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Old May 22nd, 2017, 04:02 PM   #20481
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I'm completely blown away with what's going on in London. This easily competes with, and may even surpass New York's developement. The quality is simply stunning, there are no words. London is not afraid of the future, while respecting and preserving its past. Well done and thank you to SE9 and all the contributors of this thread.
Interesting comparison. It's actually kind of amazing that you can say it at all with a (justifiable) straight face. I'd say that the rate of construction is possibly comparable, but New York goes taller with what's going on there, and clearly has far more density and height to start with - so a casual glance wouldn't really reveal much. I'd say that as a result though, the transformational effect though in London is more pronounced than New York. The feeling of scale in this city has massively changed, and is set to change more.

What's kind of incredible too is that all these towers are happening at the same time as thousands of careful scrubbing up of various corners of the capital, massive public transport schemes, new major sewer projects, new state of the art port facilities, high-speed rail links and other huge investments. A golden age for this city... that any politician naturally wants to completely screw up. (But I won't mention the 'B' word)
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 04:14 PM   #20482
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Bid to turn disused railway between Camden Town and King’s Cross into elevated ‘Highline’ park

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Old May 22nd, 2017, 04:23 PM   #20483
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The Ram Quarter | Wandsworth SW18

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=498957

Official website: http://www.theramquarter.com/



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  • Address: Ram Street, London SW18
  • London borough: Wandsworth
  • Station: Wandsworth Town

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  • Developer: Greenland Group
  • Architect: EPR Architects
  • Height: 116m
  • Floors: 36
  • Homes: 661



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Old May 22nd, 2017, 04:26 PM   #20484
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Given that the plan of Network Rail is to bring back into operation this stretch of the North London Line at some point what's the point in this proposal?
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 04:28 PM   #20485
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Interesting comparison. It's actually kind of amazing that you can say it at all with a (justifiable) straight face. I'd say that the rate of construction is possibly comparable, but New York goes taller with what's going on there, and clearly has far more density and height to start with - so a casual glance wouldn't really reveal much. I'd say that as a result though, the transformational effect though in London is more pronounced than New York. The feeling of scale in this city has massively changed, and is set to change more.
This is a really important distinction. New York is building a lot of high-rise, but particularly the residential side is woefully underbuilt because of the target audience at the ultra-high end. You've got buildings like 138 E 50th (245m, 62 floors) that have only 124 units, and this is an increasingly worrisome trend, particularly in Manhattan (Long Island City and Downtown Brooklyn are better in terms of density at least). So you may be building up, but the increase in supply is nowhere near as meaningful or notable. 281 5th, 100 E 53rd and 126 Madison all come to mind as having a similar problem.

What I really about London's development is that there's a strong movement towards more cohesive, comprehensive schemes. Kings Cross Central, Wood Wharf and numerous mid-sized ones in scale (Chelsea Waterfront, Fulham Reach, Ram Quarter et al) are really their own communities in some ways, which is why the intensity of development feels so great in London. Obviously there are geographical and spatial reasons for why this is possible and the divergence between the two cities, but it's a crucial distinction.
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 05:25 PM   #20486
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What I really about London's development is that there's a strong movement towards more cohesive, comprehensive schemes. Kings Cross Central, Wood Wharf and numerous mid-sized ones in scale (Chelsea Waterfront, Fulham Reach, Ram Quarter et al) are really their own communities in some ways, which is why the intensity of development feels so great in London. Obviously there are geographical and spatial reasons for why this is possible and the divergence between the two cities, but it's a crucial distinction.
I agree. I think we can thank the London Plan for that, especially in their identification of Opportunity areas as well as providing a framework on how these are properly built. London is known as a city of many villages, and all these areas being built are meant to be mixed-use villages in their own ways.
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 07:22 PM   #20487
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An interesting looking 2 part program about crossrail on bbc 2 at 9pm this evening.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04b7h1w
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 07:24 PM   #20488
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London has changed a lot in such a short time. I took a screen shot of very small part of London on google's 3D model just to show how quickly it's out of date and coloured in areas that have changed since the 3D model. I put red on the walkie talkie and the cheese grater because they are unfinished (almost finished) in the 3D model. I also coloured in buildings that have been remodelled in some way. I am not SE9 or Mr Cladding so this is gonna be missing stuff that I don't know of. But it shows just how much London has improved in such a short time. It will be amazing when google updates it's model because of how different it will look.

