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Old February 29th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #3301
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London offices get luxury residential makeover

Offices on some of London's most desirable streets will revert to their original use as homes as developers cash in on rising luxury house prices, leaving deep-pocketed hedge funds to dominate the shrinking supply of more costly commercial space.

Prices for the best central London homes have risen sharply on the back of strong overseas demand from individuals seeking an investment to shield their wealth from the euro zone debt crisis and Arab Spring uprisings, property experts said.

Residential values are now more than 3,000 pounds per square foot in the upmarket Mayfair and St James's neighborhoods versus about 2,000 pounds for offices, property agent H2SO said.

One recently converted property is the early nineteenth century terrace 3-10 Grosvenor Crescent, which was turned into a block of luxury apartments by the Duke of Westminster's property company Grosvenor Group.

"It was originally residential, then became commercial as the head office of the British Red Cross and then converted back after they moved out in 2005," said Ian Morrison, director of London estate development at Grosvenor.

About 3.2 million square feet of office space in London's West End district, which includes Mayfair, St James's and Belgravia, was converted into homes between 2000 and 2010, H2SO said.

The areas are also popular with hedge fund managers who set up offices there to distinguish themselves from the traditional investment banks, located in the City and Canary Wharf financial districts, that many of them came from. The district's high-end shops and restaurants are an added attraction.

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Ah yes the Tory policy to help with the (top end) housing shortage, to cash in on the global mayhem.
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Old March 1st, 2012, 05:28 PM   #3303
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Quadrant 3 now 60 per cent let

The Crown Estate has today announced that we have signed Telefónica Digital and Halfords Media to over 7,500 m2 (80,000 ft2) of office space at our AirW1 scheme, part of the Quadrant 3 redevelopment just off the southern end of Regent Street. The mixed use scheme, which completed four months ahead of schedule in November 2012, is now by rental value over 60 per cent let.

Contracts have been exchanged with Telefónica and in February it will commence fitting out the entire fourth and fifth floors, totalling 4,700 m2 (51,000 ft2), with a view to moving in over the summer. The space will be the global headquarters of Telefónica's new digital division which has been formed to lead the company's growth in the digital world. Approximately 400 employees will be based in the office, which will also be a showcase for technology innovation for customers and partners. In January Halfords Media will start fitting out the entire third floor, which totals 2,800 m2 (30,000 ft2). Both companies have agreed 15 year leases for undisclosed rents.

In November, Generation Investment Management, the investment management firm dedicated to long term, sustainable investing, also signed a 15 year lease for AirW1's 2,000 m2 (21,300 ft2) top floor.

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Is this the same as the Victoria Twin Towers Project?
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 11:53 AM   #3305
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Old March 3rd, 2012, 04:16 PM   #3306
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Work begins on £9m extension of Southside Shopping Centre



Work has begun on a £9m extension of Southside Shopping Centre. After planning was sent was given by Wandsworth Borough Council last year, the initial phase of the £48m investment project has commenced.

The revamp will see three new retail stores and the creation of three restaurant units at the centre. The units have already been snapped up by Neapolitan pizzeria, Rossopomodoro, steak restaurant CattleGrid and Japanese noodle bar, Wagamama.

The initial £9m development is expected to take a year to complete with a the new restaurants and shops due to open in early 2012. More than 60 new permanent jobs will be created at the new stores and restaurants.

Neil Churchill, General Manager at Southside said: "It's fantastic to see the building works beginning in earnest at Southside Shopping Centre.

"It's further evidence of Southside's ongoing commitment to and investment in Wandsworth, introducing attractive new street-facing stores and dining facilities that will significantly improve the centre's appearance and strengthen Wandsworth's evening economy."
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Rathbone Market - 74 m - 22 floors

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Plans Surface For Robin Hood Gardens Scheme



The soon to be demolished Robin Hood Gardens, part of the Aberfeldy Estate in Poplar, is just the most iconic part of a widespread regeneration plan for the area.

In the place of the Smithson designed concrete council block, and the other buildings of the estate will be 1,700 new homes... a massive increase from the 297 that are there right now. This is only possible because the plans for the new development, which is being helmed by the Swan Housing Association, see much of the green space between the buildings built on too.

Phase 1 will be the demolition of Robin Hood Gardens and new homes constructed on an area between Blair Street and East India Dock Road. On the southern half of this phase will be the tallest, three ten floor tall residential buildings. The northern part will see ones of between four and six floors constructed.

Between these will be the central west-east axis of East India Green, a tree lined street that connects to East India Green Gateway which is intended as the eastern entrance for the Aberfeldy New Village, as it's called. On the western side of phase 1 will be a north-south route going from East India Dock Road to Braithwaite Park to its north, crossing Blair Street in the process thanks to a newly planned pedestrian bridge.

