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Old January 7th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #21
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Well at least it's not a freak but it is a bit of a bore. Too many glassy buildings will ruin the character of the City, it doesn't need to look like a middle eastern oil rich pastiche.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 02:07 AM   #22
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Boo I was admiring that building the other day becuase its stone cladding gives the area a break from the glass and makes it less sterile than other finacial areas around the world... At least its seems to be being replaced by something high quality...

Why am i not feeling more exited?!
I was kind of feeling the same thing, the current building is not amazing and not a huge loss, but there are far worse than it. And much like you said, IMO the character of The City comes from its chaotic mix of the best of new and old architecture set on ancient medieval streets. Would be a shame if it just slowly turned into a copy of 1000 other business districts around the world.

In my perfect world they would knock down all the '60s and '70s monstrosities in The City(bar the few high-quality and/or iconic examples such as Tower 42 or the Barbican) before touching anything remotely good-looking.

All that aside, I'm still really digging this! If it looks as good as the renders it would be yet another addition to the London skyline that's both high-quality and unique.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 04:11 AM   #23
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Amazing
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Old January 8th, 2013, 05:58 PM   #24
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It's been recommended for approval by the City of London Planning Department - the final decision is at a meeting on Tuesday, then the Mayor of London has two weeks to object.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #25
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Nice, looks like a tiny Torre de Cristal.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:55 PM   #26
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There are so many interesting projects rising in London
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Old January 15th, 2013, 05:38 PM   #27
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Final stamp of approval given today....

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...ondon-scalpel/

Work will commence this year....
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Old January 15th, 2013, 08:14 PM   #28
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A 38-storey tower has been given the green light to be built in London's insurance district.

The tower - dubbed The Scalpel due to its straight-edged design by architects Kohn Pedersen Fox - will be built in Lime Street in the City.

Standing at 190m (620ft) tall, it will be the European headquarters for the US insurance company WR Berkley.

City of London said the building was a "major vote of confidence in the City's status as Europe's financial capital".

Planning documents show the tower will be taller than the Gherkin which stands at 180m (590ft) and the company said it would provide more than 500,000 sq ft (45,000 sq m) of commercial space, of which WR Berkley would use 25%.

It said the rest of the building would be occupied by other leading specialist insurance professionals.

A new public space at street level would be created, as would a restaurant below ground.

Work on site is expected to begin by the end of 2013.

Chairman William R. Berkley said: "We are acting as financier, developer and occupier so these plans represent a real, financial and physical commitment to London. Today's decision moves us a step closer to making our plans a reality."
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Old January 16th, 2013, 02:09 AM   #29
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Old April 23rd, 2013, 03:57 PM   #30
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Demolition & site clearance of the current building starts in May, will take 12mths.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 05:31 PM   #31
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Demolition & site clearance of the current building starts in May, will take 12mths.
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Old June 13th, 2013, 07:21 PM   #32
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Mace and Skanska set for next London tower jobs

Mace and Skanska are set to sign contracts for the next two skyscraper jobs in London.

Mace is understood to have landed the job to build a 39-floor boutique hotel in London’s Docklands, which should get underway later this year.

Meanwhile, Skanska is understood to have beaten rival bidder Mace for the job to build a 38-storey tower next to the Lloyds Building in the heart of the City of London.

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French hotel group Accor is developing the 305-bed luxury hotel at 40 Marsh Wall on the Isle of Dogs, which will rise to 127m.

The building will boast restaurants and a bar on the top floors offering views across London.

In the city, US insurance giant W R Berkley is expected to sign a contract shortly for a new European headquarters building, which has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, also the architect behind the Heron Tower which was built by Skanska.

KPF’s design resembles an upright scalpel with floor plates varying from 9,000 sq ft to 22,000 sq ft arranged around a side core that optimises floor dimensions and limits solar gain.

The project will also create a 11,000 sq ft public ‘square’ to boost the existing precinct around the Willis Building.

