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Old March 17th, 2012, 09:37 PM   #3341
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In the shadow of the Shard: Why the next generation of skycrapers is struggling to get off the ground

The Shard already dominates the capital's skyline and Liverpool, Brighton, Glasgow and east London are next in line for the tower treatment. Or are they?

Even as the mighty Shard on the banks of the Thames shoots towards its opening in May, plans for tall buildings from London to Liverpool are being knocked down as opposition grows to the tall, the ostentatious, the showy and "iconic". And the people knocking Britain's new towers back are not necessarily traditional conservatives and architectural purists, but young activists and many people usually associated with the avant-garde.

Last year, architect Amanda Levete's 25-storey tower in Shoreditch, east London was set to rise from the Huntingdon Estate, overlooking downtown's favourite edgy backwater, Redchurch Street, but was knocked back by a group of highly motivated residents including a clutch of high-profile artists, Misses Emin and Whiteread among them. More recently, a plan for a so-called eco-tower next to Dalston's Kingsland station – the hipster hub of east London – has just been repelled until further notice. With 130 flats, and fashionable accoutrements such as vertical gardens, it was designed by architects BFLS, which designed the now-familiar Strata tower in Elephant and Castle. In south London, two towers in the Vauxhall Cross development have been nixed for now, following ardent campaigning.

And the pro-low phenomenon is not just restricted to London. In Liverpool, the Liverpool Waters development, currently the UK's biggest planning application including a scraper of considerable height, has been set back following local opposition and has even raised the objection of Unesco (the city's Maritime Mercantile City is a World Heritage Site), which cited the possibility of a "serious loss of historical authenticity". There has been similar disquiet in Scotland, at the second phase of high-rise developments in the Glasgow Harbour site.

In one sense, these buildings are seen as out of time – signed off in the boom, built in the bust – and also out of place, particularly in classic four-storey Victorian streetscapes such as Dalston's. "It is inappropriate to the area, and full of 'greenwash'," says Bill Parry-Davies of Open Dalston, a group that campaigned against the tower, who says that nearby Waltham Forest has also had a similar application beside its station, indicating a trend. Parry-Davies is pleased, therefore, that Hackney Planning Committee recently rejected the exclusively private 18-storey tower block, where apartments rose from about £400,000 into six-figure sums.

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Old March 17th, 2012, 10:31 PM   #3342
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Capital's trophy homes buck the property trend

One estate agent, Savills, has more than 50 houses on sale for more than £15 million in the capital.

The company sells properties in some of the most exclusive parts of the country and said multi-millionaire foreign investors were behind the strength of the market.

Big money buyers from Russia, the Middle East and Asia see an investment in bricks and mortar in London as a safe haven, as prices rarely fall and Britain has a transparent legal system, the Daily Mail reported.

Rupert Sebag-Montefiore, chairman of Savills Residential UK, said that London was "detached" from the rest of the country.

"It's an international market and the higher you go up the price bracket the more international it becomes," he told the Mail.

He said a home in London was seen by members of the international jet-set as a must-have in their property portfolio along with homes in the south of France, ski chalets and boltholes in Paris and New York.

"They're buying trophy homes like people used to collect vintage cars," said Mr Sebag-Montefiore.

Savills was among agents managing the sale of the penthouse at One Hyde Park in Knightsbridge that sold for a British record £140 million in late 2010.

The six-bedroom flat, covering two floors and boasting views across the Serpentine, was snapped up by Ukrainian steel and coal billionaire Rinat Akhmetov.

Currently on sale is an eight-bedroom mansion in The Bishop's Avenue in north London, listed at £39.95million. It boasts a cinema, lift, leisure complex, eight reception rooms, and two flats for staff.

The buyers of a nine-bedroom mansion in St John's Wood, on offer at £39 million, will have use of a games room with bar, cinema, pool, gym, sauna, and steam rooms as well as a separate muse house.

They can also rub shoulders with A-list celebrity neighbours although not all of them will have splashed so much cash on their property. Sir Paul McCartney bought his home in the area for £40,000 in the 1960s.

While prices may be booming in the capital, a survey from estate agent Knight Frank found that nationwide, most homeowners expected prices to fall in March for the 21st consecutive month.
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Old March 17th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #3343
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They won't build a skyscraper just because we want them to. If it fills the needs of the tenant, that's what they care about.

