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12 Sep 2017
OMA hired to convert Amsterdam prison into civic and cultural realm
OMA hired to convert Amsterdam prison into civic and cultural realm   International architects OMA have been selected by the Dutch government to transform a former prison into a cultural and civic space for Amsterdam. Bijlmerbajes was built in the southeast of the capital in the 1970s, and in the intervening decades the complex’s six linked towers have become a city landmark. .... More>>
12 Sep 2017
Britain joins tourism space race with successful Northumberland rocket launch
Britain joins tourism space race with successful Northumberland rocket launch   Britain has taken a big step in the space tourism race, with private firm Starchaser Industries successfully launching its first test flight of a reusable rocket. Funded and built by the Manchester-based company, the 8.2m (27ft) Skybolt 2 test model was launched in Northumberland, where the carbon-fibre rocket .... More>>
12 Sep 2017
Manuelle Gautrand wins 2017 European Prize for Architecture
Manuelle Gautrand wins 2017 European Prize for Architecture   French architect Manuelle Gautrand has been awarded the 2017 European Prize for Architecture, becoming the first woman to receive the prestigious accolade. The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture – which jointly present the prize – .... More>>
12 Sep 2017
Immersive Fear the Walking Dead attraction opens in Las Vegas
Immersive Fear the Walking Dead attraction opens in Las Vegas   AMC has teamed up with multi-sensory interactive attractions provider Triotech to create a brand new attraction in Las Vegas, based on The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead. Inaugurated on 29 August, ‘Fear the Walking Dead Survival’, is part of the Fremont Street Experience – a .... More>>
12 Sep 2017
Marriott opens 35-treatment room spa on Polish riviera
Marriott opens 35-treatment room spa on Polish riviera   Marriott Hotels has opened one of the largest spa hotels in Poland, located in the seaside resort town of Sopot on the “Polish riviera”. The Sopot Marriott Resort & Spa houses 35 treatment rooms and four swimming pools – including an outdoor rooftop infinity pool. The expansive spa will focus on two main .... More>>
11 Sep 2017
UK arts threatened by Foreign Office's £39m cut to British Council budget
UK arts threatened by Foreign Office's £39m cut to British Council budget   An open letter penned to Boris Johnson, Britain’s secretary of state for foreign affairs, has called on the minister to reconsider funding cuts which would force the British Council to scale back its work in developed countries, significantly affecting the UK’s culture sector. The British Council, the UK’s .... More>>
11 Sep 2017
Maori culture to feature prominently in New Zealand hot spring project
Maori culture to feature prominently in New Zealand hot spring project   A new NZ$30m (US$22m, €18m, £16.5m) luxury spa and wellness centre in Rotorua, New Zealand, will incorporate Maori culture, with a focus on thermal water and a strong linkage to the tribe. Due to open in late 2019, the Wai Ariki Hot Springs and Spa will be set on Rotorua’s lakefront and is being developed by .... More>>
11 Sep 2017
MVRDV to transform Gothenburg riverside warehouse into vibrant cultural hub
MVRDV to transform Gothenburg riverside warehouse into vibrant cultural hub   A Gothenburg warehouse will be transformed into a 16,500sq m (177,600sq ft) mixed-use hub, with Dutch architects MVRDV on design duties. Working in collaboration with BSK Arkitekter, the practice will convert the multi-storey industrial structure into Magasin 113 – “a lively cultural development with both .... More>>
11 Sep 2017
London's newest theatre anchors Tower Bridge leisure development
London's newest theatre anchors Tower Bridge leisure development   A new leisure development next to London’s Tower Bridge is set for completion this month, featuring an Ivy restaurant and a brand new theatre established by acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner. Designed by architects Squire and Partners, One Tower Bridge has a prominent riverside location on Potters Fields Park, .... More>>
11 Sep 2017
Florida attractions bunker down as Hurricane Irma passes through the state
Florida attractions bunker down as Hurricane Irma passes through the state   Major visitor attractions across Florida have been forced to close their doors as Hurricane Irma makes its way up the US state. Irma – now downgraded from a category three to one after causing chaos in the Caribbean – still has maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120kmph). So far more than 3.4 million homes in .... More>>
11 Sep 2017
New WELL Community Standard launched for wellness community projects
New WELL Community Standard launched for wellness community projects   The International Well Building Institute (IWBI) has officially launched the WELL Community Standard – designed to help set up a new global benchmark for healthy communities. A rating system centered on human health and wellness, the new standard takes into consideration evidence-based research and has been .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
Cinq Mondes to open ‘mega spa’ at Kempinski Dubai
Cinq Mondes to open ‘mega spa’ at Kempinski Dubai   French product house and supplier Cinq Mondes will open a 32,000sq ft (3,000sq m) “spa and wellness haven” at the Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE next year. Set to open in early 2018, the huge spa will feature 15 single treatment rooms, two VIP suites, four double rooms and seven ‘scrub .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
AECOM to oversee multi-million-pound Center Parcs-style activity resort in Wales
AECOM to oversee multi-million-pound Center Parcs-style activity resort in Wales   A major adventure resort offering a wide variety of physical, thrilling and wellness activities, a 100-bedroom hotel and 400 luxury lodges on a 480-acre (194-hectare) Welsh site will be project managed by AECOM. Afan Valley Adventure Resort will offer a mix of healthy and exhilarating pastimes, including water .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
