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Featured Buildings Involving Alinea Consulting

20 Fenchurch St

20 Fenchurch St, London

Featuring a three-story public sky garden located at the top of the building, 20 Fenchurch Street is located in the financial district of the City of London.

Al Bahar Towers

Al Bahar Towers, Abu Dhabi

In looking to innovate high-rise design, nature and culture are the most resilient sources of inspiration.

Broadgate Tower

Broadgate Tower, London

The dramatic and highly visible structural system employed on Broadgate Tower is an innovative solution to the challenge of spanning the pre-existing railways that run under the site.

The Leadenhall Building

The Leadenhall Building, London

The Leadenhall Building leans back to make way for views to St. Paul’s Cathedral and other historic sites in a crowded section of the City of London.

The Shard

The Shard, London

The developers of The Shard showed remarkable tenacity in bringing it to fruition.

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Alinea Consulting Connected Global News

Developer Sticks to Initial 62-Story Plan for London’s 22 Bishopsgate

Developer Sticks to Initial 62-Story Plan for London’s 22 Bishopsgate

16 May 2017, London – The team behind the tower going up on the Square Mile at 22 Bishopsgate has decided to…

Chinese Developer Buys London’s Iconic Leadenhall Building

Chinese Developer Buys London’s Iconic Leadenhall Building

3 May 2017, London – A Chinese developer has agreed to buy London’s iconic Leadenhall Building skyscraper for…

Chinese Developer Inks Deal to Buy The Leadenhall Building in London

Chinese Developer Inks Deal to Buy The Leadenhall Building in London

2 Mar 2017, London – A Chinese property giant has bought The Leadenhall Building in London for £1.2 billion (…

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Developer Sticks to Initial 62-Story Plan for London’s 22 Bishopsgate
16 May 2017 – London, United Kingdom
The team behind the tower going up on the Square Mile at 22 Bishopsgate has decided to stick with its original taller scheme of 62 stories, weeks after being given…
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Chinese Developer Buys London’s Iconic Leadenhall Building
3 May 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A Chinese developer has agreed to buy London’s iconic Leadenhall Building skyscraper for US$1.49 billion. On May 2, the company revealed its acquisition of the tower,…
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Chinese Developer Inks Deal to Buy The Leadenhall Building in London
2 Mar 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A Chinese property giant has bought The Leadenhall Building in London for £1.2 billion (USD$1.5 billion). Contracts have been exchanged but completion of the sale is…
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Revised Planning Application Reduces Height of London’s 22 Bishopsgate
6 Dec 2016 – London, United Kingdom
PLP has submitted revised plans for its tower at 22 Bishopsgate, reducing the skyscraper’s height by 23 meters. The new application for the tower in the City of London…
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Investors Proceed with 22 Bishopsgate in City of London
28 Oct 2016 – London, United Kingdom
The main investor of 22 Bishopsgate has said it will continue development of the skyscraper. The announcement follows reports that it would ask the scheme’s remaining…
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Future of London’s 22 Bishopsgate Unclear as Investors Weigh Options
31 Aug 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Investors behind the 62-story 22 Bishopsgate tower project in the City of London are weighing their options; they could either stick to a plan to continue work, delay the…
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Germany’s Tallest Building to Receive New Owner
15 Aug 2016 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
A consortium of related companies has plans to buy Germany’s tallest skyscraper, the 259-meter Commerzbank Tower located in Frankfurt, in a transaction valued at more…
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Developers Behind 22 Bishopsgate Win Controversial "Rights to Light" Battle
6 Apr 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Developers behind 22 Bishopsgate have won a controversial battle with neighboring landlords. City planners have overridden opposition from the community, which has…
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London’s 22 Bishopsgate Set for Approval
16 Nov 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The City of London looks set to approve the proposed replacement for the partially-built Pinnacle tower. The 278-meter skyscraper has been recommended for approval by the…
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The Shard is Nearly 70 Percent Leased with Some of the Highest Rents in London
27 Aug 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A letting at The Shard in London has broken price records for the South Bank and the City, as a German IT company has struck a deal to take the entire 26th floor of the…
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Demolition Begins on London’s Pinnacle
21 Aug 2015 – London, United Kingdom
It was supposed to be the tallest building in the City of London. Instead, the Pinnacle skyscraper grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling.…
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Plans for London’s 22 Bishopsgate Presented to the Public
15 Jun 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Plans for a 62-story tower that will replace the abandoned Pinnacle scheme in the City of London went on display June 15. The proposed building is 278 meters tall, 10…
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London’s Pinnacle to Be Demolished and Built From Scratch in $460 Million Deal
19 Feb 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Under news plans, the current site of the Pinnacle with be demolished and a new skyscraper, with a fresh design, will be built from scratch. Set to be completed in 2018…
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Leadenhall Building’s Public Realm Completes in London
19 Aug 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The public realm at the foot of the 47-story Leadenhall Building has opened to the public. Spanning more than 2,000 square meters, the area is the largest public space to…
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Rooftop Oasis to Provide Green View for Surrounding Towers