It might not be a skyscraper but I wouldn't call a 700,00 sq ft building a 'midget'.
so when the international companies and investors demand for more office spaces, will this shorty be demolished and replaced with a taller skyscraper?
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I didn't said that. I said that projects for one single tenant are probably made for its needs.
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For the moment, at least, New York and London remain the grandes dames of the property world. There may be excitement over growth economies, and fears over a relative decline in the west, but the super-rich still want to park their money in these two “old world” metropolises.

Together with Hong Kong, New York and London offer some of the world’s most expensive real estate and their property markets have held firm amid chaos elsewhere, to the point where they have dislocated from their national counterparts. Both cities offer lifestyle and business opportunities – coupled with security – that attract investment from around the world. So it follows that the conventions and processes surrounding property purchase would be much the same in these two hubs – the language of wealth being an international one – and yet this is far from the case.

Last month Savills sent Lindsay Cuthill, head of their south-west London region, to shadow brokers at Stribling & Associates in New York. Elizabeth Stribling, founder and president of Stribling, describes the two estate agencies as “natural realty partners” serving “the same demanding upper end clientele”, and since 2010 they have benefited from a formal association. However, the three-week residency revealed as many differences as similarities between the two markets and the working practices of estate agents either side of the Atlantic.

What both cities certainly do share is a growing obsession with super-prime development, and their flashiest projects are pitched competitively. One 57, known colloquially as “New York’s answer to London’s One Hyde Park” is due to open in autumn 2013. The duplex penthouse here is priced at $115m (a three-storey penthouse at the latter sold for £136m last year) and pricing has been between $3,500 and $9,000 per sq ft (One Hyde Park has been achieving £6,000 per sq ft). One 57 will be New York City’s tallest residential building and, with its flat front and curved crown, will loom like a vast periscope, with views spanning the length of Central Park and beyond.

Presentations from Extell, the developers of One 57, are deadpan, bordering on aggressive, and bristling with optimism about international buyers. Like London, New York has seen some high-profile sales to wealthy Russians – last month a penthouse at 15 Central Park West sold to Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the 22-year-old daughter of Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, for $88m – but the hype can be misleading.

According to research compiled exclusively for the Financial Times by Knight Frank, foreign buyers in London now constitute 85 per cent of super-prime purchases compared with 50 per cent in New York. And a report published last November by the same estate agents, which ranked the top five prime global markets by purchaser motive – business, education, tax, lifestyle, security and investment – featured New York just once, as number one for business. Much has been made of South American investment in major US cities but Knight Frank’s research identifies the UK, France and Italy as the three most important nationalities currently investing in New York property.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson names Chelsfield as developer in £1.2bn ($1.91 billion) London project

Sir Stuart Lipton’s Chelsfield Partners has been named preferred bidder to develop the Silvertown Quays site in the Royal Docks in London.

Chelsfield, alongside partners Imagination Europe and First Base are planning more than 3m sq ft of mixed-use space on the 50-acre docklands site owned by Government.

It won the bid race with plans to build branded pavilions which will showcase and exhibit products from leading global brands.

The development will create about 9,500 permanent jobs once completed as well as providing 2.3 m sq ft of commercial and retail space and around 4,000 homes.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “Despite one of the harshest economic climates in decades an urban renaissance is underway in east London and I have no doubt that Silvertown Quays will become a business destination of worldwide appeal.”

Robert Burrow, chief executive of Chelsfield, said: “Chelsfield with our partners Imagination Europe and First Base are delighted to be chosen as preferred developer for The Silvertown. Chelsfield has for many years valued East London as a growth area.”

“We originated Stratford City, which is now a thriving successful mixed used centre. We believe The Silvertown development will be equally successful as it will create a new London destination for technology, medical and brand companies.

“There will be a mixture of sales, education, research and innovation centres which will be surrounded by housing and other uses to make The Silvertown another major East London mixed use project.”

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St. James's Market (£400m) development to create 45,000sq.ft of restaurant, retail and leisure space

The Crown Estate has launched plans for a £400m redevelopment of three sites in St. James's which will create 45,000sq.ft of restaurant, retail and leisure space in the area between Regent Street and Haymarket in central London.

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The Government confirmed an extra £150m today for the Get Britain Building fund to boost the total available for stalled construction projects to £570m.




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Bam Construct wins £23m London office revamp
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Derwent London has awarded Bam Construct a £23m contract to upgrade a former government office block in central London.

It is the second major office revamp job to be awarded by Derwent London to bam after it successfully overhauled a former Bank of Scotland office building in the Angel.

