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17 Apr 2018
Green light for HawkinsBrown's mixed-use masterplan for historic mill
Green light for HawkinsBrown's mixed-use masterplan for historic mill   British architects HawkinsBrown have won planning and listed building consent for their regeneration of a complex of Victorian-era mill buildings in Yorkshire to form an arts-led leisure district. Their 130,000sq ft (12,000sq m) masterplan for the Rutland Mills project will deliver studio space for artists, .... More>>
16 Apr 2018
Official royal residence could generate millions for Welsh tourism economy, says study
Official royal residence could generate millions for Welsh tourism economy, says study   A new report has suggested that opening a royal palace in Wales could be worth an additional £3.6m (US$5.1m, €4.2m) a year in tourism spend. According to the Gorwel think-tank, the case for a royal residence in the county should be considered, with its report suggesting such a move could draw thousands of .... More>>
16 Apr 2018
Caesars to bring Qua Baths & Spa to two Dubai hotels
Caesars to bring Qua Baths & Spa to two Dubai hotels   Caesars Entertainment will manage two luxury hotels and a beach club at Dubai-based Bluewaters Island development starting later this year: Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, both of which will represent Caesars’ first non-gaming resorts. The Caesars Palace Bluewaters will also bring .... More>>
16 Apr 2018
New renderings for Moomin Park as opening date set for Japanese nature attraction
New renderings for Moomin Park as opening date set for Japanese nature attraction   A theme park based on The Moomins will open in Japan’s Saitama Prefecture in March 2019, after its developers confirmed construction plans for the nature attraction in the city of Hanno. Called Moomin Valley Park, the attraction will sit on an area around Lake Miyazawako, owing to the area’s resemblance .... More>>
16 Apr 2018
ACE Hotels announce Kengo Kuma will design its first property in Japan
ACE Hotels announce Kengo Kuma will design its first property in Japan   The Ace Hotel Group has announced it will open its first property in Japan, with architect Kengo Kuma commissioned to design a “monument to the beauty and unique legacy of Kyoto”, transforming the city’s 92-year-old former Central Telephone Office. The company has partnered with the Japanese NTT Urban .... More>>
16 Apr 2018
Tokyo Disney marks 35th anniversary by confirming ¥300bn expansion plans
Tokyo Disney marks 35th anniversary by confirming ¥300bn expansion plans   On the anniversary of its 35th birthday, Disney’s Tokyo theme park has confirmed plans to proceed with its landmark expansion, a move which will see the popular attraction grow in size by roughly 30 per cent. The biggest expansion in the park’s history, the ¥300bn (US$2.68bn, €2.25bn, £1.98bbn) .... More>>
16 Apr 2018
Malaysian government plans three major theme parks to compete with Singapore tourist offering
Malaysian government plans three major theme parks to compete with Singapore tourist offering   The chief minister for Johor has unveiled his manifesto for the Malaysian state, promising to turn it into an economic powerhouse with the development of three major theme parks to rival nearby Singapore’s tourist offering. Mohamed Khaled Nordin, chair of the ruling Barisan Nasional Johor (Johor BN) coalition, .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
Boutique fitness boom "fuelled by women"
Boutique fitness boom   The rapid growth of the UK's boutique fitness sector is being driven by strong demand from women for a more personalised gym experience, new research has found. The Global Boutique Trends Report 2018, compiled by ukactive, suggests that the vast majority of boutique fitness customers in the UK are female, .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
Disney chief Bob Iger considered Presidential campaign for 2020
Disney chief Bob Iger considered Presidential campaign for 2020   Disney chair and CEO Bob Iger has revealed that he did consider running as a candidate for the US Presidency in 2020. In an interview with Vogue, Iger said the “patriot” in him was his reason to consider the move, with the Disney chief saying that he grew up “at a time when we respected our politicians .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
Universal acquires land for rumoured new theme park
Universal acquires land for rumoured new theme park   Universal has acquired hundreds of acres of additional land in Orlando, leading many to believe the operator is about to build a third park in the area. The move comes after Stan Thomas, the Georgia businessman who formerly owned of the land, finally agreed terms to remove restrictions that would block such a .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
U2’s iconic Claw stage to become permanent fixture at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
U2’s iconic Claw stage to become permanent fixture at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium   A unique construction created for U2’s most recent world tour has been purchased by Salt Lake City's Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, where it will now become a permanent fixture at the Utah attraction. From the mind of the late Mark Fisher of London-based architects Stufish, the 250-ton, 165ft-tall (50m) .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
FC Barcelona make breakthrough in bid to build new stadium and 'Barça' district
FC Barcelona make breakthrough in bid to build new stadium and 'Barça' district    FC Barcelona’s ambitious plan to create a vibrant district dedicated to the club and its brand around a redeveloped Camp Nou stadium has been given the provisional green light by the city council. An agreement between the club and the city was reached yesterday (12 April) paving the way for a Modification to .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
'Absolute unit' sends rural life museum viral
