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Old July 22nd, 2011, 02:53 PM   #2541
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Overseas investor spend on Central London Offices up 25% in H1 2011

Overseas purchasers have invested £3.1bn on office space in Central London during the first six months of 2011, accounting for 57% of total office investment volumes in the capital according to Jones Lang LaSalle. This represents an increase of 25% on the same period last year when overseas investors transacted £2.5bn in Central London offices.

Total investment volumes in office space in London in the first half of 2011 reached £5.4bn, compared with £4.2bn in the first half of 2010.

Damian Corbett, Head of London Capital Markets at Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “London remains the focus for global capital, with far eastern high net worth interest particularly evident. The last quarter has also seen a pick-up in activity from UK institutions. Development plays are attracting strong interest, especially those with residential conversion angles in core West End locations. Lack of stock continues to be an issue and with no sign of investor demand tailing off competition will remain strong for good quality assets.”

Over £1bn of office space in the West End was traded during Q2 2011, with overseas investors responsible for 36%, compared to 65% in Q1 (when the total traded was £1.2bn). Eight significant transactions took place during the quarter - the most notable deal was the sale of office space on Oxford Street at Jubilee House to a private Spanish investor for £160m.

Chris Brett, Director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s International desk, said: “'London continues to show relative value on a global basis so demand from overseas remains buoyant. Asian capital is a growing force in the London market and we expect this to continue in the third quarter, both by way of institutional demand and private wealth.”

In the City, which recorded £1.6bn of investment in the second quarter, overseas capital accounted for 57%. The first half of the year saw total investment volumes reach £3bn for office space in the City of London, an 85% increase on the equivalent period last year. Volumes have been driven by institutions, which accounted for 51 % of investment. The most significant transaction of the second quarter was the sale of 1 Finsbury Circus (pictured) by Invesco Real Estate for £141.5m.
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Sellar's £500m The Place at London Bridge unveiled


Sellar Property, on behalf of the Qatar-financed consortium LBQ, has officially unveiled its plans for The Place, a £500m headquarters opposite its £1.5bn Shard tower next to London Bridge Station.




Together The Place and The Shard will bring forward more than 1m sq ft of office development by spring 2013 and comprise the £2bn London Bridge Quarter.

The 17-storey The Place, which was unveiled by Sellar founder Irvine Sellar this morning, comprises 600,000 sq ft of offices which will complete in spring 2013.

Sellar said the building, which has been designed by Shard architect Renzo Piano, would cost £136.5m to construct. It has been designed to “float” above the ground.

Sellar said the building’s office agents Colliers International and CB Richard Ellis would be seeking rents of around £55 per sq ft.

The 595,000 sq ft of offices at the Shard, which are being marketed by Jones Lang LaSalle and Knight Frank, will complete in summer 2012 and will seek rents of £55 per sq ft for the lower floors leading up to £60-£70 per sq ft for the top floors.



At 74m high The Place will be dwarfed by The Shard (pictured above to the right of The Place) but will be one of the tallest structures in Southwark, looking down on other iconic buildings such as the Oxo Tower, the Blue Fin office and City Hall.

It will have floorplates of 31,000 sq ft on the first 13 floors tapering to 21,000 sq ft on floors 14 to 17. Tenants in the professional and media sectors will be targeted as well as major banks seeking support space.

Sellar added that together The Shard and The Place represented a “small town around one of London’s busiest transport hubs and a beacon of regeneration”.

Mark McAlister, head of City agency at Colliers, said: “The Place is a great building in its own right. The London Bridge Quarter is the icing on the cake for Southwark and the South Bank.”

Digby Flowers, head of central London agency at CB Richard Ellis, said: “This is the only building of this scale and significance to complete in 2013.



Sellar said he wanted to drive “as much as aggravation” as possible between the agents on The Shard and The Place as they sought to land tenants.

Renzo Piano’s The Place design includes direct access into the tube and a 40m long entrance hall with a “parmesan flaked” marble lobby. It is estimated that more than 350,000 people will use the London Bridge tube hub every day.
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Replacement DLR Station At Pudding Mill Lane Approved

Newham's Strategic Development Committee has approved plans for a replacement Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station at Pudding Mill Lane.

The existing Pudding Mill Lane DLR station is located where the Crossrail route reaches the surface and therefore a new station needs to be constructed. The replacement DLR station will be constructed immediately to the south, between the River Lea and City Mill River.