Bam will alter and extend 1 Page Street in Westminster, which was used by Westminster Hospital in the 1960s and more recently as a home for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The 110,000 sq ft scheme will include a steel frame extension, removal and disposal of the existing façade and replacing it with modern brick and punched windows.

New lifts, external works, and mechanical and electrical services will be provided, as well as raised floors and suspended ceilings.

Construction director Mike Donegan said: “The project will require a comprehensive reworking of the existing building, particularly given its historic uses.

“The London commercial sector is beginning to improve after a difficult few years and BAM is proving that it is well placed to play a big role in its future.”

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King's College (University of London) gets £20m donation for law school

King's College London has been given £20m for its law school, the largest donation from an individual in the university's history.

The donation from Dickson Poon, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist, is thought to be the biggest ever to a British or European law faculty.

The money will form part of a £40m investment programme.

The law school, to be renamed The Dickson Poon School of Law, has been in operation for more than 175 years.

The money will be used to help the department grow in the field of transnational law, create research positions and a scholarship scheme.

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ISG signs a £20 Million London 5* Hotel Scheme
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ISG signed a £20 million fast-track project to convert the existing Queen Anne’s Chambers building in Westminster into a five star luxury InterContinental Hotel for developer Supreme Hotels.

Located on Broadway and close to the Houses of Parliament, the site was originally developed as a hospital, later to become home to the Government’s Treasury Solicitor. The underused buildings will now be transformed by ISG into one cohesive luxury hotel – The InterContinental London Westminster, with completion scheduled for the end of 2012.

ISG will fit out 256 en-suite guest bedrooms on levels one to six, including several suites and a large presidential suite on level six, where ISG will also create an ‘Executive Club’ bar and lounge area. The ground floor will be configured to provide an open plan layout with various guest areas flowing seamlessly into one another. The ground floor reception will lead through to a tea lounge, then into a winter garden area, contemporary restaurant and finally a feature pub.

The project involves structural alterations to facilitate the open plan layout across the basement and ground floor levels and to knit the three structures into a single unified building. ISG will also install seven new lifts within the building – three front of house, three back of house and one fire service access lift - and will construct a feature helical staircase from basement to ground floor.

Back of house offices and facilities, including the restaurant and bar kitchens will be located on the ground floor. Across the basement level, ISG will create a range of conference and banqueting accommodation, along with a gym for hotel guests. Further back of house facilities will also be located in the basement along with the hotel’s plant room and IT infrastructure.

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The Proposed Development has been designed by Terry Farrells architects. The Proposed Development will redevelop the whole of the current site. All of the existing buildings on site will be demolished and replaced with a number of modern structures.

These new buildings will comprise a number of standalone and interlinked buildings that will vary in both height and massing and are arranged in 4 buildings comprising of 5 blocks A, B, B1, C, D. The proposal will include a maximum 2 storey basement and tallest structure within the Proposed Development (Block B1) will be up to 152.7 metres above ordnance datum (m AOD) in height.

The Proposed Development will be residential led (providing 749 private units of which 242 (38% of rooms) are affordable, but also providing offices, retail units and community infrastructure. A double level basement is also proposed for car parking and 0.96 hectares of open space will be created.

The overall proposed massing is higher to the north of the Site (Building B1) with the height of the buildings stepping down to the south (Building A). This design creates a gentle transition from the office district heights to the north and the residential areas to the south of the Site. At the core of the architectural concept is the creation of two building groups (Buildings A and B and Buildings B1 and C) on the Site which define an active open space at the heart of the Site. The space between the two building groups consists of a sequence of spaces that run northsouth through the Site and allow for pedestrian movement and different uses and activities within the Site and act as transitional spaces between the urban environment on the junction of Limeharbour and Marsh Wall and the residential areas to the south.

The Proposed Development is comprised of four separate buildings. These are summarised as follows:

• Building A – A mixture of one to five bedroom affordable social rental accommodation. Building A is made up of two blocks, ranging from 13 (Building A2, northern building, 51.2m AOD) to 19 storeys (Building A1, southern building, 70m AOD). There are a number of retail units at ground floor level;

• Building B – A mixture of studio to penthouse private residential units, with commercial units on the ground and first floor. The building is 25 storeys (up to 92.8 m AOD) high.

