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Old July 10th, 2011, 11:58 PM   #2521
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sweeet. I admire London for its semiorganic construction-activies everywhere...
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Old July 11th, 2011, 12:06 AM   #2522
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"Everywhere" being the word - you're never far from a crane!
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Old July 11th, 2011, 01:15 AM   #2523
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It is really a quality tower , hope it gets built soon
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Old July 11th, 2011, 10:22 PM   #2524
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Chinese firms seek London hub

London is fast becoming a hub for Chinese businesses looking to expand globally.This month, PetroChina, one of the world's largest oil and gas producers, is searching for offices in central London of more than 45,000 sq ft. It already has a small office in Centre Point, but is looking for something larger.

PetroChina is increasing its European holdings and last month bought a 50 per cent stake in INEOS's refining business, which has plants in Scotland and France.

The Hong Kong listed Brightoil Petroleum is also planning to open a London office and is looking for around 20,000 sq ft of space.

The Chinese telecoms firm Huawei, although it already has a small office in Basingstoke – around 5,000 sq ft of space – is planning to set up home in the capital. The firm, which has been in talks to provide mobile phone services on the London Underground, is now looking to increase its footprint in central London.
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Old July 11th, 2011, 10:23 PM   #2525
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Wasn't 1 Blackfriar's Road a false-alarm ?
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Old July 13th, 2011, 12:33 AM   #2526
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West London offices approved by Westminster Council

Westminster Council has approved a mixed-use development that will include west London offices. The scheme - which also consists of five residential towers - will be built on an empty plot of land in Paddington.

Each of the towers will be between 11 and 17 storeys in height and along with the business space, will be bound by Hermitage Street to the west, Westway and Harrow Road to the north and North Wharf Road to the south and east.

Businesses with London offices in this area were also recently informed that plans are now underway for the building of a new Crossrail station in Paddington after Costain Skanska JV was awarded the contract.

The deal is worth around £250 million and once the new rail facility is built, employees will be able to travel to Liverpool Street within nine minutes and Canary Wharf in just over 15 minutes.

Chairman of the planning and city development committee at Westminster Council Alastair Moss commented: "This is a thoughtful scheme on what is a challenging site. The standard of the plans and the light it affords to the neighbourhood despite the density of the scheme get it well over the line."
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Old July 14th, 2011, 04:46 PM   #2527
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Construction begins at the UKCMRI, recently renamed The Francis Crick Institute

The Institute honours one of the United Kingdom's greatest scientists renowned for collaborative and innovative research and discoveries in biology and medicine including the identification and significance of the molecular structure of DNA.

The Director and Chief Executive of UKCMRI, Paul Nurse said, "Francis Crick...embodied the qualities of collaboration, creativity and tenacity we would Like to instill within the culture of the institute to be named for him."

The institute is founded by four of the world's leading medical research organisations: the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust and UCL (University College London). In April, Imperial College London and King's College London signalled their intention to to join the partnership.

PLP Architecture was invited to collaborate with HOK on the development of the design with a particular focus on external massing, elevations and public realm. The building creates a state-of-the-art research centre that supports the scientific goals of the institute and promotes public engagement. The design respects the architectural heritage of the local area and its large civic neighbours to the south and east - St. Pancras International and the British Library - and the smaller scale residential buildings of Sommers Town to the north and west.

The distinctive vaulted roof recalls the form of the adjacent Barlow Shed at St Pancras International; the delicate engineering of the roof contrasts with the robust masonry at the base of the building which creates richly textured elevations at street level. Innovative architectural and engineering design will deliver a highly sustainable building.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 08:51 PM   #2528
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oh my God how is changing London! I was here in 2009,now there are so much skyscrapers builted... I love this city, the n.1 in Europe
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Old July 15th, 2011, 04:45 AM   #2529
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100 Bishopsgate in the city has had a modest height increase from 165m to 172m.

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Old July 17th, 2011, 06:50 AM   #2530
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Great news!

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Yammer chooses Tech City London offices for European HQ

Enterprise social network Yammer - which is headquartered in San Francisco - has chosen London offices for its new European base.

The organisation - whose online platform is used by more than 100,000 companies - selected London's Tech City for its new European headquarters (HQ). Its new offices are located in the EC1 part of the UK's capital on City Road and will act as a base for customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

UK Trade and Investment and London and Partners supported the firm's move and mayor of the capital Boris Johnson commented: "Yammer's decision to grow [its] business in London and at the centre of Tech City illustrates our increasingly pivotal role in the global digital economy."

Tech City will stretch to the Olympic Park in Stratford to Shoreditch and Old Street once fully developed. Indeed, east London offices are increasingly housing digital organisations, such as Lastfm.com and Songkick, which is the largest database of concerts in the world.

Other companies involved in supporting the development of Tech City include Google, Facebook, Barclays, BT and Intel.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 08:36 PM   #2531
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Plenty of work going on the Kings Cross regeneration scheme.

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Here's my latest KX Central round-up. On my HTC Desire camera I'm afraid, as the battery had died on my normal camera.


