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15 Oct 2018
Sydney tunnels to become a visitor attraction
Sydney tunnels to become a visitor attraction   Abandoned tunnels under the city of Sydney, Australia are to be turned into a new heritage attraction under plans outlined by the New South Wales (NSW) government. Originally intended as a transport link between two suburban areas – the Eastern Suburbs and the Northern Beaches – the tunnels, which sit underneath .... More>>
22 Oct 2018
Cultural leisure centre debuts in Renaissance-era Valencian convent
Cultural leisure centre debuts in Renaissance-era Valencian convent   A former nunnery in Plaza Portal Nou, Valencia that dates back to Renaissance times has re-opened as an arts and leisure venue. Renovated by designer Francesc Rifé and architect Paco Jurado, The Convent Carmen Valencia – erstwhile the 400-year-old convent of Saint Jose and Saint Theresa – now includes a garden .... More>>
22 Oct 2018
‘Pilgrimage of self-discovery’: Yên Tu Village to include herbal spa with 13th century roots
‘Pilgrimage of self-discovery’: Yên Tu Village to include herbal spa with 13th century roots   Architect Bill Bensley is working on a national cultural heritage site in Yên T? Mountain – considered to be the cradle of Trúc Lâm Zen Buddhism in Vietnam – as part of the Vietnamese government’s strategic development plan for the area. Designed with attention to historical detail – Bensley has created the .... More>>
22 Oct 2018
Bohemian-style PURO hotel, designed by Conran and Partners, opens in Kraków
Bohemian-style PURO hotel, designed by Conran and Partners, opens in Kraków   Polish hospitality group PURO has opened Kazimierz, its 228-room flagship hotel on Halicka Street in Kraków. The area, located in the city’s historic Old Town, has long been a vibrant centre of Bohemianism and Jewish culture. Designed by Conran and Partners, which sought to emulate the neighborhood’s .... More>>
19 Oct 2018
Wellness and lifestyle members club opens in London
Wellness and lifestyle members club opens in London   A new wellness and lifestyle member's club with a unique twist has opened in London's Notting Hill. Designed specifically for families, the club, called Cloud Twelve, features a spa, salon, holistic wellness centre and a plant-based eatery, as well as an interactive learn and play zone for children. Cloud .... More>>
19 Oct 2018
MVVA and David Adjaye-designed Detroit Riverfront project gets investment boost
MVVA and David Adjaye-designed Detroit Riverfront project gets investment boost   The Detroit West Riverfront regeneration project has been awarded an additional $50m (€43.6, £38.8m) grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Founded in 2014, the foundation posthumously furthers the philanthropic activities of the erstwhile owner of the National Football League (NFL) Buffalo Bills .... More>>
19 Oct 2018
Traditional Chinese Medicine centre to be built for Beijing 2022 Olympic Games
Traditional Chinese Medicine centre to be built for Beijing 2022 Olympic Games   Plans have been revealed to build a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) center for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. As well as providing TCM treatments and medical services during the Games, the centre will house an interactive experience and a training facility. Forming part of the facility mix at the Games, .... More>>
19 Oct 2018
Blackstone acquires live events specialist NEC Group
Blackstone acquires live events specialist NEC Group   Private equity giant Blackstone has acquired UK-based live events venue operator National Exhibition Centre Group from LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group. The deal, believed to be worth around £810m, will see Blackstone take control of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, as well .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
Kennedy named business development officer for Cidesco
Kennedy named business development officer for Cidesco   International beauty and spa therapy standard setter Cidesco International is expanding its head office support team with the appointment of Jacqueline Kennedy as business development officer. Kennedy will split her time between the head office space, where she will be creating strategic educational business .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
First reveal of new This Girl Can campaign
First reveal of new This Girl Can campaign   Speaking at the annual Legend customer day at the NEC today, Sport England’s executive director of mass markets, Dave Newton gave a first reveal of the new This Girl Can campaign, which will go live on 26 October. The campaign will have a new strapline #fitgotreal. The first wave of the campaign will talk .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
Mecanoo reveal historic mega-theatre in Taiwan
Mecanoo reveal historic mega-theatre in Taiwan   The Mecanoo-designed National Kaohsiung Centre for the Arts, hailed as the "largest performing arts centre in the world" has opened in Taiwan. Impressively, the massive steel structure – which takes visual cues from Banyan trees and the sinuous hulls of ships – is home to a 1,981-seat concert hall, a 2,236-seat .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
Equinox to launch retreats as the brand expands into travel
Equinox to launch retreats as the brand expands into travel   Fitness operator Equinox will move further into the lifestyle space with the launch of bespoke luxury travel experiences, featuring domestic and international multi-day journeys next year. The offering, which will launch in April 2019 with a summit-chasing adventure in Morocco, comes as Equinox expands its .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
Norwich Castle Museum obtains HLF £9.2m funding
Norwich Castle Museum obtains HLF £9.2m funding   The historic Keep at Norwich Castle in Norfolk, England is to be restored to resemble its Norman heyday following the injection of £9.2m (US$12m, €10.5m) financing from UK grants body the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Plans have been submitted for the renovation and, if approved, construction will begin in Q2 .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