The existing DLR station at Pudding Mill Lane will remain open to passengers until the new station is complete in 2013. Construction of the new DLR station will get underway later this year.

The new station will be purpose built to accommodate longer three-car DLR trains as well as providing improved step-free access. Outside the station, there will be a large open space which will link into wider pedestrian routes as well as providing connections with local bus routes. Significant levels of development are taking place in the Pudding Mill Lane area and the station has been designed to accommodate future increases in passenger demand as well as to incorporate escalators at a later date.

Howard Smith, London Rail's Chief Operating Officer said: "TfL welcomes the opportunity presented by Crossrail's construction to provide DLR passengers with a brand new station at Pudding Mill Lane.

"The new station will be able to accommodate many more passengers than the existing station which will support future development as well as the future use of the Olympic stadium."

The Crossrail Act 2008 granted outline planning permission for the replacement station, while allowing the London Borough of Newham to approve details in relation to external design and materials as well as boundary walls, fences and lighting.

Five new tunnel portals will be constructed as part of Crossrail at Royal Oak, Pudding Mill Lane, North Woolwich, Victoria Dock and Plumstead.

The Crossrail works at Pudding Mill Lane involve the construction of 300m long tunnel portal structure and a 120m long approach ramp. It is these works which require the rebuilding of the existing DLR station further south.

The Pudding Mill Lane portal site will receive the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) which will create the Crossrail tunnels from Stepney Green. The first TBM will arrive at Pudding Mill Lane in spring 2014 and the second in summer 2014.

Once operational, Crossrail trains will emerge from the central section tunnels at Pudding Mill Lane, using the portal structure and ramp to join the Great Eastern Main Line to make their way towards Shenfield. DLR passengers will be able to interchange with Crossrail at Stratford station.

Enabling works for Pudding Mill Lane Portal started over a year ago and are on schedule to be completed at the end of 2011. Main construction for Pudding Mill Lane Portal is now underway.
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Old July 26th, 2011, 12:50 AM   #2546
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A pleasure garden and a floating village containing restaurants and bars could be on their way to the Royal Docks after Newham Council backed the developments in principle. Members of the strategic planning committee were also told of a proposal for a block on the edge of the dock containing 200 homes and a hotel.

The works are part of a regeneration scheme for the area, which has seen the Siemens Pavilion and the cable car approved at a previous meeting.

Both the village and the garden were winners in last year's Meanwhile London competition run by Newham Council and the London Development Agency to kick-start further redevelopment for the area.

Called The Corniche, the floating village would be situated on the water in Royal Victoria Dock and is based around a floating swimming pool, inspired by European cities such as Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen.

It would include five restaurants, a bar and a cafe. The first phase, including the lido, would be open by next summer.

In the meeting on Tuesday councillors were told that the village would "reinforce the Royal Docks' economic role by embracing the opportunities for tourism and leisure".

The temporary pleasure garden, would be in place for three years. Based on the derelict ground on the southern side of Royal Victoria Dock, it would include gardens and a 15m dome for events and gigs.

It would also see a roll down cinema screen put on the side of Grade-II listed building Silo D.

Castlelands Construction is behind the hotel and residential development which would be based in Tidal Basin Road, to the north of Royal Victoria Dock.

It received approval from councillors at the meeting.

It will see a 25-storey building for homes and a 17-floor construction for the hotel. It will also include retail space and a health club.

The consultation produced 31 letters of objection from residents including those upset about the destruction of the historic but now derelict Tidal Basin Taver.

However, the committee were told that these were outweighed by the positive impacts of regeneration for the area.

The council report said it would "create an elegant landmark building" appropriate for a building "at the gateway to the Royal Docks".









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Old July 26th, 2011, 03:34 AM   #2548
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Old July 26th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #2549
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I don't like the idea of cluttering up the Royal Docks. I love the large plane of flat water. It creates a sense of wide space and calm that is rare in London.
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Its just water. It would be crazy not to exploit such space in some way. Besides the place is always dead so maybe this will bring some life to this part of London.
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Ealing Approve Darling Residential Tower

Plans by Darling Associates for a new 75.6 metre tall residential tower on Uxbridge Road in Ealing, West London, have been approved by the local council.



Lead by developer Frogmore Estates, the project features the demolition of Westel House, an obsolete sixties office building that was previously slated for renovation and is the tallest building in the area to this day.

