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Old December 8th, 2011, 12:53 AM   #2961
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Forsyth takes 20,000 sq ft ay 45 Moorfields in Moorgate

Forsyth Management Contracts Limited, the serviced office division of Scarborough Group International has announced that it has concluded a lease of 20,000 sq ft of office space in the heart of Moorgate, EC2 in the City of London.

The property, located over 2 floors, at 45 Moorfields, will add an additional 20,000 sq ft of serviced office space to the Forsyth portfolio and follows on from the success of existing business centres currently providing serviced offices in Euston and in the West End at Bolsover Street.

Commenting on the company’s latest acquisition, Managing Director David Hall said: “Success at our Euston and Bolsover Centres has given us sufficient confidence in the market to expand and take space in another key location in Central London, and is as a result of our controlled growth strategy over coming years in the City. We already have a waiting list of clients for this location and are confident in securing some off plan lettings.”

The 6th and 7th floor offices at 45 Moorfields, which are currently being refurbished to Forsyth’s high standards, will provide 280 fully serviced workstations, meeting rooms and superfast broadband connections and are in keeping with the high demands of today’s City centre occupiers.
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City of London speculative office development begins



The speculative development of new office space in the City of London is set to get underway in the New Year by Aldgate Developments at the 317,000 sq ft Aldgate Tower site in the City.

The development entity has raised finance for the £80m has been raised to cover the cost of construction of the office scheme which has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects. On completion in Q4 2013, the 17-storey tower will offer brand new Grade A office space in the Square Mile, with 20,000 sq ft column-free floorplates.

Aldgate Developments are planning to regenerate the Aldgate area to create a new commercial quarter within the City. Aldgate Tower makes the first phase of the project which will also include a 250,000 sq ft office-led scheme at the adjacent Beagles House on Braham Street.

Aldgate Developments acquired the remaining stake on the scheme from Stanhope and has appointed Savills and BNP Paribas Real Estate to jointly market the property.

Commenting on the development, Christopher Hamp, Development Manager with Aldgate Tower said: "Aldgate Tower is the first phase of our plans to lead the way in redeveloping an exciting and well connected new commercial quarter in Aldgate. Construction is to commence in Q1 2012 with 317,000 sq ft of new Grade A space ready for occupation by Q4 2013. Beagle House is the next phase of Aldgate which we aim to begin in 2013, ready for completion and occupation in 2015.

"We are building Aldgate Tower into a very tight office supply pipeline in 2013 in a market that has very good underlying lease demand. With its efficient floorplates, immediate access to four separate tube lines, the nearby DLR to Canary Wharf and London City Airport, and very close walking proximity to the City core, we are confident there will be good demand for occupation in this new exciting commercial quarter."
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Old December 8th, 2011, 04:48 PM   #2963
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Inside Google London: A park, a coffee lab and nightclub-style meeting rooms

Chances are that your office doesn’t have a full-blown cinema, an indoor park, a blue velvet clad band rehearsal room or even a dedicated coffee lab that will let you drink over 19 different blends. That’s because you don’t work in the Google London office, where the 350 engineers based in the heart of Victoria are beavering away to create the "next big thing".



"The building creates excitement, that's good for us," Nelson Mattoss, Google’s VP for Europe and emerging markets engineering, told Pocket-lint and other journalists when we were invited in for a tour of the newly opened fourth floor at Google's London HQ.



Gone is the focus on open planned offices or cubicles that many companies opt for; in, are a number of small, more intimate, and fun spaces that aim to inspire Googlers to come up with new ideas.

The Google London office has responsibility for areas of some of Google's key products and services like Adsense, Privacy, Maps, Local, Android, Chrome, Voice, and site design. In some cases that responsibility is actually driving the services forward, making sure the engineers in the building stay on top of their game.

Take the velvet lined band room complete with soundproofing, drums, piano, guitars and other instruments that allow even the amateur to hone their skills during down time, it is a karaoke party room in the waiting.

Then there is the pool and games room complete with the latest 60-inch Samsung TV, PS3, Xbox 360 with Kinect and other boxes littered around, all designed to let you blow off steam or release that "light bulb" moment...

