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Old April 6th, 2012, 07:41 PM   #3561
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Hammerson secures Croydon regeneration contract

UK property firm Hammerson has beaten Westfield to be chosen as the preferred developer of the Whitgift Centre in Croydon, it was revealed today.

Lease owners of the Whitgift Centre, Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) and IBRC Assurance Company (IBRCAC), have signed an exclusive deal with Hammerson which will see the south London shopping scheme regenerated and expanded.

Several other major real estate firms were reportedly interested in undertaking the construction work, including Australian property giant Westfield, but Hammerson’s experience with similar projects such as the Bullring in Birmingham proved crucial in the final decision.

In a joint statement, RLAM & IBRCAC commented: “The Whitgift Centre lies at the heart of Croydon and its successful redevelopment will be a crucial element in the regeneration of the town itself. This consideration underlined every step of our rigorous process of selecting the best partner for the job.

“The quality of submissions from all parties was very high, although in Hammerson we recognised a partner who could demonstrate a long-term commitment to reasserting Croydon as a centre of retail excellence through a combination of redevelopment and organic growth. Of equal importance, Hammerson possess the necessary resources to complete a project of this scale successfully.”

At present the Whitgift Centre, situated in the heart of Croydon, comprises around 580,000 sq ft of retail space with 154 shop units, several department stores and a supermarket, and attracts around 28 million shoppers annually.

Setting out its initial proposals for the site in November, Westfield saw Croydon as the perfect location for its latest super-mall in the British capital, having previously opened huge shopping centres in both the west and east of London.

At the time Michael Gutman, Managing Director of Europe & New Markets at Westfield, said: “There is the potential for a major retail scheme in this strategic market which has been identified in the past by the John Lewis Partnership as a possible key location, and the GLA and the local authorities have very high aspirations to implement a major retail scheme and the regeneration of the town centre.”
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Old April 6th, 2012, 08:35 PM   #3562
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Near Piccadilly Circus - There used to be a place named "Japan Center" on that spot.

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Another project very close to Piccadilly Circus

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The 2 following pictures are of the Amercian Supermarket Wholefoods and New York Hotel Firmdale opening up in London. A lot of investment from US operators, a really good thing to my mind.

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Old April 6th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #3563
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What are they building? Renders?
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Old April 6th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3564
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those are just low-rises projects in central london

here is another one

110 Fetter Lane


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Old April 7th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #3567
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London Fruit & Wool Exchange, E1



Exemplar has recently submitted a planning application to undertake the comprehensive regeneration of the London Fruit & Wool Exchange building in Spitalfields. The proposed scheme will deliver 300,000 sq ft of new grade A space including 260,000 sq ft of office and 40,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant, café, SME and community space. Completion is scheduled for early 2015.

Regarded as the last major redevelopment site in this prime location, Exemplar is enthusiastic about furthering its commitment to quality development by creating an attractive, usable and sustainable development that the local area can be proud of.

LONDON FRUIT & WOOL EXCHANGE SITE



In August 2010, the City of London Corporation and Exemplar signed a development agreement for the comprehensive regeneration of the site which includes the London Fruit & Wool Exchange building and the 1960s White's Row Car Park.

Since then, we have undertaken a comprehensive public consultation with stakeholders, interest groups, local residents and businesses. This has included meetings, workshops and public exhibitions which have helped shape the proposals.

In late 2011, a planning application was submitted to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Following further discussions with the local community and the Council, additional amendments have been made to the scheme, including increasing the amount of retail and redesigning the replacement corner buildings and other elements of the design so that it better reflect its surroundings.

Copies of the boards from the second pre-application public exhibition are available below, along with an update on the latest design changes.

If you would like any further information or if you would like to arrange to meet us please contact Sebastian Hanley at FTI Consulting.
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Fitzroy Place, W1

Located in the heart of Fitzrovia in London’s West End, Exemplar, in partnership with Aviva Investors and Kaupthing Bank, are to develop this unique 3 acre site to provide 310,000 sq ft of commercial office space, 20,000 sq ft of retail / restaurant space in addition to 237 private apartments, health and education facilities and public open space.

First stage planning approval from the local authority was received in February 2012, enabling works commenced on site in December 2011 and construction shall commence in early Summer 2012 leading to practical completion in late 2014.