World’s first subterranean resort opens in Shanghai
World’s first subterranean resort opens in Shanghai   The Shimao Wonderland InterContinental (IHG), the world’s first underground hotel, has opened in Songjiang, around 22 miles (35 km) from Shanghai in the Sheshan Mountain Range. Built in a 100m (328ft)-deep abandoned quarry, the hotel, which has been in development for a decade, was designed by Studio JADE+QA .... More>>
18 Oct 2018
Alessandri, Clodagh, McCann lead GWS Wellness Awards
Alessandri, Clodagh, McCann lead GWS Wellness Awards   The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) celebrated recipients of its 5th-annual Global Wellness Awards and the winners of its Shark Tank of Wellness student competition, all of which were announced at this year’s Summit at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy. More than 630 invitation-only delegates hailing from 50 .... More>>
17 Oct 2018
GPs to adopt 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness as part of government strategy
GPs to adopt 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness as part of government strategy   UK prime minister Theresa May has backed a new loneliness strategy, the government's first, which will encourage GPs to prescribe social activities – such as walking clubs and art and cookery classes – in place of medication to combat loneliness. Expected to be in place by 2023, the new strategy has been .... More>>
17 Oct 2018
Bidding for 2026 Olympics could shrink to a two-horse race as Stockholm looks to pull out
Bidding for 2026 Olympics could shrink to a two-horse race as Stockholm looks to pull out   The troubled bidding process for the 2026 could become a two-horse race, after a newly-elected Stockholm City Government said no taxpayer money should be "wasted" on hosting the Games. A new coalition – which includes an environmentalist party – was elected to run Stockholm's city government last month and it .... More>>
17 Oct 2018
Peloton launches in the UK – celebrates with London pop-up
Peloton launches in the UK – celebrates with London pop-up   US fitness brand Peloton has launched into the UK, marking the occasion with a three-week pop-up store – dubbed 'Peloton House' – in London's Covent Garden. The pop-up offered a series of themed room sets, showing how Peloton's bikes can be integrated into a range of domestic environments, from home offices to .... More>>
17 Oct 2018
Bjarke Ingels describes BIG’s first project in South America as an 'urban tree farm'
Bjarke Ingels describes BIG’s first project in South America as an 'urban tree farm'   Bjarke Ingels has announced his firm's first project in South America. Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have designed The IQON in Quito, Ecuador – set to be the tallest structure in the city when completed. The residential tower will overlook the expansive Parque La Carolina and have terraced gardens, with planting .... More>>
16 Oct 2018
New “Hilltop Gallery” in China’s Yanshan mountains completes construction
New “Hilltop Gallery” in China’s Yanshan mountains completes construction   A dramatic mountain-top arts centre has been built in the Yanshan mountains in China. The Hilltop Gallery – also known as the Phoenix Valley Summit Art Centre – was designed by the Chinese architecture studio, deep Architects (DA). The undulating structure follows the topography of the mountainside and has .... More>>
16 Oct 2018
New Westin resort touches down in the Maldives
New Westin resort touches down in the Maldives   The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo resort has opened in the Republic of the Maldives. The estimated US$40m (€34.5m, £30.3m) Marriott International development, which features 70 eco-friendly villas and suites, is the first Westin to launch in the tropical island nation, which has long been favoured by Western .... More>>
16 Oct 2018
Rabat Morocco to be the home of Africa’s tallest building
Rabat Morocco to be the home of Africa’s tallest building   The Bank of Africa skyscraper in Rabat, Morocco, will be the tallest building on the African continent, at 250-metres, when it opens in 2022. The mixed-use, 55-floor highrise, which will be designed by Belgium-based architectural studio Besix, will include a luxury hotel, office space, and apartments. The .... More>>
16 Oct 2018
Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum reopens following refurbishment
Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum reopens following refurbishment   Larger exhibition areas across three floors will showcase more than 5,000 artworks including paintings, sculpture and photography at the reopened Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden following a revamp. With work on show ranging from the 16th century to the present day, Nationalmuseum will also display drawings, .... More>>
16 Oct 2018
Netflix's Black Mirror to give users a choice of stories: Will attractions follow?
Netflix's Black Mirror to give users a choice of stories: Will attractions follow?   The upcoming season of the Emmy-winning science-fiction series Black Mirror, due for release in December, will have an episode that allows users to choose their own story. The episode is to be the first of a number of viewers’ choice specials across broadcaster Netflix's ‘Originals’ range of shows, which .... More>>
16 Oct 2018
Museums Association Conference and Exhibition heads to Belfast
Museums Association Conference and Exhibition heads to Belfast   ‘Dissent: inspiring hope, embracing change’ will be the theme for the UK’s Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2018, taking place at the newly renamed ICC Belfast – formerly Waterfront Hall. The theme has been chosen by the MA due to the current challenging times facing museums in the country and .... More>>
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