When Google staff aren’t enjoying the toys (we noticed, they are encouraged to bring in toys to put on their desk) they get to have meetings in rooms named after famous computers or programming languages of old that look more like nightclubs than boring office space. The cinema-come-lecture-theatre that is clad in red velvet curtains is called Colossus. Others are called Basic, Haskel II, Cobol, and Dart.



To inspire and allow you to note that idea down at anytime, most of the walls are white boards ready to be jotted on, while meeting rooms are more akin to nooks and dens rather than somewhere where you all huddle around a speakerphone for long, boring, conference calls.

Lunch, snacks and coffee in the Star Trek-themed building are important too. Google employees get free food every day whenever they want from the canteen (situated on the 5th floor) and there is always an array of specials on offer including a sushi bar.

But perhaps knowing that Google engineers need extra stimulation, L4, as it is known, features a state of the art coffee lab that has 19 different types of coffee, five specifically designed for Google. The worktops are made from coffee beans set in resin. The attention to detail is amazing.



Of course, once one has taken ownership of the coffee, they can take it in the fake indoor park complete with trees, deck chairs, a rowing boat with oars, and a Winnie the Pooh for good measure - yes he has a Google security pass.

Why all the fuss? Mattoss is hoping that such niceties will allow him and Google to grow the staff from the current 350 to 1000 in the coming years. With engineers so highly sort after the company clearly feels it has to do everything it can to lure the best talent; and once it has them, give them numerous reasons not to leave the building.

"The design was driven and project-managed by our London engineers. It is within informal environments that ideas come out. A relaxed environment is very important to us," adds Mattoss on why he feels the building works so well for those that work there.

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Mount Anvil will build a £160m residential tower block near east London’s hi-tech hub Silicon Roundabout.

The London-based developer will work with housing provider Affinity Sutton to develop the 36-storey building, which the firms believe will help to drive up the value of properties on the fringes of central London. Mount Anvil and Affinity Sutton will develop The Silicon Tower, located at 261 City Road, in a joint venture.

The Silicon Tower will include 307 residential apartments, of which 107 will be affordable homes managed by Affinity Sutton, along with 785sq metres of mixed-use commercial space. Apartments in the property will have direct views over the City Road Basin and will be arranged around a landscaped courtyard, while there are also plans to put a private residents’ spa within the scheme.

Mount Anvil chief executive Killian Hurley said: “We aim to capture all the excitement and buzz surrounding the businesses and people working and investing in Silicon Roundabout. Our scheme will reflect this energy and creativity through bold, innovative design. We are confident that the penthouses will be selling at £1,500 per sq ft, setting new price levels for high-rise living in the area. This will be the ultimate city apartment in a dazzling tower.”

“261 City Road is our eighth scheme in Islington. We have been at the forefront of regeneration in the borough since 2000 and currently have nearly 1,000 homes in development.”

Work will begin on The Silicon Tower in April, with the aim of completing the project in July 2016. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Architects has been appointed as architect for the delivery of the scheme. The group was architect of the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai and will now work on what will become Islington’s highest structure.

Affinity Sutton group director of new business and development Kerry Kyriacou said: “We are really excited about providing well designed affordable new housing in such a vibrant part of the city that will also contribute to London’s housing needs and are delighted that the project includes high quality affordable housing. We are delighted to be working with Mount Anvil and we are an active developer in our own right with 6,000 new homes in development.”
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Wow, that area really needs something tall to go with the tech thing.
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2012 Olympics: Long-forlorn East London is getting into competition shape

To reach Olympic Park in East London, I had to battle those fierce and unforgiving competitors, Time and Chaos.

The race to the venue, and the starting line of the tour, required pan-athletic skills: gymnastics (leaping off the train and landing on the platform), judo (wrestling down a cab), tennis (a verbal volley with a disoriented driver) and track and field (a mad 100-yard dash from the Mercedes-Benz dealership on the corner to the visitors center). Steps from the finish, the shuttle drove right past me, crushing any hope of victory.