In its place will be the construction of three new buildings consisting of a 111-bedroom four star hotel, a part 21 part 18 floor, 98-apartment tower aimed at the private residential market, and a low-rise 33 unit residential building aimed predominantly at families. Along the Uxbridge Road frontage a new landscaped space will be created.

The buildings, and in particular the tower present differing looks depending on from what angle they are viewed. When seen from the south which will be a common view thanks to the nearby locations of Walpole Park and Lammas Park, the tower presents an elegantly sharp profile, which contrasts with the broader and bulkier frontage visible along Craven Road with the architect having attempted to split the mass into two. The façade of the building with its full height windows and balconies is clearly that of a residential one.

On the other hand, the hotel rises to 9-storeys and fits in with the neighbouring buildings rather than dominating like the tower. The façade offered to Uxbridge Road features full height windows arranged in such a way as to create fashionable zigzagging vertical patterns and add a little zing to it.

With the backing of the local council, now all the developer and architect need to do is win over the Mayor's office, something easier said than done. If it does get the eventual go-ahead it will be the tallest building built in the borough for almost five decades.
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Look, no hands … London mayor Boris Johnson is joined by members of the public at Westfield shopping centre as he announces plans to expand the city's cycle hire scheme to west and south-west boroughs. Photograph: Julian Makey/Rex Features

London's mass cycle hire scheme is to expand into new parts of the city following a first year of operation which saw more than 6m journeys using the distinctive, blue-and-grey bikes.

The expansion was announced by London's mayor, Boris Johnson, at an event before this weekend's anniversary of the scheme, modelled on similar systems in Paris and elsewhere, and the biggest public cycling project in the UK.

The London version was launched amid gloomy predictions of possible indifference, mass vandalism and theft, and likely carnage as many thousands of inexperienced, helmet-less cyclists took to the capital's busy streets.

More or less all of these have been prove wrong. Bike use has peaked at almost 30,000 trips a day, and while there have been a small number of minor injuries to users the scheme has, as yet, experienced no major accidents.

This has happened even amid regular grumbles about the computerised docking station system, run by outside contractors Serco, which has been plagued with gremlins.

Thursday's announcement will see the bikes spread west and south-west, into parts of the boroughs of Wandsworth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Lambeth, and Kensington and Chelsea. This will happen within the next two years, funded in part by an extra £25m from the scheme's sponsors, Barclays.

By next spring, there will be an initial westward "spur" expansion to reach the massive Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd's Bush, financed in part by £4m from the centre's operators.

Johnson marked the anniversary with a press event at Westfield, riding one of the bikes around the shopping centre's main floor for the benefit of the cameras, and roping in shoppers to ride alongside him, one of whom managed to fall off.

The rental bikes, he argued, had made the city safer for all cyclists, claiming London had seen a 15% increase in cycling since the scheme was launched, while overall deaths and serious injuries to cyclists had fallen.

He said: "I think we are seeing a change. Most drivers have really learned that they must expect cyclists on the roads. Maybe to begin with people found it irritating but they're getting the hang of it. They realise London is a cycle city."

The hope was that as the bikes became more common, Londoners would increasingly abandon cars for short, local journeys and errands such as shopping, he said "I'm starting to sound messianic and nannying now, but you don't need to get into a car to do some of these things."

There was no reason why the docking stations could not be extended into thus-far ignored areas of the capital, for example to the north and south-east, Johnson added: "We're prepared to go in any direction. The sole constraints are time and money."

The first phase of the rental system, which took a number of months to complete, involves a planned 6,000 machines across 400 rental points. The pre-Olympic eastward expansion will see an extra 2,000 bikes added to the fleet.

Johnson said that even as a keen cyclist with his own bike he used the scheme "from time to time".

He said: "It's a different experience, a more stately, ceremonious kind of ride It's more sit-up-and-beg, which I like. I wish my own bike was more like that – I'll have to get cowhorn handlebars."

Perhaps unfairly on Johnson's predecessor, Ken Livingstone, who first devised the scheme, the machines have become known to most Londoners as "Boris bikes". The mayor insisted he resisted this term: "I call them – religiously – the Transport for London Barclays cycle hire scheme."
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Shell Centre on South Bank to have £300m redevelopment
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The Shell Centre will be redeveloped by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar

The Shell Centre, which occupies land between Waterloo Station and Hungerford Bridge, will be redeveloped by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar.

It follows an agreement with Shell International Limited, which will relocate 1,700 staff to Canary Wharf and The Strand during the works.

