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Old March 28th, 2007, 08:09 PM   #441
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Great building, one of my favourite skyscraper proposals at the moment.
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Old March 29th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #442
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how is it 280m and 307 m at the same time. w t f does the UK use a different type of meter or something?
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Old March 31st, 2007, 04:19 PM   #443
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AOD

No, that seems to be an international format.

Google it.
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Old March 31st, 2007, 05:11 PM   #444
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What happened with this tower, finally they're gonna build it?, that's good news then
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Old March 31st, 2007, 06:23 PM   #445
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What happened with this tower, finally they're gonna build it?, that's good news then
Yep they are They have planning permission, demolition is about to start on the current building, and it is a speculative build...not to mention it now has funding.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 07:50 PM   #446
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so will it be done by 2012?
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Old April 29th, 2007, 07:54 PM   #447
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A big fat yes.

It is fully funded, demolition is underway, and it won't need a single tenant to start.

Will demolition be done by the end of the year?
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Old April 30th, 2007, 04:01 PM   #448
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Build this tower please
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Old April 30th, 2007, 04:43 PM   #449
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A big fat yes.

It is fully funded, demolition is underway, and it won't need a single tenant to start.

Will demolition be done by the end of the year?
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Old May 16th, 2007, 03:16 PM   #450
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New comments from CABE - the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

http://www.cabe.org.uk/default.aspx?...rm=DIFA&type=0


DIFA Tower

Review date: 26 April 2007

Lead designer: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF)

Local authority: City of London

Location: 22-24 Bishopsgate, 38 Bishopsgate (Crosby Court) and 4 Crosby Square, City of London EC2

Region: London

Description: Proposal for a commercial tower approximately 300m in height, on a site on Bishopsgate in the City of London.





We note the changes which in aggregate have resulted in a new planning application and that these revisions concern relatively detailed aspects of the proposal rather than changes to height, quantum and massing, or to fundamental design principles.

We continue to support the broad ambitions of this project and believe that this proposal has the potential to be a high quality addition to the emerging cluster of tall buildings in the city and to the skyline of London. We applaud the continued commitment of the client to a first class product and reiterate our confidence in the ability of the architects to achieve the high standards required.

As with all tall building proposals CABE wishes to make the following points:

We strongly believe that for this building to be regarded as a success and therefore to receive the support of CABE, public accessibility to a high level in the building must be guaranteed. We think it reasonable that restricted public access such as is available in other neighbouring buildings is offered; we note the intention shown in the planning drawings and stated in the design statement for a public restaurant/ bar occupying the top few levels of the building. In addition, we would wish to see this space more accessible to a wider number of people on a (limited) number of occasions, such as Open House weekend. We think it vital that this degree of public access is enshrined within any planning consent and therefore that it is enforceable.

As with any building, but particularly one of this scale and complexity, much of the success will depend on the design detailing and the quality of the materials and construction. As we have said on previous projects, if built, this will become one of the most prominent buildings in London. It is therefore vital to demand the highest and most exacting standards of design. It will be important for the planning authority to satisfy itself that any planning permission guarantees that those standards will be achieved in the end product. The high quality design thinking which has informed the scheme so far should continue throughout the detailed design and construction phases.

With reference to the changes contained in the new application, we think the creation of a new main entrance and the introduction of escalators off this entrance could lead to an improved ground condition, subject to the use of appropriately high quality materials, detailing and lighting internally and externally in these elements of the building. We would expect this to be the subject of detailed consideration by the City of London.

In respect of the revised core, we acknowledge that this is a rational move in terms of the economics of contemporary office design and construction. We observe that the resultant plan will be deeper in places than originally proposed; our view is that access to natural light is desirable for all office workers, and the City of London should satisfy itself that the working conditions resulting from this revision are acceptable.



CABE has commented previously on this scheme, in March 2005 and November 2005.
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Old May 16th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #451
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http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/co...A51%3A57%3A787


Skyscraper 'will ruin view from Suicide Bridge'

16 May 2007

A 63-STOREY skyscraper is to become the tallest building in the City of London - despite complaints from Islington Council about its effect on views from Archway Bridge.

Islington Council objected to the plans even though the bridge is better known as a suicide spot than a place to admire the scenery.

Graham Loveland, an assistant director of environment, with responsibility for planning, wrote to the City of London saying: "The Islington wishes to object to the proposal due to its height and impact on views from Archway Bridge. The roof design is interesting but there remains concern with the height."

But this week the City of London on the go-ahead to the shopping and office tower in Bishopsgate.

The new skyscraper will be 287.9 metres tall and its top third will spiral into a point.

Planning permission had already been granted last year for a 60-storey development of the same height on the site.

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has less than two weeks to object.



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I just can't believe these IDIOTS. This is the view they're complaining about -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/handytom/251313241/

Bishopsgate Tower would appear directly between SwissRe and Tower 42. How the hell would this view be "ruined" ???

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Old May 16th, 2007, 06:40 PM   #452
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Old May 16th, 2007, 07:29 PM   #453
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Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has less than two weeks to object.
KEN? Object to the Square Mile's tallest scraper, and a world class one at that?

AAAAAAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!
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Old May 17th, 2007, 01:53 AM   #454
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^ Is this for real? What a bloody joke, I can't stop laughing! Whatever these guys are on, it ain't doing them justice at the moment because this so called objection is an utter joke and does them little credit. Some people are so narrow minded/thick headed and really can't grasp the bigger picture for the capital city of the world's fourth largest economy and one of the world's most if not, important city in the world along with NY/Tokyo.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 02:00 AM   #455
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London is getting class over class over class.
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Old May 18th, 2007, 09:50 PM   #456
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Thanks to Jef for the news:

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Arab Investments is in talks with French construction company Bouygues to build the Pinnacle / Bishopsgate Tower with start date in Spring 2008.
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Old May 21st, 2007, 03:46 PM   #457
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From the Estates Gazette -

The Corporation of London planning authorities have agreed to changes in the planned usage of the Pinnacle. Retail space has been cut to allow three extra floors of office space.

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In an attempt to gain more profitability, there were concerns about a possible redesign to the top, which would have spoiled the crown and made it less "twisty". This news would seem to suggest that the extra space has been incorporated into the base, and the overall structural appearance remains unchanged.
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Old May 28th, 2007, 03:38 AM   #458
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At 307 metres high, the proposed Bishopsgate Tower will dwarf the nearby Gherkin

i through it was gonna be 288mbut i;m not complaining taller is always better
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Old May 28th, 2007, 03:47 AM   #459
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Its not gonna be 307 meters, it will be 288m
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Old May 28th, 2007, 05:48 PM   #460
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I have always loved the design very modern and and somewhat both European design and a British design......LOVE IT
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