'Absolute unit' sends rural life museum viral   The Museum of English Rural Life in Reading has found some unexpected internet fame, with its images of animals described as “absolute units” going viral on social media. The museum and archive, devoted to the history of farming in the English countryside, has received hundreds of thousands of likes and .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
Maria Sharapova and Dan Meis join forces to design boutique sport and fitness facilities
Maria Sharapova and Dan Meis join forces to design boutique sport and fitness facilities   Tennis star Maria Sharapova has joined forces with US sports architect Dan Meis to start a new design venture creating “inspirational” health, fitness, sporting and wellness facilities for the hospitality sector. Inspired, in part, by hotelier Ian Schrager’s boutique hotel revolution, the pair are already in .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
W Hotels launches wellness weekends
W Hotels launches wellness weekends   W Hotels has announced the next iteration of the brand’s take on fitness and wellness with a new programme, Fuel weekends by W Hotels. Fitness experts will host workout getaways in W locations combined with healthy cuisine, evening parties and socialising. W has been championing a ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
Personal training studio operator Ultimate Performance opens third London site
Personal training studio operator Ultimate Performance opens third London site   Personal training company Ultimate Performance has launched its third London gym in Kensington. UP Kensington joins a portfolio which includes UP City, the inaugural studio opened by CEO Nick Mitchell in 2009, and the flagship UP Mayfair. As well as the three London sites, there are two further UP-branded .... More>>
13 Apr 2018
London regenerative spa to open this June
London regenerative spa to open this June   A new preventive health and aesthetic medicine clinic is due to open this June in the heart of Mayfair, London. Bellecell Regeneration Clinic is the vision of Kasia Zajkowska, a Cambridge graduate with a degree in bioscience enterprise and molecular biotechnology. It will offer personalised wellness programmes .... More>>
12 Apr 2018
London's Natural History Museum commits to clean oceans with plastic bottle initiative
London's Natural History Museum commits to clean oceans with plastic bottle initiative   In an effort to improve its green standing, London’s Natural History Museum (NHM) has announced plans to replace all of its plastic water bottles with recyclable cans going forward, offering the first zero-plastic canned spring water to be sold in the UK. In partnership with British brand Life Water, the canned .... More>>
12 Apr 2018
CannonDesign's Baltimore basketball arena 'embraces movement' through design
CannonDesign's Baltimore basketball arena 'embraces movement' through design   The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the US has completed work on its new Event Center, designed as one of the most advanced college basketball facilities in the country. The all-in-one athletics venue is the new home of the UMBC Retrievers’ men’s and women’s basketball teams and women’s .... More>>
12 Apr 2018
China clamping down on unsustainable theme park boom
China clamping down on unsustainable theme park boom   China’s central planning body has warned developers about the country’s ongoing theme park boom, raising concerns over potentially unpayable debts and low grade or copycat developments, as new parks continue to spring up across the country. As of the end of 2015, China had 59 parks planned or under .... More>>
12 Apr 2018
Winning design revealed for Montreal contemporary art museum expansion
Winning design revealed for Montreal contemporary art museum expansion   Montreal’s contemporary art museum has unveiled the design for its new home, after selecting the winning proposal from a hard-fought architecture competition. Quebec studios Saucier+Perrotte Architectes and GLCRM & Associés Architectes unanimously swayed the judges with a vision described as “luminous and .... More>>
12 Apr 2018
Personalised nutrition pioneer Neil Grimmer to keynote GWS
Personalised nutrition pioneer Neil Grimmer to keynote GWS   Neil Grimmer, founder and CEO of personalised nutrition company Habit, will keynote at this year’s Global Wellness Summit, set to take place 6-8 October in Italy. Grimmer is committed to revolutionising how the world looks at nutrition and healthy eating by challenging “one size fits all” approaches in the .... More>>
12 Apr 2018
MVRDV win competition for landmark public installation in Den Helder with 'infinite loop' design
MVRDV win competition for landmark public installation in Den Helder with 'infinite loop' design   The Dutch municipality of Den Helder has today (12 April) announced MVRDV as the winners in a competition to design a new public installation on the city’s northern dike representing the connection between city and sea. The design, called SeaSaw, is a viewing platform that takes the shape of an infinite loop, .... More>>
11 Apr 2018
Camelback Mountain’s Sanctuary Spa unveils remodel with Women's Quiet Room
Camelback Mountain’s Sanctuary Spa unveils remodel with Women's Quiet Room   Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona, US, has completed a refurbishment and expansion that has introduced a new look throughout and a new feature, the Women’s Quiet Room. The spa features separate women’s and men’s spas, with a total of 12 indoor and outdoor .... More>>
11 Apr 2018
Seven-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation
Seven-year follow-up shows lasting cognitive gains from meditation   Improvements in the ability to sustain attention, developed through intensive meditation training, are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. The research is based on the Shamatha Project, a major investigation of the cognitive, .... More>>
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