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Old November 7th, 2010, 02:52 AM   #1981
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It reminds me of Asian shopping centres, can't say why.
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Canary Wharf wins international art prize

Canary Wharf may have finally shaken off its ‘soulless’ tag after scooping an international art prize.The business district has won the Christie’s award for best corporate art collection and programs at the 2010 International Art & Word Awards.

The award was the crowning moment of this week’s ceremony in Barcelona, which focused on the last three years.

Judges called Canary Wharf Group’s “sophisticated approach to integrating art into the landscaping and the buildings on their shopping and business district in London”.

The area has artworks spread out across the estate, from a talking bench in Westferry Circus to a horse statue near the station entrance.

George Iacobescu CBE, Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group, said: “Canary Wharf is a part of London that, 20 years ago, was derelict docks. In the last two decades, we’ve achieved Europe’s largest urban regeneration project – transforming the area into a thriving business and shopping district. Throughout this transformation, we’ve kept art and top quality architecture at the forefront of our design.

“This is especially true of the open spaces – parks, plazas, lobbies and walkways. Canary Wharf now has more than 60 artworks on permanent display. A great many temporary exhibitions run throughout the year. In addition to the works of art we have employed some of Europe’s leading designers on simple things - benches, gates, parks and fountains.

“While the physical tools are easily available to build buildings, in creating an entirely new district we have had to reflect more on elements of civil society, on how to encompass both work and pleasure, community and faith and architectural and artistic merit.

“As Canary Wharf grows and evolves, the art is growing and evolving with it. The art helps to make Canary Wharf much more than a place to work. It contributes to a vibrant community which attracts the best creative minds, as well as commercial ones.”
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Middle East eyes London travel industry for investment

Money from the Middle East is set to pour into London's tourist and travel industries, a report claimed today.

Companies are expressing a growing interest in UK brands including luxury hotels, private jet operators and travel retailers. Possible top targets are London hotels such as the Savoy, Grosvenor House and Claridge's, according to the report from market intelligence company Euromonitor International.

“At a time when the recession has severely curbed domestic demand, Middle East cash funds will certainly positively influence the expansion of luxury brand portfolios in the UK, with London positioning itself as the new luxury hotspot for luxury travel services with an increased focus on personalisation and sophistication,” the report said.

The report was prepared in association with World Travel Market which opened in London today. WTM chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “Some of the UK's most iconic travel and tourism brands, particularly the top-end hotels, could soon be owned by Middle Eastern companies.

“This investment and the increase in tourism from the region will undoubtedly fuel a much-needed boost for the UK travel and tourism industry as it looks to recover from the recent global financial problems.”

The trends report said that there was a growth of “deprivation holidays” in North America, such as boot camp-style spa resorts or extreme trekking expeditions. Another trend is astronomy-based holidays in South Africa, while tourism in Europe was being boosted by the number of people using smartphones to make last-minute bookings.

The report said Latin America was promoting off-the-beaten-track trips in contrast to sea-and-sand holidays.
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Battersea Power Station’s £5.5bn rescue powers ahead

It has stood crumbling on the banks of the Thames for more than a quarter of a century. But hopes that a rescue of Battersea Power Station may finally become a reality received a huge boost today after Wandsworth council gave the go-ahead to a £5.5 billion scheme.

The masterplan, drawn up by Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly, includes 3,400 homes and 1.7 million square feet of offices, shops, restaurants, cinemas, hotels and leisure spaces including London's largest ballroom in one of the former turbine halls.

The scheme is thought to be the biggest for which planning consent has been granted in central London, beating Canary Wharf and King's Cross. Although the project could still be blocked by Mayor Boris Johnson or Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, the backing of the local authority is being seen as a crucial step forward.

Work on repairing the Grade II* listed building could start by early 2012, almost 30 years after its huge turbines stopped generating power. Two previous attempts to revive Europe's largest brick building foundered and there were fears that the structure could soon collapse.

Rob Tincknell, director of Irish owned developer Real Estate Opportunities, said: “We are 95 per cent there to a final decision. Now we've got to tie down an investment partner but there has been a lot of interest internationally. It is the last great development site in central London with an iconic building that is a brand known worldwide.”

The plans include a pledge of more than £200 million towards a two station spur extension of the Northern line from Kennington. A new stop would be located at the power station site, with another at Wandsworth Road. A new section of the Thames Path will also be created and a five-acre park.