Braithwaite Park is currently simply a piece of open green land, but the longer term plans for the area suggest that it will be landscaped into a new public park. The intention to do so would deal with one of the main problems that Robin Hood Gardens has suffered from.

Although there is an abundance of greenery on the site, almost half of it is currently open space, there is little landscaping and it is simply there without any points of public interest. A successful replacement will have to offer proper public amenity, rather than create a no mans land with a slab block in its middle.
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London new homes market continues to appeal to Middle East investors

With property prices stable and rents at an all-time high, international demand for new homes in London continues to rise.

The latest Central London Residential Market report published by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) shows that overseas nationals continue to view the London property market as a safe investment haven. Last year, the company says that it sold in the region of £1.3bn worth of new build homes in London to foreign purchasers, with the greatest hike in demand coming from homebuyers based in the Middle East.

The report shows that property investors from the Middle East accounted for about 9%, up from 5% in 2010. The Middle East now accounts for the second largest group of foreign investors into the London residential market after nationals from the Asia Pacific region who accounted for 15% of overall sales.

Despite wider concerns about the UK economy, the London property market, particularly in Zone one, continued to perform strongly in 2011, with property prices appreciating across most parts of the capital, fuelled by a chronic undersupply of residential properties in relation to the high number of national and international homebuyers looking to find a property in the capital.

Home prices in London are expected to rise further in 2012. JLL projects that Central London prices could grow by 4% this year, 5% in 2013 and peak at 8% in 2014. Rents are also expected to increase by 7% by the end of 2012 and 8% in 2013; an attractive proposition for property investors.

Although research shows that two-bedroom homes in London are recording the greatest capital growth, JLL report that the majority of Middle Eastern investors are primarily looking for large family homes with three- to four-bedrooms, ranging in value from £2.4 to £15m.

The most popular areas to buy property are Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Mayfair, Kensington, Regent's Park and St John's Wood.

Ben Stroud of Jones Lang LaSalle said: "Middle Eastern investors have strong historic links to the London property market and have typically invested for the longer term. We are definitely seeing increased interest both in terms of volume as well as the variety of locations that regional investors are interested in.

"London continues to offer solid growth potential and its twinned status as an accessible capital city and financial centre, alongside a stable political system and transparent legal framework, continues to attract interest from across the Middle East.

"London's reputation as a safe haven for investors is being reinforced by global troubles not undermined. Additional incentives such as a weak Sterling and a favourable tax system are also making it more attractive amongst a range of potential foreign investors."
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Old March 9th, 2012, 06:28 AM   #3311
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True, but whilst the scale of King's Cross Central is modest, it stands out for its friendliness (new squares, parks, restored waterways) and combination of old and new (apartment buildings in gas holders, new use for old warehouses).

Living inside a historical gas holder:


A new square (note the Eurostar passing by in the back and the park lining the railway track):


Aerial view (notice the little marina for narrow-boats, just next to the CTRL track):


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Old March 9th, 2012, 08:18 AM   #3312
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Old March 9th, 2012, 12:43 PM   #3313
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does anyone know what is going on at this site? is that building being demolished?

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Kings Cross

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Old March 12th, 2012, 08:18 PM   #3316
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Work Restarts On Commercial Street Tower
Published on 12-03-2012 by Skyscrapernews.com

Work is beginning again on the stalled 1 Commercial Street tower on the edge of the City of London in the Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Previously a victim of the international banking collapse of 2008, and the failure of its Icelandic backers, the scheme has been picked up by Redrow Homes, one of the largest domestic builders in the United Kingdom.

This marks quite a change for a company like Redrow who had previously concentrated on suburban housing estates and left the development of city centre towers to rivals like Barratt Developments and Berkeley Homes.
Replacing John Seifert Architects on the designs are Broadway Malyan. Previous plans for the scheme saw a wholly office tower planned of 17 floors above ground, but these have been revised.

In their place will be a ground floor, followed by office floors from levels 1 to 6. Above that all the way to the penthouses on the 21st floor will be a collection of 217 new residential apartments.

The retention of the office on the lower part of the tower may have something to do with the fact that the scheme had already progressed too far for them to modify these floors substantially into residential. As such they have noticeably larger floor-to-floor heights of 3.775 metres each rather than the 2.75 metres for the residential floors. This reduction of about 1 metre in each floor has allowed the developers to fit more floors into what is almost the same size building envelope as before of approaching 80 metres in height.

The design remains much as before, but the offices will have revised brise soleils attached to their concrete floor slabs to improve the solar shading of those floors. For the residential apartments projecting stainless steel and aluminium balconies will feature instead, These provide visual cues as to the nature of each floor in the development.

On the eastern corner of One Commercial Street will be a projecting glass façade overhanging the pavement. At night it's intended to light this up providing the latest illuminated colour focal point for London's still orange skyline.

