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Old March 1st, 2011, 10:50 PM   #2161
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I have a question for Portonuts. You're doing a great job posting on the London thread, but why do you have to post just after someone else does it on the Paris thread ? It's disturbing... and d'ont deny it, you've been doing that for a long time.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:21 AM   #2163
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I have a question for Portonuts. You're doing a great job posting on the London thread, but why do you have to post just after someone else does it on the Paris thread ? It's disturbing... and d'ont deny it, you've been doing that for a long time.
I think the more interesting question is why you have used a duplicate account instead of your real one to post this....?


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Old March 2nd, 2011, 04:28 PM   #2164
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I have a question for Portonuts. You're doing a great job posting on the London thread, but why do you have to post just after someone else does it on the Paris thread ? It's disturbing... and d'ont deny it, you've been doing that for a long time.


Yes PortoNuts is a perfidious pro-London ^_^.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 12:21 AM   #2165
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A bright future at Battersea if obstacles are overcome

Chairing a morning event at which 15 speakers laud the coming of London's biggest development after the Olympics can undermine one's natural scepticism. At 1.45pm on Tuesday it was possible to imagine a 200-acre stretch from Vauxhall to Battersea filled by 2031 with 16,000 new homes, a rebuilt power station, a new New Covent Garden and tall offices surrounding the cubic United States embassy. All this, and more, linked by a broad linear park, under which will run an extension to the Northern line, with stations at Nine Elms and Battersea.

To reach this sunny conclusion you have to stop worrying about the £563 million needed for the Northern line extension, or the other half a billion required for new roads, bridges, services, schools and clinics. The figures come from a 200-page study which quietly worries that the £58 million gap between the £1059 million infrastructure costs and £1001 million of anticipated income from a development levy might widen to £513 million.

Boring: Instead imagine a whole new slice of Thames-side London filled in 20 years' time with 28,000 inhabitants and 25,000 workers. Deputy Mayor Sir Simon Milton told the 220-strong audience at Battersea Power Station he was confident that the £58 million funding gap was "not an obstacle" and that a number of ways "including the retention of business rates" are being investigated.

Rob Tincknell, of power station owner Treasury Holdings, said he is confident the £563 million estimate for the tube extension is sound. "We have had it looked at by Balfour Beatty. The contract will be fixed price and the risk taken by the contractor," he said.

It is a year since the last New London Architecture conference on Nine Elms was held. Then plans were sketchy. Now they are more detailed. Wandsworth councillor Ravi Govindia caught the mood: "There is now momentum. It looks like a new quarter for London is beginning to emerge."

Berkeley Homes subsidiary, St James, pledged to begin work on 752 flats at the Tideway Basin in April. Sainsbury's showed drawings of a huge store surrounded by tower blocks. New Covent Garden boss Baroness Brenda Dean teased that fresh plans to rebuild the market would be revealed in days.

But, but, but: more than £700 million needs to be spent by 2015 on infrastructure, mostly on the Northern line extension. In a sane world Transport for London would raise the money via a bond and claim it back, using a development levy. In the real world the developers are supposed to supply the bulk of the cash via a levy before and during development.

The chicken and egg issue is this: without the Northern line extension, there will be no development: without development there will be no Northern line extension. But let's stay positive: Milton promises the conundrum is being addressed.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 12:56 AM   #2166
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I have a question for Portonuts. You're doing a great job posting on the London thread, but why do you have to post just after someone else does it on the Paris thread ? It's disturbing... and d'ont deny it, you've been doing that for a long time.
I have a question for you. Why did you ask him on this thread and not the Paris one, when the London one has nothing to do with it?
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International property investor Hines has announced that work has started on a new office scheme in London. Hines announced yesterday that construction work has now started on a speculative office scheme to be known as 280 High Holborn, London in an area that developers have attempted to rebrand Midtown. The building replaces the now demolished Chichester House, an 8-storey office building that offered 70,000 sq ft of floor space.

Hines acquired the building in April 2007 and achieved planning consent for a new scheme by the end of 2007. Hines had previously announced in August, 2008 that the old offices had been demolished and construction work had commenced on a new-build scheme.

The new scheme (pictured) consists of an 8-storey building that will offer 67,000 sq of office floor space and 3,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space. Individual floor plates will range in size from 7,000 sq ft to 9,400 sq ft. The Grade A scheme is expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. A completion date of autumn, 2012 is expected.

Hines UK Project Director Alexander Knapp said, “We are very optimistic about the leasing prospects for 280 High Holborn as we expect it to be completed at a time when Midtown will have very low levels of Class A supply”.

