The Shacolas group plans to build 197-metre-high Aura luxury apartments in the place of the Debenhams Olympia centre in Limassol. If the development is successful, then the apartment complex will be regarded the highest building in Cyprus.
The Residence Tower has been the highest building in Limassol since 2012, the two towers are the same height as the Oval one, which is 75 metres. In Nicosia, however, the tallest building will be the CH 101 on Makarios Avenue (135m) that is set for completion in 2019.
Limassol Beach & Seaview Properties, a subsidiary of Shacolas’ Woolworth Properties, has submitted an application for approval of the luxury apartments’ development. The application will be reviewed during the municipality’s next meeting. According to a new pilot framework of general terms and conditions for constructing high-rise buildings, the developer’s company needs to provide detailed and clear documentation of the town planning method, that the company uses as its guiding principle, during the evaluation of the submitted application. According to a government official, 25 building permits were issued for high-rise buildings in the beginning of the year and 60 more requests are pending approval, most of them are for the developments happening in Limassol.
Aura is a luxury apartments complex which is expected to be built in 2019. It will have 137 two-to-four-bedroom apartments and a five-bedroom penthouse where people can enjoy the sea view. Architects of the building, Foster + Partners, intend for the building to stand out and to look like it mounts over its landscaped garden. When the project will be completed, it will be the tallest seafront tower in Europe.
Another project in Limassol that follows Aura’s footsteps is Trilogy that is to be completed in 2023. The height of the tallest building of the project will be 161 metres above the sea level. According to a new legal framework, the environmental impact that developments might have on growth will be considered in relation to sunlight, shading, airflow, thermal effect, reflections and other factors that may influence environment in accordance to the rules written down in the legislation. The damaging effects of new developments will be mitigated depending on their scale.
The Interior Minister believes that there are many benefits that come with high-rise buildings, they provide open space and allow better sea view compared to low and wide buildings. However, it is important for the project and architecture of high-rise buildings to demonstrate remarkable quality and enduring design.