Personally I think the new concourse is amazing:



I still can't figure out how this junction is going to work though:



The gasholder has now been completely dismantled. I will be stored and restored prior to re-erection north of the canal:




The levelling work continues:



The new gas governor is finished, soon to be encircled by a mix of reclaimed brick and green walls:



Final finishes to the south side of Goods Way now complete:



Work on the north side continues. The concrete wall (partly painted black) marks the new road level on that side:



The Boulevard. Still being levelled:



The stairs up to Granary Square:




Looking towards the gas governor across the canal, which without its retaining wall looks like a river:



R4 still shooting up:




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Old July 18th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #2532
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EPR Draw Up Millharbour Plans

Plans are afoot by EPR Architects for a new residential mid-rise development at 45 Millharbour in London's Docklands.



The scheme is being developed by Michael Hunt, and if built will primarily have 880 square metres of ground floor office and retail space plus 136 new apartments within its part 7-storey, part 14-storey form.

The site sits on the southern part of the Millennium Quarter masterplan on what was originally site 22. This puts it to the immediate south of the completed 41 Millharbour and to the north of the London Arena and Crossharbour.

As with its northern neighbour the massing of the building is split into three sections with the middle height shorter than the two tower elements either side. This seven storey middle height is a requirement placed on the development by the Millennium Quarter masterplan.

Like that they also set back from the site boundaries to reduce the overall bulk of the scheme, not to mention continue the existing look of the area. Tying it in further is the 14-storey height limit which continues the stepping down of the Millennium Quarter as it progresses in a southerly direction along the Isle of Dogs.

Where possible, balconies pepper the exterior to give the inhabitants some outside space, and to add to the marketability of the apartments. These are used sparingly on the southern elevation only when there is 18 metres or more space between rooms as to prevent neighbours being able to spy on each other. Further enhancing privacy will be the use of opaque cladding where necessary to reduce the views into neighbouring apartments and the stepped form that restricts overlooking views.

Cladding the building will a mixture of transparent glass and anodized aluminium on the east and west sides that are predominantly tall. Covering much of the exterior of the northern side will be dark grey brick rather than the heavy levels of glazing which should reduce the heat loss of the colder side of the building.

Identifying them will be made easier by cladding with the eastern end having Red Orange detailing, and western employing Zinc Yellow. Orange is according to the marketing wonks, the identifying colour of Millwall Inner Dock, which runs along the eastern side of the site. The seven-storey section between the two towers will have a powder blue colour scheme.

The end result is a project that blends in, rather than stands out, but with the Millennium Quarter shaping up the way it is, the desire for aesthetic consolidation of what is already there is hardly surprising.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 12:35 AM   #2533
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Woah, apparently London is THE place to invest right now for companies... is there anyone who isn't choosing London at the moment? Doubt it.

Every time I see an update on this thread, that shows some horrid 70's concrete run down area being leveled and prepped instead for some high quality 21st Century scheme my heart cheers a little more.

I have to say... Porto.. you deserve a medal for your efforts.
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Old July 19th, 2011, 09:08 PM   #2534
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London & Stamford adds to residential portfolio

London & Stamford, the property company, has bought more than 100 homes being developed in central London in a strategy to build a large rental portfolio to tap into the growth of the capital’s residential market.

The deal to buy the residential scheme near the City of London, which is expected to be announced on Wednesday, will be the next stage in a long-term plan by London & Stamford to seed the UK’s first real estate investment trust purely focused on rented residential property.

It follows a similar acquisition by British Land in the City last month, and comes amid intense interest from developers in key London sites. Property companies are keen to exploit the booming market in the capital, as most regional markets struggle in the face of downbeat economic conditions. London has seen prices for both residential and commercial property spike to near or above their pre-boom levels, as overseas money has flooded the capital looking for secure assets.

Great Portland Estates is in advanced talks to acquire a site owned by the Royal Mail on Rathbone Place near Oxford Street that can house as many as 90 homes as well as offices and retail outlets. Meanwhile, a joint venture between Canary Wharf and Qatar has emerged as favourite to be picked as the developer of a mixed use scheme around the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank, after rivals Development Securities and Carlyle on Tuesday withdrew from the final round of bidding.

The residential rental market has been buoyed by a lack of sites as well as demand from first time buyers unable to secure mortgages. Rents hit a record high in June in London, climbing above £1,000 a month for the first time, according to LSL Property Services.

One person with knowledge of the strategy at London & Stamford, which is run by property entrepreneurs Raymond Mould and Patrick Vaughan, said its aim was to build a large portfolio of rented London homes that could eventually be separated into a standalone investment vehicle such as a real estate investment trust.

The company has exchanged contracts with Seward Street Developments – a joint venture between Mount Anvil and Notting Hill Housing Group – to buy 107 homes in a development at Seward Street in Islington for close to £50m.

