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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:54 AM   #3181
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 01:13 PM   #3182
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Silicon London is first choice of base for Google, Facebook and other tech giants

1 February 2012

The capital's young workforce and wealth of start-ups are behind last year's doubling in demand for office space for IT firms


Telefónica, the Spanish owner of O2, has announced it is leasing office space for its global headquarters in the Quadrant 3 development just off Piccadilly Circus

Tech clusters are springing up all over London as international heavyweights including Google, Groupon and Facebook expand and scores of startups try to establish themselves.

Three weeks ago Spanish telecoms group Telefónica, which owns O2, chose Regent Street, central London, as the headquarters of its new global digital business. Telefónica Digital will take the fourth and fifth floors, totalling 51,000 sq ft, in the Crown Estate's Quadrant 3 development near Piccadilly Circus, which also contains a Whole Foods store and two restored 1930s Art Deco restaurants.

Matthew Key, chief executive of Telefónica Digital, said: "London is undoubtedly at the forefront of the current digital revolution and was a natural choice for us to establish our new headquarters in.

"London is arguably the biggest hub for technology startups outside Silicon Valley and a global centre for the media and advertising industries. It attracts the best talent and, for an international business such as ours, acts as a unique bridge between Europe and the Americas."

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Old February 2nd, 2012, 04:53 PM   #3183
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Canada Water Tower Set To Rise

01-02-2012

The more observant Londonites may have noticed that work has begun on one of Barratt Homes current projects at Canada Water Building A4, which happens to be the tallest element of the project.

With the tower crane now in place, work has started on the towers reinforced concrete frame whilst the construction of a protective scaffold gantry is to be erected around the underground station entrance.

Due to the operating hours of the station this will happen between 10pm and 5am each day when the station is closed, although the precise date of this work is still to be agreed with the London Underground.

Designed by Glenn Howells, the tower was first proposed in 2009. Once complete it will stand at around 80 metres in height to the tip of the façade overrun. As additional phases on the Canada Waters development the scheme includes four low-rise block forms part of Phase A that add up to 688 new homes.

Despite looking like a slim affair, the massing of the tower is actually based on nearby council blocks, Regina Point and Columbia Point.

Cladding it is a mixture of glazed panels and white vertical beams. The tower is topped by a fully glazed façade that overruns the roof by two storeys offering not only an interesting focal point but also protection for the towers roof garden.

Completion is set for 2014 with a core soon to grace the London skyline.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 05:11 PM   #3184
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Architects: CZWG / Piers Gough, 2011. Now open, although surroundings still being finished off. London Borough of Southwark.

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Canada Water Library / Jan 2012 by George Rex, on Flickr




Three-floor office building with ground floor occupied by its architects. London Borough of Southwark.

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Pyramid Building / Jubilee Yard by George Rex, on Flickr
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 06:33 PM   #3185
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Marine Wharf

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I've been neglecting Marine Wharf, Berkeley's big new development just south of Greenland Dock and the South Dock marina, not far from Surrey Quays shopping centre etc (and Deptford to the south, with Greenwich beyond). They're promising 454 flats, a Tesco metro, cafés and restaurants, a residents' gym, and a "new linear park on Grand Canal Avenue", which actually looks rather nice.

Well now Berkeley have launched the first phase, Sirius House, and have put out a first edition of a newsletter (although with no real news in, just the same marketing material as on the website and in the brochure).

I don't know if actual construction has started - would appreciate any intelligence if anyone is in the neighbourhood.

Here's the location (flag A on the google maps caps):

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Here are PDF links to brochure and January 2012 newsletter.

And here are some select images:

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Sirius House (phase 1):
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same in the dark:
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nice-looking "linear park" where the Surrey Canal used to run:
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There's also a promotional video here - the first two thirds is just guff about London, but then there are a couple of nice fly-through (or fly-near) sequences.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:29 PM   #3186
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tons of big news and projects have been revealed lately

london never stops growing
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 07:56 PM   #3187
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Yep, all the area surrounding CW has huge opportunities when it comes to construction.
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 08:15 PM   #3188
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Canary Wharf Station (Crossrail) U/C



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Old February 2nd, 2012, 09:10 PM   #3189
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Wow what a station!
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 11:45 PM   #3190
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Dalston Eco Tower



Architects, BFLS, are working with developer Rothas Limited a controversial new tower development in the heart of Dalston in east London.

The site at 51-57 Kingsland High Street is that which was occupied by the Peacocks Stores, a long-running department store that stands near Dalston Kingsland Rail Station, and thus benefits from the excellent transport links this proximity gives it.

The part 7-floor, part-18 floor building will have 130 new apartments, plus 1,107 square metres of retail, green walls, and a planted roof garden for residents to enjoy about 50 metres above ground level. In total the collection of green roofs add up to about 1,000 square metres of outdoor space.

The eco-friendly design is actually inspired, at least in part, by the Economist Building with a clear bottom, middle, and top - a basic design principle for a tall building. Despite this sixties pedigree it also draws on Sol Levitt and his approach to stacking cubes together.

