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Atkins reveals Cyprus skyscraper

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Atkins has unveiled designs for a 29-storey tower in Nicosia, Cyprus

The firm is working on the mixed-use Santa Roza Tower featuring retail units, offices and luxury apartments from its London studio.

The project, located in a commercial district to the south-west of the capital, aims to attract more local and overseas businesses to the area and act as a catalyst for further investment.

Featuring a double skin curtain wall system, the building will have an open light structure allowing for views and natural ventilation.

Passive design solutions and efficient building integrated services will help keep energy demand low.

Atkins design director Hakim Khennouchi said: ‘Santa Roza is designed to respond to the demands of climate, culture and economics. 

‘It features an integrated design approach to create a fresh, inspirational work environment that is also cost effective in terms of operations and maintenance.’

Meanwhile, Atkins has signed an agreement with a sovereign wealth fund in Kazakhstan.

The memorandum of understanding will see the London-headquartered firm work closely with Samruk-Kazyna on design and implementation of major infrastructure projects.

Last month AJ reported that Atkins’ revenue in Europe and the Asia Pacific region was higher in the 12 months to 31 March 2013 than in the previous year.

Its revenue was down in North America and the Middle East over the same period.

However Atkins’ London director of architecture Will Freeman said the practice’s experience of working on mixed use schemes in Europe could prove useful back home. ‘We are seeing a substantial change in the London market, with finance coming in for mixed-use schemes that are mainly residential but involve some sport, transport or retail elements,’ he told AJ.

‘As a business we have been working globally and now we are in the right place to apply this experience to London.’

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