Planning committee chairman Nick Cuff said: “This scheme would restore one of London's most iconic buildings and create thousands of jobs.”

Upside down table' that won celebrity status thanks to the Beatles and Batman

The distinctive “upside down table” outline of Battersea Power Station has gained global celebrity.

It was the backdrop to a scene in the Beatles movie Help and the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, complete with an inflatable pig floating between its chimneys. More recently the interior became a burnt-out warehouse for the 2007 Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Since closure in 1983 two attempts to find a new use have failed. That year a consortium including the owners of Alton Towers proposed an indoor theme park. Work on the £35 million scheme caused damage, including the removal of large sections of the roof.

In 1990 the site was sold to Hong Kong-based Parkview International for £10 million. A £1.1 billion scheme to restore the building and create a retail, housing and leisure complex won planning approval in 2001 but did not make further progress. In 2006 the site was sold to current owner REO for £400 million.
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amazing...just show's the complexity of London and it's sheer size.
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London Cycle Hire to extend east for 2012 Olympics

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced that the Cycle Hire scheme will extend into east London with the introduction of 2,000 more bikes before the 2012 Olympic Games in the capital.

The extension of the scheme will enable visitors to the London 2012 Games to use the bikes, as well as providing cycle hire facilities for residents and commuters in the area.

Bethnal Green, Bow, Canary Wharf, Mile End, North Shoreditch, Poplar, Tower Hamlets and the Olympic Park itself will all gain Cycle Hire docking stations. A total of 2,700 docking stations will be created in the new area, and the existing hire area will also gain 1,500 additional stations.

"Londoners have taken to the hire of two wheels with alacrity and it would have been absolutely nonsensical not to expand our scheme," Johnson said.

"Plans are now well advanced that will see the roll-out of thousands more of our gleaming bikes across the capital's legendary East End.

"For as little as 12 pence a day users will soon be able to use our bikes to cross a huge swathe of our city, and it will mean that by 2012 we'll be able to invite the entire world to join London's cycling revolution."

Since its introduction in July, the Cycle Hire scheme has been hailed a success, with over 1.5 million journeys having been made in the capital on the distinctive bikes. Over 100,000 people have now registered for the scheme.

Reacting to the news, Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly, pointed out that there are still many areas of London that have yet to be included in the scheme. "This is great news for East London, but a real disappointment for all the other people living and working in Inner London who won't have the scheme coming to their area," said Jones.

"By 2012, the London scheme will still have far fewer bikes and docking stations than Paris, and it's obvious that the expansion of this scheme lacks ambition.

"If the Mayor is serious about his target of having a million extra journeys made by bike every day, then a bike hire scheme which only generates an extra 40,000 journeys a day is well short of what London needs."
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Pavement coating to ‘eat’ pollution

An invisible pavement coating that can “eat” pollution is to be tested on the capital's worst-affected streets.

Transport for London has modified a winter gritting machine to spray the coating onto roads, and hopes it will reduce levels of PM10, one of the most harmful types of pollution, by up to 20 per cent.

The coating is made up of calcium magnesium acetate and sticks the polluted matter to the roads, preventing it re-circulating in the air. It is used in several European cities, including Barcelona.

If the trial is a success, the system could be used throughout London.
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From Pizza on the Park to £8,000-a-night hotel


Hotel: Wellesley will replace Pizza on the Park

A hotel where the cheapest room is £1,000-a-night and the dearest £8,000 is to be built at what was one of London's best-known jazz venues.

The Wellesley will have just 36 rooms — each with a dedicated butler service — including a suite occupying the entire top floor of the building when it opens in Knightsbridge in two years.

The basement previously housed Pizza on the Park, which closed in the summer after three decades featuring jazz greats such as George Melly, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine.

Khalid Affara, managing director of developers Arab Investments, said The Wellesley would be London's first “six-star” hotel. He said: “This will be to a better standard than all the five-star hotels in London. It will be like the first-class compartment of a plane, everyone will be the same sort of calibre of person.”

The interiors are designed by Mary Fox Linton, whose past projects have included The Dorchester and a restoration of Eton College.

Features include a heated cigar terrace with Britain's largest humidor. There will also be a jazz bar to appease music lovers angered by the loss of the former venue. The building, formerly offices but once the site of an abandoned Underground station, is being gutted in a £36&million scheme.

