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Old April 5th, 2011, 10:12 AM   #2241
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Mayor Boris Johnson has announced he wants London to become the “electric driving capital of the world.”



The London Mayor was speaking at the launch of the first city-wide electric vehicle charging network, provided by Source London. Source London has committed itself to boosting today’s 250 publicly available charging points in the capital to “at least 1,300” by 2013. Boris Johnson continued:

“This is in support of the expanding range of electric cars coming to market and will deliver a range of environmental benefits in terms of pushing down on pollution in London.”

The government has already pledged £250 million funding for electric vehicles in the form of a £5,000 plug-in car grant to buyers, and there are numerous charging infrastructure projects underway throughout the country.

Despite this, the first batch of family friendly electric vehicles, like the Nissan LEAF for example, remain considerably more expensive than their petrol counterparts. Look beyond the steep sticker price, however, and there are incredible savings to be had from a fuel and maintenance point of view. Electric vehicles also incur no company car tax, no Vehicle Excise Duty and no London Congestion Charge.

Recent research by Citroën shows that the average daily journey in urban areas is 23 miles. The car is at rest for 92 per cent of each day, creating numerous recharging opportunities. The French car maker has recently released the C-Zero, an all-electric supermini that offers a fully charged range of 93 miles.
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Croydon offices planning application submitted by developer

A planning application to develop a mixed-use scheme in Croydon comprising offices, residential properties and retail units has been submitted to the local council. Developer Menta's plans for the 750,000 sq ft site on Cherry Orchard Road next to the East Croydon railway station include provisions for 71,000 sq ft of office space aimed at boosting the local economy by targeting start-up businesses, Property Week reports.

Along with the new London offices, other elements of the proposals include a residential tower with 54 floors and a hotel. The development was designed by architects Make with the East Croydon Masterplan - a regeneration scheme for the wider area - in mind. Menta has been working with Network Rail, Croydon Council and Transport for London to come up with the plans.

"Our mixed-use scheme reflects the bold ambitions of Croydon and sits with the borough's masterplan for the station and its environs," remarked Ken Shuttleworth of Make.

Another developer, Stanhope and Schroders, is looking to create around one million sq ft of office space at a site on the other side of the East Croydon railway tracks known as Ruskin Square.
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London super-prime property forecast to reach incredible highs

Top properties in the best areas of London are likely to reach £10,000 a square foot within the next few years, according to Knight Frank, the high-end UK property agent. Speaking at the release of Knight Frank's The Wealth Report, Liam Bailey, head of research at the property group, said that top properties in London are approaching £10,000 a square foot.

He said: "Given that top properties were selling for around £1,000 a square foot around a decade ago and that those same properties could now achieve £6,000 a square foot, it's entirely possible that we will see levels approaching £10,000 soon."

This would mean that a 1,000 square foot apartment in an area like Knightsbridge, one of London's most expensive residential property neighbourhoods, could sell for an incredible £10 million in the next few years. Bailey said that London was seeing an unprecedented level of interest from foreign buyers, particularly since the outbreak of unrest in the Middle East.

"Although prime London property took a hit during the financial crisis, prices have since rebounded and are actually higher today than they were at their peak before the crisis," he said. "London is viewed by many buyers as a safe haven." According to Knight Frank, around 50% of the buyers for prime property – those that sell for more than £2 million – are foreigners. A much higher percentage than other top property markets in cities like New York and Paris.

Bailey said this is why top residential property prices in London have rebounded much faster than in New York.

However, Charles McDowell, a property finder for the wealthiest buyers in London, cautioned about getting too over excited about the current property boom in the capital. He said: "Although prices are high and have in some cases returned to their pre-financial crisis levels, vendors are often not able to achieve the prices they had hoped." He added: "There is still not the transactional craziness we were seeing back in 2007."