Shell has had a presence on the South Bank for more than 50 years.

Shell will retain the freehold of the site with Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar holding a 999 year lease for the site, excluding the Tower. This is subject to planning permission.

On completion of the Shell Centre development, all London based staff will return to the South Bank.

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The oil company will continue to occupy the Tower and lease part of a new building for its London headquarters.

Graham van't Hoff, Chairman, Shell UK said: "This is a great step forward and represents considerable reinvestment in the South Bank.

"Shell Centre is our long-term home in London and we're keen to start working with Canary Wharf Group, Qatari Diar and local stakeholders to develop and deliver a project that will benefit both London and the local community."

The developers will carry out public consultation and engagement throughout the application process.
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29 July 2011 Last updated at 03:27 ET

A walkway over the top of London's O2 complex has been given approval.

It is hoped the temporary structure will be built above the venue in Greenwich, south-east London, in time for the 2012 Olympics.

It will be suspended from two of the former Millennium Dome's yellow masts and lead to an observation platform.

It will be almost 200m (656ft) long and 60m (196ft) above the ground at its highest point, and be capable of holding up to 90 people at one time.

Planners at Greenwich Council approved the plans at a meeting on Thursday.
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Facebook is moving into a larger office in London as it expands its advertising business operation in the UK.

However, the social networking company has shunned Silicon Roundabout, the East London cluster in Shoreditch where many technology companies have their offices. Instead the Soho-based Facebook UK operation is moving to Covent Garden, where it is renting a 36,000 square-foot listed building.

Facebook UK will be moving into the new large space, which spans three floors, in January 2012, four years after first opening a small office just off Carnaby Street in London. The 70-strong team, which is headed up by Joanna Shields, the company’s vice-president and managing direct of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is currently recruiting.

Shields: “As Facebook’s growth continues, we are delighted to be expanding our operations in the UK with a move to a larger office in central London next year. With over 30 million people using Facebook every month in the UK, and over 750 million globally, we’re excited about the next phase in our development."

Facebook’s UK office focuses mainly on advertising sales, while all of the major product development continues in the US.
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Facebook is set to open a new office in London’s Covent Garden, with architect and interiors consultancy Gensler working on office designs.

Gensler is refurbishing a 3600m2 space in a listed building for the social media giant, which is set to move into the space in early 2012.

Gensler says its brief is to ‘recreate the signature global Facebook brand’ in the interiors work.

A spokeswoman for the consultancy says this is the first time Gensler has worked for Facebook in Europe, although it has previously worked on US projects for the brand.

Facebook also has a London office on Carnaby Street.
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New 170m, and 2 other 'low rise' towers (50m & 80m'ish) granted planning permission for Croydon, South London..

The tallest looks very similar to a proposal for Lexington, KY, USA proposed by Studio Gang Architects.



Of course, the Croydon proposal is ~50m taller.
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Eurozone exiles lift prices of London's luxury homes



Nervous Greeks and Italians seeing the UK luxury property as a safe haven for their cash, sent prime London house prices soaring higher during July than at any other time in the last six months, agents said today.

The values of flats and houses costing more than £3 million soared almost 10% in the year to July, according to estate agent Knight Frank.

It said that was the highest jump since January, and was thanks to millionaires in Europe's sickest economies investing in property in wealthy London enclaves to escape the eurozone debt crisis.

Spaniards, Italians and Greeks are now following Arabs and Russians in buying luxury homes in areas such as Mayfair, Kensington and Knightsbridge.

Gráinne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, told Bloomberg the number of luxury homes for sale has risen by about 8% since the start of the year, but prices have still shot up.

"The increase in supply is in no way making up for the pent-up demand," she said.

"Chelsea homes are now selling for 7.7% more than in January, whilst Mayfair residences have seen values rise 7.2%. With everything that's going on in the eurozone, London is definitely seen as a safe haven.

"You can't underestimate the demand that is coming from overseas."

This has been spurred on by the slide in value of sterling, making multi-million pound London homes more affordable for foreign buyers.

The surge in July was also partly due to Middle Eastern investors piling into the capital before the start of Ramadan this month, Knight Frank said.

Rival agency Savills has reported the proportion of non-British, western Europeans buying prime property in London rose to 14% this year, from 11% in 2010, and is expected to grow further.

SPF Private Clients, the wealth management arm of Savills, predicts prime central London prices will increase by 30% over the next five years.

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