• Building B1 – A mixture of studio to penthouse private residential units, with retail units from ground level to the fourth floor, in a multi-tiered single block with a single 45 storey tower (152.7 m AOD). There is a five storey annex to the tower (27.4 m AOD), separating it from Building C, containing commercial units and community usage on the ground floor.

• Building C – Building C is set in a number of blocks (C1 to C3), losing height from west to east. The highest element is 24 storeys (87.9 m AOD) and the lowest element 11 storeys (30.5 m AOD). The building contains a mixture of one bedroom to three bedroom private, affordable and intermediate residential units, with a commercial units at ground floor level; and Skylines ES Non-Technical Summary NTS-7

• Pavilion D (part of Building B) – A community/retail pavilion, 2 storeys (up to 16m AOD) high. A two level basement will cover the majority of the Site and will include parking level -2 (to a depth of -0.4 m AOD) and parking level -1 (to a depth of +2.25 m AOD) 189 car parking spaces, 32 motorcycle spaces, 1060 bicycle spaces, the plant and waste storage rooms. Access to the basement car park will be via the south west corner of the Site.
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With the Borough Viaduct bridge on Borough High Street. The grey crane belongs to that site on the corner of London Bridge Street, that I'm still not entirely sure what's happening to.

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New St James's offices revealed by The Crown Estate

Three sites in St James's are to be redeveloped to deliver new mixed-use space, including London offices. The £400 million Crown Estate project is expected to provide 300,000 sq ft of extra space, with the lead scheme entitled St James's Market.

Designed by Make Architects, the plans cover the transformation of 52-56 Haymarket and 14-20 Regent Street. The latter buildings will be given a makeover, while the Haymarket block will be replaced.

Once the redevelopment is complete, 45,000 sq ft of retail premises will be available for brands, along with 200,000 sq ft of St James's offices. In addition, the construction of 40,000 sq ft of new homes is on the cards.

Commenting on the news, head of development at The Crown Estate Alastair Smart said: "Our long-term vision for the area will protect St James's distinct niche in the West End office market, enhance its position as a stimulating and eclectic shopping and dining destination, create new homes, improve the public realm and above all, protect St James's celebrated heritage."

Last month, the organisation revealed a new fashion, lifestyle and retail hub would soon open at Regent Street's southern end. As well as first-class retail space, new Grade A London offices, restaurant and homes will also be delivered under the £300 million mixed-use development.

The facility - Quadrant 3 - will house stores including Whole Foods Market, Jack Space, Wolsey and Stone Island. The latter's chief executive Carlo Rivetti explained why the brand wanted to move from Beak Street to the new retail quarter, stating its "great location" and the "non-stop consumer flow from Regent Street and Piccadilly Circus".

In total, Quadrant 3 is 270,000 sq ft in size, with 200,000 sq ft of this Grade A London offices. At the end of last year, Generation Investment Management agreed to a 15-year lease for more than 21,000 sq ft of space across the top floor.
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New planning guidelines for major sewage projects in England have been approved by MPs, with two London projects detailed.

The national policy statement sets out the Government's policy for waste water developments of "national significance". The document refers to two proposed projects, both designed to deal with the sewage produced by London.

Environment minister Richard Benyon said: "The Waste Water National Policy Statement sets out Government policy for the provision of waste water infrastructure of national significance in England.

"It will be used by the Planning Inspectorate, as the examining body from April, and the Secretary of State as the decision maker, as the primary basis for making decisions on development consent for nationally significant infrastructure projects."

The statement detailed two proposed developments of national significance: the sewage treatment works at Deephams in north-east London and the Thames Tunnel.

"London's sewerage is under considerable pressure due to a system that is close to capacity and due to changing land use in London and, of course, population expansion.

"This leads to frequent spills of untreated waste water containing sewage into the tidal reaches of the Thames, which has a negative impact on its water quality.

"Resolving this issue has been subject to extensive and comprehensive studies, including the consideration of a wide range of alternative solutions for more than a decade now, as a result of which the Government is satisfied that the development of the Thames Tunnel, when compared to the alternatives, is the most cost-effective and timely solution to address the problem of untreated sewage discharging into the River Thames."

Shadow water minister Gavin Shuker said Labour had some concerns over the Government's strategy and said there had been omissions in the water white paper. But he said: "The principle of the waste hierarchy should apply to any new project under the national policy statement. More can be done to encourage new processes that harness the organic value of it. We welcome this national policy statement and we will not be opposing it tonight."