Arsenal FC launches innovation lab for startups
Arsenal FC launches innovation lab for startups   English Premier League club Arsenal has launched an innovation lab as part of plans to work closer with startup organisations. The Arsenal Innovation Lab will enable the club to partner with entrepreneurial businesses in order to explore – and improve – areas such as matchday experience and fan engagement. .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
Legacy plans set to be unveiled for development following Dubai Expo
Legacy plans set to be unveiled for development following Dubai Expo   The future of the Expo 2020 site after the international event closes in April 2021 will be revealed next week, with a “reputational, social, physical and economic” legacy plan. The development proposals will be unveiled during the annual Middle East real estate exhibition, Cityscape Global, which takes place .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
CG Funk joins The Massage Company board to drive UK growth
CG Funk joins The Massage Company board to drive UK growth   The Massage Company has appointed CG Funk as a consultant adviser in order to drive the company’s growth in the UK. Funk, the former vice president of product development for US-based franchise Massage Envy, will join the board of The Massage Company – a franchise-based venture launched in 2016 by Charlie .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
Scottish marine group reveals plans for its new wildlife facility
Scottish marine group reveals plans for its new wildlife facility   A planned visitor centre dedicated to marine birds has revealed details about what guests can expect, including interactive exhibits, marine theatre, marine laboratory and observatory. The new Scottish Seabird Centre, ">which is being built in North Berwick, near Edinburgh, will teach visitors about the .... More>>
08 Sep 2017
High earners more prone to intense weekend exercise, study finds
High earners more prone to intense weekend exercise, study finds   People on higher salaries tend to exercise during the weekend and on their days off, living sedentary lifestyles in the week, a US study has concluded. American Cancer Society researchers compared the income of 5,206 adults who had their physical activity tracked using accelerometers over one week. Previous .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Body of missing Houston spa manager found
Body of missing Houston spa manager found   The body of Jill Renick, director of spa services for the Omni Houston Hotel, has been found. Renick had been missing since Sunday morning, 27 August, after the floods in Houston following Hurricane Harvey. Police are investigating. Renick’s sister, Pam Eslinger, issued the following statement today on behalf .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Birmingham named candidate city for UK’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid
Birmingham named candidate city for UK’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid   Birmingham has beaten Liverpool in a two-horse race to be named the preferred candidate city for the UK’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The decision to put Birmingham forward – made by an independent assessment panel, in partnership with officials from the DCMS – brings to an end rival city Liverpool’s .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Detroit's Little Caesars Arena prepares for grand opening
Detroit's Little Caesars Arena prepares for grand opening   Almost 2,000 people have attended a private opening event for the Little Ceasers Arena; a 20,000-capacity sports and entertainment venue located in the heart of Detroit. Politicians, athletes, media personalities and business and civic leaders attended the event on Tuesday (5 September) to take a first look at .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Lionsgate theme park developer eyes Philippines for next project
Lionsgate theme park developer eyes Philippines for next project   Landing International Development – the company which recently announced plans to open a fully-fledged Lionsgate theme park in South Korea – has set its sights on its next theme park target; the Philippines. According to a statement released by the Hong Kong-based property developer, company chair and .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Dubai developer preparing to launch leisure project worth AED3.2bn
Dubai developer preparing to launch leisure project worth AED3.2bn   Dubai development giant Nakheel is preparing to unveil a range of leisure projects worth more than AED3.2bn (US$871.2m, €727.5m, £666.9m) at the forthcoming Cityscape Global 2017 conference in the emirate. The company will launch six new residential, retail and hospitality developments for four of its communities .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Exclusive: Worlds of Adventure CEO reveals five year plan, including overseas expansion
Exclusive: Worlds of Adventure CEO reveals five year plan, including overseas expansion   The owners of IMG Worlds of Adventure – the world’s largest indoor theme park – have ambitious plans for the brand over the next five years, with plans for an even bigger second park in Dubai and to take the concept overseas as part of a global expansion. In an exclusive interview with Attractions .... More>>
07 Sep 2017
Hilton seals deal to manage Waldorf Astoria island resort in the Maldives
Hilton seals deal to manage Waldorf Astoria island resort in the Maldives   Hospitality giant Hilton has announced an agreement with real estate firm Ithaafushi Investment to manage its new-built resort in the Maldives. Spanning three islands on the South Male Atoll, the Waldorf Astoria Maldives will be the second hotel in the Maldives for Hilton and will join 10 other Waldorf Astoria .... More>>
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