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Old October 26th, 2011, 11:37 PM   #2821
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The Visage, Private residential development, part of the Swiss Cottage regeneration plan. Apartment prices started at £1.3m up to over £5m. Adelaide Road, London Borough of Camden.

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Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Residential apartments currently under construction.


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Old October 27th, 2011, 12:30 AM   #2822
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That is quality architecture right there. London is setting standards for sure.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 06:36 AM   #2823
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the visage is SO nasty.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #2824
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the visage is SO nasty.
..bet you wouldnt turn down a free apartment if it was offered though...
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Old October 30th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #2825
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Kings Cross has major potential, hope they don't ruin it.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 08:12 AM   #2826
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City skyscraper era comes to an end

Square Mile's chief planner says current cluster of tall buildings will give way to large scale refurbishment of existing offices

The man behind a quarter of a century of City skyscrapers has declared that the next wave of tall towers will be the last in the Square Mile.

Twenty-five years on from the Big Bang, Peter Rees, the City of London's chief planning officer, said: "It will be an end of an era. The development is moving toward refurbishments of older buildings and, after the current cluster of skyscrapers, we will not see new ones planned.

"Since the Big Bang, London, like many other world cities, has wanted to replicate Manhattan with tall buildings. Here, in the City of London, we felt it better to cluster the tall buildings in one area and that is what has happened. But we are now entering a new phase, a new era."

The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Michael Bear, agrees and points to a new age of City offices. He said: "The new phase is refurbishment. But it is refurbishment with attitude – the stripping of an old building to its core and creating a brand new, economically relevant building.

"From 1986 onwards, the buildings have perfectly good floor plates and allow for complete redevelopment into modern, sustainable offices."

The current group of skyscrapers planned for the City over the next five years is expected to be the last for decades to come. The list comprises the recently completed Heron Tower, British Land's "Cheesegrater" (122 Leadenhall Street), Land Securities' "Walkie Talkie" tower at 20 Fenchurch Street, to be completed by 2014, Arab Investments' Pinnacle, to follow shortly after, and Great Portland Estates and Brookfield Properties' 100 Bishopsgate, to be built by 2016.

After this cluster, the City will see a series of large-scale refurbishments. One example is the planned redevelopment by giant US pension fund TIAA-CREF at One Angel Court – which will increase the available floor space by more than 50 per cent, to 300,000 sq ft.

Mr Rees, who has worked in the City of London's planning team for more than 26 years, added: "We have had 25 years of rapid redevelopment in the City – development that was necessary to replace the quickly built 1960s post-war buildings. Since Big Bang, we have seen a huge change from cellular offices to open plan. But we are now in a much better position, in that the buildings from the 1980s and 1990s are much more adaptable to today's office requirements than those from the 1950s, Sixties and Seventies."

Outside the City, after the Shard at London Bridge is completed next year, there could also be a lack of skyscrapers in the future.

Lack of finance and available new land are two of the reasons behind the reduction in large-scale construction. Rob Noel, Land Securities' managing director of the London portfolio, said: "Tower buildings take a very long time to plan and build, and all developers operate in a cyclical market. The current group were planned in the boom. I would say, never say never, but after this current period of planned towers, we will not see tall towers for a long time."

James Beckham, the international director in City investment at property agents Jones Lang LaSalle, agrees: "There is an increasing trend for large-scale refurbishment of buildings in the City. However, in special circumstances, particularly close to Bishopgate's tower cluster, we may still see new towers built in the longer term."
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Old October 31st, 2011, 05:29 PM   #2827
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It's an old news and they were saying the same thing since 2005
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Old October 31st, 2011, 07:31 PM   #2828
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1 Lansdowne Road, new 55 floor, 199m residential tower proposed for the Croydon cluster.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 07:34 PM   #2829
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It's an old news and they were saying the same thing since 2005
True, but it is still worth mentionning. Personnaly, I would love to see some of the olders highrises and skyscrapers in the City with a new cladding.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 07:34 PM   #2830
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That mix of straight and curb lines seems quite disharmonious to me.
The cladding might be good though.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:41 PM   #2831
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1 Lansdowne Road, new 55 floor, 199m residential tower proposed for the Croydon cluster.
Stunning. Good to see a daring proposal.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 12:43 AM   #2832
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Luxury London homes best bargain for Chinese buyers

Chinese luxury home buyers are leading a legion of cash-rich non-UK investors in search of upmarket London homes, with demand driven by currency exchange rates that produce discounts of up to a quarter on purchase prices, research shows.

