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The massive expansion plans for Kuwait’s 360 Mall retail complex will include a luxury hotel, new shops and a 7,600-seat tennis arena.

The Sheikh Jaber Al Abdullah Al Jaber Al Sabah International Tennis Complex will put Kuwait firmly on the world’s professional tennis map.

Tamdeen Shopping Centres Company said the expansion project will feature several ‘new to the market’ retail brands and a five-star hotel, in addition to outstanding restaurants, a ballroom, and a health club.

Developer, the Tamdeen Group, has partnered with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation on the 390,000sqft (120,000sqm) expansion, which also includes the building of the 261-room Hyatt Hotel.

Expected to open in 2020, the stadium will be open to Hyatt guests and used by the Kuwait Tennis Federation.

The extension is expected to increase the footfall by at least 30 percent to over 18 million visitors, a statement said.

The tennis complex will have a combined stadium seating for over 7,600 people across two main arenas, each with the capacity to hold 4,000 and 1,600 people respectively, eight indoor courts with over 500 seats and eight outdoor courts with 1,500 seats.

When not being used for tennis, it will double up as an entertainment venue.


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A planning application has been submitted for a major new entertainment and conference venue in Hull, UK, located adjacent to the Princes Quay in the city centre, which will enhance this active and vibrant area.

Designed by AFL Architects, this development will provide the City with a high quality destination venue designed to support several types of events such as concerts, family shows, conferences and exhibitions.

Working with the local community has been integral to the design process particularly in relation to the venue size, mix of possible uses and scale of the building, whilst also creating a landmark gateway to the City.

The new Hull Venue will include:

  • A 3,500-capacity multi-use auditorium with retractable seating and a moveable acoustic wall for adaptable configurations.
  • Specific configuration of the auditorium to create an 800-capacity conference space.
  • 2000m² of exhibition space throughout the building.
  • Food and beverage outlets.
  • Dedicated break out spaces.
  • Refurbishment of the Osborne Street multi-storey car park.
  • A public realm to fully support all inclusive access.
  • Landscaping to complement the current public realm improvement scheme.

There are three main volumes to the building: The spacious public concourse areas; the main raked auditorium and the back of house areas. The most efficient use of the site has been a key driver for the project, minimising the footprint of the building.

The building’s form is driven by its internal uses. The flexibility of the auditorium space is a major feature of the venue’s design, including retractable seating in the ground and upper tier, a hydraulic raising stage and sliding acoustic wall.

The auditorium can be configured in various ways to accommodate a variety of uses, from an 800-person conference to an intimate music gig, large concert or exhibition. The adaptability of this venue allows it to support a diverse range of activities.

The dynamic form of the building creates a modern landmark for the City. There are two main aspects: The public side fronted by the western and southern facades, and the rear sides fronted by the northern and eastern facades. As such, the carefully selected palette of materials used has been balanced appropriately between the two. The public side, with the sloping auditorium, is expressed in a gold metallic cladding with an asymmetrically positioned silver cladding and glazed wall enclosing the public concourses. The rear of the building is to be clad in a high quality blockwork and profiled metal panelling to match the cladding of the main auditorium.

The new inclusive public realm, with generous plazas of hard and soft landscaping, creates pedestrian links directly connecting the Venue to the bars and restaurants of the surrounding city streets and adjacent shopping centre. This will integrate the new development into Hull’s retail heart.

Garry Taylor, City Major Projects Manager for Hull City Council, said:

We welcome the planning application submitted by AFL Architects and are delighted that this scheme is taking its next step forward. A high-quality, purpose-built events and conference centre is absolutely essential to making Hull a top visitor destination and to secure a long-term legacy from our year as UK City of Culture. Most importantly, it will deliver 500 long-term jobs for our local workforce and young people, which is part of the legacy that we want to deliver for Hull and the economic future we need.

John Roberts, Director, AFL Architects – Design Team Leaders for the Hull Venue Project, added:

We are delighted to be working with Hull City Council, leading the design team on this world-class venue for the City. The striking new building and surrounding plazas are designed to create a landmark for Hull and the community, contributing to the life of the City.

It is expected that the Venue will allow for independent plans to progress a new hotel and retail expansion included in the wider development, connected into the new public realm.

Scheduled to open in 2018, the facility will create a legacy following Hull’s tenure as City of Culture in 2017.

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Images courtesy: AFL Architects

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Project & Design Team:

Client: Hull City Council

Project Managers and Client’s Agent: NPS Humber

Architect and Design Team Leader: AFL Architects

Services Engineer: Aecom

Structural and Civil Engineer: Aecom

Cost Consultants: Aecom

Operator Procurement, Business Planning: IPW

Catering Strategy: Tricon

Theatre and Acoustic Design Consultant: Neill Woodger


Work on Sydney’s new convention, exhibition and entertainment hub gets underway

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Construction has commenced on Sydney’s new world-class convention, exhibition and entertainment venues, part of the NSW Government’s AUS$2.5bn transformation of Darling Harbour.


Darling Harbour Live, comprising Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless, will deliver three new buildings, inviting public spaces and convenient pedestrian connections, all by the end of 2016.


