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Old December 3rd, 2011, 02:16 AM   #2941
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One Oxford Street Filed For Planning



As one of the most prominent sites in London, One Oxford Street is a prize piece of land being developed by Derwent. One would expect a landmark building on it, tall or short shouldn't matter, but it should be one with a distinctive design. Instead Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has come up with what they have for half the development, and the most visible part of it.

The original proposals for the site back in 2006 saw a tower planned for the scheme, and despite the Mayor's office supporting it enthusiastically as a counterpoint to Centre Point, the City of Westminster disliked it so the project was reduced to its present height.

What this sees is in effect a building with a ground floor and 3,652 square metres of retail space, a plant level on the roof, and eight levels of office accommodation in between with 23,664 square metres. The back of the building steps back to reduce the visual impact on Soho Square, whilst it also steps away from Oxford Street to relate to the neighbouring low-rise buildings providing a parapet height of 26 metres. The façade is then faceted to emphasise the corner location that One Oxford Street enjoys.

The faceting on the façade is supposedly based on the art of Donald Judd, a modern minimalist artist whose coloured rectangles peaked in popularity back in the eighties. On the building, the panels are set in 3 metre by 4 metre modules, each uniquely positioned to respond to the surrounding environment in a way the architect believes is complimentary.

The end result however is hardly the most attractive of buildings. Although minimalism could be seen to fit in with Centre Point which looms over the road, it's hardly the most imaginative approach to a site that perhaps should have the extraordinary rather than ordinary.

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Supplementing One Oxford Street will be a second building



Unlike the wholly commercial approach that its neighbour boasts, this one will have a bar and restaurant at ground level, contain a 350-seat theatre, with 3,827 square metres of additional office space only restricted to the upper levels. These are designed to be particularly flexible and appeal to multiple occupiers.

The development site was previously the famous Astoria venue, one of London's leading concert halls and the scene of many mythical gigs - as such it is proposed partly as cultural planning gain, and it was only in July 2010 that the idea of it also containing office accommodation was included.

Changes to the design meant that in September 2010 the massing of the building reduced from what was effectively a cube to the current stacked and twisted affair it is today, with three distinct blocks. The theatre seating increased in November 2010, and the diagrid look and EFTE cladding were the last piece of the design puzzle, introduced by AHMM in early 2011.

In having adopted the stacked and twisted look, the building is able to work around the ventilation shaft for the Crossrail station it will stand above, and also provide some visual rebellion against its staid and boring sibling.

Nonetheless, the plant screen will be a height of 39.5 metres above ground level almost matching One Oxford Street. Further visual coherence is provided by the first parapet line with a height of 16.5 metres that steps up towards the neighbouring parapet of One Oxford Street and the corner that that will overlook.

A new public square with trees and seating will be created between the buildings that will connect to Sutton Row and provide views through the site to St Patrick's Church, not to mention give those exiting the new Andrew Borde Street London Underground entrance a welcoming glimpse too.

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Cavalier House, Showing one of the glass turrets, hung from the building by steel supports, forming conservatories adjacent to the balconies. There are 132 apartments — the building was originally a seven-storey office block. London Borough of Ealing.

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Green light for 583-bedroom hotel at Heathrow

Plans for a 583-bedroom hotel close to Heathrow Airport have been given the green ahead by the London Borough of Hounslow.

The plans were submitted by Squared Circle Developments after the company acquired the site from airline caterer, Gate Gourmet, in December 2009.

Situated opposite Hatton Cross tube station on the junction of the A30 and Faggs Road, the six-storey hotel, which incorporates 131 car parking spaces, is to be designed by Michael Drain Architects.

Martin Drage, director of letting agent, Mason Drage Limited, said: "This decision provides a massive boost to hotel capacity at Heathrow in a micro-location under-supplied with hotels. We have already experienced strong levels of interest from budget and mid-market operators who are attracted by the high connectivity of the site and the grant of consent will allow discussions with operators to progress rapidly."