Construction work is expected to start before the end of the year.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...on-tower-jobs/
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Old June 14th, 2013, 06:37 AM   #33
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Old June 29th, 2013, 05:23 AM   #34
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Skanska tipped for £500m Scalpel tower

Exclusive: Skanska is being tipped to win the main contract to build the £500m Scalpel tower.

Skanska had gone head to head with Mace to build the tower, as Construction News revealed in April.

The contract award had been expected several weeks ago but no formal announcement had been made. Construction News understands no contract has been signed yet but several sources said that Skanska was leading the race for the deal.

Lend Lease and Sir Robert McAlpine were knocked out of the race for the huge commercial job, leaving the contractors behind the Shard and the Heron Tower as the only two bidders still in the running to build the new tower, which is widely touted as the last major skyscraper planned in the city for a generation.

Insurance firm W R Berkley Corporation submitted planning for the building at 52-54 Lime Street in September 2012, with the City of London approving the scheme in January this year.

The 190 m-tall tower was designed by Bill Pedersen at Kohn Pedersen Fox – the firm that also designed the Heron tower.

The 35 floors of offices will sit above ground and mezzanine levels and two basement levels. Entrances via a new public square will be on Leadenhall Street.

The scheme will feature a new public square of about 11,000 sq ft next to the existing precinct around the Willis Building, comprising public seating, planting and space for public art and tables linked to a coffee shop on the ground floor.

Skanska, contractor on the landmark Gherkin project, was also confirmed last year as the winner of the £115m 6 Bevis Marks office development in the City of London.

Construction News revealed Mace as the main contractor on the £100m 30-storey King’s Reach development on London’s South Bank last year. The firm has also had recent wins in Merchant Square, Paddington, Regent Street and 5 Broadgate in the City.

Work is expected to start on the Scalpel in Q3/Q4 of this year and will be completed by 2017.

http://www.building.co.uk/news/skans...056175.article
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Old July 22nd, 2013, 01:32 PM   #35
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Skanska to start £500m Scalpel this month

Skanska has been confirmed as winner of the £500m Scalpel tower at 52 Lime Street in the City of London.

Skanska beat-off fierce competition from Mace for the job and will now start on site before the end of July.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...el-this-month/



Lots of demolition and basements work to do, so don't expect anything above ground level until well into 2014...
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 12:16 PM   #36
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Skanska to start £500m Scalpel this month

Skanska has been confirmed as winner of the £500m Scalpel tower at 52 Lime Street in the City of London.

Skanska beat-off fierce competition from Mace for the job and will now start on site before the end of July.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...el-this-month/



Lots of demolition and basements work to do, so don't expect anything above ground level until well into 2014...
Has demolition and basement works begun then?

Anyone have pictures they can share? I'm really looking forward to this project.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 01:20 PM   #37
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It looks that it will be quite a straightforward demolition, nothing to taxing about what's already though and i'd be suprised if it has a basement if it does it won't be a large one. Site Clearance/Preperation I should think will take between 8-10 months and I should think so we should start the start of a core around June 2014.

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Old August 6th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #38
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It looks that it will be quite a straightforward demolition, nothing to taxing about what's already though and i'd be suprised if it has a basement if it does it won't be a large one. Site Clearance/Preperation I should think will take between 8-10 months and I should think so we should start the start of a core around June 2014.

That is amazing news Birmingham! Thanks!

This is going to be an amazing addition. Shame the Pinnacle Re-design is taking so long.. do you know much about this? O_o
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Old August 6th, 2013, 01:34 PM   #39
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I have no idea about either of these, i'm just making assumptions on experience.

After looking into it basement depth is two floors. So not deep at all. Time frame is favourable to see it above ground mid 2014 no doubt about it but it's dependent on when Skanska start on site. I don't live in London unfortunately so I don't know if they have or not.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 04:35 PM   #40
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