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Old May 2nd, 2012, 05:17 PM   #361
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Pilling rigs on site usually mark the start of construction.
Walked past this today and it looks as though pilling has officially started. Unfortunately I didn't have my iPhone with me but will try and get some pictures next time.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #362
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Used to work near here, and would sometimes go to the circle for lunch, Also watched the last world cup on a big screen put up by the circle.

I like this area, has a buzz about it and the offices surrounding the circle all blended in to create this 'arena'.

I like the new design because of its funkyness, it stands out, but to me it does not fit in and has disrupted the consistent look to this space. I feel it will no longer have that 'arena' feel. I guess the whole of London is pretty mis-matched generally so I guess another clash of stone, metal and glass won't really be a big deal.
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Old May 13th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #363
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http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=3088

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Broadgate Circle, the semi public space in the middle of the Broadgate Centre in the City of London is due a make over by the joint owners, British Land and the Blackstone Group.

The makeover is being designed by Arup Associates who have returned to the project following the later phases that were designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.

Arup did much of the original work at Broadgate including 3, 4 and 6 Broadgate. The latter two of are currently being redeveloped into a headquarters for UBS after the totally impartial Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, prevented English Heritage from succeeding in listing them. In this case however, English Heritage support the Arup redesign mindful that it helps preserve the original character of Broadgate Circle.

The 80s amphitheatre-style space will see new shops and restaurant outlets featured around the circular lower ground level with outdoor seating and new canopies above that will allow their use for the majority of the year come wind, rain, or shine.

There will be six new kiosks at ground level and a re-jigged basement level will permit a number of multi-level units for the first time that can be pitched towards leisure uses. The ability to site gyms here for example would reap benefits for the owners who would get substantial passing traffic from bankers going to and from work.

In the winter months the Broadgate Circle will continue to host the successful ice rink that has marked it out as a bit more than an a standard corporatised open space.

A planning application for the redevelopment is currently being considered by the City of London.
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Old May 27th, 2012, 11:54 PM   #364
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Construction has started... can we now finally move this to construction forum?
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Old June 14th, 2012, 11:15 PM   #365
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Please refrain from using the banana smiley please. Thank you.
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Old June 16th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #366
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Very late to this thread - but very interested to see all the comments and pictures.

Mixed feelings about this one. When I first came to London in the late-80's Broadgate had a real wow-factor to it - so its a bit depressing to see its demise, but not sure whether thats because it signifies apallingly wasteful short-termism in the buildings or just that I can't believe how old I am now.

On the other hand, its never been the most welcoming of "public-spaces", none of the individual buildings are particularly stunning and is difficult to navigate.

On balance - if they couldn't even be bothered to maintain the greenery that was so impressive back in the day then its hard to mourn its passing. And there's always the chance that we can get rid of that awful Fulcrum sculpure - my least favourite ever piece of public art.

As for the new building, its not terrible and could be OK in a different setting, but its going to be a hell of an imposing fortress like block in that location. Appreciate that UBS want a certain type of building to be inside of and that seems to be paramount for the City planning department, but the rest of London has to put up with the outside of the building for decades to come.
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Old June 16th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #367
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Old July 25th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #368
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One last time....

CAN A MOD PLEASE MOVE THIS TO U/C FORUM!
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Old July 25th, 2012, 02:07 PM   #369
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CAN A MOD PLEASE MOVE THIS TO U/C FORUM!
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Old July 26th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #370
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I was hoping you'd get confused and accidentally move it back.
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Old September 9th, 2012, 10:50 AM   #372
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No pictures but there are now HTC cranes up on this one so looks like things really beginning to happen
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Old September 9th, 2012, 12:57 PM   #373
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I was on site a few days ago, it was extremely odd, like standing at the bottom of a bomb crater in the centre of London.
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Old September 23rd, 2012, 09:27 PM   #374
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First cranes up.

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Old September 23rd, 2012, 10:34 PM   #375
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Old September 24th, 2012, 12:07 AM   #376
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Not sure why all the haters for this one. The building is original, bold, strong and modern at its best. UBS are the sole tenant and in a way its bespoke. They need large uninterrupted floor-plates and UBS don't have the need for a skyscraper, but don't worry their maybe another skyscraper coming to BGE
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Old September 24th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #377
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Not sure why all the haters for this one. The building is original, bold, strong and modern at its best. UBS are the sole tenant and in a way its bespoke. They need large uninterrupted floor-plates and UBS don't have the need for a skyscraper, but don't worry their maybe another skyscraper coming to BGE
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Old October 12th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #378
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For those of you who work in the City (or are passing through) stop by Broadgate and look at the great model that's been built. It's located on the ground floor on the north side of the square with the lights in it. Stumbled on it earlier on in the week. Here are some quick snaps from my phone. I know someone can do better!





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Old October 12th, 2012, 08:52 PM   #379
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Is it not merely a slightly-larger, differently-clad version of what was there previously?

Any plans to redevelop the rest of Broadgate? It's all a bit "80's"...
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Old October 12th, 2012, 09:40 PM   #380
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Really can't see the point in having this elaborate facade if it's essentially being swamped by it's surroundings.

Another missed opportunity here to build something slightly taller.
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