Subject to negotiations with operators, the new hotel could be ready within 18-months. Demolition of the former catering centre has already begun.
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Old December 3rd, 2011, 08:01 PM   #2944
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how does it well for the new Primark ovr there?? any pics...it should open early next year i think?
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Kings Cross' revitalization is gorgeous
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Old December 4th, 2011, 08:32 PM   #2950
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Quintain Announces Latest Set Of Results



Wembley and Greenwich developer Quintain Estates has revealed its latest half-year company statement, showing that in some ways at least, it is progressing like rival property companies for the six months up to September, 2011.

Quintain Estates is notable for two major developments, the area around Wembley Stadium which it now values at £488 million, and the Greenwich Peninsula which is worth 3230 million. Outside of that the company has a further £220 million assets elsewhere.

The net margin of debt has increased to 79% to £534 million from £420 million, and the company has still failed to turn an operating profit. To help keep down gearing, Quintain has engaged in a number of high profile sales generating it £69.5 million that include the Plaza Hotel at Wembley, a development that was originally supposed to return a regular income to the company.

These have resulted in the company making a small profit of £3.7 million for the previous six months, instead of a £58.8 million loss. This translates into earnings per share of 0.8 pence rather than a 8.7 pence loss but it is still a figure that does not equate to any dividend for the shareholders. To improve their figures further, Quintain Estates hopes to sell a further £40 million of property or thereabouts by the end of 2011.

Unfortunately, what should be the jewel in the crown of their development at Wembley, the London Designer Outlet (LDO), appears to have stalled following the loss of a potential partner in the joint venture, and only 39% has been pre-let. Making matters worse for something dubbed a designer outlet, the lead stores are set to be Nike and Gap which are hardly exclusive designer .

The LDO if built is set to be the only such shopping venue within the M25, It now looks certain to miss an opening for the Olympics next year despite the nearby Wembley Stadium having a major role in the 2012 games, and the veritable payday this would give.
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Where exactly?
close by tottenham court tube station it was a huge construction site back to then, ... what about now??
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Chancellor believes massive investment in new aviation hub will boost UK economy



There is a geometric beauty to the view from Kent's Isle of Grain, as alignments of mudflat, estuary and sky dominate a horizon that, in the wake of this week's autumn statement, could soon be scarred by dozens of airliners in the cause of economic prosperity.

George Osborne dropped the clearest hint yet that the government is warming to the notion of an airport on the Thames estuary, possibly built on this peninsula, as he pledged to "explore all options for maintaining the UK's aviation hub status". For residents of Grain village, it was confirmation that kickstarting the British economy poses a threat to their homes. "It's ridiculous," says Jackie Jones, a housewife and Grain resident of 21 years, walking her two dogs on the shoreline. "The economy has gone downhill so much that something has to happen. But I am not sure that pouring billions of pounds into this is the way forward."

The chancellor begs to differ. He is sold on the idea that infrastructure investment can boost the UK by providing economic links for business and unlocking cash from British pension funds. He also unveiled a memorandum of understanding with the National Association of Pension Funds and the Pension Protection Fund to invest up to £20bn in projects such as power stations and high-speed rail lines, as well as the four-runway airport that would be built right over a quiet village in north Kent. A national infrastructure plan published this week mentioned 500 projects. All they need now is the money.

The Thames airport, unthinkable even a year ago, is becoming ever more feasible. Boris Johnson has campaigned for a new London hub airport in the face of increasingly weak opposition from the Conservative party. Tuesday saw the government come close to conceding that London's mayor has given them a get-out from opposing new runways at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.[....]
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London to get River Thames bridge and tunnel crossings?

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London will soon have a new cable car crossing to help people get from one side of the River Thames to the other - but is there new money for further crossings east of Tower Bridge towards Essex and Kent?

HOPES have been rekindled that Greenwich could finally get another Thames crossing.

In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor George Osborne announced he would explore proposals with the Mayor of London for three new Thames crossings.

Options on the table include a Silvertown link, dubbed Blackwall Tunnel Two, connecting the peninsula with east London.