A preview website for this exciting project is available and a full website will be launched in the Spring.




Welcome to Fitzroy Place: an enduring new landmark for central London, just minutes from Regent Street in the heart of Fitzrovia.

Centred around London's first new square in over one hundred years, Fitzroy Place comprises 237 private apartments, 200,000 sq ft of prime office space together with shops and community facilities.

We will be launching Fitzroy Place in mid 2012. For now, we hope you enjoy this introduction to what will be the creation of something truly special in Fitzrovia. Will you be a part of it?

For life. For work. For London. At Fitzroy Place, you have everything you could wish for on your doorstep. Within the heart of Fitzrovia, but only a few minutes' walk from Mayfair, Soho and Marylebone. Here luxury residential apartments will combine with a mix of contemporary office space.

Designed by award winning architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Sheppard Robson, with interiors by internationally renowned designers Johnson Naylor, Fitzroy Place will be the epitome of creativity.
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the amount of money being invested in london properties, construction projects, crossrail, underground and airport projects is absolutely incredible. not to mention billions of £ being spent for the new olympic stadiums, shopping centres, parks, apartments and stratford city. london is on top of the game
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Block W4, Regent Street, W1

Exemplar were selected as Development Partner to The Crown Estate for the Block W4, Regent Street project in December 2010. This exciting project forms an important part of the on-going regeneration of Regent Street.

The scheme, designed by award winning architects Alford Hall Monaghan Morris, will create 40,000 sq ft of new flagship retail space over 3 floors along with 95,000 sq ft of grade A office space. Completion is scheduled for end 2013.



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ST. JAMES'S GATEWAY SW1



The St James's Gateway Scheme, located in the heart of the West End between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, will consolidate 7 existing buildings into 1 new building and 1 refurbished listed building.

The scheme will comprise 57,000 sq ft of commercial office space, 21,000 sq ft of retail space and 19,000 sq ft of residential units for private sales and lettings along with public realm enhancements to Eagle Place, Jermyn Street, Piccadilly and Lower Regent Street.

Situated in the St James's Conservation Area, the new building blends contemporary modern façades with retained façades to provide a well considered piece of commercial architecture occupying a prominent position on Piccadilly that will comprise 8 retail units to Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, 6 floors of office accommodation and 5 apartments overlooking Jermyn Street. The refurbished listed building retains much of the existing fabric with the Jermyn Street and Lower Regent elevations being retained whilst a new core is added to the rear of the building and the floorplates are re-planned to accommodate 11 apartments.

The scheme utilises ground source heat piles to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, a Code for Sustainable Homes score of Level 4 for the new building and 3 for the refurbished building and an EPC rating of B.

World renowned artist Richard Deacon has been commissioned to create a dramatic sculpture as part of the building's Piccadilly façade; the artwork formed in glazed terracotta has been thoughtfully integrated into the architecture and will provide a perfect contrast to the quiet order evident in the buildings lower storeys.
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CHISWICK PARK W4

This 33 acre site on the border of west London suburbs Chiswick and Acton had lain dormant since a derelict London Transport bus depot was demolished in the 1980s. Intense community interest in the site meant its redevelopment had to take into account the needs not only of investors, but also of those living and working nearby. Pinpointing a lack of quality employment opportunities in the vicinity, we proposed a precedent-setting office park that would challenge conventional views of how office environments should look and behave. The scheme, a phased development of 12 buildings, has created a thriving workplace that embraces a philosophy of "Enjoy Work" - putting people, rather than buildings, at the heart of Chiswick Park.

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Appeal to Mayor to save Piccadilly buildings from demolition

The Victorian Society has written to urge Boris Johnson to overrule a planning decision which allows for the demolition of eight historic buildings in the heart of London.



Last week members of the planning committee at Westminster Council approved a £50 million scheme to redevelop parts of Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, despite it being recommended for refusal by the council's own planning officer.

The controversial scheme, known as St James's Gateway, allows for the demolition of three buildings on Piccadilly, three on Jermyn Street and two on Eagle Place.

'All eight buildings lie inside the St James' Conservation Area, which should have afforded them some protection', said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'Westminster's planning officer will have recommended permission be refused because the scheme falls short of planning guidelines, the fact that the committee overruled his recommendation is very worrying'.