Despite the boom in prime property in the UK capital, London was still only the second most expensive residential location in the world, beaten by Monaco, according to The Wealth Report. The Knight Frank report also emphasised the importance of property as an investment, saying that on average, property accounts for 35% of the investment portfolios of the ultra-high net worth.
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London-based Watkins Gray International has completed an extensive £3 million ($4.9 million) Phase 1 refurbishment project of the Grade II listed pools at Camberwell Leisure Centre in London.



The refurbishment has been designed to make the historic building energy-efficient. Bringing the building to contemporary standards, the original façade of the building was retained. The original 25m pool has been retiled along with the learner pool, with new changing areas installed. Care was taken to protect the heritage of the building. Other new enhancements included the provision of a remodelled entrance area, reception and café.

Other improvements include an expanded gym and fitness area, dry side changing rooms, restored Warwick Hall multi-purpose studio, and a new youth facility. These are due to be completed by mid 2011.

A major aspect of the renovation was the energy efficient features to reduce the carbon footprint of the building: low energy plant, equipment and fittings, low energy lighting, and materials specified from “A” rating of the Green Guide Specification.

The centre originally opened on 1 October 1892. It has been managed by Fusion Lifestyle for over 10 years. The project was completed on behalf of Southwark Council.
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Europe's tallest living wall springs into life



Bennett’s Associates use 180,000 plants to create 11th-storey green wall at the Mint Hotel in London

Now Spring is here Europe’s tallest green wall is bursting into life. It covers internal walls in the courtyard of the Bennett’s Associates designed Mint Hotel near the Tower of London which opened earlier this year.

The wall extends from the glass roof of the covered courtyard all the way up to the 11th floor and wraps around the outside of the building and links up with the hotel’s green roof. It provides an attractive backdrop for guests in the reception area under the glass roof and from the bedrooms facing into the courtyard.

Forty different species of plant has been used and are planted into real soil. According to green wall specialist, Frosts Landscape Construction real soil is better for the plants meaning it will last longer than walls using hydroponic planting systems.

A total of 180,000 evergreen plants make up the wall. Different species have been selected depending on the orientation, for example thrifts and red Campion has been used for the south facing element of the scheme while shade loving plants including ferns have been used on the north side.

The wall is made up of 4,100 planting modules which each contain 45 planted cells which are 70mm deep. The plants were established before the modules were fixed to the building. Each module is fixed to a steel frame using a plastic mounting strip; the frame is fixed to the rendered wall of the hotel.

An automatic irrigation system is built into the wall and supplies a combination of water and liquid fertiliser to keep the plants healthy. If anything goes wrong with the irrigation system a text message is automatically sent to Frosts so they can take corrective action before any damage is done.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 08:00 PM   #2246
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Wow... interesting irrigation system they are using too.
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Reminds me of that wall in Madrid next to the Caixa Forum.
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PricewaterhouseCoopers' More London HQ to be powered by chip fat

Recycled cooking oil from bars, restaurants and businesses across London will be used to generate low carbon energy for PricewaterhouseCoopers' new headquarters at More London near London Bridge.





It is four years since PwC announced that it was relocating to 7 More London and marks a return to Southwark for the firm that used to occupy the Southwark Towers complex which was demolished to make way for the Shard.

More than 6000 PwC employees will move to 7 More London over the coming months and the firm is keen to show off the low carbon credentials of the Foster + Partners-designed riverside office block.

Two 6,000 litre tankers a week will be filled with used cooking oil collected by Arrow Oil from offices and restaurants from city centre locations.

The oil will be transported to a Southwark refinery, Uptown Biodiesel, and then on to PwC for use in the firm's state of the art tri-generation facility at Tooley Street.

"When you think of green technologies you don't think of used oil from a kitchen but the reality is these technologies offered us a real low carbon alternative to traditional fuel," says Jon Barnes, PwC's head of building and facilities services.

"It was an ambitious plan, when you realise a small restaurant might use 10 to 20 litres a week, and you see the scale of the deal we're talking about, for just one site."

"Securing the supply within the M25 was essential, as otherwise the carbon footprint for moving the oil increases and would have defeated the purpose of investing in the low carbon technology."

