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Old January 26th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #561
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Old January 27th, 2008, 01:16 AM   #562
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"A verdict on whether demolition work can continue at the Pinnacle on Bishopsgate, in the City, is expected this week. Insurance firm Hiscox, whose building neighbours the Pinnacle, is seeking an injunction against developer Arab Investments and demolition subcontractor Keltbray over site vibrations."
I hope this doesn't jeopardize the entire project? I'd hate to see such a great-looking, iconic and almost-supertall skyscraper not built!!

Hiscocks....stop objecting, you idiots!!
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Old February 6th, 2008, 04:56 PM   #563
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Dispute threatens to delay Pinnacle Tower

(06 February 2008 02:00)

The £500m Pinnacle Tower development in the City of London is facing serious delays after insurance company Hiscox, which is based next door to the site, said it will withold access and air rights to the scheme's developers.

It is the latest development in a bitter legal dispute between Hiscox and developer Arab Investments, and could result in tighter controls for city centre developments.

The dispute centres on the impact of demolition work on Hiscox. The firm claims the level of noise and vibration on the neighbouring site has made 60 employees ill and damaged its offices.

Last week Hiscox won an interim injunction against Arab Investments in the High Court. The injunction forces Arab Investments to ensure demolition contractor Keltbray keeps vibrations on the site within set limits.

But Hiscox now wants construction restricted to the early evening and weekends, or a paid-for relocation for the duration of building work.

Hiscox director Charles Dupplin told CJ: "It is absolute hell. This site wraps around our building, there is no escaping the noise. If Arab Investments continues with this disturbance, we will be minded to withold all access, over sail and overhang rights. I am at a loss to know how they will continue work without our agreement."

The case has wider implications for other city developments. The City of London, as a witness for Arab Investments, had argued in court that it could not put absolute limits on vibration levels. The argument was rejected by the judge.

An Arab Investment spokesman said the injunction would not delay work. He added: "We now have an absolute level that we must not exceed. However, if we exceed the limit but can show we took all proper and reasonable steps to avoid breaching the limit, then we are protected."
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Old February 6th, 2008, 08:38 PM   #564
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sucks!


god its impossible to build anything in England! someone always has a problem!

they just want some money, im sure some deal will be made.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 09:45 PM   #565
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Good project! I was in London a few months and I can say that you have an AMAZING CITY
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:41 PM   #566
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If anyone's interested, I've updated all the pics and info at the start of this thread.
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:49 PM   #567
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good work, much neater now
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Old February 6th, 2008, 10:56 PM   #568
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"The firm claims the level of noise and vibration on the neighboring site has made 60 employees ill and damaged its offices."

*shudders* in england there is always someone who wants claim money for something!
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Old February 6th, 2008, 11:32 PM   #569
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Indeed. I'm sure it will be sorted. This is going to be The City's 'flagship' skyscraper, and easily one of the best in Europe. Hell, maybe even the world. They won't let this get stalled for long, considering the current building is already such a bitch to demolish.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 12:43 PM   #571
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Pinnacle contractor admits delays

15 February, 2008

By Eleanor Goodman

Keltbray says demolition work on site of 300m tower will be held up by at least two months

Demolition on the site of the 300m Pinnacle tower in the City has been delayed by at least two months amid continuing legal wranglings.

The work by subcontractor Keltbray was due to end in February, but will now continue while enabling works, which have also been put back, begin in April.

Jeremy Wilkins, Mace’s project manager on the £500m tower, said: “The enabling works were always supposed to overlap with demolition but now we are overlapping more to claw back time lost.”

The delays have been caused by a row over the effects that vibration levels and other aspects of the demolition have had on the occupiers of a neighbouring building. Insurance firm Hiscox won injunctions in the High Court in December relating to vibration levels, water ingress and access during the works.

Wilkins said Keltbray had changed its methods from using pneumatic breakers to diamond sawing to minimise vibration. As a result, it would publish a revised programme for demolition this week.

Davis Langdon, the QS on the project, will assess the cost of the change of method.

However, Charles Dupplin, chairman of the art and private client division at Hiscox, said the firm was in talks with lawyers over a potential breach of the water damage injunction caused by the diamond sawing technique. He said on 6 February that water from diamond sawing had entered Hiscox’s building and formed a puddle near high voltage apparatus.

The Pinnacle team has been experimenting with demolition methods since Christmas.

Wilkins said the tower was still on track to complete in mid-2011.

Keltbray and developer Arab Investments were unavailable for comment. Davis Langdon declined to comment.
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Old February 15th, 2008, 09:53 PM   #572
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No pain, no gain...

The Pinnacle is going to be not less iconic than Gherkin.
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Old February 16th, 2008, 02:00 PM   #573
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Bloody hell! Delayed again This is gonna be the most iconic skyscraper in Europe when built. Gotta be finished before the Olympics!!!!
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Old February 17th, 2008, 03:26 AM   #574
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Delayed again? Shit! Can't wait till this one gets built.
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HURRY UP WITH THIS TOWER...I WANT IT NOW!!!
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Old February 17th, 2008, 03:50 AM   #576
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At least it's only 2 months (peanuts compared to how long we've been waiting overall in London)

And yes it should still be ready (on the outside at least) for the Olympics
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Old February 17th, 2008, 04:46 PM   #577
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god its impossible to build anything in England! someone always has a problem!

they just want some money, im sure some deal will be made.
Or Britain, or the UK.
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Old February 18th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #578
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I'm glad to say there was some serious noise coming from the site today. There were loads of people standing looking at the site wondering what was going on. It would have been very difficult to have a conversation anywhere near there today.





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Old April 1st, 2008, 11:21 PM   #579
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I made a video of the site, and most of the other City sites, which can be downloaded here:

http://www.willfox.com/videos/skyscr...1march2008.wmv

It's about 8 minutes long (89mb file size).

Alternatively, you can watch this on YouTube. However, the quality is much lower -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqUt7uVPZNQ

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Old April 6th, 2008, 07:40 PM   #580
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I adore this tower. His shape is amazing. I love his colors and glasses. For me, it's the best project of London and a great addition for The city.
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