State Theatre, HK. Photo – Wikimedia Commons

British architects to revamp landmark 1950s Hong Kong cinema

WilkinsonEyre and Purcell have been chosen to conserve and rehabilitate Hong Kong’s Grade I-listed State Theatre The UK duo were selected for the design commission after completing a feasibility study for the restoration project, which is backed by local property company New World Development. The practices will reinstate the architecture of Hong Kong’s derelict State Theatre movie palace while also conserving the 68-year-old building’s mural relief and parabolic exoskeleton truss (pictured). New World Development chief executive Adrian Cheng said: ‘The State Theatre is one of the last standing cultural icons…

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'Ghost Town' shop. Photo by Ben Garratt on Unsplash

‘Cut red tape to save the high street,’ architects tell government

Architects have joined a call for government to make it easier to switch between commercial use classes to help high streets in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Last week (30 April) the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) published a report arguing that structural challenges to high streets, such as e-commerce and remote working, have been ‘exacerbated’ by Covid-19. RICS said planning rules around use change had been created in a more ‘static’ time and should be eased, adding: ‘The seismic nature of what is currently taking place in…

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Mipim postponed to June over coronavirus fears

The organisers behind MIPIM have postponed the annual international property fair in Cannes due to ‘growing concerns’ over the spread of coronavirus. Pressure had been mounting on the show’s backers to shelve the global event, which was set to attract more than 26,000 attendees to the French resort including hundreds of UK architects.  Last week a raft of big names pulled out of the show including property agents Knight Frank and Cushman & Wakefield, and architects HOK and Morrow + Lorraine. Now the organisers have announced the ’world’s leading property market’…

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