Property agency Knight Frank said Chinese buyers benefited from a 24 percent purchasing power discount based on the yuan-sterling forex rate between the peak of the prime London housing market in March 2008 and Oct. 27. Singaporean buyers got a 22 percent benefit, while Malaysians received 18 percent.

"The favourable exchange rate is why so many buyers from the Far East are purchasing London homes, not to live in but as rental investments," said Tim Wright, a partner at Knight Frank.

Between March 2008 and September this year prime central London home prices rose by 5.2 percent, Knight Frank said. Buyers with U.S. dollars received a 16 percent discount, while those with euros received a 3.4 percent benefit.

The yuan, the Singapore dollar and the Malaysian ringitt are all tightly controlled against the greenback, which has outperformed sterling over the past three years and is one of the most sought-after currencies because of its perceived safe haven characteristics in times of economic uncertainty.

Knight Frank categorises prime properties as those worth more than 2 million pounds ($3.2 million). About 55 percent of those transacted were bought by foreign buyers in the year to end-September, from 49 percent a year earlier, said Simon Gammon, managing partner at Knight Frank Finance.

Overseas buyers spent about 4.3 billion pounds on prime property across the whole of London over the last 12 months. "Many foreign multi-millionaires are landing in the country and walking into estate agents on spec," Gammon said. "They don't have a lawyer or any tax advice but want a house in London they may have seen on the internet," he told Reuters.

About 80 percent of buyers at London's super-luxury One Hyde Park development, in Knightsbridge near Harrods, were from overseas said Nick Candy, chief executive of Candy and Candy, which is development manager on the one billion-pound scheme where flats cost 7-136 million pounds. "Prime central London residential is like the gold reserve of real estate," he told Reuters.

The high level of overseas demand was changing the makeup of London's luxury home market, said Yolande Barnes, director of residential research at property consultant Savills .

"The billionaires have moved into Mayfair and Belgravia. The multi-millionaires have moved into Chelsea and Notting Hill and the millionaires have moved into Wandsworth," she said, noting foreign buyers held on to property for longer.

That meant it was increasingly difficult to buy luxury homes in some areas, she said. For every 100 foreign sellers there were 158 foreign buyers, while for every 100 UK sellers there were only 70 UK buyers, Savills figures showed.

The rise of foreign buyers as a dominant force in the market has been matched by the growing presence of overseas banks with balance sheets that enable them to beat the finance terms offered by their more financially hamstrung UK rivals.

Royal Bank of Canada , Deutsche Bank and Chinese, Singaporean and Indian banks lend at rates as low as 125 basis points (bps) over LIBOR for top clients, one mortgage expert said.

By contrast, UK-based lenders such as Lloyds Banking Group's private bank or RBS' Coutts arm were off the pace with margins of 200 bps-plus, he said. Royal Bank of Canada has increased the size of its UK mortgage book eightfold since 2007 to about $800 million and plans to double it over the next several years, Michael Kay, head of credit at RBC Wealth Management, told Reuters.
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Kier has been awarded the contract to construct the £42m Arthouse at the 67-acre King’s Cross development in London.


The scheme comprises 143 high quality one, two, three and four-bed residential units (including 29 Registered Social Landlord units) over eight floors. The building also includes commercial units at street level and 37 basement parking spaces.

Arthouse is located on York Way, beside the Regent’s Canal, and will be part of the brand new postcode, London N1C.

The project will start on site in October 2011 and be completed in the final quarter of 2013.

This project follows on from the completion of the T1 Energy Centre by Kier at the King’s Cross development and will run concurrently with other projects presently being undertaken by Kier at the development site.

King’s Cross is being developed by the King's Cross Central Limited Partnership, which brings together Argent Group, London & Continental Railways and DHL Supply Chain.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 01:49 PM   #2834
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That mix of straight and curb lines seems quite disharmonious to me.
Dont worry about it, this is Croydon we are talking about, probably only a 10% chance it will actually get built.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 05:28 PM   #2835
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There's a sh*tload of great projects in London
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 12:25 AM   #2836
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Skanska Win 6 Beavis Marks Contract

Swedish construction company Skanska, perhaps most famous in London for building the Gherkin, has won a £50 million battle to construct the approved 15 floor office block at 6 Beavis Marks.



The futurist design by Fletcher Priest Architects will offer 20,776 square metres of space, largely offices but with some ground floor retail, and rise to 72 metres once complete.

