PLANS UNVEILED FOR MULTIPURPOSE SKYSCRAPER
CHYBIK + KRISTOF have unveiled plans for the construction of Ostrava Tower, a 235 metre-tall and 98,000m2 multipurpose skyscraper located in the heart of Ostrava’s city center. Initiated by the architects in 2019, their latest urban infill project addresses the need to reconsider the typology of the skyscraper into a new functional entity responsive to the contemporary social needs, and in this case, the rehabilitation and reactivation of the post-industrial town of Ostrava. Upon completion, which is set for 2027, it will be the tallest skyscraper in the Czech Republic.
PLANNING ACHIEVED FOR LIFESTYLE HOTEL
Dexter Moren Associates has achieved planning for a new Camden Lifestyle Hotel in the vibrant location of Mornington Crescent and Camden Town, London. The global hospitality design specialist was appointed by RE Capital to review a previously consented hotel scheme at 7ABC Bayham Street to maximise its potential and improve its buildability. Working within the existing building envelope, DMA has redesigned the scheme to better suit the requirements of the hotel brand and, in so doing, has created 70 keys, an uplift from 58 in the original consent. The application also introduces a second fire escape stair from all levels to comply with current fire regulations, as well as quality office space and reconfigured the Front of House area with revised bar at ground level.
SIGNIFICANT ADDITION TO UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
National property consultancy Carter Jonas has achieved planning permission on behalf of the University of Oxford for a new Humanities Building, to be located on a 1.4 hectare site within the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, in the centre of Oxford. The proposals received unanimous support from Oxford City Council’s Planning Committee. The addition to the University’s property portfolio will include academic faculty spaces, a 500-seat concert hall, a theatre, an experimental performance laboratory, a lecture hall, public engagement and outreach facilities, and new public and landscaped open spaces. The exceptional building will house the faculties and libraries of the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford. It will create a strong visual identity and give expression to the world’s foremost centre for scholarship and teaching in the humanities.