daily menu » rate the banner | guess the city | one on oneforums map | privacy policy | DMCA | news magazine | posting guidelines

Go Back   SkyscraperCity > World Development News Forums > City/Metro Compilations

City/Metro Compilations Help report active highrise/urban developments occurring in your city to the global SSC community.



Global Announcement

As a general reminder, please respect others and respect copyrights. Go here to familiarize yourself with our posting policy.


Reply

 
Thread Tools
Old November 10th, 2017, 08:28 PM   #21541
capslock
Ho hum
 
capslock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: London
Posts: 2,597
Likes (Received): 1654

Quote:
Originally Posted by SE9 View Post
Steer Davies Gleave are a multi-disciplinary organisation.

This includes design; their work in London currently includes designing the public realm around Ealing Broadway Station.
Sure, but they are not Architects.

Their work has a design element and they are a good company we have worked with many times. Possibly a bit glib to call them Transport Engineers but essentially, the movement of people and vehicles and the various analytical tasks that surround that is what they do.

There’s a legal distinction but also, in the context of this project it puts an important different spin on it. Says something about how it’s been commissioned and the aims of those that have. This isn’t an image led ‘vision’ type proposal primarily but a practical analytical one. Suggests a seriousness of intent. Does that make it more likely to happen I wonder?
capslock no está en línea   Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links
Old November 10th, 2017, 11:55 PM   #21542
RegentHouse
City Development Shitlord
 
RegentHouse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1,216
Likes (Received): 771

Quote:
Originally Posted by JimB View Post
100 Leadenhall looks great. But there is one thing that especially concerns me about the increasingly overcrowded City cluster. And it is that, if measures are not soon taken, 30 St Mary Axe (aka the Gherkin) will soon be almost entirely obscured from view.

I understand that the City's tight and haphazard, medieval street plan doesn't lend itself to the kind of neat spacing of high rise buildings to be found in more modern, grid pattern cities. But there surely has to be a greater check on developments within the Square Mile. St Paul's has protected views from multiple vantage points around London. And that principle is fine, even if the reality is poorly conceived. Yet it seems that those loudly complaining, self appointed guardians of our architectural heritage care not one jot about views of what is, in my opinion, still the finest modern building in the financial heart of our city.

I've already sadly accepted that one of the other great high rises within the City - the Willis Building - will, in the near future, only be properly visible from close up or above. Please let's not allow that to happen to the Gherkin too.
I don't understand everyone's obsession with the Gherkin. It's like the WTC twin towers when they still stood, simultaneously loved and hated for all the wrong reasons. Coincidentally, they were also both the site of terrorist attacks.

Anyway, it's not London's job as a global city to preserve the view of a relatively new building, especially if circumstances of the organic medieval streets present hardships to other developers.
RegentHouse no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2017, 12:51 AM   #21543
JimB
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 11,022
Likes (Received): 4813

Quote:
Originally Posted by RegentHouse View Post
I don't understand everyone's obsession with the Gherkin. It's like the WTC twin towers when they still stood, simultaneously loved and hated for all the wrong reasons. Coincidentally, they were also both the site of terrorist attacks.

Anyway, it's not London's job as a global city to preserve the view of a relatively new building, especially if circumstances of the organic medieval streets present hardships to other developers.
"Obsession"? Hyperbole, much?

There's nothing to understand about people liking a building (or a film or a song) that you don't especially like. Taste isn't subject to reason.

That the Gherkin isn't centuries old and that London is a global city shouldn't matter one jot. The fact remains that the Gherkin is a modern icon of London, loved by many, and it deserves to be seen from more than just at close quarters.