17 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Atop an eight-story office building on Leadenhall Street, a two-story glass pavilion extension and gardens will provide a highly visible, green reprieve for onlookers…
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Think Tank Predicts 236 Skyscrapers Will Sprout in London
13 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A recent study by New London Architecture (NLA) found that 236 towers over 20 stories tall are already proposed, approved, or under construction in London, with the…
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Photos Reveal London's "Cheesegrater" Tower Simmering Along
12 Mar 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The Leadenhall Building, playfully nicknamed The Cheesegrater for its likeness, appears to be completed, as it is depicted in photos freshly released by developers…
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Solution Planned for Walkie Scorchie's Rays
13 Feb 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The owners of 20 Fenchurch, more recently known as “the Walkie-Scorchie” because of its ability to bend and concentrate light toward the street below, have proposed a…
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Shard's Shangri-la Hotel Sets Opening Date
10 Feb 2014 – London, United Kingdom
The long wait for the opening of the Shangri-la hotel, located within The Shard, will end this spring when the Hong-Kong-based group opens its third European luxury hotel…
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Shard Hosts Top Dining Hot-Spot, Remains Largely Vacant Below
28 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
Three restaurants with sky-high views in the Shard were listed as the most visited in London, despite the lack of occupants in the rest of the building. However, the…
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Shard Architect to Build Neighboring Residential Tower
16 Jan 2014 – London, United Kingdom
A new Renzo Piano-designed tower is joining the London Bridge Quarter neighborhood; less than a year after the completion of The Shard. The "new" 27-story tower will be a…
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Pritzker-winning Architect Designs Paris Courthouse Tower
14 Oct 2013 – Paris, France
Renzo Piano Building Workshop has unveiled the design of the Paris Courthouse, a multi-story tower comprised of four volumes. The Palais de Justice, located in the Clichy…
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Iconic Buildings Become Pawns in Skyline Chess
28 Aug 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Iconic London architecture becomes kings, queens and pawns in Skyline Chess Set, by Ian Flood & Chriss Prosser. Famous and cherished structures of the city, including The…
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20 Fenchurch Half-Let
18 Jul 2013 – London, United Kingdom
More than half of the office space in London's 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Talkie) has been pre-let, nine months before its scheduled completion, according to the…
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David Scott Talks Prefabrication, Wind Turbines, Innovation
11 Jul 2013 – Dartford, United Kingdom
David Scott, member of the CTBUH Advisory Board, former CTBUH Chairman, CTBUH Awards jury member, is the focus of a recent New Civil Engineer feature article (…
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Cheesegrater Tops Out in the City of London
20 Jun 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A ceremony marking the topping-out of The Leadenhall Building was held on Tuesday, June 18, attended by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Owned by the joint venture of…
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London Media Joins the Skyscraper Debate
11 Jun 2013 – London, United Kingdom
As the tall building community comes to London for the CTBUH 2013 London Conference, media sources in the city are examining the legacy of the tall building in the…
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Leadenhall Building 50 Percent Let
31 May 2013 – London, United States
British Land and Oxford Properties have signed a deal to pre-let their London development, The Leadenhall Building, with London-based insurer Amlin PLC. The firm will…
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Shard Secures First Office Tenant
3 May 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps has signed a contract to lease about 20,000 square feet (1,806 square meters) of office space in the Shard.…
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The Guardian's Readers Celebrate Tall Buildings
22 Apr 2013 – London, United Kingdom
As part of the Guardian's "Assignment of the Week" photography initiative, readers are encouraged to submit photos of tall buildings around the world. The theme was…
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Frankfurt to Host Skyscraper Festival
9 Apr 2013 – Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The city of Frankfurt will hold its 18th Skyscraper Festival this May, featuring events such as wall-walking, hot air balloons and base jumping. Ticket holders will be…
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Renzo Piano Discusses The Shard
19 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
BBC journalist Sarah Montague spoke to the designer of London's recently completed Shard as part of her show, 'Hardtalk.' The episode features Italian architect Renzo…
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The Shard Celebrates Foggy Opening Day
4 Feb 2013 – London, United Kingdom
London's Shard officially acquired the title of Europe's tallest skyscraper with the opening of the viewing platform on February 1. Designed by Italian Pritzker Prize-…
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Tickets for First Access to Shard Viewing Area Sold Out
11 Jan 2013 – London, United Kingdom
Tickets for the first two days of access to the Shard's viewing floor have sold out, despite a GBP24.95 price tag. The first visitors will be taken to the viewing area on…
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Cheesegrater Attracts New Tenants
17 Dec 2012 – London, United Kingdom
The Rogers Stirk Harbour-designed Leadenhall Building under construction in the City of London is now over 51 percent pre-let, the developers announced. Insurance firm…
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Walkie Talkie Building Clinches Another Tenant
8 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
London's Walkie Talkie building has signed Lloyd’s of London syndicate Ascot as its newest tenant. The 38-story skyscraper, which is owned by British company Land…