It is one of series of new boutique hotels aimed at wealthy visitors to London currently in the pipeline. Singapore hotel developer Kop Group is said to be on the brink of acquiring the Grade II-listed former Willis insurance headquarters on Trinity Square near the Tower of London for £70million.
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What to do with the Royal Docks?

As cuts to local government bite, many regeneration plans are on hold - but the one project that will continue is the Royal Docks.

If Londoners know the place at all, stretching for four miles or so east of Canary Wharf, it will be from infrequent visits to the ExCeL exhibition centre or City airport. There are few other reasons for the casual visitor to go to this vast area of east London - but transforming it is a challenge that Mayor Boris Johnson himself, and Clive Dutton, the high-profile new boss of the London Borough of Newham, are staking their reputations on.

The borough's latest wheeze is to organise an open competition for ideas for temporary projects on three sites around the docks. Members of the public, charities, developers and anyone else can submit applications to make projects that will open next summer. It's all very Big Society - ie, there's no money for the winners, just moral support and the use of the land for free - and the borough hopes for projects that will focus attention on the Royal Docks in time for the Olympics in 2012.

The Royal Docks was once the heart of an empire. Its 12 miles of quaysides were built between 1855 and 1921, and it was London's most important dock for the first half of the 20th century.

The Royals closed for business only in 1981, leaving a legacy of high unemployment and social deprivation in the communities around it: North Woolwich, Beckton, Canning Town and Silvertown.

The last is barely identifiable as a place today, replaced by a monocultural housing development called Britannia Village.

This Prince Charles-inspired development is just one of the projects that have tried to regenerate the area since the docks closed, and there are others - the isolated and gated residential developments near Barrier Park, for instance.

But what really characterises the place, and sits as a potential obstacle to Newham's dream of a future of green technology and executive housing, is the industry in the area. The area around Silvertown Way and North Woolwich Road is a rare London place where things still get made - most notably at Tate & Lyle's refinery, which has been there since 1921 and still operates. There are working wharves along the river, valuable places where raw materials can be transported into central London by boat.

There are yards full of sand and gravel, there are stonemasons, scaffolding warehouses and animal byproduct processing plants. In short, the Royal Docks is where stuff happens that London needs, but that many of us would rather not see.

This summer, Boris Johnson and Newham jointly authored a "vision document" aimed at persuading international developers to invest in the area.

There's lots of talk about making the docks a "world-class" destination and a "centre of vitality", dreams of green business districts and pictures of flashy building proposals.

Perhaps the most significant of these is the new "visitor attraction", designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, to be built at the west end of the docks by German technology company Siemens. There are even visuals of the mooted cable-car connection across the river, connecting the O2 with the ExCeL centre.

The main observations about the existing communities and assets of the areas around the docks are confined to infrastructure ("excellent road and rail connections"). You also get an idea how the success of the redevelopment will be measured. Under "challenges", the vision document laments that "the area has yet to attract a five-star hotel or top restaurant".

While Clive Dutton and Boris Johnson dream of Nobu in the Royals, a trip there today reveals something quite different. Walk west down Woodman Street in North Woolwich, past the tower blocks, the glazed brick bungalow of the Royal Oak pub, and you arrive at a tired modernist town centre.

The place feels bereft: Church Street has no church, Station Street no station. The place has an unstable population of residents who would live elsewhere if they could, and it is poorly connected to amenities and facilities. North Woolwich has been entirely passed over by the march of London regeneration in the past decade.

Meanwhile, popular culture is becoming more interested in the stories of the area's past.

Melanie McGrath's popular memoir, Silvertown (2002), is full of old East End memories of overbearing but charismatic fathers, long-suffering and sickly mothers, tribes of children, the war and the grey economy that helped the people living around the docks survive. It is also a portrait of the uncomfortable intimacy of the slum housing that has now disappeared from the perimeter of the docks.

More recently came the film No Place/Good Place: The Rime of the Modern Mariner, narrated by Carl Barât of The Libertines and directed by journalist Mark Donne, which was premiered this summer at St Anne's Church in Limehouse.

Interviews with the old men who worked in the docks are cut together with footage that is entirely absent from Newham's vision document - fragments of dock wall, the derelict pubs, the memories, good and bad, of a place that has meant so much more in its time than the banal categories of leisure destination and tourist attraction.