Besides which, the issue isn't just about the Gherkin. It's also more generally about planning and development in the Square Mile. High rise buildings work brilliantly in clusters. But not in poorly planned, cramped clusters with no care taken or thought given to the impact on the skyline other than to preserve views of older buildings that are deemed worthy of protection.
__________________

KlausDiggy liked this post
JimB no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2017, 01:14 AM   #21544
Suburbanist
on the road
 
Suburbanist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: the rain capital of Europe
Posts: 27,435
Likes (Received): 21097

London needs to abolish height restrictions in many areas and do away with obsolete sight line regulations. So what if st Paul's cathedral can no longer be seen 20km away? Things change and the area needs to embrace tall buildings in modern styles.
__________________
YIMBY - Yes, in my backyard!
Suburbanist no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2017, 01:22 AM   #21545
Mr Cladding
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: London
Posts: 7,004
Likes (Received): 10972

Quote:
Originally Posted by Suburbanist View Post
London needs to abolish height restrictions in many areas and do away with obsolete sight line regulations. So what if st Paul's cathedral can no longer be seen 20km away? Things change and the area needs to embrace tall buildings in modern styles.
You'd love it in New York or any other city in the Far East, don't despoil this great of ours for your masturbatory fantasies.
__________________

AUTOTHRILL, koolkid, jchk, moionet, MPEARCE14 and 2 others liked this post
Mr Cladding no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2017, 04:27 AM   #21546
hugh
Registered User
 
hugh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 2,731
Likes (Received): 1227

Quote:
Originally Posted by RegentHouse View Post
I don't understand everyone's obsession with the Gherkin. It's like the WTC twin towers when they still stood, simultaneously loved and hated for all the wrong reasons. Coincidentally, they were also both the site of terrorist attacks.

Anyway, it's not London's job as a global city to preserve the view of a relatively new building, especially if circumstances of the organic medieval streets present hardships to other developers.
I agree with not overdoing protecting the Gherkin, but the rest of your post outdoes itself in apparent smart aleckness. e.g. not understanding why people might like the Gherkin (obsessed?), buildings in another far away town, terrorist attacks, and an obscure reference to love/hate ' for all the wrong reasons'.
__________________
In art we trust.
hugh no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2017, 12:47 PM   #21547
capslock
Ho hum
 
capslock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: London
Posts: 2,597
Likes (Received): 1654

For me there’s nothing wrong in caring about planning of cities along compositional lines. We do it for our buildings so why not for our cities too. The trick I guess is to strike a balance that is flexible enough to allow evolution, but strict enough to get the result you want. If you progressively seek to protect what has worked and remove what hasn’t, the city should just get beter and better.

London’s sight lines along with policy that encourages density near transport interchanges and discourages tall buildings outside of established areas are what have shaped the cluster in the City. The restrictions are part of why we’re getting the skyline we’re getting.

The City cluster needs to expand now in some way and that is being debated. I think it will. Perhaps the scale of demand for tall buildings was underestimated when the policy was set.

It’s tricky though - to the north, there is an existing attractive historic fabric. To the south, there are some sites between the Walkie talkie and the main cluster. To the west St Paul’s and the historic areas around Bank start to be affected. To the East views from the Tower of London become a consideration.

I expect to see slow increments south and east first.
capslock no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 11th, 2017, 06:44 PM   #21548
heymikey1981
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 297
Likes (Received): 227

I think the competitive, sometimes antagonistic, relationship between the City and Canary Wharf has led the City to build more skyscrapers. Canary Wharf could be very dense by now without interfering with sightlines or conservation areas, although that would require the Crossrail station being already built to support the density.

I actually saw a video of someone who used to work at Canary Wharf Group saying that the City of London actually lobbied against Canary Wharf getting a Crossrail station (or even the Jubilee line extension) because it saw CW as an existential threat to the City.

I think there needs to be a citywide policy (rather than individual boroughs) regarding where tall buildings should be located. Hopefully, the next London Plan will have designated areas for tall buildings.
heymikey1981 no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 12th, 2017, 10:06 PM   #21549
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 23,938
Likes (Received): 7186

Tunnelling On The Northern Line Extension Is Now Complete

https://londonist.com/london/transpo...on-is-complete

Quote:
The £1.2bn Northern Line extension to Battersea notched up a fresh milestone today (Wednesday 8 November), with the completion of tunnelling work.

