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Fresh hope for Rogers’ World Trade Centre tower restart

Richard Rogers’ tower at the World Trade Centre could be on the rise again soon after reports that a tenant was almost in the bag

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was reported in the New York Post as saying the developer was close to securing the deal needed to complete the long-awaited building.

The AJ reported last January (see below) that 3 World Trade Centre could be capped at seven stories if Silverstein Properties failed to secure a key tenant by 2014.

A deal with the site owner means the 80-storey office tower can only be built to podium level without a 37,000m² pre-lease tenant secured.

But Mayor Bloomberg reportedly told The New York Post at the end of December: ‘I think we’re pretty close downtown at the World Trade Center — closer than anybody realises — to getting tenants for [Tower] No 3.’

Five office towers and a mix of retail, memorial and arts space are being built to replace the iconic twin towers destroyed in the terror attacks of 11 September 2001.

David Childs is designing tower one and tower 7; Lord Foster tower 2; Richard Rogers tower 3; and Fumihiko Maki tower 4.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners declined to comment on the New York Post report.

Construction of Richard Rogers’ 3 World Trade Centre skyscraper project in New York

Source: Image by Joe Woolhead. Courtesy Silverstein Properties

Construction of Richard Rogers’ 3 World Trade Centre skyscraper project in New York

Previous story (AJ 26.01.2012)

Podium level cap threatens Rogers’ World Trade Centre tower vision

Richard Rogers’ 3 World Trade Centre skyscraper could be capped off at seven stories if its developer fails to secure a key tenant within the next two years

An agreement between developer Silverstein Properties and site owner The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey means the 80-storey office tower can only be built to podium level without a 37,000m² pre-lease tenant secured.

A temporary roof could be built over 3 World Trade Centre’s podium which will reach shell and core completion in two years time. The tower’s core is currently at level four.

If capped at the seventh floor the building would be reconfigured for retail however the skyscraper element could still be built at a later stage.

A Silverstein Properties spokesperson said: ‘We are 100 percent committed and determined to build 3 World Trade Center to the top as quickly as possible.

‘We agreed to a plan in 2010 that requires us to pre-lease 10 floors of office space before moving forward with the full tower.  We are currently speaking with a number of potential tenants and remain fully optimistic that we will sign a lease in time to complete the tower as scheduled in 2015.  That agreement, which anticipated the completion of the podium in 2013, in no way prevents us from moving full steam ahead as soon as we secure a tenant.’

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners declined to comment.

The tower is part of a Daniel Libeskind-designed masterplanned for the 6.5-hectare Lower Manhattan site which includes skyscrapers designed by SOM, KPF, Foster + Partners, Richard Rogers and Fumihiko Maki.

The tallest tower planned is SOM’s One World Trade Center at 541 metres, now with its facade installed on 63 of 70 storeys.

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