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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:22 AM   #2681
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #2682
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CitizenMs Tower Hill Hotel Set To Rise

Soon to start construction on Tower Hill overlooking the famous fortress, the Tower of London, is a new budget hotel, one of the first to be built in the City of London for decades.

Despite having numerous famous tourist attractions, of which the Tower of London is the most famous, the City of London has established itself almost wholly as a business district and relied on other parts of London to accommodate the tourists which visit it every day.

The CitizenM Hotel is one of a new generation of hotels that see the leisure market expand in the Square Mile after years of stasis. More importantly however it is one of the first that is affordable pitched at what is described as the "budget boutique market"; the few hotels there are in the area tend to be expensive and aimed at business accommodation as seen from the planned overhaul of Ten Trinity Square.

One reason usual hurdle facing hotels in the City is the loss of employment space when an office building faces replacement with another use. In this case however the office market right now is at a low with few new developments starting.

The site to Trinity Place was previously being developed by Greycoat and has planning permission for a 10,000 square metre office building but following the 2008 Credit Crunch these plans were put on a back burner.

The CitizenM Hotel at 38-40 Trinity Square that will eventually contain 370 hotel rooms. It will consist of a basement, ground floor which will include a new café, and eight floors above it with pre-fabricated modular bedrooms that will be built off-site and then fitted into the hotel one at a time to reduce construction time.

Cladding the exterior of the building will be stone rainscreen with metal frames creating a feeling of repetition, plus extensive glazing as each of the bedrooms will have floor to ceiling glazing included. The design however is bland, although some will welcome this due to the proximity it has with the Tower of London which could be overshadowed by something flashy.

Designed by Axis Architects it will open in 2013 and be the second CitizenM hotel in London after one near the Tate Modern in Southwark due to be completed in 2012.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:33 AM   #2684
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Residential property developer London Square is planning to build 115 housing units on two sites in Shoreditch and Putney, with a combined project value of £75m.


The company was launched a year ago and these will be its fifth and sixth locations on the capital.

In the heart of Shoreditch, close to Old Street station and the regeneration area of Silicon Roundabout, London Square has acquired 18-30 Leonard Street from Derwent London and will develop a £35m scheme designed by AHMM Architects on the former office site, including 47 apartments and 19,000 sq ft of commercial space. Start on site will be in November 2011.

London Square has also bought a site on Upper Richmond Road, close to Putney High Street. This office site was acquired from Briargrove. London Square will be creating a £40m scheme on site with 68 homes plus commercial space on the ground floor.

London Square chief executive Adam Lawrence said: “These sites are what London Square is all about – creating excellent schemes in sought-after areas where people want to live and creating individual homes designed for real lives. We now have six prime sites in total, including Wimbledon Village and Fulham, plus other significant opportunities in the pipeline. We have delivered these in 12 months since launching London Square, demonstrating our agility, sound financial backing and a first-class management team in place.”

London Square launched in June 2010 with £100m of backing. The company’s plan is to reach a target of building more than 600 new homes a year within the next five years, with the aim of becoming one of London’s top housebuilders.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:35 AM   #2685
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Briton takes place at skyscraper top table

Skyscrapers expert Steve Watts of Davis Langdon has become the first Briton to join the board of the world’s leading authority on tall buildings, the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Watts, who is head of Davis Langdon and Aecom’s tall buildings group and heavily involved in construction of London’s Shard (tallest skyscraper in EU), will be the first person based in Europe to join its nine-strong board.

The council brings together global expertise on a wide range of issues, including the financing, development, ownership, design, construction and operation of tall buildings. It is also an authority on the official height of tall buildings.

Watts has worked on many towers both in the UK and overseas since joining Davis Langdon in 1997. His London high-rise projects have included the HSBC Headquarters at Canary Wharf and the Leadenhall Building in the City. He first provided advice on the Shard in 2002.

Davis Langdon chief executive Jeremy Horner said: “The evolving London skyline over the past decade has been nothing short of dramatic and Davis Langdon, led by Steve’s tall buildings team, has been closely involved in a majority of the City’s new towers.

“This appointment is a well earned recognition of Steve’s unrivalled expertise in the economics of tall buildings as well as his excellent project work over the past 14 years.”

Watts said: “I am absolutely delighted to be offered this privileged position, and will be using the role to help take the CTBUH in new directions, geographically and otherwise.

“I am passionate about the subject and have a particular interest in buildings that are not only efficient and sustainable, but also fit-for-purpose in that they provide a space in which people enjoy living and working.

“Creative design can reconcile quality in these terms with cost, and the Council has been at the forefront of such thinking for some time.”

Watts has also accepted the position of treasurer for the council, and will continue in his role as the CTBUH’s UK country leader as well as chairman of the council’s finance & economics working group. He will be formally inducted as a trustee at the board meeting on 11 October.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:38 AM   #2686
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Guardian newspaper's London HQ on sale for £235 million

The home of the UK's Guardian newspaper in London's Kings Cross area is up for sale, the building's developer said, with a price tag one source said was about 235 million pounds.

