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Mar. 5, 2021

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TKE is providing 40 elevators, 38 escalators, 30 moving walks and two platform lifts to Shenzhen Airport's new satellite concourse, set to open in June. Installation began in August 2020 and was scheduled for completion in March. Building on a relationship that included equipment for the airport's Terminal 3, the order includes two years of maintenance. The moving walks are equipped with rollers installed outside the step chains to facilitate easier maintenance and the installation of stronger bearings. The X-shaped, US$1.5-billion concourse encompasses 238,000 m2 and is expected to serve 22 million passengers per year upon completion. Its center boasts light-filled views up to a roof inspired by the area's winding rivers.


Developer BentallGreenOak's plan for a slim, blue-terracotta-clad skyscraper near The Gherkin in London is drawing objections from historic preservation groups including Historic Royal Palaces and Historic England, Architects' Journal reports. Construction of the 49-story office tower designed by Stiff + Trevillion for 31 Bury Street would involve demolition of a 1960s office building. Although more than 100 m shorter than controversial proposed tourist attraction Tulip tower (most recently in ELENET 822), the Bury Street plan is also being criticized for its potential "visual impact" on the Tower of London. Its proximity to two historic properties — Holland House and Bevis Marks Synagogue — is also raising objections.


Elevcon 2022 — The 23rd International Congress on Vertical Transportation organized by the International Association of Elevator Engineers (IAEE) has been set for Prague on May 31-June 2, 2022. The IAEE said presentations at the event will cover Elevator 4.0 (the Internet of Elevator), the Internet of Things, big data, AI and brain-controlled elevators. As was the case with the now-cancelled Elevcon 2020, the Grandior Hotel Prague will host this iteration, which will also include a three-day tradeshow. Social events will include a welcome reception and city tour of Prague, followed by a dinner at a typical Czech restaurant. For more information and to register, contact Karen Krull; to exhibit and sponsor, contact Tzipi Wapner.


Construction has begun on Lendlease’s AUD1.2-billion (US$834-million) 42-story commercial tower over the future Victoria Cross metro station in the CBD of North Sydney, Australia, The Urban Developer reports. Groundbreaking follows the New South Wales government approving the Bates Smart-designed development in July 2020. On the drawing board are approximately 58,000 ft2 of office space, a 150-spot underground parking facility, a three-story retail podium and a dining and entertainment strip along Miller Street. Victoria Cross is one of 31 stations on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest lines, for which the first tracks have been laid. The transit project is fueling the rise of numerous skyscraper projects in North Sydney and beyond.

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