Come July, traveling to the Summer Olympics sites will be much less strenuous. According to the organizer’s greenprint (the Games will have an eco-bent), shuttles and trains will transport spectators to and from the events. But nine months before the Opening Ceremony on July 27, the route was a beastly jungle of cranes, construction trucks, misleading signage, concrete barriers and piles of rubble. To further confuse matters, Pudding Mill Lane, one of the closest stops to the venue, was temporarily out of commission, and my taxi driver navigated East London as if it were alien territory — which, in a way, it was.

“East London was absolutely ripe for regeneration. The area was hugely, hugely deprived. It had all of the smelly industries,” said Jo Broadey, a guide with Blue Badge Tourist Guides, one of many organizations that lead tours of Olympic Park. “The Olympics will transform the area.”

London, a serial host (1908, 1948), beat out Madrid, Moscow, New York and Paris for the honor of holding the global sporting event. The city will center most of the contests (swimming, basketball, cycling, hockey, etc.) and key facilities (press center and athletes’ village) in East London, a severely polluted and downtrodden area that makes Beijing smell like a rose garden.

And yet — cue Bob Costas — the Dickensian story of East London mirrors the dramatic narratives of many Olympiads: Underdog overcomes adversity to triumph.

You’ve probably heard of East London. You might even have visited the area during past travels in the British capital. If you’ve been to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the curry houses on Brick Lane, Canary Wharf or the O2, the concert arena, then you have wandered onto the right side of the city map.

The region, like many an area defined by a compass point, is vast and varied. To clear up any misconceptions, East London is not a boundless industrial wasteland, nor is it entirely cordoned off for the Games. (Conveniently, just the industrial wasteland section is.)

Olympic Park fits in a 500-acre tract in the Lower Lea Valley. If you require a fixed point, look up Stratford. Or any of the four boroughs that kiss the edges and provide alternate entry points. You can, for example, hike or bike the paved Greenway from Hackney Wick, across the canal, to Olympic Park and the View Tube, an observation platform and cafe made of recycled shipping containers. (Told you the place was eco.)

To understand the ongoing evolution of East London, I met up with the founder of Urban Gentry, a tour company that organizes outlier excursions such as East End: Hip Neighborhood Tour. We chose a rendezvous spot, the Shoreditch High Street London Overground stop, and shared vague descriptions of ourselves: Kevin Caruth was a tall Englishman in a trench coat; I was the American.

“This is super glossy from what it was. It was quite down and dirty,” said Kevin, as we passed a graffiti-splashed brick wall en route to the main commercial district. “The East End is now one of those areas where you feel relatively safe. Nothing is too jarring.” (Quick explanation: The terms East End and East London are pretty interchangeable, though some people refer to Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Whitechapel as the East End and the area around Olympic Park as East London.)

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Foreign buyers boost London property market

Foreign investors seeking a safe haven for their money helped house prices in London increase and buck the national trend, a report has found.

The average value of a house in Greater London increased by 3.1 per cent in November compared to the same month last year, according to LSL/Acadametrics House Price Index. London is the only region in England and Wales to experience an increase in house prices over the last year, with the average home in the capital now costing £390,619.

Property prices across England and Wales remained relatively static in November, with the cost of the average house falling by just £7 to £220,043 in the 12 months to November when compared to October’s measurement. Nationwide, the average house price has fallen by 0.7 per cent over the year.

LSL Property Services commercial director David Brown said: “The resilience of property prices indicates that mortgage lenders and property buyers have not so far been spooked by the gloomy news emerging from the eurozone.

Although prices have declined by 0.7 per cent since November 2010, the rate of annual price decreases slowed everywhere except the North West and the East Midlands, with London - buoyed by foreign investors seeking a safe haven in the capital’s bricks and mortar - showing an acceleration in price rises to 3.1 per cent last month.”

Demand for property in the highest priced areas of the capital remains strong, the report found. The three London boroughs with the largest growth are also among the top five in terms of price. House prices went up the most in the City of Westminster (12.6 per cent), Kensington and Chelsea (8.5 per cent) and Richmond upon Thames (6.2 per cent).

The five boroughs with the lowest price growth are all in outer London, the report noted. Barnet experienced the biggest dip in property prices over the last 12 months, falling by 7.1 per cent, while prices in Havering were down 5.3 per cent.