The scheme, which is expected to be finished by 2013, will be financed through the company’s existing cash, although London & Stamford is in advanced talks to bring in new debt behind its growing residential portfolio. It has previously bought residential schemes in Highbury and Battersea, which are fully let.
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Oh the irony! World's biggest McDonald's to open... on the OLYMPICS site


Supersize me: The new McDonald's at the Olympic Park in east London is set to be the world's largest for the chain

-Restaurant will have 1,500 seats and is half the length of an American football field

-One in five meals sold at the Games will be a McDonald's



Hungry London 2012 Olympic spectators look set to pile on the calories when the world's biggest McDonald's opens in time for next summer's games.

Having worked up an appetite, Olympic ticket holders will be able to feast on Big Macs and fries, served up at the Supersize two-storey outlet, set to open at Stratford's Olympic Park site.

The 3,000-square-metre restaurant will dwarf the other 32,000 stores across the globe, and will be one of FOUR McDonald's, including one located in the athlete's village.

The junk food retailer is set to employ 470 staff, who will serve an estimated 50,000 Big Macs and 100,000 portions of fries during the games, and make an additional 30,000 milkshakes.

The fast food outlet's UK chief executive Jill McDonald has called the announcement 'hugely exciting.'

Meanwhile, Olympic chiefs have moved quickly to reject claims that the new McDonald's will deter from aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, which London chiefs have been pushing since winning the Olympic bid.

A member of the Olympics team told the Daily Mail: 'McDonald's has been a committed Olympic sponsor and has a wide range of programs to encourage people to keep fit.

'There will also be a wide range of foods available to members of the public.' The fast food chain are set to announce details of their new flagship store today.

Next year's London Olympics will be the ninth consecutive games where McDonald's has acted as the event's official restaurant and the only branded food service retailer feeding the athletes.

In April, McDonald's reported a soar in global profit of $1.2bn (£730m), up 10.9 per cent from the previous year with revenue rising by 9 per cent to $6.1bn.
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Much more building work needed for London students

The current mini boom on construction of student accommodation has a long way to go in London before demand is met.



Above: A Mansell student accomodation project at The Minories in London

Drivers Jonas Deloitte’s third annual crane survey of student accommodation in London records a near doubling in construction activity, with more than 7,700 bedspaces in progress. But the capital now supports a record number of full time students - up 6% cent on last year to 283,500. So the gulf between the number of students and the supply of purpose-built bedspaces continues to widen, despite the sharp increase in construction. As a result, rents continue to rise.

Chris Baldwin, head of student housing at Drivers Jonas Deloitte, said: “Our analysis shows that there are currently around 55,000 purpose-build student bedspaces in the capital. With the total number of full time higher education students in excess of 280,000, this provides accommodation for just 20% of the student population. The fact remains we are still a long way from filling the supply gap and this level of undersupply looks unlikely to ease any time soon. This is only being exacerbated by the lack of bank finance and tougher planning policy for developers as they struggle to get approval for schemes.”

This year, the report records 21 schemes under construction, compared to 11 last year. As a result, the number of bedspaces currently underway has risen by almost 90% from 4,078 to 7,744 with around one third of these units due for completion in 2011. Brent recorded the largest amount of construction activity with 1,095 bedspaces underway, albeit in just two schemes.

Andrew Gale, planning director at Drivers Jonas Deloitte, said: “We’ve seen planning policy across London evolve in the last 12 months and several local planning authorities harden against student accommodation development. In Southwark, Islington and Camden policymakers have adopted quite stringent policies to limit new student accommodation in their boroughs. The Panel Report for the London Plan, the hearing for which Drivers Jonas Deloitte presented evidence, has introduced a greater degree of flexibility and will be welcomed by private sector developers/operators. It will be interesting to see how this shift in strategic policy, and the further detail that is expected in the pending Housing SPD from the GLA, will influence the review of borough planning policies in the future."

Drivers Jonas Deloitte warns that restrictive local policies will limit new supply in the core central London locations. This will place a premium on existing stock and schemes currently with permission, as well as any schemes that secure consent in the future.

Mr Gale continued: “Achieving planning permission will require careful negotiation, by developers and operators who are smart and flexible. Bringing forward new student accommodation as part of mixed use development and partnering with universities, to address concerns about need and student management will improve the prospects of gaining planning permission, particularly in Southwark, Camden and Hammersmith & Fulham. We expect restrictive policies in central London to impact the pipeline in other boroughs. In particular, we will be watching Brent, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Haringey and Newham over the next 12 months.”

Students studying in London are paying a growing premium for the privilege. Average rents in the capital currently stand at £145 per week, 55% above the UK average and rental growth has outstripped the UK as a whole by 7% over the last year.

The gap between rents for university and direct let accommodation remains wide, with direct let rents across all unit types averaging £216 per week, 79% higher than the university average of £130 per week.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 10:13 PM   #2537
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Let's take those obscene prices down.
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New 170m, and 2 other 'low rise' towers (50m & 80m'ish) granted planning permission for Croydon, South London..

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^ Great news for Croydon!! Another deprived area of London seeing investment...

Do we know if they are clearing any ugly buildings for the construction of these ones?
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[QUOTE=LondonFox;81910226]^ Great news for Croydon!! Another deprived area of London seeing investment...

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I wouldn't get that excited. The whole area surrounding East Croyden will still remain by and large a run-down ghetto full of scum.

Is that too harsh..?
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