Architects for the scheme are GMW and the main contractor is Mace who have previously worked with Hines on a mixed-use, residential and office scheme at One Grafton Street, Mayfair. Hines are also expected to complete their 389,000 sq ft Cannon Place office scheme later this year.
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Tate Modern extension ‘on schedule’ to welcome visitors in 2012

Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota is confident the Tate Modern extension will open in Olympic year and that the financial appeal will succeed. "We have every expectation we will be able to use the new building in 2012," said Sir Nicholas during a press conference held on Thursday morning at Tate Britain to announce the exhibitions to be held in Olympic year.

"The important milestones have been reached on time. We had to secure an empty switch house and demolition is about to begin. If you visit the site now you will see it progressing on time and on budget."

On being asked about the cost, Sir Nicholas said: "We continue to be in conversation with individuals. We have raised more money over the last three or four months and we are making good progress. The trustees remain completely confident about our ability to raise the £215 million that is required to build the extension to Tate Modern."

During the summer of 2012 Tate Modern will stage the first substantial survey in the UK of the work of Damien Hirst. The exhibition of around seventy works is being sponsored by the Qatar Museums Authority. It seemed the right moment to show a British artist at Tate Modern in 2012 said Sir Nicholas who added that he expected the show to include new work.

Edvard Munch: the Modern Eye will attempt a radical assessment of the Norwegian artist by revealing his obsession with the rise of photography and his interest in stage production. This exhibition, staged in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Munch Museet in Oslo, will be seen first in Paris and Frankfurt.

Meanwhile, as part of the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, Tino Sehgal has been commissioned to create work for the Turbine Hall. Details are yet to be revealed but his installations are known for their high level of interaction and engagement with the visitor.

Tino Sehgal 2012, the thirteenth commission in the Unilever Series, is scheduled to open a week before the London Olympics opening ceremony at the end of July. Sir Nicholas said that more information about the Tate Modern extension timetable will be made available when the gallery's new director Chris Dercon, presently director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, arrives in May.
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Old March 11th, 2011, 03:13 AM   #2169
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Rocket-Shaped Tower Proposed For Southwark

Fast becoming the playpen for architectural experimentation in London (think the Shard and the Quill amongst others), Southwark could welcome this rocket-shaped tower, which is proposed as an extension to the Russian-owned Menier Chocolate Factory, a theatrical space on Southwark Street.



The 24-storey building, which resembles a solid booster rocket and access tower, contains residential and office space, and is part of a development that would include an extended theatre for the Menier, an art school, restaurant, and a museum dedicated to tea and vodka (the national drinks of Blighty and Russia, naturally). In an unusual twist, the complex would incorporate a new raised public plaza, named for the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.

Gagarin, whose orbital voyage took place fifty years ago this April, may seem the unlikely recipient of such an honour. Yet when Yuri-fever raced across the world in the summer of ’61, London wasn’t exempt. The Times reported on the “cheering crowds” that greeted him at London Airport, from whence he was borne in a hammer-and-sickle embossed Rolls Royce to the Russian embassy, and later to lunch with the Queen at Buckingham Palace. As the anniversary approaches, Gagarin’s star is on the rise again (sorry); a street in Houston, Texas is to be re-named in his honour.



Is it right for London to honour the first man in space in such a fashion? Can we expect Muscovites to be enjoying a stroll in Dame Ellen MacArthur Park in years to come? And, perhaps most importantly, when are we going to get a statue of Laika?
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London property market to get £52bn Asian investment

International investors are preparing to plough £52bn of equity into UK commercial property, principally in cental London, amid thriving market conditions. Buyers from Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and China will be the latest to target commercial property deals, according to research from property agent Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).

Asian investors are the dominant force driving demand and should this year overtake the Middle East as the largest buying group. Jones Lang LaSalle said there was more than £52bn of equity seeking acquisitions, with 80pc focused on central London,

China's influence on the London market, which remains the biggest in the world, is poised to grow. The country's sovereign wealth fund made its first UK property investment in 2009 by backing the refinancing of Canary Wharf owner Songbird Estates.

Investors are being attracted to central London properties by their trophy status, the standing of the UK as a global financial centre, a lack of supply of new properties, and the long lease lengths that UK rents offer. Chris Brett, head of JLL's international desk, said: "We expect investors to move further into 'riskier' style transactions such as short income and development opportunities as occupational markets improve.

As 2011 progresses, demand will grow and London will witness capital sources from mainland China, Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan, in addition to the Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysian and Korean investors already prevalent."

Despite the economic uncertainty and prospect of public spending cuts, the amount of cash spent on Central London offices rose by 34pc last year. Transaction volumes reached £5bn in the West End and the same value in the City, with foreign investments accounting for 63pc of the activity.