General Manager of Darling Harbour Live, David Lovell, said:

This is a major milestone in a significant infrastructure project for the State. We are thrilled to be entrusted with the responsibility to transform Darling Harbour to drive economic benefit, tourism and jobs growth in the NSW economy.


International property and infrastructure group Lend Lease is providing 50% of the equity funding for the project, alongside industry superannuation fund HOSTPLUS. Capella Capital, Lend Lease’s infrastructure development business, is the project’s development and finance manager, and Lend Lease is also undertaking design and construction management.


Managing Director of Lend Lease’s Building business, Murray Coleman, commented:

We are delighted to be working with the State to revitalise 20 hectares of Darling Harbour. Lend Lease has proven experience in successfully delivering great places here in NSW and around the world. We will create world-class venues, great public spaces and new parkland that will revitalise Darling Harbour and reconnect it into surrounding areas.

Our Project team has done a terrific job in successfully demolishing the old buildings and preparing the site for construction. Safety is Lend Lease’s first priority and we have safely completed around 50,000 hours of work over the past six months. We have also achieved a positive sustainability outcome, exceeding our recycling target of 90% of the demolition materials.

We have regularly engaged with the local community and neighbouring businesses to keep them informed about site activity and to minimise any impacts of the demolition work. We would like to thank everyone for their support as we create these amazing new facilities for the people of Sydney.


Construction of the venues will take around two years and create 1,600 jobs, with 10,000 workers to be inducted over the life of the project. The overall Darling Harbour redevelopment will provide 3,700 construction jobs and a further 4,000 jobs on completion.


Mr Lovell added:

Darling Harbour Live will work closely with the NSW Government, Infrastructure NSW and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA), throughout the construction phase, so that everyone can continue to enjoy Darling Harbour, particularly with the exciting line up of events that are planned by SHFA.


About the project:

Darling Harbour Live (comprising Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless) and Lend Lease are partnering with the NSW Government to deliver the precinct’s most exciting renewal in 25 years. Darling Harbour will become home to Australia’s largest convention and exhibition facilities, Sydney’s largest red carpet entertainment venue, and a new hotel complex. Opening in late 2016, the new world-class exhibition, convention and entertainment facilities are aimed at ensuring Sydney remains the first choice in Australia and Asia Pacific for the competitive business events industry. At the southern end of Darling Harbour, Lend Lease is creating a new residential and commercial district called Darling Square. This covers circa four hectares and will include student housing, public car parking, a commercial office building, and four mixed use development blocks (retail/commercial/residential podium with residential towers above) centred around a new public square. Infrastructure NSW is the NSW Government agency managing the 20 hectare transformation. Darling Harbour and the new convention, exhibition and entertainment venues will remain in public ownership through Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. A dynamic calendar of events and entertainment during the redevelopment will keep the precinct active and vibrant.


About Darling Harbour Live:

Darling Harbour Live comprises Lend Lease, HOSTPLUS, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless. Lend Lease’s infrastructure development business Capella Capital is the PPP development manager and financial advisor. HOSTPLUS and Lend Lease are investors in the project company. Lend Lease’s project management and construction business will design and construct the facilities while AEG Ogden will be the operator of the facilities. Spotless will be responsible for delivering Facility Management services.


AEG Ogden is one of the world’s leading venue management companies, responsible for the management of the largest network of venues in the Asia Pacific region including convention and exhibition centres, arenas, stadiums and performing arts venues. With an established reputation for the delivery of world’s best practice services, and strength in pre-opening global sales and marketing expertise, AEG Ogden strives to meet the stringent requirements of international event organisers and ISO 9001 standards for Quality Management Systems, including in-house catering, security, cleaning and crowd control. Operating as part of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), a leading sports and entertainment presenter, AEG Ogden manages premier venues in Australia, Malaysia and the Middle East.

Lend Lease is a leading international property and infrastructure group. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and with circa 18,000 employees worldwide, Lend Lease’s capabilities span the property and infrastructure spectrum. In Australia the group offers development management; investment management; project management & construction and asset & property management. Its expertise covers multiple sectors including commercial, residential, retail, retirement and infrastructure.

HOSTPLUS is the national superannuation fund for the hospitality, tourism, recreation and sport industries in Australia. The Australian Hotels Association (AHA) and United Voice (formerly the Liquor Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union) jointly established the Fund in 1987. It is one of the largest super funds in Australia with more than 1 million members, over 80,000 employers and $13 billion in funds under management.

Capella Capital is the infrastructure financing and development arm of Lend Lease which possesses a substantial track record in the infrastructure sector, particularly in the delivery of PPP transactions. Capella Capital provides a fully integrated infrastructure solution – from project inception and financial advisory, through to development and project financing and into long-term ownership and equity management on behalf of Lend Lease.

Spotless is a leader in the delivery of Facilities Management solutions across Australia. The project represents the 13th successful PPP that Spotless has been awarded, including 5 in NSW providing recent local experience. Spotless brings the necessary expertise to deliver efficient, non-disruptive facilities management services.


Images courtesy: Darling Harbour Live.

Images courtesy: Darling Harbour Live.