Tencent plans smart city the size of Midtown Manhattan

China’s Tencent is looking to build its own city, called Net City, including corporate offices, apartments and a school on a 21-million-square-foot development the size of midtown Manhattan, The Wall Street Journal reported. Jonathan Ward, design partner for project architect NBBJ, said the idea is a “sustainable city of the future,” WSJ reported. The multinational conglomerate is planning the real estate development for Shenzhen, with construction slated to begin later this year, WSJ reported. The land will face a bay and sit on 320 acres of government-owned land. Sports facilities,…

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Forge Island scheme, Rotherham

Plans unveiled: multi-million leisure scheme for Rotherham

Urban regenerator, Muse Developments, has submitted an outline planning application for a “game-changing” mixed-use destination, designed to bring increased vibrancy to the heart of Rotherham. The Forge Island plans for the town centre are now with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. They include a cinema, food and drink outlets, a hotel, and a car park, with the new leisure facilities set within an attractive public space and a pedestrian bridge connecting to the wider town centre. Dan Needham, development director at Muse Developments, said: “We’re at the next stage on the…

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IPM's post-Covid recovery framework

IPM proposes framework to help towns and cities ‘recover’

The time to act is now: a framework for post-COVID 19 recovery for our towns and cities. Each passing day we are witnessing the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 on the heart of our cities and towns, as the boundless pandemic is altering – and potentially displacing – their social and economic role. In the UK, as in other countries, the implementation of strict public health measures means that the majority of service-based and non-food retail, hospitality and leisure business premises remain closed to reduce social contact (MHCLG, 2020). Footfall, a…

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