Kings Place, which also houses two concert halls and art galleries, has about 300,000 square feet of office space. The price tag represents a net initial yield of about 5.6 percent, a source familiar with the matter said.

The seven-storey building is also the head office of railways operator Network Rail.

Others include the iconic Tower 42 skyscraper in the City financial district and a real estate portfolio owned by German fund KanAm that includes the London home of Deutsche Bank.

The Guardian and Observer newspapers moved into Kings Place at end-2008 from their previous base in the Farringdon district of the city.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:39 AM   #2687
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Work begins on world's largest solar bridge



Construction has begun on the world's largest solar bridge in the UK, according to Network Rail. The new Blackfriars station, which will be built on a bridge over the River Thames, will consist of 4,400 photovoltaic panels.


Sanyo' HIT modules are set to line the new bridge. Image: Network Rail
The foundation of the Blackfriars station is the old Victoria bridge constructed in 1886. The bridge is being upgraded by Network Rail to cater for more passengers and an improved train service. A new roof will incorporate 6,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels. London based Solarcentury will be in charge of engineering and installation of the photovoltaic panels. Sanyo Electric's HIT modules will be used for the project.

900,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity will be produced every year, providing 50 percent of the station’s energy and reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year. Other energy saving measures like rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting will be incorporated into the new station as well.

Derry Newman, chief executive of Solarcentury, said, "It’s fantastic to see this project finally come to fruition. Blackfriars Bridge is an ideal location for solar; a new, iconic large roof space, right in the heart of London".

Once the upgrade is complete, up to 24 trains per hour will be able to run on the central London section of the route, meaning more seats for commuters.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:42 AM   #2688
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Google is taking a ten year lease on a building in London’s tech city, known as silicon roundabout


The efforts of the Coalition government and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson have been rewarded, as it emerged that search engine giant Google has taken a ten year lease on a building located in London’s Tech City.

Tech City is the East London area often referred to as “Silicon Roundabout“, which has been intended by Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron as an Olympic legacy .

Google is the latest in a number of big names committing to the area, which is rapidly emerging as something of a hub for Internet companies and start-ups. So far Tech City has gained investment from Cisco, Yammer and others. It has also been considered for Twitter’s European headquarters.

Another advantage is that it has also been given a 1.5Gbps broadband trial by Virgin Media.

Google has signed a ten year lease for a seven-floor building in the Old Street area (namely Bonhill Street). The building will apparently provide office space for other start-ups and entrepreneurs, and will host a range of activities, with speaker events, hackathons, training workshops and product demonstrations.

As mentioned above, the deal is welcome news for Boris Johnstone and David Cameron, as the government-backed project aims to establish ‘silicon roundabout’ as a rival to Silicon Valley in California.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, reportedly welcomed the investment, calling it “great news”.

“It shows that we can create the right environment to attract start-ups and established high-technology businesses,” Osborne was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:49 AM   #2689
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Old October 7th, 2011, 02:51 AM   #2690
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Lords Of The Ring: The Tech Titans of Silicon Roundabout
A traffic-choked corner of east London seems an unlikely rival to Silicon Valley. But Google has just moved in – and some of Britain's brightest minds live next door. James Waterson reports



Saturday, 1 October 2011
'Silicon Roundabout' in Old Street, east London

David Cameron hopes it will kick-start economic growth and his government has dedicated enormous resources to ensuring it succeeds.

But on a shabby side street near the Old Street roundabout in east London, Ramona Leru, of Riccardo's Sandwich Bar, is unaware that she's at the centre of Europe's fastest-growing technology hub. "The Google? Moving next door? No, I haven't heard anything about it."

That will change fast. The web titan's decision to lease a seven-storey building just off the so-called "Silicon Roundabout" is seen as a vindication of No 10's desire to transform a collection of former warehouses and print works into an entrepreneurial centre to rival California's Silicon Valley.

What began with a handful of fledgling internet businesses attracted by the low rents and local cultural scene has become a benchmark by which the Government's growth agenda will be judged.

The first inkling of the area's potential came when Last.fm, a British music start-up, was bought by CBS for £140m in 2007. Matthew Sheret, the company's "data griot" ("A new role...I'm employed to tell stories with data") explains why they chose to base themselves there. "It was just an interesting space: relatively cheap, full of similar companies and with plenty of gigs in the evenings," he says.

Dodging the foam bullets and plastic balls at their open-plan HQ ("We used to have a ball pit, but someone took it for an art project"), Sheret points out the allure of being in close proximity to fellow innovators. "It's about the brain-food, it's about the people who are around this area, people who can see how the internet might develop".

There is a risk of this high-talk slipping into waffle; when London was last at the vanguard of a new-media movement at the turn of the century it lurched into self-parody, as brutally satirised by Chris Morris and Charlie Brooker in their 2005 television series Nathan Barley. One start-up admitted that a visitor once described their office as looking like "the set of The Social Network but staffed by hipsters; all skinny jeans and thick-rimmed glasses." However, today's Shoreditch entrepreneurs are more interested in corporation tax rates and immigration restrictions than the cut of their trousers.