Here the external appearance displays a clearly defined grid. Within this the architect has situated a number of vertical amenity zones, green areas for residents to enjoy from the privacy of their own flats. Running up the tower these are either recessed or external depending on which face they are situated on, a push-pull approach if you will. They also add visible greenery to the exterior that contrasts and softens the strong grid.

Although controversial, the proposal is hardly out of place, and the centre of Dalston has seen numerous new developments in recent years, the most prominent of which is the under construction Dalston Square being worked on by developer, Barratt Homes. Other developments in the area include Kinetica.

Within this context, proposals for the Peacocks site only a hundred metres away can be seen as part of a continual process of development that is mirroring the gentrification of Dalston itself.


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Construction will start soon on this one.

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it would be absolutely magnificent when it's done
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Old February 2nd, 2012, 11:58 PM   #3193
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i actually find Dalston Eco Tower tower quite nice because it's an eco-friendly tower and it would be like a small garden in the sky

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Construction will start soon on this one.

i am not a fan of this tower because it is just too short and i doubt it would make any impact on the skyline.

i mean canary wharf needs the skyscrapers which are more than 250m tall!!! but not those boring 100m+ highrises
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 12:42 AM   #3194
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Rathbone Market, 74m, U/C

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The redevelopment of Rathbone Market is being undertaken by Newham Council's partners English Cities Fund (ECF). The first phase of building works should be completed by August 2012 with 271 new homes built and new shops units being created. Ultimately the scheme will see a total of 650 new homes built.

Location: Canning Town, London Borough of Newham
Architects: CZWG Architects LLP
Client: English Cities Fund - a joint venture between English Partnerships, Legal and General and Muse Developments
Content: 62000 sq m in total, 52000 sq m residential, 4500 sqm of retail, 2600 sq m new typology of LSC and a privately run market
Completion Date: Expected by 2015 - Awarded planning permission in March 2009





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Canary Wharf to expand its East End estate with a brand new site

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Canary Wharf is poised for a new phase of growth after the developer behind the commercial estate acquired an adjacent 17-acre site.



Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has paid £90m to Irish company Ballymore and British Waterways to buy out their 75pc stake in the Wood Wharf development.The semi-derelict Wood Wharf site has an outline planning consent for 1,600 new homes across six residential buildings as well as 3m sq ft of new office space, shops, a hotel, and a park.

The proposed 5m sq ft development is roughly one third of the size of Canary Wharf and will lead to a substantial increase in homes in the area.Sir George Iacobescu, chief executive and chairman of CWG, said it could turn Canary Wharf from a "mini city into a medium city". Sir George said CWG intends to initially press ahead with the residential buildings and complete them for the opening of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf in 2018. Construction could begin in two years "subject to the economy", he added.

"With the arrival of Crossrail we want to offer a more diversified estate," said Sir George. The project has the potential to be CWG's largest ever residential development, although it has constructed housing at Canary Wharf before. CWG will pay £52.5m for British Waterways' 50pc stake in Wood Wharf and will also make an annual ground rent payment. The company has agreed to pay Ballymore £38m for its 25pc.

Sir George said it had bought out the partners because "they did not have the desire to take the project forward at the pace we wanted".
He added: "Canary Wharf would not have happened if there were three joint venture partners."The CWG boss said the deal shows the company's confidence in the future of London as a "pre-eminent global centre".

CWG is also planning another 5m sq ft of office development at Canary Wharf and is leading projects in Central London such as a redevelopment of the Shell Centre. Harm Meijer, property analyst at JP Morgan, said: "Wood Wharf will benefit from the Canary Wharf's existing infrastructure and the whole group is ideally positioned for Crossrail."

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i am not a fan of this tower because it is just too short and i doubt it would make any impact on the skyline.

i mean canary wharf needs the skyscrapers which are more than 250m tall!!! but not those boring 100m+ highrises
Let's plenty of space for other towers. This smaller ones also help to make a skyline more massive.
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Let's plenty of space for other towers. This smaller ones also help to make a skyline more massive.
i do agree with your point! canary wharf needs density and more towers. something is better than nothing so i think i should be optimistic
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BAM Nuttall has won two contracts worth a combined total of £76m to transform the Olympic Park once the Games are over

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The building and engineering company won a £49m contract to work on the North Park following the Games, while it also secured a £27m deal to work on the South Park, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) announced.



Money for the work to develop the 2012 venue in Stratford, east London, into the newly named Queen Elizabeth Park is coming from the £292m already built into the budget for the Games.The 18-month project, dubbed as ‘clear, connect and complete’ by the OPLC, will create approximately 500 temporary jobs.The work will clear the venue of structures put in place for the Games only, such as temporary venues, roads and walkways.New roads, cycle and pedestrian paths will be laid across the site and into surrounding areas as part of the connect phase of the work.The complete phase will involve permanent bridges, parklands and venues that will be left in place for future legacy use.Andrew Altman, the chief executive of the OPLC, said: “BAM Nuttall worked on the original Olympic Park and their hands on knowledge will be invaluable in helping us to achieve our target of reopening the Park in phases from July 2013.

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