A huge tunnel boring machine broke through this morning at Kennington, meaning two 3.2km tunnels from Battersea Power Station, via Nine Elms, have now been built.

Since starting in April, two boring machines - dubbed Helen and Amy (tradition dictates that the machines can't start work until given a name) - have been beavering away to create the north and southbound tunnels extending the Charing Cross branch of the Northern Line.

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..

Lad, Bylina, AUTOTHRILL, geoking66, JimB and 2 others liked this post
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 13th, 2017, 02:04 PM   #21550
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 23,938
Likes (Received): 7186

Developer rethinks £8bn Earls Court masterplan

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...rt-masterplan/

Quote:
Developer Capco has returned to the drawing board to recast its plans to develop thousands of homes at Earls Court in London.

The firm confirmed this morning that it was working with Hammersmith and Fulham to raise the number of proposed homes for the site by 2,500 to 10,000.

The rethink comes amid local criticism that the affordable housing provision was insufficient on the vast 77-acre site.
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..

Bylina, Lad, ThatOneGuy, Jamsterx liked this post
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 13th, 2017, 02:24 PM   #21551
gravesVpelli
Registered User
 
gravesVpelli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 3,221
Likes (Received): 3960

One Fen Court (City):

[url=https://flic.kr/p/EjmC2n]

Photo courtesy of James Evans:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/GxxgZM]
__________________

upupandaway, AbidM, Bylina, Jamsterx, Lad and 1 others liked this post

Last edited by gravesVpelli; November 13th, 2017 at 11:57 PM.
gravesVpelli no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 13th, 2017, 06:37 PM   #21552
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 23,938
Likes (Received): 7186

Facebook Is in Talks for London King's Cross Offices

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...-cross-offices

Quote:
Facebook Inc. is in negotiations to lease a new London office close to the planned headquarters of Google, two people with knowledge of the talks said.

The company plans to lease at least 400,000 square feet (37,000 square meters) of space at the King’s Cross Central development, where Google parent Alphabet Inc. will develop its new U.K. headquarters, the people said, asking not to be identified because the talks are ongoing.

Facebook has already signed an agreement to lease a U.K office close to Oxford Street.
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..

Lad liked this post
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 04:24 PM   #21553
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 23,938
Likes (Received): 7186

Lendlease go-ahead for London White City office trio

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...y-office-trio/

Quote:
Lendlease has received the planning green light from Hammersmith & Fulham Council to build more than 1m sq ft of offices on the BBC Media Village site in west London.

Developers Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan plan to build three office blocks at White City Place on the 17-acre vacant site adjacent to the Imperial College campus.

The landmark office complex plan marks the third phase of development at White City and includes a major stepped block known as Gateway East rising to 21 storeys.

It will be accompanied by a second big block rising to 11 storeys next to the third smaller building up to four floors high.
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..

VDB, JimB, GGJ16, Lad liked this post
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 14th, 2017, 09:31 PM   #21554
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 23,938
Likes (Received): 7186

It's looking great.

__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..

Bylina, Lad, Jamsterx, jtr007 liked this post
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2017, 11:54 AM   #21555
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nairobi
Posts: 33,918
Likes (Received): 60727

Quote:
Originally Posted by capslock View Post
Sure, but they are not Architects.

Their work has a design element and they are a good company we have worked with many times. Possibly a bit glib to call them Transport Engineers but essentially, the movement of people and vehicles and the various analytical tasks that surround that is what they do.