According to the JLL, as many as 45 different nationalities are searching for opportunities to invest in London commercial property.
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In London, the scarcity of supply grows towers in the City

Many projects, the next tallest tower in Europe, Shard, are under construction.
The low supply of offices in the British capital has led developers to wake up many projects around that the crisis had broken. They should radically change the skyline of the city. There are, indeed, at least six towers, almost completed, started or about to be over the next three years. These skyscrapers have evocative nicknames have nothing to envy the famous Gherkin, Norman Foster. The Shard of glass (Shard), whose construction is well underway just south of the business district of the City, and will be the tallest tower in Europe including London dominate the antenna at 310 meters. It will not be the only change to the landscape: Heron already stands alongside the NatWest Tower and it will certainly soon be joined by the scraper cheese, Pinnacle or Walkie-Talkie. The real estate professionals are far from thinking that this influx of new spaces pose a risk to the market. "One would think that developers could not deploy their capital in 2009 unwisely do today, but it seems that 'they chose the right time, in any case if employment continues to recover financial heart of London, explains Nicolas Lyle, industry analyst at HSBC. The six towers coming up about 4.5% the total square meters available in the City, the gold supply is still limited for quality goods and many leases expire in 2013 or 2014. "
The year 2010 was in any case, enough to give them morale, even if the London office market continues to operate at two speeds, higher quality goods saw their value increase much faster. "After a fall 40% caused by the crisis, property prices have, in total, found his long-term average thanks to the rebound of the past two years, " welcomes and Damian Corbett, an official from Jones Lang LaSalle, a specialist commercial real estate.
In 2010, the total amount invested in London rose 34% to 11.6 billion euros, fueled by foreign funds, especially because the British still have difficulty finding bank financing. Investors in emerging markets, such as Chinese, Korean or Middle Easterners are much more numerous. "London is seen as a safe and transparent market, including the change in rents is quite readable in the long term," says Damian Corbett.
Stronger demand than expected

Rents for properties in prime have appreciated by 22% in the City and 18% in central London in 2010, and 1125 respectively EUR 700 euros per square meter per year. Demand, stronger than expected thanks to deals signed by banks UBS and JP Morgan suggests that rental values ​​will continue to rise this year at a slower pace. "Vacancy rates are, in fact, past by 7-8%, below which, historically, rents rise again, " said Nicolas Lyle.
Demand is driven more by moving than by job growth or new business needs. Given the low supply, these movements are sufficient to supply the market.
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Old March 12th, 2011, 03:49 PM   #2172
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It seems the 136m Quebec Building is close to commencing construction works.

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It seems that Ballymore is planning to start construction on this one.

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Old March 13th, 2011, 04:45 AM   #2173
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Laing O’Rourke appointed as UKCMRI main contractor

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation (UKCMRI) - a charitable medical research institute at St Pancras in central London – has appointed Laing O’Rourke as its main contractor. Plans for the proposed institute were approved by the London Borough of Camden at a meeting in December and agreed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in January. Construction work is expected to begin on the site in late Spring.

The pioneering laboratories will become a world class facility for medical research with 1,500 staff, strengthening the UK's reputation as a centre for excellence for medical science and helping to maintain the country’s competitiveness in science and healthcare. The institute is being built within the exceptional cluster of biomedical research already carried out in Camden. It will bring together biologists, chemists, physicists, engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians with some of the UK’s leading hospitals to focus in new ways on understanding the underlying causes of health and disease.

The UKCMRI charity has been founded by the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London). The institute will combine scientists from Cancer Research UK’s London Research Institute at Lincoln’s Inn Fields, the MRC’s National Institute for Medical Research and UCL.

UKCMRI’s Chief Executive, Sir Paul Nurse said: “This extraordinary development will play a key role in understanding and tackling diseases that affect people across the UK. It is a complex building designed to promote creative and collaborative research to study these problems.”

UKCMRI’s Construction Director Andy Smith added: “After a lengthy and detailed evaluation process, Laing O’Rourke was chosen as the main contractor for the development of UKCMRI. The Laing O’Rourke bid scored the highest technically and commercially of the tenders received and represented the best value for money. Laing O’Rourke has a superb track record in delivering such complicated projects. We are very pleased to be working with them.”

Commenting on the appointment, Roger Robinson, Chief Executive of Laing O’Rourke’s Europe hub, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver this transformational project in the heart of central London. We look forward to working with UKCMRI to deliver a state-of-the-art medical research facility that will drive advances in the prevention and treatment of diseases. The Laing O’Rourke team has the right blend of technical expertise and construction resources required to ensure delivery of such a world-class project. Our comprehensive understanding of the local issues and commitment to the key stakeholders involved will be instrumental in meeting this complex engineering challenge.”

