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Issue 464
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Atkins and AVIC Joy Air Holdings Limited announce
strategic partnership for £5bn mixed-use scheme in Fuzhou
Atkins and AVIC Joy Air Holdings Limited have formed a strategic partnership to create an extensive development in the capital of Fujian Province, Fuzhou. The Chinese city is located at the mouth of the Min River
overlooking the strait to Taiwan and has established itself as an industry hub for machinery companies.
During a UK trade delegation to China last week, Prime Minister David Cameron and Minister Designate for UK Trade & Investment Lord Livingston oversaw the signing of the strategic framework cooperation agreement between Atkins and AVIC Joy Air Holdings Limited. Full investment in the project is estimated at £5bn, following initial funding of £1.5bn. The proposed development will begin onsite in early 2014, providing over 6 million sq m of commercial, residential, hotel, office, and research & development space for Fuzhou, with housing for 110,000 residents. Plans by Atkins and AVIC Joy Air Holdings Limited also incorporate a large industrial park for aviation-related activities and associated infrastructure including a 10km tunnel and an expressway connecting to Fuzhou city... Read more
Top stories this week
1 Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Located in Abu Dhabi's new Al Maryah Island financial district between the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and the Cleveland Clinic, Rosewood Abu Dhabi is a new 1,099,000 sq ft (102,000 sq m) luxury, mixed-use development. The complex includes a five-star 189-room Rosewood hotel, 131 serviced apartments, banquet facilities, meeting facilities, spa,... Read more
2 AIA Chicago 2013 Firm of the Year
2013 has been an exciting year for Goettsch Partners (GP). The firm has completed its transformation of Mies van der Rohe's IBM building into the Langham Chicago, secured a pair of major mixed-use schemes in Foshan and Suzhou for Greenland Group, won a competition to design the Zurich Headquarters with Clayco... Read more
3 Hefei ID Mall, Hefei, China
The green light has been given for a new retail development and office tower designed by Broadway Malyan in Hefei, eastern China. Designed for CITIC Capital Holdings Limited (part of a larger state-owned investment company) the 170,000 sq m scheme is due to complete in 2015. Hefei ID Mall comprises 110,000 sq m of retail facilities across 6 storeys... Read more
4 Bund Finance Centre, Shanghai, China
Construction is underway on a 420,000 sq m mixed-use development at the end of the Shanghai Bund. Comprising eight buildings and two soaring towers, the immense waterfront scheme has been designed by Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio. Wrapped in a crafted stone and bronze shell will be 'Grade A' office spaces, a boutique... Read more
5 Çanakkale Antenna Tower, Çanakkale, Turkey
Eight teams have been shortlisted for a competition to design a 100m-high antenna tower in the Turkish town of Çanakkale. The seaport on Turkey's far western edge is situated on the southern coast of the Dardanelles, the strait that connects the Aegean Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Out of 130 eligible submissions, a jury has selected the... Read more
WAN team reveal their favourite projects of 2013
Tech Focus: A look at the lighter side of concrete
Although it's been in existence for some years, there's an eye-catching phenomenon that's capturing the imaginations of more and more architects, designers and building owners worldwide as word spreads and new developments are made. Translucent or light-transmitting concrete is going up in availability, down in price and getting ever more versatile. Some will be familiar with the sight of walls clad in translucent concrete, but German-based
manufacturer, LUCEM, has now taken things to a new level. Floor level in fact, because LUCEM's latest installation - which has just been completed in the lobby of investment advisor, London & Oriental's London offices - features flooring for the first time.

According to a LUCEM announcement about the project, the new flooring produces a rather special effect. Its press release states: "Without light, the LUCEM floor panels appear as elegant natural stone panels, but illuminated, the panels seem to glow and due to the conical shaped light effect of each fibre, the light seems to be brighter the more the viewer is above the single panel. It seems as if there is a spotlight following the viewer."

In comparison to the wall cladding, the floor application required greater load bearing capacity from each panel. They were therefore manufactured at 30-40mm thickness and in a maximum format of 60 x 60cm. LUCEM wall panels can be used in 20-30mm thickness and in sizes of up to 150 x 60cm.

So how is concrete made translucent to begin with? Using thousands of optical fibres embedded into the concrete, daylight or artificial light can travel through the concrete panels - no matter how thick they are. In the past, translucent concrete was made manually, which meant only limited amounts could be produced and it was very expensive.

However in 2011, LUCEM developed a patented production process, increasing production and lowering prices significantly. Several other European companies - including Florak Bauunternehmung, LBM EFO, liTraCon, Luccon, and LiCrete - have also developed their own production processes, all of which vary.

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3-bed house built in Ngawha Prison
Last week, the Constantino family stood in a 'sterile zone' at Ngawha Prison in New Zealand and watched as their brand new home was craned over the wire fence. This affordable home is part of a scheme by Habitat for Humanity, Corrections and NorthTec whereby prisoners within Ngawha Prison can gain qualifications by constructing properties for families in need.

Construction on the three-bedroom home began in May within the prison walls and by the beginning of December the Constantino family received their building shell. The house was then relocated to Mali Street in Dargaville where the family will complete the interiors and landscaping themselves, cutting costs even further.

The house has been named 'Te Whare Tuku Aroha' which translates as 'House Gift of Love'. Speaking to Peter de Graaf of the New Zealand Herald, one of the prisoners involved in the build said: "Being able to give to this family and the community is a good thing for us... Read more
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