The average cost of homes in the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames and Barking and Dagenham dipped by 2.4 per cent, and property prices fell by 2.2 per cent in Enfield.

The number of properties sold in London between August and October increased by 4.5 per cent compared to the same three-month period last year, the report said. Property transactions in the City of London went up by 35 per cent, while Hackney (23 per cent) and Greenwich (20 per cent) also experienced a spike in the sale of houses.
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Sports media company MP & Silva has signed up for new office space in Marylebone, W1 at 30 George Street. The firm will occupy 5,264 sq ft of accommodation over three floors on a five-year lease at a rent equating to £67.50 per sq ft.

30 St George Street is now fully let following major refurbishment works undertaken by owners O&H Properties on the 6,400 sq ft West End property. Gallery Eykyn MaClean acquired 1,200 sq ft on the ground floor earlier this year.

According to a recent report from Cushman and Wakefield many businesses are looking to relocate from office space in the West End in 2012 with the market for office space in areas such as Clerkenwell and Shoreditch, EC1 and EC2 set to benefit most.

With many companies adopting a 'wait-and-see' attitude towards property decisions in 2011, it is expected that the market for office space in London will benefit from some of the resulting pent-up demand next year. When asked about their organisation's strategy in 2012, just under half of London companies (49%) described it as one of opportunistic growth and just under one-fifth (17%) will be looking for aggressive growth.

Strutt and Parker acted on behalf of O&H Properties, MP & Silva was unrepresented.
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I get bored with those kind of news. This is "projects and constructions forum", not economic or real estate forum

I just love London. There is so much to show than statistics and prices.



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The most recent Roca Gallery to open is in London. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the Roca London Gallery is located in Chelsea Harbour and is 1,100 m2 in size. The leading role is played by the water that, in the words of Zaha Hadid, “acts as a transformer moving, without interruption, through the façade, carving the interior and flowing through the main gallery as drops of water”.
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To the north of King’s Cross and St Pancras International railway stations, 67-acres of derelict land are being transformed in what is one of Europe’s largest urban regeneration projects. The result will be a vibrant mixed-use quarter, at the physical and creative heart of which will be the new University of the Arts London campus, home of Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.
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Awesome updates as usual. From what I can see, the urban fabric of London is going through a monumental change.
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(Quick explanation: The terms East End and East London are pretty interchangeable, though some people refer to Shoreditch/Brick Lane/Whitechapel as the East End and the area around Olympic Park as East London.)
Sorry, but this isn't true, in the same way the West End and West London are not the same. It's only interchangeable to people who don't know and out-of-towners. It's similar to how people confuse London and Tower Bridge, East and South East London, and don't realise Clapham Junction is in Battersea. No doubt this tour went no further than Whitechapel and certainly not beyond Bow, but reports like this are the reason confusion exists in the first place.
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Downing seeks planning approval for 32-storey London student tower

Liverpool property group Downing has submitted a planning application for a 32-storey, mixed-use scheme in the heart of Vauxhall, south London. The proposals, designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, comprise 572 en-suite student bedrooms, with a gym and 25-metre swimming pool at lower ground level.

The site is located at 30-60 South Lambeth Road, and will regenerate a vacant site opposite Vauxhall Park, and close to Vauxhalls underground, bus and train stations. The site has been identified in the London Plan and Vauxhall Nine Elms Business Opportunity Area as being suitable for tall buildings.

The leisure facilities, which are being designed in consultation with Sport England, will be made available for public and community use.

A specialist in the student accommodation sector, Downing has developed and managed over 6,000 beds. Its student accommodation schemes include the 23-storey Broadcasting Place in Leeds, which was named best tall building in the world by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) in 2010.

The Vauxhall tower will be Downing's first development in London.

Ian Harrison, the firms development manager, said: "After many highly successful developments throughout the UK we are pleased to bring forward this high quality scheme for the Downing brand in London. Our proposals would transform an under-used site with high quality student accommodation and contribute new community leisure facilities to the local area."

Downing is currently attempting to dispose of The Capital office building in Liverpool city centre. The site is on the market for more than £60m.
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