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First Skyscraper To Be Built In Greece Secures Permit

DIgital reproduction of Greece's first skyscraper.
First Skyscraper To Be Built In Greece Secures Permit. Credit: Foster and Partners

The Riviera Tower in Elliniko is set to become the first skyscraper and the tallest building in Greece.

Lamda Development on Tuesday secured the first ever building permit for the construction of a skyscraper in the country, the company announced.

Securing the permit for the iconic tower was a particularly complex process, the announcement said, as a large number of special approvals were required, such as from the Civil Aviation Service, the Central Council of Architecture, and the Fire Brigade Headquarters, and over 1,900 blueprints were made.

A large number of competent ministries and regulatory institutions were also involved in the permit approval.

The architectural design for the Riviera Tower skyscraper was done by the international architectural office of “Foster+Partners” in collaboration with the “Alexandros N. Tombazis SA.”

The static and electromechanical studies were prepared by Buro Happold in London with the assistance of local partners, “DETA CONSULTING ENGINEERS” for statics and “TEKEM SA” for electromechanical studies. The landscape design was assigned to “DOXIADIS PLUS.”

First Skyscraper building in Greece ready to start

With the building permit in hand, construction for the two hundred-meter skyscraper is expected to begin in a few weeks.

Odysseas Athanasiou, Managing Director of Lamda Development, commented that “another important step towards the rapid completion of the first phase of [the] Hellinikon [project] has been completed.”

The skyscraper is part of the massive Hellinikon regeneration project at the former Athens airport, which is planned to become a state-of-the-art commercial, leisure, and business destination.

The project is expected to generate seventy-five thousand jobs, according to its developer, who envisages the old runways of Hellinikon airport becoming beachfront villas and high-end shopping malls with a marina, five-star hotels, a casino, office space, and the largest public park in Europe.

When the project was first presented to the public in 2021, Lamda said that the skyscraper would be forty-five stories tall with a total of two hundred apartments.

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