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Old September 6th, 2011, 03:44 AM   #141
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THE BOOMERANG TO BOUNCE BACK
Evening Standard, Sept 5th

A rescue package for the 53 storyBoomerang has been agreed. Developer Essential Land has made a successful bid to buy out the Blackfriars project after its original owner went into receivership.

Fingers crossed (again), this may finally go ahead
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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:24 AM   #142
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Simpson's London South Bank tower to go ahead
27 October 2011 | By Mark Wilding

Developer St George purchased the planned “boomerang” tower site from Beetham and Mirax Group

Ian Simpson Architects’ plans for “the Boomerang”, a £700 million 52-storey tower on London’s South Bank, are to go ahead after the site was bought out by St George.

The developer, a subsidiary of Berkeley Group, bought the 0.57ha site from developer Stephen Beetham and Mirax Group.

In October last year administrator BDO was appointed by the consortium of investors including Royal Bank of Scotland, leaving the future of the project in doubt.

Construction of the 170m-high One Blackfriars building is expected to start imminently, and would end a run of bad luck for Simpson, who has seen several ambitious tower projects stall since the recession — including a 26-storey 160-bedroom hotel in Glasgow which went into administration in July this year.

Planning permission has already been granted for a 76,000sq m tower, including a 261-bedroom hotel with a business centre and spa, 96 flats, a 1,000sq m observation area and 1,000sq m of retail and restaurant units.

The future of Simpson’s Blackfriars plans looked in doubt earlier this year when alternative designs for the site were produced. Fletcher Priest Architects was commissioned to carry out a massing study and proposed a hotel and residential scheme in several blocks that could be built in phases. But St George is now understood to be pursuing Simpson’s tower design with only minor amendments.

Earlier this month work started on Simpson’s £95 million refurbishment of Manchester’s Central Library and Town Hall with Ryder Architects.

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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:59 AM   #143
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Old October 30th, 2011, 02:58 AM   #144
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WOW that is going to be a sweet looking tower! I love it.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 07:35 PM   #145
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Carlyle prepares to unveil giant South Bank complex

“Boomerang” Tower Likely To Go Ahead
November 1, 2011
http://londonist.com/2011/11/boomera...o-go-ahead.php


The view from beneath Millennium Bridge

The long-planned, long delayed residential / hotel skyscraper at One Blackfriars Road, known officially as the Beetham Tower and christened by the marketing deep-thinkers, in a grand dismissal of the basic laws of aerodynamics, as the Boomerang, is set to go ahead after the site was bought for around £150 million by developer St George.

Given planning permission in 2007, the project ran into trouble during the recession. With new money backing the scheme, construction work on the 153-meter, 53-storey tower could begin shortly.

Whether it will be welcome is another matter. Boris Johnson is a sworn foe (since becoming Mayor he’s tried, and failed, to get it kyboshed); there were also numerous objections from local councils and heritage groups, which led to the tower’s original 200-odd meter reach being scaled down.

The news comes amidst a growing backlash against the new breed of London skyscraper, with some critics of capitalism anointing the likes of the Shard as a symbol of the evil and menace of corporate culture run amok. Like many other newcomers, the Boomerang’s designers have offered a bauble to the fickle public by incorporating a viewing gallery at the top

The tower will get a new name now that Beetham is no longer involved. And it probably needs a better nickname, too.



http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...ank-complex.do

4 Nov 2011

Carlyle, the American private-equity giant, is working up secret plans for a massive £2 billion development on the south bank of the Thames, close to a newly enlarged Blackfriars Station, it can be revealed today.

Office blocks on either side of the track will be torn down, and replaced with 1.5 million square feet of flats, offices and shops. The proposals are being drawn up by PLP Architects, who were appointed last year after a hush-hush competition.

The plans are still at the concept stage. But it is understood that more than 1000 flats in blocks up to 30 storeys high on the two sites could be built, along with 300,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of retail. The one million square feet of apartments could be worth a total of £1.5billion, given nearly £1500 per square foot is being paid at nearby Neo Bankside, just behind the Tate Modern. The end value of the commercial space is half a billion pounds.

Plans are due to be submitted to Southwark Council in six months' time. The huge development is likely to become the keystone to the residential renaissance of the South Bank, if it is granted permission.

Last week Berkeley Homes paid £85million for the blighted 52-storey Beetham Tower development site bang opposite the Carlyle site. Work is due to begin soon on flats and a hotel in a 560-foot tower.