Simon Hughes, Lib Dem MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, said he thought there was time for a review panel of people who did not have a vested interest in the project, to be able to report to those who did, before final plans were drawn up. He added that questions remained about the project's environmental objectives, sustainability and cost.
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Thursday 22 March 2012

South Bank residents and workers have a second chance this week to see the latest exhibition of plans for the redevelopment of the Shell Centre.



Last week's concept masterplan exhibition has been extended to allow locals a further chance to comment on the early proposals from architects Squire & Partners.

The exhibition includes early sketches of the possible configuration of the new development. Up to eight new buildings are proposed, ranging from 8 to 35 storeys in height. The existing Shell Centre tower, which will be retained, is 27 storeys high.

Two of the new buildings will provide office space whilst the remainder could either be residential or offices or a combination of the two.

There is also potential for a new 'cultural facility' in the centre of the development – or a new entrance to Waterloo Underground Station with better access from the South Bank and Belvedere Road.

A new pedestrian route could also be created alongside the railway arches to the north of the site.

The development is a joint venture by Canary Wharf Group and Qatari Diar.

"We have been thrilled with the number of people who have participated in the public consultation so far – each making a valuable contribution to our vision for the site," said a spokesman for the developers.

"Our objective is to maintain this open, dynamic and ongoing conversation with the South Bank community and all stakeholders throughout the planning process."

This week the developers announced that they have appointed Townshend Landscape Architects to design the public realm and open spaces of the development.

"We are delighted to be part of the team on this landmark development in the heart of London," says Robert Townshend. "The scheme affords a wonderful opportunity to create a key piece of unique sustainable public realm which can be interwoven into the historic setting of the Shell Centre."

• The public exhibition, in the former Shell Centre foyer on York Road, is open on Thursday 22 March 4pm-7pm and Saturday 24 March 11am-4pm
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London Mayor Boris Johnson hails £1.2 billion plan for derelict city area
A historic part of east London that has lain derelict for decades is in line for a £1.2bn transformation creating about 9,500 jobs.



Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has revealed that property developer Chelsfield has been chosen by the London Development Agency (LDA) as preferred developer of the 50-acre site. It will bring commercial and retail use to the Silvertown Quays scheme within the Royal Docks enterprise zone.

“Despite one of the harshest economic climates in decades an urban renaissance is under way in east London and I have no doubt that Silvertown Quays will become a business destination of worldwide appeal,” Mr Johnson said.

The development will include 228,570 square metres of commercial and retail space, and 126,440 square metres of housing. Education, research and innovation centres will also feature. The LDA said a final contract would be concluded within a few months.
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4 fabulous new 5-star hotels in London


The view across the Thames from London's new Corinthia Hotel-- that pointy building surrounded by cranes in the background is The Shard, Europe's newest, tallest building. (Photo: Chris McGinnis)

I love London for many reasons, most of which revolve around my career in the travel biz. To me, the city just feels like the center of the universe, so every time London calls, I answer!

The dynamic London hotel scene is endlessly fascinating. There is always plenty of experimentation, unusual quirks and something new or unusual to check out.

In preparation for the visitor onslaught brought on by they upcoming Summer Olympics, I recently took off across the pond for a peek at the London hotel scene, and found four fabulous new (or newly renovated) five-star properties worth checking into.

Even if you can’t spend the night, it’s worth stopping by their lively lobbies to have a drink and a gawk at the cool design, have a meal or just to sit and enjoy the outstanding people watching.

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BUDGET 2012: Boris island airport could get lift off as Osborne rips up 60 years of planning law to drive economy forward’

  • Move signals support for airport in the Thames Estuary
  • Northern England to see investment in 'neglected' transport infrastructure

The potential of a new airport in the Thames estuary a step closer after Mr Osborne warned that Britain needed to ‘confront the lack of airport capacity’ in the South East of England.

The Government aviation review is currently looking at the project - dubbed 'Boris island' after London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The £50billion airport would be capable of handling 150 million passengers annually.

Mr Osborne’s comments are also set to anger environmentalists and fuel concerns that the Government is softening on its opposition to the expansion of Heathrow airport.


The relaxation of planning law is seen as a sign of approval for a new airport to the east of London


The £50billion airport would be capable of handling 150 million passengers annually.

Mr Osborne said: 'We're the first British government to set out in a National Infrastructure Plan the projects we are going to prioritise in the coming decade.

'The roads, railways, clean energy and water, and broadband networks we need are all identified.

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