There’s a legal distinction but also, in the context of this project it puts an important different spin on it. Says something about how it’s been commissioned and the aims of those that have. This isn’t an image led ‘vision’ type proposal primarily but a practical analytical one. Suggests a seriousness of intent. Does that make it more likely to happen I wonder?
Fair enough. I would still argue that their work can pertain to landscape architecture on certain schemes, but point taken.
__________________
-

Zaz965 liked this post
SE9 está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2017, 04:37 PM   #21556
PortoNuts
Registered User
 
PortoNuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Porto
Posts: 23,938
Likes (Received): 7186

Great Portland Estates plans work on £233m trio of schemes

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...io-of-schemes/

Quote:
The trio of sites are all based around the new Crossrail link which the firm said will give amajor boost to the London property market.

Great Portland estates said: “We have added to our near-term development pipeline which now comprises three schemes (414,000 sq ft), all with potential project starts over the next nine months.”

The three sites are:

Cityside House E1 – Strip out and demolition works have started with plans to upgrade and extend the existing offices alongside new build residential and a hotel

Oxford House W1 – Plans for a major new build scheme on the site have been submitted comprising 78,100 sq ft of offices and 38,400 sq ft of retail.

Hanover Square W1 – Enabling works are underway for the largest over-station Crossrail scheme and main works on the New Bond Street building could start in the first half of 2018.
__________________
Got one head for money and one head for sin..
PortoNuts no está en línea   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2017, 10:51 PM   #21557
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nairobi
Posts: 33,918
Likes (Received): 60727

The One Fen Court site isn't constrained by a sightline, although it has to be respectful of townscape views (eg. Waterloo Bridge).
__________________
-

Tedshed, Zaz965 liked this post
SE9 está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2017, 10:54 PM   #21558
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nairobi
Posts: 33,918
Likes (Received): 60727

The Atlas Building | Old Street EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1526548

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



Location
  • Address: 145 City Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Hackney
  • Station: Old Street

Project facts
  • Developer: Rocket Investments
  • Architect: Make Architects
  • Height: 134m
  • Floors: 39
  • Homes: 302



Construction progress at the Atlas Building, photos by David Holt:



__________________
-

JimB, VDB, Bylina, Union Man, AbidM and 4 others liked this post
SE9 está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2017, 10:56 PM   #21559
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nairobi
Posts: 33,918
Likes (Received): 60727

250 City Road | Islington EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=834722

Official website: http://www.250cityroad.co.uk



Location
  • Address: 250 City Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Islington
  • Station: Old Street | Angel

Project facts
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Height: 155m | 137m
  • Floors: 41 | 36
  • Homes: 995



250 City Road making an impression on the skyline, photos by David Holt:



__________________
-

JimB, PortoNuts, VDB, el palmesano, Bylina and 6 others liked this post
SE9 está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote
Old November 15th, 2017, 10:56 PM   #21560
SE9
South East Nine
 
SE9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Nairobi
Posts: 33,918
Likes (Received): 60727

London Mithraeum | City of London EC4

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=351887

Official website: https://www.londonmithraeum.com



Location
  • Address: 12 Walbrook, London EC4
  • Ward: Cordwainer
  • Station: Cannon Street | Bank

Project facts
  • Developer: Bloomberg
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Archaeological consultant: MOLA
  • Lead designer: Jake Barton

The 1,800-year-old Roman Temple of Mithras has opened to the public:

- Financial Times: Roman cult of Mithras reborn in London

- The Telegraph: Reconstructed Roman temple opens beneath the City

- The Guardian: Reconstructed Roman Temple of Mithras opens to public in London












__________________
-

JimB, Luke, sion.campbell, Bylina, Union Man and 9 others liked this post
SE9 está en línea ahora   Reply With Quote


Reply

Tags
development, england, london, united kingdom

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Related topics on SkyscraperCity


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 07:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Feedback Buttons provided by Advanced Post Thanks / Like (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

SkyscraperCity ☆ In Urbanity We trust ☆ about us | privacy policy | DMCA policy

Hosted by Blacksun, dedicated to this site too!
Forum server management by DaiTengu