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Old April 5th, 2012, 09:33 PM   #3541
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Lol..how is London 'behind' New York when they both score 15...?
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Former Olympic host Tokyo topped the board with 37% of those surveyed saying they consider the Japanese city to be leading the way, followed by Hong Kong (17%) and New York (15%), with London scoring 15%. However, the British capital did rate higher than European rivals Berlin (4%), Barcelona (3%) and Paris (2%).
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Old April 5th, 2012, 10:13 PM   #3542
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London Cable Car Current Construction Status

Foundation for stations - Completed
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Mideast group closes in on prime London site

Land Securities, the UK’s largest property company by market value, is close to selling one of London’s largest development sites to a Middle Eastern private equity group fronted by Amanda Staveley. The deal to sell Arundel Great Court, the former Deloitte offices on the north bank of the Thames, to PCP Capital Partners is expected to net Land Securities £234m. The 3.3-acre 1970s building has planning permission for nearly 150 apartments, a 152-room hotel with views over the river, and a 400,000 sq ft office building on the Strand.

Land Securities is understood to be keen to focus on its existing £1bn development programme, which includes the 1m sq ft scheme at Victoria Circle and its “Walkie Talkie” City skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street. However, the sale crystallises a loss for the company, which paid £306m for the building at the top of the property boom in 2006.

Dubai-based PCP is headed by Ms Staveley, the British dealmaker advising the government of Abu Dhabi on taking a possible £10bn stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. In 2008, the company came close to buying Land Securities’ facilities management business, Trillium. However, PCP narrowly missed out when the unit was eventually sold to Telereal.

News of the deal comes just days before Francis Salway, Land Securities’ chief executive for the past eight years, hands over the top job to Robert Noel. The deal, which could close as early as next week, comes at a time when foreign buyers are stepping up activity in London’s property market.

Last year, property in the City of London became majority owned by foreign institutions for the first time, reflecting the global flight to assets considered safe from the turmoil in financial markets. Investors from Germany, the US and the Middle East have spearheaded an international buying spree that has seen foreign ownership of offices in the Square Mile soar to 52 per cent of total floor space during the downturn, according to a recent report by Development Securities.

Overseas investors are being touted as the likely buyers for the majority of the large development sites in London. Both Battersea Power Station and Wapping, the former headquarters of News International, have been eyed by foreign property investors keen to get a foothold in the UK market. Land Securities declined to comment on the process. PCP could not be reached for comment.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 01:23 AM   #3544
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Construction industry boosted by Crossrail

The flagship £17 billion ($27bn) Crossrail scheme is casting a positive light on an otherwise tough market for the construction industry.


Crossrail is the biggest engineering project in Europe and forms a major part of the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy. When it opens in 2018, Crossrail will connect 28 stations across the South East and new Crossrail stations at Paddington, Liverpool Street, and Canary Wharf will be built.

The focus on London this year means increasing competition across the construction industry. The market is set for re-growth and many top construction firms are eyeing up and bidding for major work packages across the city. Construction firm Kier won the £200 million contract for Farringdon’s Crossrail station last year in a joint venture with BAM Nuttal and Spain’s Ferrovial.

Other work currently being tendered for or awarded consists of the circa £1 billion contract to cover rolling stock supply, maintenance, and depot construction across the scheme, and the circa £250 million Whitechapel Station, which was recently won by a joint venture consisting of Balfour Beatty Rail, Morgan Sindall and VINCI.

With Mayor Boris Johnson’s arrival at London Paddington next month to switch on one of the huge tunnel-boring machines, London’s star is shining bright and will continue to do so for years to come.

Advantage Resourcing International is the 4th largest recruitment firm in the world. We are pleased to be preferred partners to Crossrail Ltd, Bechtel, Balfour Beatty, and multiple main and sub-contractors across the scheme.
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Great developments! Let's hope it will not start the war in Iran, otherwise
it will be bad for the English.
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Balfour Beatty secures London office contract

Balfour Beatty has secured a contract to develop an office block on Chancery Lane in London, according to Construction Enquirer.

The news provider reported the £25 million project will include the demolition of existing buildings and the creation of an eight-storey commercial establishment.

Planning permission has just been granted by Westminster council to remove some of Lonsdale Chambers, but the facade on Chancery Lane must be left standing, replacing a previous permission approved in 2002.

The project is designed by GMW Architects, which has previously been responsible for a significant part of Sheffield University and terminals at JFK Airport in New York and Istanbul Airport.

More recently, it worked on the DTZ office building on 125 Old Broad Street in the City of London, where it provided a "streetscape" idea including formal gridded spaces and a relaxed layout for client-facing areas.

The current proposals will see a 140,000 sq ft office block and shops erected on the corner of Chancery Lane and Bream's Buildings, the publication noted.