The building will be notable for the inclusion of EFTE on the upper levels which will be stretched over a steel diagrid frame creating an experience similar to that of the Eden Project, minus the jungles and waterfall of course. In this case there will be a rather more modest roof garden. The EFTE should offer sheltered outdoor space for the occupiers of the building all year round, along with improved insulation on the upper levels.

Other green features include rainwater harvesting, combined heat and power generation to contribute renewable energy towards the buildings total, and automatically regulated lighting systems to reduce energy use.

The scheme is being developed by Monteverde Beavis Marks and is sited immediately next to the service and plant building for 30 St Mary Axe. Construction is due to start on site as soon as possible for a 2013 finish giving it a build time of a mere two years.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 04:17 AM   #2837
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I really hope that within the upcoming years, the Old Street Roundabout develops into a true tech hub There is plenty of developer talent in Europe that is simply spread around the continent that could all meet up there. With a good network of workers, internet infrastructure, VCs and motivated people, this place could boom

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More than 50 executives have moved from top companies in the US -- including Microsoft, Apple, Google, YouTube and Amazon -- to take on roles at UK technology startups in and around Silicon Roundabout.

The proliferation of startups in London's East End (around 500 have emerged over the last five years) has led to the creation of hundreds of new jobs, while the introduction of entrepreneur visas have made it more attractive for foreign investors and companies to set up shop in the UK.

One of those startups is concert aggregator Songkick, whose CEO Ian Hogarth told Wired.co.uk: "While we're still a long way off from being the next Silicon Valley, Silicon Roundabout is starting to catch up New York as a tech centre in terms of size and quality. Talented developers are leaving hot jobs in other countries, and in big corporations for roles at London start-ups. Songkick's three most recent developer hires joined us from Google, Facebook and a start-up in Silicon Valley. That wouldn't have happened a few years ago in London."

Among the high-profile British acquisitions are:

• Michael Choupak, who created the Microsoft Exchange provider Intermedia before moving to London in 2010 to found media software company Unison Technologies. He believes that there are more opportunities in the UK than the US because there is a larger pool of software developers to tap in Europe.

• Former Amazon Senior Technical Architect Christian Ricci, who moved to a role at retail technology company Rangespan in 2011. As a motive for the move, he credited the density, diversity and wide reach of business he can be involved with in the UK -- compared to the US where he had to get on a plane every time he wanted to do business with people outside of Silicon Valley.

• Former Qualcomm principal software engineer Michael David Smith, who moved to London in 2009 to work at INQ Mobile as head of UK software. His reasons for moving include the chance to work in a more global setting and opportunities for easy travel to Europe.

• Thai Tran -- a former employee of Google, YouTube and VivaSmart, who moved to London in 2010 to launch Android app developer Lightbox.

Eric Van Der Kleij, chief executive of the Tech City Investment Organisation told Wired.co.uk: "The technology industry is flourishing in the UK, and digital and tech companies are providing increasing opportunities for employment with the sector contributing £66.4 billion annually to the economy."

For anyone considering working in a London startup, more than 100 companies have teamed up to launch a recruitment fair called Silicon Milkroundabout, which takes place on 31 October, 2011. There are more than 500 jobs up for grabs, and the organisation hopes to lure talented graduates, city workers and software engineers.
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So many exciting news are popping up these days I also hope that new tower in Croydon will get built, looks fantastic.
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Plans for 2,450 Nine Elms homes submitted

An outline planning application for 2,450 homes at the New Covent Garden site in south west London has been submitted to the London Borough of Wandsworth. The plans, submitted by the Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA), form a key part of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area - a former industrial area which is being redeveloped into a new residential and business quarter.

Proposals include new market facilities, paid for by developing the new homes, shops, commercial space, a hotel and public open space on four development plots across the 23 hectare site. The largest plot, the 4.22 hectare Northern Site, forms the start of a proposed new "linear park" – a green space running run from Vauxhall through to Battersea Power Station, linking with the proposed new US Embassy Plaza. The plans also include high rise blocks, the tallest of which is intended to rise to 47 storeys.

CGMA chief executive Jan Lloyd, said: "Our vision is for a modern new market, replacing buildings and infrastructure which are now nearly 40 years old, to become a new centre for food and flowers in London. The wider regeneration plans will also be a fantastic addition to Nine Elms which will hugely benefit the existing local communities around the site and across the area. We have had strong support from our partners and the local community throughout our pre-application consultations and I now look forward to further discussions with the council and others as we take this through the planning process."

CGMA has also confirmed the submission of final tenders by potential private development partners for the scheme. The successful bidder will be confirmed in spring 2012.


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Where do you find those kind of outstanding stuffs from, Porto?
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