UKCMRI and Laing O’Rourke are creating a community liaison group to meet monthly to ensure the views of local people on the building process are heard and to ensure residents are kept up-to-date on the progress of the development. Sir Paul Nurse said: “We are determined this institute will be a good neighbour to local people. Over the last three years we have had an ongoing programme of community consultation which will continue as building work begins. UKCMRI has agreed with the Council a package of benefits for local people worth around £10million – with initiatives to improve health and homes, employment and education, community safety and the environment.”
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Old March 14th, 2011, 02:08 PM   #2174
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*Edit* The opening has in fact been postponed until the 5th May to coincide with the 138th anniversary of the original hotel opening:
http://www.marriott.co.uk/hotelwebsi...nouncement.pdf


London: St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Opens
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It has been more than six years in the creation and it has cost in excess of £150m ($240), but the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel at St Pancras International station opens its doors to guests on 14 March.

It is more than 70 years since this vast Gothic masterpiece designed by George Gilbert Scott was last a hotel and it is more like 100 years since it was in its heyday (it first opened in 1873).

Working with the likes of English Heritage, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the UK’s Victorian Society, the hotel’s owners, designers and engineers have painstakingly brought it back to life. In its latest incarnation it combines modernity with many elements of its Victorian heritage, including wallpapers and tiles based on those that were discovered here, original fireplaces and restored paintings and frescoes.

The one-time station booking office has been transformed into a bar and restaurant, potentially seating 80 diners inside and 80 outside. Its menu will be inspired both by a Victorian original that has come to light and by the destinations that can be reached from St Pancras – the UK ones, that is. It will be interesting to see to what extent Melton Mowbray pork pies, Stilton cheese and Bakewell tart provide inspiration to the chefs.

This dining room is filled with splendid original wooden panelling that features over 170 individual carved flowers, each perhaps 5cm high, and each slightly different from the next.

Elsewhere in the hotel the room that was once the place Victorian travellers ate their breakfast has been transformed into a second restaurant – this time under the auspices of the double Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing. Called the Gilbert Scott, it will be headed up by Wareing protégé Chantelle Nicholson.

Above the restaurant, in the old part of the building, are 38 suites, including the £10,000-a-night Royal Suite. It that isn’t available, guests might be tempted by the Victorian Suite – at £3,000 per night. This can lay claim to having one of the most dramatic colour schemes of any hotel room in London.

Its spectacular yellow, orange and green-patterned wallpaper is a replica of a 100-year-old original that once lined the room – an unexpected example of which was found when a mirror was removed during the restoration.

Further down the broad, high-ceilinged, red-painted corridor is room 177. Not as grand as either of the other two it is nonetheless novel because it overlooks the Eurostar platforms. Train lovers could sit in their room and watch comings and goings all day if they so desired.

The majority of the hotel’s rooms – 207 of them – are in a new wing adjoining the Victorian original and are available from £300 per night. While these may not have the Victorian heritage of those in the older segment, they do have plenty of home comforts and original artworks on their walls.
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The real estate service provider BNP Paribas Real Estate has unveiled at Cannes, as part of the MIPIM 2011, the first images of the future headquarters of BNP Paribas in London. A 40,000 m2 commercial building designed by the Paris branch of architecture Wilmotte & Associates.

Each year at Cannes, the international real estate exhibition ( MIPIM ) is an opportunity for developers to unveil some of their projects. On 9 March 2011, BNP Paribas Real Estate has presented his "first program offices in London (United Kingdom). An operation that falls "within the framework of internationalization of its business." The future building of 40,000 square meters to house the headquarters of BNP Paribas, will be located near King's Cross, opposite the railway station of St. Pancras. The architectural firm headed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte is responsible for its implementation. Work should start "in the fall of 2012," for delivery "in 2015." According to BNP Paribas Real Estate, the environmental qualities of the building will be certified Breeam and HQE.
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boring blob of a groundscraper.....the last thing London needs.

Thought the French were supposed to be stylish....
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Old March 16th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #2178
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even more French guys throwing in London...
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Old March 17th, 2011, 02:52 AM   #2179
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boring blob of a groundscraper.....the last thing London needs.

Thought the French were supposed to be stylish....
Most of us crave for skyscrapers but perhaps the bank doesn't need so much office space...

Groundscrapers aren't usually as daring as skyscrapers. The roof is interesting though.
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This may not be one of the most outstanding groundscrapers in London, but one can see the site location advantages for a Paris-based bank. One can imagine some swanky roof top parties too.
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