Businesses in the construction sector could benefit from Sage Estimating, cost planning and post contract software, which is programmed to provide an end-to-end solution for construction projects.
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Why The City still holds the aces in global finance

A quarter of a century ago, most of the world’s biggest banks were Japanese and one of its stockbroking houses, Nomura, was the fifth biggest company in the world. The City Corporation did everything it could to help it establish a presence in London and every banker, politician and roving diplomat, in Britain, in mainland Europe and in the US, was mobilised to persuade the Japanese to open up their markets to foreign banks and brokers. Inevitably they got in to Tokyo just as the bubble burst.

Today no one talks about Japan — at least not with that mix of fear and awe which was commonplace when its giant industrial machine seemed to be turning into a giant financial one which had the money to buy up the world. Today such hyperbole is reserved for China. Economic power is moving from West to East, the argument runs, and the City has to put just one foot slightly wrong and the entire financial world will jump on to the next plane to Dubai, Mumbai and Shanghai.

Yesterday we had an overdue reality check with the publication of the Z/Yen Group annual study of global financial centres, and it was good news for the City. It showed London was still global number one and New York and Hong Kong remained at numbers two and three. The even better news was that the gap between the top three which had narrowed last year was opening again, with London lengthening its lead. Meanwhile, Shanghai languishes in joint eighth place, with Toronto and Seoul.

We should not actually be surprised because the factors which have made London the centre it is are not factors which change easily over time. Some — its position in the time zone between East and West, and the English language — are not going to change. Others, such as the respect for English law, the openness to foreign institutions, the attractiveness of London as a place to live, all of which bolster its international edge, are very hard for rivals to replicate.

Size on its own does not matter. Financial centres grow up on the back of industrial power — because industry throws off financial surpluses and at the same time is a voracious consumer of capital for investment. But this means financial centres — even giant ones such as Tokyo in its heyday — remain primarily dedicated to feeding the needs of the domestic economy.

Few financial centres can transform themselves to think internationally. Japan failed, America struggles and it is debateable whether China is even interested. That leaves Britain unique in maintaining itself as a financial centre even as it has fallen down the global league as an industrial and imperial power. Its secret lies in being international not simply in being big.

To judge from some comments, all this heritage is rapidly being destroyed by the imposition of a 50p tax rate but most who complain are confusing self-interest with City interest. The mass exodus of senior people has not happened, and many of those who went to Switzerland can’t stand the cowbells and want to come home. Headhunters still attract people to these shores, and the world’s largest insurance broker, Aon, has announced it is moving its global headquarters from Chicago to London. Like it or loathe it, the City is going to be around for a long time yet.
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Skype plans London hires for development

Internet telephony service Skype is set to hire 400 people in five cities across the world, with a quarter to be based in London.

Microsoft-owned Skype plans to take on 100 employees in London to support the launch of a new technology centre, the company told the BBC on Wednesday.

It will increase its headcount in London by 40 percent to 330 positions. The jobs will help develop new technologies the company is working on.

"We have one project about big data, which is about making use of data that our users generate when using the product to improve the quality of the products we offer," Rick Osterloh, Skype's vice-president of product and design, told the BBC.

"We also have a number of initiatives we are working on in the web area, and we are hiring some positions for our newly formed Xbox division."
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Cost Effective, Quick and Efficient: Flexidry Floor Screeds Won the Bid as the Screed Choice for Blackfriars Station



Fitting the bill for quality, drying time and cost efficiency- FlexiDry won hands down as the screed choice for the new London Blackfriars Station. FlexiDry F0 was chosen to provide a high quality subfloor for nearly 5500 sqm of the new station platform. The Blackfriars station which spans the Thames, will serve as an easy access to the south bank tourist areas of London.



High Wycombe, United Kingdom, April 06, 2012 --(PR.com)-- With quick drying time accompanying quality and cost efficiency, FlexiDry F0 fast drying floor screed won hands down as the screed choice for the new London Blackfriars station. Being a premium quality screed that gets the floor ready for the final finish within just three days of screeding, the F0 formulation of FlexiDry fast drying floor screeds is one of the most popular screeds for projects requiring quick completion.

The £350m London Blackfriar’s station is part of the congestion-busting Thameslink Project, which is expected to be completed before the 2012 Olympics. The new station will span across the River Thames and provide easy access to the London South Bank tourist areas. With the Thameslink Programme estimated to cater to up to 24 trains per hour, the capacity of the new station is expected to be tripled.

The Blackfriars station bridge will also be the world’s largest solar bridge with more than 4000 photovoltaic cells installed along the length of its roof. In addition to using solar power, sun pipes and rainwater harvesting, the Blackfriars station also features high standards of sustainability in its entire construction and maintenance planning.