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Alinea Consulting at CTBUH

A Day in the Life of the Shard

26 Jun 2017, Event Invite – CTBUH UK, in coordination with The Shard, will be hosting a presentation on the…

Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony

25 Mar 2017, Event Report – CTBUH joined Torre Paseo Colón 2 officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard…

CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017

16 Oct 2016, Event Report – The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the…

Alinea Consulting at CTBUH

A Day in the Life of the Shard
26 Jun 2017, London – Event Invite
CTBUH UK, in coordination with The Shard, will be hosting a presentation on the daily challenges of running a vertical city, including security, logistics, engineering, and more.
Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony
25 Mar 2017, San José – Event Report
CTBUH joined Torre Paseo Colón 2 officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Torre Paseo Colón 2 as the tallest building in Costa Rica.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.
Motorsport Technology Transferred to the Design of Towers
10 Feb 2016, London – Event Report
A discussion on the application of Computational Fluid Dynamics, a successful technology in motorsport and aerospace, to architecture and tall buildings.
Does London Need Tall Buildings?
7 Oct 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter hosted a successful panel discussion posing the question "Does London need tall buildings?" at Grimshaw's Clerkenwell studio.
CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter Launches in London
17 Jun 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter launched with an event at London’s BT Tower. Topics of discussion included a surge in high-rise construction in the city, and sustainability.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.

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Steve Watts

Steve Watts

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2011 – Present
London, United Kingdom

CTBUH Resources Involving Alinea Consulting

Panel Discussion: Future Cities: What are the Biggest Threats and Opportunities?

17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH 2016 China Conference
Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Jianping Gu, Shanghai Tower C&D; Rui Gu, CAPOL; Ray Shick, Gensler; Chris Yoshii, AECOM;

Vital Signs, Vital Statistics – The Impact of Shape on Tower Economics

11 Jun 2013 – CTBUH 2013 London Conference
Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting

Cities to Megacities: Perspectives

Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV
CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers

The Vertical Master Plan

26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City
Temoor Ahmad & Neven Sidor, Grimshaw Architects; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Adam Miller, Thornton Tomasetti

Papers/Research

Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; CTBUH 2016 Conference Speakers
The CTBUH 2016 International Conference is being held in the three cities of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest “megacity,” projected to have 120 million inhabitants by 2050. The conference brings together some of the leading thinkers on…
The Vertical Master Plan
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Temoor Ahmad & Neven Sidor, Grimshaw Architects; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Adam Miller, Thornton Tomasetti
With over half of the world’s population now living in an urban environment, major world cities (especially) will always grow in population over time. To avoid city sprawl, urban densification will be required. This will need to happen at a steadier…

Alinea Consulting Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 6 Completed1 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed
Average Building Age 9 Years
Most Common Function office, 6 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 4 Buildings
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All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Alinea Consulting