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May 27, 2020

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CORONAVIRUS INDUSTRY UPDATE

ELEVATOR WORLD (EW) has been the vertical-transportation industry’s source for news and information for 67 years, and we aim to continue to be during the coronavirus pandemic affecting readers, advertisers, employees, contributors and associates around the world. With magazines in the U.S., India, the Middle East, Turkey, Europe and the U.K. and a strong online presence, EW has a wide reach. We will share your company news as often as it comes in, so please send it to us at email. Current updates include:

  • KLEEMANN donated medical equipment to National Health Services, the U.K.’s publicly funded healthcare system.
  • Javier Sesma, director of the thyssenkrupp Innovation Center in Asturias, Spain, explains in an interview in TPA Noticias Matinal that designs that favor social distance, sanitation and digitization are now taking off.
  • Birmingham, U.K.-based consultancy SVM Associates recently shared its COVID-19 Reoccupation Strategy, including measures to control and manage high-risk areas such as lifts and escalators.
  • The Daily Mail says limiting elevators to no more than three passengers per ride is among measures taken by InterContinental Hotels to keep guests safer.
  • CityLab recently published an insightful piece titled “Elevators Changed Cities. Will Coronavirus Change Elevators?”

GREENERY-CLAD TOWER GREENLIT IN LONDON DESPITE CONCERN

A 36-story, nearly 500-ft-tall office tower designed by Eric Parry Architects at 50 Frenchurch Street in central London has been greenlit by the City of London Corp.'s Planning and Transportation Committee, despite opponents who contend it will block views of the historic Tower of London, The Architect's Newspaper reports. Clad in climbing plants on the south, north and east elevations with a green rooftop terrace, the tower will be the first structure in London "to incorporate greening on such a large scale," according to the city. Studies previously found it will not block Tower of London views, although it will affect views and shading of an adjacent Parry-designed building. On the drawing board are 645,000 ft2 of office space, 8,600 ft2 of retail and revitalization of a historic church tower and crypt.

ESCALATORS, TOWERS FOR SHENZEN REDEVELOPMENT

ArchDaily recently reported that construction kicked off on 10 DESIGN's MixC Market Hall, a mixed-use development for Shenzhen, China, including escalators that look to play a big role in the façade. Located in a former industrial zone of Sungang, it will include two office towers with 102,320 m2 of workspace and 78,890 m2 of retail and dining space. Residential, serviced apartment towers, resettlement housing and public amenities in three residential towers round out the master plan, according to The Skyscraper Center. Completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022.

ELEVATOR CAR CRUSHES WORKER IN CENTRAL ATHENS

A man said to be performing work on an elevator in the Pangrati neighborhood of central Athens, Greece, died as a result of the elevator falling on and crushing him on May 25, ecathemerini.com reports, citing the Athens-Macedonian News Agency. Firefighters retrieved the body of the man, thought to be in his early 30s, from the bottom of the shaft. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. It is not clear what led to the incident.

SOCIALLY DISTANCED TOPPING OUT EVENT FOR SYDNEY TOWERS

Developer Mirvac and New South Wales (NSW) government officials recently held a socially distanced topping-out ceremony at Sydney, Australia's Olympic Park for Pavilions, a four-tower mixed-use project with buildings up to 36 stories, The Urban Developer reports. The AUD460-million (US$301.8-million) project will bring nearly 700 rental residences to the market, as well as a 4,500-m2 green space where a tree was planted to signify the topping out. Mirvac, which also recently won approval for what will be Sydney's tallest residential tower, praised the NSW government for its support in keeping construction sites open and allowing it to create jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PARTNERS SET TO LAUNCH JAMAICA, NYC, DEVELOPMENT

BRP Companies has teamed up with JLL Capital Markets in a joint-venture equity agreement to develop Archer Towers, a residential project in Jamaica, Queens, NYC, New York YIMBY reported on May 22. The first phase of the US$286-million development will have 605 rental units and amenities within its 24 stories and 540,000 ft2 of space. Units for the site, 163-05 Archer Avenue, will be divided as 424 market-rate apartments and 181 mixed-income units. Amenities will take up about 20,000 ft2 and include a rooftop outdoor space, a yoga studio, a basketball court, a pickleball court, a landscaped rear yard, a movie screening room, an indoor lounge, a children’s playroom, bicycle storage and more. The project's designer is Studio V Architecture. BRP acquired the plot in 2017 and has demolished two existing structures. Construction is expected to start as soon as the joint venture equity financing has been finalized and debt financing has been secured, but a completion date was not given. A second, 432-unit phase of the project will include 130 affordable apartments and is expected to break ground in summer 2021.

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