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Old May 23rd, 2017, 05:15 PM   #20489
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Lots of change in a rather short period. Thanks for sharing.
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Old May 23rd, 2017, 10:57 PM   #20490
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Farringdon Station | Clerkenwell EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

Official website: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/farringdon/


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  • Address: Farringdon West, Farringdon Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Islington
  • Lines: Thameslink | Elizabeth | Circle | Metropolitan | Hammersmith & City

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  • Developer: Network Rail | Transport for London
  • Architect: Aedas
  • Opening: 2018

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Old May 24th, 2017, 11:17 AM   #20491
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Farringdon Station | Clerkenwell EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

Official website: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/farringdon/


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  • Address: Farringdon West, Farringdon Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Islington


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  • Developer: Network Rail | Transport for London
  • Architect: Aedas
  • Opening: 2018

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That last picture is of Liverpool Street / Moorgate by the way, not Farringdon.
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Old May 24th, 2017, 02:16 PM   #20492
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McLaren lands deal to fit-out new home of the FT

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...ome-of-the-ft/



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McLaren has won the complete refurbishment and CAT B fit-out of the New Bracken House office building in the City of London which will become the new home of the Financial Times.

New Bracken House will provide 270,000 sq ft of Grade-A office accommodation.

No official value has been put on the contract but rival firms approached by the Enquirer suggested it would be worth around £100m.

Work will involve the complete strip out of the building with some portions of the floors on the wings removed to create open courtyards.

The external listed wings will be cleaned and refurbished and the existing roof configured with a 150 metre running track for employees, encasing a glass skylight.

The fit-out comprises full catering facilities and over 1500 desks in open plan offices as well as audio and video studio suite and live broadcasting capability, including a news room.

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Old May 24th, 2017, 02:44 PM   #20493
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That last picture is of Liverpool Street / Moorgate by the way, not Farringdon.
Good correction, I had meant to upload this photo!
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Old May 25th, 2017, 11:24 AM   #20494
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Ilona Rose House | Soho WC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1874995

Official website: http://www.ilonarosehouse.com/



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  • Address: 111-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2
  • London borough: Westminster
  • Station: Tottenham Court Road

Project facts
  • Developer: Soho Estates
  • Architect: MATT Architecture | SODA
  • Floors: 9
  • Floorspace: 26,304m²





Demolition progress along Manette Street, making way for Ilona Rose House. Photo by James Branch:

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Old May 25th, 2017, 01:20 PM   #20495
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Lewisham Gateway | Lewisham SE13

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=888804

Official website: http://www.newlewisham.com/



Location
  • Address: Lewisham Gateway, Station Road, London SE13
  • London borough: Lewisham
  • Station: Lewisham

Project facts
  • Developer: Muse Developments
  • Architect: PRP Architects
  • Cost: £250 million
  • Homes: 800



Construction progress at the first phase of Lewisham Gateway, photos by geogregor:


IMG_20170522_193103478_HDR by Geogregor, on Flickr


IMG_20170522_192959506_HDR by Geogregor, on Flickr
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Old May 25th, 2017, 01:30 PM   #20496
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McLaren lands deal to fit-out new home of the FT
Interesting does that mean their awful building on the Southbank will get developed soon? Hadn't heard of any plans
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Old May 25th, 2017, 01:48 PM   #20497
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No plans have been brought forward yet. Southwark Council have indicated that they don't want 1 Southwark Bridge redeveloped into apartments.
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Old May 25th, 2017, 03:31 PM   #20498
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There has apparently been a fire at Kings Cross. I dunno the details though.
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Old May 25th, 2017, 03:42 PM   #20499
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It's at the Institute of Physics site along Caledonian Road. Construction has only just started there.
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Old May 25th, 2017, 03:44 PM   #20500
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The Bolt | Clerkenwell EC1

London forum thread: N/A

Official website: http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/



Location
  • Address: St John's Square, London EC1
  • London borough: Islington
  • Station: Farringdon

Project facts
  • Developer: Shinola
  • Designer: Giles Miller
  • Constituent pieces: 8,000

A new pavilion for design and manufacturing brand Shinola, which comprises 8,000 lightning bolt-shaped pieces:









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