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Podium level cap threatens Rogers’ World Trade Centre tower vision

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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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