Over 45,000 litres of cooking oil will be sourced per month, equivalent to the oil needed to fill 9,000 average domestic deep fat fryers.

The tri-generation facility will use 100 per cent biofuel and is the largest installation of its type in a commercial office building in the UK.

The oil will be used to fire two large generators creating a quarter of the electricity needed for the building, as well as 20 per cent of its heating and cooling. Overall, 25 per cent of the energy needed in the building will be generated on site.

PwC worked with its catering supplier partner ARAMARK to secure supplies from other offices around the City, and oil collection company, Arrow Oil, to source supplies from a network of restaurants, hotels and bars within the M25. This oil is then delivered to Uptown Biodiesel in Southwark where it is refined for use in the generators.

More than half of the building's energy demand is met from low and zero carbon technologies. Solar panels will be used to heat water. A chiller heat recovery system recycles waste heat from the chiller units and the lighting has daylight saving control.

The 7 More London building includes space for a supermarket with its entrance on Tooley Street but the identity of the future operator is still unknown.

PwC is also working with Beyond Food to open a cooking school and restaurant on the ground floor of the former fire station on Tooley Street.
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Rio Tinto signs up for new Paddington offices

Aviva Investors, Avestus Capital Partners and Development Securities have today announced that Rio Tinto, the leading international mining group, has taken a lease of 26,000 sq ft of office space in Paddington Central on the entire 6th floor at Two Kingdom Street.

Two Kingdom Street is already home to the global headquarters of AstraZeneca, the pharmaceuticals giant, who vacated their offices in Mayfair for larger more cost effective office space in Paddington.

AstraZeneca’s offices were officially opened in February by Mayor Boris Johnson who at the time commented: “This once derelict part of London has transformed itself into a thriving new business district providing quick access to the capital’s transport network, its airports and its centres of world class research.

“With Crossrail passing through Paddington in the near future, many more businesses will be heading west to reap the huge business benefits AstraZeneca has discovered in this fantastic corner of the capital." Completed in 2010, Two Kingdom Street comprises of 230,000 sq ft net of prime office space and 22,000 sq ft of high-end studio space. Only 134,000 sq ft remains available.
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Work To Start On Oakmayne Plaza

Having spent years in development hell, work could finally be soon to start on Oakmayne Plaza, one of the key developments in London's Elephant and Castle area.

The site sits on a vacant lot to the immediate south of New Kent Road, sandwiched between there, Elephant Road, and the Heygate Estate and will mark the extension of the immediate town centre of Elephant and Castle out by another block to the east.

Following the recent involvement of Delancey in the scheme as one of the developers in addition to Oakmayne Properties, work is due to begin in April 2011 with preparatory work in the form of the first piling running from May to July 2011. Following that, from September 2011 until February 2012 the site will be fully excavated to clear out the necessary area for the buildings to sit on. This will be followed by a three year construction programme that will see completion of the project in 2014.

Oakmayne Plaza consists in the main of three buildings that range from 23 to 15 floors. Dominated by residential uses, the scheme will have 312 apartments for the private market, plus accommodation for 275 student rooms. A new cinema is expected to be built on the site too which will replace the demolished Erno Goldfinger designed Odeon that stood nearby. In addition to this there will be a new 214 bedroom hotel, and 2,300 square metres of retail of which Sainsbury's is expected to be the anchor tenant.
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Morgan Lovell designs Rackspace HQ in London



UK-based Morgan Lovell has designed the new Hayes-based office headquarters for Rackspace in the Hyde Park Hayes development in London.

Spanning 100,000 square feet, Rackspace's new headquarters consolidates its previous two offices in Stockley Park into a single building. The new offices are designed to enhance company's reputation of being one of the best places to work in the UK and will house the company's 620 ‘Rackers’.

The company's office design concept is based around the staff benefits which have been embodied within the build and emphasises the importance of inspirational environment for high productivity. The theme of the new office design is home.

Spread over four floors, the ground floor of the facility features a garage-style area. An old Mini placed in the space makes it a focal point and a unique place to hold a business meeting.

