wharf, Architects’ Journal reports. Renderings show a bronze-clad building sporting a crown with a thin spire that will light up at night, an element that was Maccreanor Lavington’s response to planning officers’ challenge to design something “distinctive” for the skyline. It will provide 495 homes: 125 affordable homes on levels 6-20 and private homes on the higher levels. The 230-m-tall building will have 296 m2 of shops at the ground level, as well as a pocket park and double-height play terrace for all residents on the fifth floor. The tower is among a wave of new high-rise housing structures in the South Quay area.

July 6-19

CONTRACTOR SELECTED FOR MIXED-USE TOWER ON LONDON FRINGE

British Land hired longtime collaborator McLaren Construction as the general contractor for Phase 2 of Aldgate Place on London's city fringe, with work set to start in the third quarter of this year, Construction Enquirer reports. On the drawing board are 136,000 ft2, housing 159 build-to-rent apartments, 19,000 ft2 of office space and 8,000 ft2 for retail and amenities. On its 27th project for developer British Land, McLaren will aim for "a comprehensive upgrade to the public realm with increased biodiversity and a focus on health and well-being." A previous phase of Aldgate Place stands roughly 25 stories, and this iteration appears to be roughly the same height.

ELEVATOR INDUSTRY LAUNCHES FIFTH COVID-19 SURVEY

Elevator World, Inc.; the German elevator association VFA Interlift e.V.; and fair organizer AFAG, in association with Credit Suisse, are launching a fifth survey of elevator industry representatives on current industry status and anticipated effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on business. Results of the fourth survey were released in early June and revealed that outlook improved to net positive and employment prospects remained healthy, while assessment of the competitive situation remained unchanged. The survey received nearly 400 responses, compared with 600 in the third iteration, 572 in the second and 550 in the first. For the fourth iteration, Credit Suisse Managing Director and Head of European Capital Goods Equity Research André Kukhnin assisted with preparation of a chart analysis, including breakdowns by country, of the results, including responses on the risk of rising raw materials costs to businesses in 2021. To participate in the latest survey, click here.

EW’S NEW PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD

ELEVATOR WORLD announces its new Product of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding product development achievements of manufacturers whose products are considered particularly noteworthy or innovative. The product(s) should represent any of the following qualities: a significant advancement in a technology or its application, an exceptionally innovative design, a substantial achievement in price/performance, improvements in design performance and a potential for new product designs/opportunities. For eligibility and rules, go here.

DESIGNS FOR GREECE’S FIRST GREEN HIGH-RISE ARE RELEASED

Designs for Marina Tower, the first green high-rise building in Greece, have been released, Foster + Partners announced in July. Developed by Lamda Development, Marina Tower will also be the tallest building in Greece at 200 m. It will provide 200 apartments across 45 floors, with dominant green and water features, unobstructed sea views and natural light. Marina Tower is one part of a six-building master plan for the Ellinikon development. Completion to set to occur in the next five years. “Ellinikon masterplan gives new direction to urban development in Athens, bringing together new ways of living, working and playing, centered on a metropolitan park – a generous amenity for local communities and the city of Athens,” said Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, senior partner at Foster + Partners.

INTERLIFT ENJOYS STRONG RESPONSE FOR APRIL 2022 FAIR

Organizers AFAG and VFA-Interlift e.V. say the international vertical-transportation (VT) trade fair interlift is more than 80% booked, with more than 300 VT companies registered. The fair, which was postponed six months to April 26-29, 2022, at Messe Augsburg in Germany (ELENET 883), is seeing numerous first-time registrants, organizers say, "so the prospects for the coming interlift are good." Against a backdrop of travel restrictions lifting as the coronavirus pandemic gets under control thanks to vaccinations, the fair will incorporate "a discreet hygiene concept." A digital preview of the 2022 fair is scheduled on the original dates — October 19-22 — and the 2023 fair is planned on October 17-20. For more information, visit the trade fair website.

VT MOVING INTO NEW, POST-PANDEMIC REALITY, CONSULTANT SAYS

With elevators moving back into regular use — after sitting idle for months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic — facility managers are finding themselves with a need to prepare their vertical-transportation (VT) units for return to operation, Facilitiesnet.com reports. Keenan Potter, a specialist in VT for U.K.-based construction engineering consultant Buro Happold, told the source that the onset of the pandemic was cause for worry within the VT industry because of the “sudden collapse of demand for all sorts of services.” While “everyone was sort of holding their breath,” the industry is making a comeback, thanks to active involvement from many governments around the world. Potter added that he believes some elevator rules, such as social distancing and sanitation, will continue post-pandemic, but that in many areas it appears likely that the desire will continue for flexibility that includes working from home. Noting that, pre-pandemic, office staffing was trending toward density, now “you're seeing the desire for more space in the building, and that obviously is going to affect how VT designs are going to change.”

 

 

 

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CTBUH ANNOUNCES THEIR 2021 CONFERENCE WILL BE IN-PERSON

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats announced that their 2021 conference will be taking place in person November 8-12. Titled “The Future City: Addressing Carbon, Climate and Societal Crises”, the conference will be held at a dozen or more chapter locations across the Americas, Australia, China, Europe, Middle East, and Southeast Asia, with more locations and dates to be announced. CTBUH is looking for members to help plan the event for their chapter. For more information, go to ctbuhconference.com or email info@ctbuh.com.