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Old December 22nd, 2011, 03:03 AM   #3021
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London Bridge Station redevelopment gets green light from Southwark councillors
Wednesday 21 December 2011

Plans for a major redevelopment of London Bridge Station - including demolition of the South Eastern Railway offices in Tooley Street and permanent closure of Stainer Street and part of Weston Street - have been approved by Southwark's planning committee.




The South Eastern Railway building currently stands in the space shown in the foreground of this image


Network Rail says that 7,000 passengers an hour are expected to use the new Tooley Street entrance at peak times


The proposed new station entrance on St Thomas Street



The planning committee approved the proposals – designed by architects Grimshaw – by five votes to two at a packed meeting held on Tuesday night at the council's Tooley Street headquarters.

Preparatory work will start after the Olympic Games next summer and major work will begin in 2013. The station is due to be completed in 2018.

Introducing the four linked applications before the committee, planning officer Bridin O'Connor explained that the scheme has three main elements.

The first is the construction of a new street-level concourse to be created by removing the railway arches between Stainer Street and Weston Street, and the opening up of some of the vaults between Stainer Street and Joiner Street to create a new shopping area.

The second component of the scheme is the realignment of all the railway tracks running through the station. There are currently six through platforms (for trains to Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Blackfriars) and nine platforms for terminating trains. When the station is redeveloped there will be nine platforms for through trains and just six for services which have London Bridge as their destination. This aspect of the proposal doesn't require permission from the council as it was approved by the Government under the Transport and Works Act.

The third aspect of the station redevelopment is the proposed series of undulating canopies above the new platforms. Each platform will be covered along its full length but there will be no overall station roof.

Recommending the scheme for approval by members, Ms O'Connor said: "London Bridge Station as it currently exists is the culmination of incremental change over almost 200 years.[......]
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 03:22 AM   #3022
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WOW! This is ******* nice
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 07:12 AM   #3023
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 01:44 AM   #3024
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Boris intervenes in Elephant & Castle Ministry of Sound skyscraper battle


The proposed development seen from the junction of Borough High Street, Newington Causeway, Borough Road and Harper Road

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has intervened in the battle between developers Oakmayne and the Ministry of Sound over a proposed skyscraper at Elephant & Castle.

In October Southwark Council's planning committee voted to reject a planning application by Oakmayne for a 41-storey tower designed by Allies and Morrison to be built on the site of Eileen House on Newington Causeway.

Opposition to the tower had been led by the Ministry of Sound which claims its nightclub would be forced out of business if new homes were built in close proximity to the busy venue which has a 24-hour licence.

Weeks later the planning committee approved a smaller residential tower just across the road which was also opposed by the Ministry of Sound.

It seemed likely that Oakmayne would lodge an appeal against the council's decision, but now the Mayor of London has decided to use his power to 'take over' the application from Southwark and make a decision himself.

"This development, with potential for more than 300 flats, office and retail space, is a significant proposal that impacts on the implementation of the Mayor's London Plan," said a spokesman for Mr Johnson.

"The Mayor therefore believes there are sound planning reasons for him to take over the application and scrutinise it in more detail."

A report to the Mayor by Greater London Authority officers casts doubt on whether Oakmayne's scheme contains the maximum possible level of affordable housing.

Oakmayne proposes that 85 flats in the 329-home scheme should be made available on a shared-ownership basis.

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Old December 23rd, 2011, 01:48 AM   #3025
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Holy cow, that London Bridge Station redevelopment is absolutely amazing .
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 03:25 AM   #3026
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Definitely, but it's a shame that the slim & imposing southeastern railways building has to bite the dust to allow this redevelopment. It is one of the best buildings on tooley street imo, especially when walking from lb station or from more london.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 11:20 AM   #3027
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 12:23 PM   #3028
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Waterloo development to allow 8,000 more passengers per day

Up to 8,000 extra passengers a day will flood through Waterloo after a major announcement today of new rolling stock and the redevelopment of the old Eurostar terminal for commuter services.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening promised fewer "sardine-can conditions" from May 2013 onwards with the investment for South West services from Windsor, Weybridge, Portsmouth, Southampton, Eastleigh, Reading, Hounslow and Alton.

Sixty extra carriages will be added with Government funding to enable longer trains and, from Reading, extra services. Platform 20 at the former Waterloo International Terminal will reopen for commuters from 2014.

Ms Greening said: "Passengers travelling into Waterloo have to suffer some of the busiest trains in the country, with sardine-can like conditions on many peak-time services.

"These extra carriages will help ease those conditions, while opening an extra platform will provide space for additional trains to run. But our plans do not stop here. We are now embarked on one of the largest programmes of rail investment since the Victorian era and we expect to introduce further carriages on Waterloo route and bring more platforms into use in the future."

Network Rail is continuing to progress plans to make further use of Waterloo and Waterloo International to cope with future demand.
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Old December 23rd, 2011, 01:23 PM   #3029
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This is a massive disappointment. Nouvel's proposal was much better.


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Old December 23rd, 2011, 07:09 PM   #3030
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^ I really like the London Wall Place development. I'm sure that this has been said before, but to me it looks like a load of PS2s stuck together. In a good way.
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Old December 26th, 2011, 01:32 AM   #3031
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Old December 26th, 2011, 03:16 PM   #3032
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Old December 26th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #3033
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Old December 27th, 2011, 12:43 AM   #3034
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Nice projects
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Old December 27th, 2011, 09:52 PM   #3035
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These short, boring boxes are bloody awful and are a real disappointment. Rubbish... absolute rubbish. What is this country coming to?


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Old December 29th, 2011, 12:56 PM   #3036
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They're good - look how much space they free up for public landscaping! The planners put a height limit on the site so they've done well not to design a single giant ground-scraper that offers nothing to the pedestrian. Architecturally its interesting from every angle, how can you call it boring!?
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Old December 29th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #3037
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Old December 31st, 2011, 09:51 PM   #3038
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really amazing , greets from Buenos Aires Argentina , and good new year !
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a very happy new year to you too mate, all the best
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Old December 31st, 2011, 11:52 PM   #3040
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what a LOT of trees they erased around the orbit site... apparently that area was quite beautiful and wild before the Olympics moved in
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