Work halted on the development in late 2008, but is now finally restarting. Redrow meanwhile are busy promoting the scheme to the upper end of the London residential market.
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Dollar Bay Tower Approved
* Published on 09-03-2012 *by * Skyscrapernews.com

Plans for a new residential-led tower at Dollar Bay have been approved by the Borough of Tower Hamlets planning committee.

The Ian Simpson Architects designed tower will if built, be 32 floors above ground which translates into a height of 109 metres. For comparison, 1 West India Quay is 111 metres tall. In Dollar Bay will be hosted 121 new apartments, plus ground floor retail, and a top floor winter garden attached to a rooftop cafe.

Previous plans were for a much taller building, but this version has the advantage of being a more limited number of floors thus doing away with the need for a mid-level plant floor, which in turn saves on construction and maintenance costs.

Ian Simpson Architects also dropped the 100% air conditioning of the building, and replaced it with full natural ventilation, the two penthouse apartments aside, making a huge energy saving.

In terms of the actual urban planning of the scheme, it has been sited to create the maximum amount of space between the tower and Glenn Terrace in an attempt to make it less overbearing. The massing of the tower also presents broad west/east frontages with transparent double skin glazing and louvres, and narrower north/south ones that utilise a number of solid panels as well as windows. This reduces the amount of unattractive north facing space which suffer from poorer quality daylight, and south facing space that get the highest levels of solar gain.

The figure of 121 apartments is however provisional as the building has been designed to allow for the merging of apartments from floor 19 up if the purchaser can afford it giving those with the cash the opportunity of up to half a floor each. In addition the two bedroom apartments can be configured into a number of different options - entertaining, formal dining, TV room, study/bedroom and second bedroom - depending on the preferences of the buyer.

Prospective buyers won't be able to snap one up yet though, as there is no date on when the developer Londonewcastle intend to start marketing the project, or begin construction for that matter.
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Osbourne Breaks Ground At 5 Broadgate

Marking the start of the project, groundbreaking has gone ahead on London’s 5 Broadgate project. Kicking off proceedings by throwing out the traditional shovel and manning the controls of a rather large piling rig was Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne who once again showed his adeptness at digging a big hole.

As part of the 32 acre Broadgate Estate which is located atop the Liverpool Street transport interchange, the project is a joint development between British Land and Blackstone and when complete will provide approximately 65,032 sqm of premium office space.

Designed by renowned architectural outfit Make, the twelve storey building which comes with the pretty hefty price tag of £340 million will become the nesting place of Swiss bank UBS.

Designed to look like a perfect machine cast block, the building will be a box like affair with gun metal grey facades, despite initially sounding quite horrific looking, the detailing of the facades, the cut-outs and stepping in the buildings form give the building an open appearance rather than just an oppressive mass.

Adding to the open feeling will be the public side of the project which includes the creation of a new gateway space in Sun Street Square where it is envisaged public art will be displayed and a café at the base of 3 Finsbury Park, improvements to accessibility and landscaping are included in the plans and there is also opportunity for the all important retail space to be included at a later date.

Green is the theme for the project with energy efficient measures being taken in every step of construction, the facades are designed to reduce heat gain, any waste heat will be used to heat water and incoming fresh air while both photovoltaic and solar thermal panels will be used to generate energy.

The building will become home to approximately 6000 UBS employees and will have 4 trading floors each holding 750 traders who will have state of the art technology at their finger tips.

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Catching Up With 100 Bishopsgate
Published on 07-03-2012 by Skyscrapernews.com

With demolition completed at the 100 Bishopsgate site in the City of London, the Woods Bagot / Allies and Morrison designed skyscraper is now moving forward into the marketing phase of the scheme.

The two acre site sits the south western corner of where Bishopsgate connects with Beavis Marks. This places to the south of the now completed Heron Tower, and east of 99 Bishopsgate, the former Royal Bank of Scotland building that went up in the mid 1970s. For those taking a long term view, the question of what will inevitably rise on the other corner, will obviously be raised.

100 Bishopsgate was originally designed by Allies and Morrison who tried to create a compromise building of rational and regularly shaped floorplates that are commercially attractive to the office sector, whilst balancing that with the desire to add interesting geometry to the building. Put another way, a skyscraper in the City needs a gimmick.

This was perhaps done, in part, due to the fact that many of the notable new generation of skyscrapers play extensively with geometry which is used to create a variety of distinctive shapes from cheesegraters to gherkins. Here angled facades are used which hint at a twisted tower, without it actually radically torquing.

Following the extensive work on the first planning application by Allies and Morrison, Woods Bagot were brought in to further refine the scheme into the form it takes today.

In addition to the approved 40-storey skyscraper, there is also planning approval for two other lower rise buildings, along with a redesigned street front, a new route through the site, and half an acre of much needed public space that will have retail and restaurant outlets front onto it.

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Found a really good video from network rail explaining the new kings cross. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvrV...eature=related
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