Mike Butcher has been tracking the scene since it began to pick up "in about 2008". He co-founded TechHub (described on its website as "a community space reflecting the vibrancy and global outlook of the technology scene"), a members' club where young companies can rent office space for below the market rate.

"We put together a business model that would be like Soho House for geeks," he says. "But instead of high-priced club sandwiches and cocktails it provides what start-ups want: super-fast wi-fi, great coffee and likeminded people. We've had people coming in from Paris, Berlin, Slovenia. They have to be here to do marketing and raise finance."

Such devotion to organic growth and ad-hoc interaction explains why David Cameron's November 2010 vision for a larger, quango-backed "East London Tech City" was initially greeted with cynicism. It appeared to be a case of politicians trying to latch on to the latest fashion in search of good press. But since then the number of tech companies in the area has increased from 200 to more than 500.

"Like anyone, you expect that government initiatives will get quietly dropped," says Butcher. "But I've been pleasantly surprised. Pretty much every month there's been a No 10 meeting about how to enrich and enliven the tech start-up scene."

Eric Van Der Kleij is the endlessly enthusiastic head of Tech City Investment Organisation, the body set up to encourage businesses into the area. "It's quite exciting to work directly with No 10 – we have policies going straight in and we have ministers coming over all the time," he says.

"The Government sees it as central to their growth strategy; there are not many sectors where you can achieve low-capital-intensive growth. Here, for relatively small amounts of money, you can produce large amounts of growth, scale quickly and export very, very fast." He adds that a number of larger companies are in discussions to move to the area.

Given that the Silicon Roundabout moniker was originally a tongue-in-cheek term coined when the number of firms based there could be counted in the dozens, this may prove to be suprisingly prescient. Now recruiters such as Harvey Nash and investors Seedcamp are following the new companies, abandoning their former bases in Mayfair for the lofts of Old Street.

But the techies agree on one thing: Britain's increasingly restrictive visa rules are damaging their prospects. Ian Hogarth, 29, is a Cambridge graduate who heads up Songkick, a live music service that employs 20 people. "We just hired an amazing guy from [Silicon] Valley with loads of experience, but the current visa system is not perfect. Over a third of our team are from outside the UK," he says.

Despite this, the twentysomething entrepreneurs are warming to their close association with the Government's mission to revive the economy. "The No 10 guys came down here on their bikes and were trying to be down with the kids," says Alex Halliday, CEO of SocialGo, which sells kits that enable people set up their own social networks. "But they were really receptive to all our ideas. You can't manufacture something like the Shoreditch tech community. But you can encourage it. Seventy-five per cent of our business is in the US so we're bringing money into the UK. In this office they used to make garments, ship them abroad and make money for Britain. We're doing the modern equivalent."
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Old October 7th, 2011, 03:01 AM   #2691
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Old October 7th, 2011, 03:04 AM   #2692
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A 5,000-page planning application detailing how the Olympic Park could be transformed after the 2012 Games has been submitted.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company's (OPLC) plans for 64 hectares of the venue in Stratford, east London, show how some of the five new neighbourhoods making up the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park development may look.

OPLC chief executive Andrew Altman noted that the application was "a significant moment" in making the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park a reality.

"As one of the most important housing developments in London's history, these five neighbourhoods will stitch together the surrounding communities of a formerly isolated area through new homes, schools, shops, parks, infrastructure and jobs."

Three new schools, two primary schools and a secondary school, will support all the neighbourhoods and the surrounding area along with Chobham Academy which sits just next to the Olympic Village. It is due to open in September 2013.

The plans could "revolutionise the face of East London and deliver a lasting legacy for the capital", London mayor Boris Johnson claimed.

He said: "Creating a fantastic new community in which thousands of people can live and work, it will be the most important regeneration project that the city has seen in 25 years."

Around 40% of the homes are family homes, many of which will be terraced, and up to 35% will be affordable housing.

Plazas, canal paths, roof gardens and cycle paths, including 29 playgrounds, are planned as part of the neighbourhoods which will sit alongside new landmarks such as the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit.

Up to 130,000sqm of employment space with the potential to provide around 4,400 jobs has also been earmarked, the OPLC said.

Other venues and programming on the Park are "likely "to take that figure up to 8,000 jobs with a further 2,000 construction jobs anticipated, they claim.
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The new Stratford shopping centre looks absolutely amazing! I'll probably live there during the Olympics. Better start saving up.
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The new Stratford shopping centre looks absolutely amazing! I'll probably live there during the Olympics. Better start saving up.
I saw the aerial view of that entire shopping centre in the news a couple of days ago, wow trust me, it looked absolutely enormous.
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Want to share a flat? :P
I wish. I'll probably just hide in one of the shops at closing time. They can't patrol the whole place at once .
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westfield seems crazzy

i'll be in london by the end of october and i'll visit this
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