Lamda secures partner for landmark tower in former Hellenikon Athens airport site

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Greek developer Lamda has partnered with fund Brook Lane Capital to build a landmark high-rise building, part of an 8 billion euro ($8.9 billion) revamp of the former airport in Athens, it said on Monday.

Lamda has agreed with Brook Lane to spend about 200 million euros on the building that will include homes, offices and a luxury hotel, it said in a statement.

The construction will be part of a luxury resort that Lamda will develop after it won a tender in 2014 to transform the 1,500-acre (600-hectare) site of the former Hellenikon airport, where disused runways, terminals and former Olympic venues have sat abandoned for almost two decades.

Lamda will hold a 30% stake and Brook Lane the remaining shares in a company that will be set up for the tower. A company will then be hired to operate the hotel and the residences, Lamda said.

The Hellenikon project, Greece's biggest urban redevelopment plan, was repeatedly held back by bureaucracy and opposition, and it was only last summer that Lamda acquired the rights to start work on the beachfront scheme about three times the size of Monaco.

The sprawling site will also house a retail park, an entertainment hub and a cluster of beach villages, with parks, lakes, gardens and open spaces for public activities.