There is also the possibility of a crossing further down the river at Gallions Reach, Beckton. This could take the place of the Thames Gateway Bridge project, cancelled by Boris Johnson in 2008.

Politicians and drivers have long called for an alternative river crossing, meaning they would no longer be at the mercy of accidents and closures at the Blackwall Tunnel.

Details on how Silvertown would be funded and the timing for any consultation are still vague, but Doug Harper, who runs the Blackwall Tunnel Protest Group, said: “It’s desperately needed.
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Power Station redevelopment will thrust Battersea into the London spotlight

Battersea Power Station, with its iconic chimneys, has been the site of numerous proposals for redevelopment. In the 1980s it could have turned into London's equivalent of Alton Towers.


Battersea Power Station: proposed redevelopment plans by Real Estate Opportunities

By 1990, those plans had been discarded for more mixed-use development that in turn weren't realised. It was only in 2006 that Irish developer Real Estate Opportunities came on the scene with the plan that exists today.

This will see the London Underground extended with a new two-mile route from Kennington to Nine Elms, and Battersea itself.



Part of the power station might also be reused to generate power from biomass, with the chimneys pumping out steam instead of soot. There are plans for up to 330,000 square metres of office space and 3,400 apartments. Chelsea Football Club has also been linked with a move to a new stadium there.

Development plans sprawl far beyond the site, all the way to Vauxhall itself, turning a mile long stretch of the southern bank of the River Thames between Chelsea Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge into an almost continuous development zone dubbed the Battersea Opportunity Area by the Mayor of London's office.

The Borg-like American Embassy for the Court of St James has already won planning permission for a site off Ponton Road. An almost perfect cube in shape, it will boast a complicated clad-EFTE façade on three sides and a new public footpath on the north side of the grounds that runs past a semi-circular water feature that also conveniently acts in the same manner as a moat.

The Embassy has proven a major coup for the area and should act as a magnet for a cluster of supporting buildings - lending commercial viability to hotels and housing that would otherwise never get off the ground.

Beyond the Power Station, the largest regeneration opportunity is off the New Covent Garden Market along the southern boundary of Battersea Park Road. This has been masterplanned by Lord Foster and could host as many as 2,450 new homes, plus shops, offices for start-ups and a new hotel. The market will be entirely relocated south of the railway that cuts through the area.
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The government is to look again at the HS2 high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham, which could mean a new tunnel being built in the Chilterns.



Transport Secretary Justine Greening will announce a delay in the final decision on the project next week in order to consider whether about £500m could be used for a 1.5-mile tunnel.

Opponents say the planned route crosses an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has welcomed plans for more tunnelling.

The 100-mile rail link, which would be built between 2016 and 2026, aims to cut the London-to-Birmingham journey time to 49 minutes.

Ms Greening had been expected to make a decision on whether to approve the £32bn scheme before Parliament rises for its Christmas break on 20 December.

But the decision has now been delayed until mid-January as Ms Greening has asked for more information on whether extra funding - estimated at around £500m - could be used to pay for a new tunnel under the Chiltern Hills beyond Amersham.

The delay will allow a feasibility study to be carried out, as well as a study of the environmental impact of the proposed route.
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More crossing east would surely be welcomed.
yeah so many parts of east london has benefited a lot from this £9 billion olympic project and regeneration is massive too.
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West End to see 'significant property development'

London's West End is set to see significant property development over the coming years, it has been revealed.

Jace Tyrrell, director of communications at New West End Company, said that over the coming three years the area is set to benefit from projects totalling £2 billion, which will be a mix of public and private sector projects.

He added: "What you'll have over the top of that is commercial over-site development, so new residential [developments and] retail space."

Mr Tyrrell noted projects like Crossrail and upgrades to the tube system are especially welcome, while the creation of new commercial outlets will also be taking place in the coming years.

Richard Bowser, editor of magazine Property Investment News, also recently noted the capital is continuing to be a magnet for property investment in general, with the capital offering excellent returns on short-term rental yields, as well as providing property value rises.
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