Just south of the Berkeley site, consent has been granted for a 42-storey residential tower and 180,000 square feet of offices. Work on the development, promoted by Israeli investor Gil Levy, has not begun.

Carlyle bought Ludgate House and Samson House last year (see right). Ludgate House is a 21-year-old block of 174,000 square feet, at present occupied by United Business Media, publishers of Property Week which today announced a move to new offices down the street.

Samson House is the far larger block. The 386,000-square-foot groundscraper lies on the eastern side of the tracks, close to Tate Modern.

The unloved concrete monstrosity is currently a computer back-up facility for banks.

It is understood that the final shape and massing of the site is still under discussion with Southwark planners. The council wants jobs to be preserved, hence the inclusion of half a million feet of commercial space.

It is said to be keen on Carlyle building a 50-storey tower on the Ludgate House site. This would allow the offices and shops to be kept below 12-15 storeys while preserving the overall size of the unnamed development.

Carlyle is apparently not keen on a tower to "twin" the one to be built by Berkeley over the road. The US fund manager would rather build several blocks between 20 and 30 storeys. Discussions with the council continue. In July, Carlyle and partner Development Securities narrowly lost a bid to build a development of almost similar size on the Shell Centre, further to the west. The successful bidders were the Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 07:56 PM   #146
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Amazing tower !!!
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Old November 19th, 2011, 01:41 PM   #147
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Any idea of when construction is due to begin ?
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Old November 21st, 2011, 02:15 PM   #148
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Old November 21st, 2011, 06:56 PM   #149
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This is one of the best designs outside of the City cluster, I can't wait for construction to start!
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 07:29 PM   #150
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This one must be built! It's splendid.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 09:32 PM   #151
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You'll be pleased to know this is now back on track....activity on site, new hoardings, new web site, and being built by St George PLC, who purchased the project out of administration, and are also currently building the 180m St Georges Tower...

Expect this to start groundworks pretty soon...

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Old January 11th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #152
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Old January 12th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #153
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http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/5776

Public viewing gallery axed from One Blackfriars skyscraper
Thursday 12 January 2012

St George, new owner of the One Blackfriars skyscraper project, is planning changes to the approved scheme, including the elimination of the public sky deck at the top of the proposed tower.

Beetham's proposal for a 51-storey tower at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge was approved in 2009 by the then communities secretary Hazel Blears after a public inquiry.

After Beetham and its Russian partner Mirax hit financial difficulties the site was put up for sale and has now been acquired by St George – part of Berkeley Homes – which is planning to build the tower to the approved design by architect Ian Simpson.

Over the Christmas holidays new St George-branded hoardings appeared around the site which is bounded by Blackfriars Road, Stamford Street, Rennie Street and Upper Ground and has been vacant for nine years.

The new developer plans to alter the mix of uses in the scheme, relocating the planned luxury hotel into the lower-rise buildings planned for the site and filling the main tower with 280 luxury apartments.

One of the selling points for Beetham's scheme was that a publicly accessible sky deck would be provided at the top of the tower. Figures submitted as part of the planning application showed that up to 800,000 visitors a year were expected to enjoy the panoramic views of central London.

The Mayor's London Plan says that "tall and large buildings should incorporate publicly accessible areas on the upper floors, where appropriate".

However, towers that are wholly residential, such as Strata SE1 at Elephant & Castle, are not usually expected to offer public access.

Therefore St George's latest proposals have eliminated the sky deck, depriving Londoners of the opportunity to enjoy views from the top of the tower which will be located equidistant between the Palace of Westminster and Tower Bridge.

It should be noted that the original plans for the Beetham Tower were drawn up at a time when there was uncertainty as to whether the Shard – which will offer public access – would ever be built.

It is unclear whether two similar high-level viewing galleries just a mile apart would be economically viable as visitor attractions.

• St George has announced that a public exhibition of the revised proposals will be held at the London Nautical School in Stamford Street on Monday 23 January between 5pm and 8pm.

• There are further indications that after several years of stagnation the Blackfriars Road skyscraper boom is back on: work will start this month on the 20-storey tower at 240 Blackfriars Road with completion due in early 2014.
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Old January 12th, 2012, 05:40 PM   #154
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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:46 AM   #155
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Old January 13th, 2012, 07:44 PM   #156
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Stunning tower....only in London.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 07:49 PM   #157
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Old January 14th, 2012, 09:17 PM   #158
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Old January 16th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #159
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Apparently there won't be a skydeck?
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Old January 16th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #160
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It's terrific news this one is going ahead.
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