The first floor is replete with the fresh and funky style of a retro lounge, while the second floor evokes a more traditional, library-type feel with its Chesterfield sofas and armchairs, mahogany furniture, parquet flooring and oriental rugs. The third floor features a courtyard ‘garden’, a light and airy space that makes the most of the glass-roofed atrium complete with picnic benches.

The most notable element of the whole design is the 10 Downing Street boardroom, where a cardboard cut-out of Prime Minister David Cameron is featured inviting users through a replica of the famous black front door. Every aspect of Rackspace’s new office is designed to encourage creative thinking, stimulate decision-making and cultivate a positive attitude.
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(Reuters) - Well-wishers gathering in London to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be able to watch the ceremony on two giant screens in the city centre, the capital's mayor said on Thursday.

Only 1,900 people -- from family and friends to foreign dignitaries, diplomats, soldiers and charity workers -- have invitations to watch the service inside Westminster Abbey on April 29.

Outside, tens of thousands of people are expected to line the route of the couple's wedding procession to the abbey from Buckingham Palace.

The screens will be erected nearby in Trafalgar Square and Hyde Park, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said.

"The royal wedding will be a truly momentous occasion and we want everyone to be able to join in the celebrations," he said.

Two billion people around the world are expected to tune into television broadcasts of the royal marriage, culture minister Jeremy Hunt said on Wednesday.
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That looks like a building inside a building, fabulous.
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BSkyB 'wants up to 180,000 sq ft of west London offices'

New west London offices are needed for BSkyB, it has been reported. According to Property Week, up to 180,000 sq ft of space could be required. Sources within the commercial property market have said that between 20,000 and 180,000 sq ft of west London offices have been looked at across a number of different boroughs.

Places listed by the resource included Wembley, Richmond, Hammersmith and Slough. It is thought that BSkyB has asked for help in finding new offices in order for it to relocate later this year from its current home at the 170,000 sq ft New Horizons Court in Brentford.

Sky has a number of other offices in London, including on Buckingham Palace Road, Brick Lane and Braham Street. It also has locations across the rest of the UK, with Manchester, Leeds, Bristol and Dublin just some of its other bases.

New Horizons Court is now being marketed ahead of becoming vacant after BSkyB's move, Property Week added.
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Work is kicking off on a joint venture between two of Britain's largest developers in a site just north of London's Thames Barrier. Developed by Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Developments with the help of the London Development Agency, the scheme called Barrier Park East sits on a strategically placed T-shaped site on a strip of land located south between the Royal Docks and the iconic Thames Flood Barrier.



The area has proven particularly popular for Barratt who have developed a number of other schemes in this part of the London borough of Newham including Tradewinds Riverside. Despite this however, the area remains full of empty brownfield land with the wider regeneration having stalled following the 2008 world financial crisis.

Barrier Park East has been masterplanned by Allies and Morrison Architects with the first part of the scheme, Block D, which sits on the eastern arm of the T, penned by Maccreanor Lavington Architects. Clad in a brick exterior that harks back to the Victorian warehouses of London's Docklands it will consist of 156 apartments in a courtyard block, plus a small number of mews houses too.

The tower element of the project rises to a mere 14 floors which translates into a height of just under 43 metres above ground level, something that has been set so tightly because of the proximity of the project to City Airport. Indeed, throughout the whole site, low height limits reign, although given the relatively low density of developments in the immediate area this is hardly a problem.

As such, once complete in 2013 if everything goes to plan, the Barrier Park East project will contain 780 new homes on a 4.6 hectare site along with a new urban park that helps integrate it into the neighbouring Barrier Park.
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^ City Peninsula would be a good addition to Canary Wharf skyline, no?
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The most notable element of the whole design is the 10 Downing Street boardroom, where a cardboard cut-out of Prime Minister David Cameron is featured inviting users through a replica of the famous black front door. Every aspect of Rackspace’s new office is designed to encourage creative thinking, stimulate decision-making and cultivate a positive attitude.
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