These are personal takes on the docks but they are more than mere nostalgia. These are real memories, real meanings and real people who understand this part of London better than the Siemens executives in their UFO-like building. Whether Newham, in its rush for attention and investment, will have the time or inclination to pay attention to some of these deeper cultural roots remains to be seen.

To submit an idea for a temporary project around the Royal Docks, email [email protected].

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The recommencement of works on a 133m residential tower near the Olympic Park has slipped under the radar, until now.





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Excellent news!

Stratford High Street is getting a stunning group of medium and tall buildings, it'll be something fantastic to look at in 2012. Some towers look like they've been taken from Miami.

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London office space 'appealing to Chinese banks'



London's office space providers are courting interest from Chinese banks expanding into Europe.

A growing number of Chinese banks are seeking out office space in Central London, according to a new report.

Real estate adviser Cushman & Wakefield noted that the "large majority" of Chinese organisations are opting for the UK capital when setting up European bases, although Milan, Madrid and Paris are also popular locations.

The study noted that Agricultural Bank of China and China Bank of Communications - two of the nation's largest institutions - have both opted to rent offices in the City of London over the last month.

According to Cushman & Wakefield's report, rents in Europe's main financial centres are rising in response to space shortages and a lack of speculative commercial development.

"The banking sector has experienced a relatively quiet and stable time over the past six months," said Guy Douetil, head of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa banking group. "We are continuing to see an improvement in sentiment in the occupational office market."

Agricultural Bank of China and China Bank of Communications have both placed space at 1 Bartholomew Lane EC2 under offer. The development provides 79,000 sq ft of contemporary office space within minutes of Bank station.
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Developer Derwent is planing to start construction on four new schemes in London with a combined floorspace of more than 700,000 sq ft.

Chief executive John Burns said: ”Although economic conditions remain uncertain, we are encouraged by the continued improvement of the central London office market and our letting successes.”

Tower Hamlets has granted planning permission for a 121,500 sq ft mixed-use development at 60 Commercial Road, E1 which will provide 417 student accommodation units and 26,500 sq ft of offices.

Derwent will gain vacant possession of the site in 2012.

The developer has also submitted planning applications at 132-142 Hampstead Road, NW1, 2-14 Pentonville Road, N1 and City Road Estate, EC1. Derwent will obtain possession of the former two properties next year with the latter in 2012. The three schemes have a proposed floor area of 605,000 sq ft - an uplift of over 60% from the existing floor area.

Derwent will also shortly be submitting a planning application for the 320,000 sq ft redevelopment of 80 Charlotte Street, W1.
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Tycoon brothers present rival to Gherkin ... it’s the Cucumber

Billionaire brothers Simon and David Reuben have unveiled plans for a new skyscraper, nicknamed “the Cucumber”, which is set to rival the 591ft-high Gherkin as a landmark on London's skyline.

The property tycoons, whose empire also includes Millbank Tower, want to build the 460ft glass tower on their Paddington Basin site. It will be the capital's 17th-tallest building if revised plans are approved.

The 41-storey block, officially to be named 1 Merchant Square, will include 222 flats, a 90-room boutique hotel and a public roof bar. An earlier scheme featuring more than 500 flats has been scaled down in an area where planning permission has traditionally been difficult to obtain for skyscrapers.

The Reubens, who already have permission for three Lord Foster-designed towers opposite Tate Britain, have ambitions to make Paddington Basin the Canary Wharf of west London.

The formerly derelict area has been transformed in recent years with new residential and office space. Marks & Spencer and Vodafone are among firms to relocate headquarters there.

If Westminster planners approve, the Cucumber, a joint venture, could be completed by 2016. The plans were unveiled as it was revealed the Iraqi-born Reubens are snapping at the Duke of Westminster's heels on the property rich list.

Their fortune, assessed by expert Dr Philip Beresford for the annual list in Estates Gazette, has risen from £3.3 billion last year to £5.4 billion now.

The Duke, who has topped the list for many years, has also seen the value of his Grosvenor Estate rise — but by a far smaller margin, from £6.5 billion to £6.8 billion.

The Reubens' upward valuation is based on their data-centre company, Global Switch, thought to be worth £2.75 billion. The Jewish brothers also own part of Wellington Pubs and racecourses operator Arena Leisure.
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