When construction waste and landfill forms a major menace in urban construction, products like FlexiDry have been highly beneficial in facilitating efficient construction practices. Unlike traditional and pre-bagged screed mixes which generate considerable amount of wastage, FlexiDry fast drying floor screeds come with a highly concentrated liquid screed additive that gives the flexibility of mixing the screeds as per requirement, without wastage.

Also, being available in cans as a highly concentrated liquid helps in easy storage and transportation, while avoiding the generation of dust and polluting super fine dust.

As sustainability becomes the new norm in modern construction, products like FlexiDry which combine sustainability, quality and cost efficiency define the ideal standards for new age construction material.
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The residents group opposing the current plans for Twickenham station is appealing for funds to help engage a barrister for a judicial review against the decision.

About 70 people attended a public meeting, chaired by Twickenham Residents Action Group (Trag) on Thursday, March 29, to discuss the possibilities available for halting the current proposals for the redevelopment of the station.

However, Richmond Council announced this week that work on the development would begin this September, after it officially approved the plans last week, following consent from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and the secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles last month.

Yet Trag are still hopeful that it can stop the plans from Solum Regeneration, which were approved in December last year.

A letter addressed to “Twickenham residents”, from Trag, said: “We need to elicit a QC’s opinion about the feasibility of launching a judicial review of the decision. Engaging a barrister to give us that opinion is dependent on having the funds and we shall need to make that judgement very soon.

“We therefore urge you to support us immediately to raise the funds to engage a barrister. We are just over 50 per cent toward our £10,000 target now, but time is getting very short if we wish to have a professional opinion sufficiently quickly to give time to consider a full legal challenge.”

The council is still pressing ahead with plans and said its next step was appointing a community liaison officer, who will be a “key point of access” for residents during the redevelopment.

Councillor Virginia Morris, the council’s cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I know that there are some people who are still keen to criticise this development.

“I remain very confident that the planning process was handled fairly and I would be disappointed and concerned that any further challenge, regarding a decision which has had sign off from the secretary of state and the GLA, would hinder the delivery of a new station by 2015.”

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015, has supported the current plans from Solum throughout.

RFU stadium director Richard Knight said: “The RFU has engaged widely on this scheme and we are confident that the new station will provide an impressive gateway to Twickenham for the several hundred thousand visitors from around the world during the 2015 Rugby World Cup.”

Trag put forward an alternative proposal for the station last year, called Plan B, and hoped it could still be adopted instead.

John Robinson, from Solum Regeneration, said: “The scheme delivers a new station for Twickenham. It has been designed to manage increased passenger numbers forecast by Network Rail and will significantly improve the experience for people with disabilities and push chairs.

“The design of the scheme has been future proofed to enable growth in train services.”
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Plans lodged for £1.5 billion ($2.4bn) Heygate Estate regeneration

Lend Lease has submitted an outline planning application for the £1.5 billion regeneration of the Heygate Estate. The masterplan includes proposals for 2,500 new homes in Elephant and Castle, south London.03 Apr 2012

The plans have been delivered to the Council and are expected to be validated and formally submitted in a few weeks "given that there are 15 boxes to go through", a spokesperson for the Council said. The scheme is being developed by Lend Lease, which is a development partner of Southwark Council. Plans for the scheme include 2,500 new homes, shops, restaurants, community facilities and London’s largest new park for 70 years.

“Elephant and Castle is one of Europe’s most exciting regeneration projects," said Mark Dickinson, Lend Leases' managing director. "London desperately needs new homes and Lend Lease is proud to be playing a part in helping the Capital to meet the growing demand." Of the 2,500 new homes, it is planned that more than 600 will be affordable. Plans for the regeneration also include investment in public transport, with ambitions to create pedestrian and cycle paths to make it one of the best connected locations in London, the developer said.

"Transforming the Heygate is a hugely important cornerstone to Southwark Council's £1.5bn regeneration plans for Elephant and Castle," said Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration at Southwark Council. "We welcome the planning application, which will be considered by the council's planning committee, making further steps towards the long-awaited vision for the area that residents look forward to seeing become a reality," she said.

The proposed regeneration is expected to include up to 16,500 square metres of new retail development, which would offer a mixture of high street shops and smaller independent retailers as well as cafes and restaurants. The developers carried out extensive community consultation, alongside Southwark Council, prior to the submission of the planning application. "The scheme proposals include one of the biggest new housing developments in London’s Zone One and will create over 5,000 jobs," the developer said.

To improve transport and access to the area, Southwark Council said it will require the developers to pay a contribution to the Northern Line station and removal of subways around the northern roundabout. A contribution will be required by all its partner developers in the local area, it added. The principle behind the regeneration masterplan is to create a thriving and sustainable urban quarter which will contribute towards the wider regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area, the Council said. It is anticipated that the first phase of construction will begin in 2013, subject to planning permission being granted.
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