The Victorian Society hopes to persuade the Mayor that current proposal is unnecessarily damaging and unsustainable. If it is given final approval the Society will consider whether to ask the Secretary of State to call the application in to be decided at a public inquiry.

Which buildings are under threat?

The three buildings on Piccadilly threatened with demolition are 212, 213 and 214. 214 and 213 were built in the 1860s. 212 Piccadilly was built in 1872-3 for the National Provincial Bank and designed by John Gibson, a leading bank architect of the 19th Century.

Under the plans 210-211 Piccadilly (architect unknown) will have its facade dismantled and the building rebuilt altering floor levels.

18, 19, 20 and 21 Jermyn Street will be retained. But 21a, 22 and 23 Jermyn Street, along with 3-4 Eagle Place will be demolished. These, like all the buildings above lie in the St James' Conservation Area.

A Grade-II listed building at 27 Regent Street will be converted and refurbished as part of the plans.
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Hackney Council turns down plans for 18-storey tower

Hackney Council's planning committee has unanimously rejected a plan to a build tower block on Kingsland High Street. The Victorian Society had formally opposed the scheme.



The owner of a two-storey shop at 51-57 Kingsland High Street had applied to knock down the property and replace it with a building rising to five storeys at the front and 18 storeys further back.

The so-called ‘Dressed in Green' tower would have contained 130 flats, as well as shops and parking.

'We welcome the principle of replacing 51-57 Kingsland High Street but the proposed replacement was far too big. We would like to see the part of the building which faces the High Street reduced in height to match the surrounding buildings,' said Chris Costelloe, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society.

The development site at the heart of Dalston is surrounded by attractive Victorian commercial buildings of just three or four storeys high.

The design of the largely glass tower also meant ruling out any future development of the space above the adjacent Dalston Kingsland station.

Mr Costelloe added: ‘This is great news as the tower would have represented a tragic missed opportunity for Dalston. The Society would like to see the re-design of this building integrated with the rebuilding of the station.'

The proposals, which had no affordable housing provision, did include a commitment to fund improvements to the existing Dalston Kingsland station.

The Victorian Society would now like to see the scheme completely redesigned.
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Drapers Gardens EC2

In partnership with MSREF and Canary Wharf Group, Exemplar has developed what is arguably the most admired building in the City of London today.

The Drapers Gardens Development involved what was the tallest building demolition in London and whilst the site was being excavated the team managed to preserve what was one of the richest archaeological finds in recent times (documented in the book Secrets of the Gardens)

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Goodman’s Fields E1

A 7 acre site on the eastern edge of the city of London, Goodman’s Fields is a strategically located site that presents a rare opportunity to develop a mixed-use scheme of scale.

Exemplar secured Planning consent for a 1.5m sq ft Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands designed scheme that is set to provide824 homes, 32% of which will be much needed affordable housing, a 124,000 sq ft hotel, 661 rooms of student housing, a health centre, retail and Offices space and extensive new open space.

The site is now being prepared for Development.

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Westfield, Hammerson in deadlock over London mall

(Reuters) - Plans to turn an ageing south London shopping centre into one of the city's biggest malls hit deadlock on Monday when its owners sided with two different developers, Australia's Westfield Group (WDC.AX) and Anglo-French Hammerson (HMSO.L).

The wrangle involves a split between the freeholder and two leaseholders over who will develop the Whitgift Centre in Croydon, a key element in Westfield's plan to expand in London.

Large British shopping centres that dominate surrounding areas are highly prized by property investors as they have so far weathered the tough retailing climate better than others.

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Westfield, which opened a mall near the London Olympic park to great fanfare last autumn, said in November the 42-year old site in Croydon would become its third large London centre after an exclusive deal with the Whitgift Foundation, the freeholder and 25 percent leaseholder.

But Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) and Irish Bank Resolution Corp (IBRC) ANGIB.UL, who together own 75 percent of the 1.2 million square foot (110,000 square metre) mall's lease, said on Monday they had signed an exclusive agreement with Hammerson.

In a response, the Whitgift Foundation called the selection of Hammerson "inexplicable", adding that it "had a binding agreement with Westfield who are prepared to commit a highly experienced team to focus on the regeneration of Croydon."

Industry insiders familiar with the Whitgift Centre said the redevelopment of the mall was now likely to be stalled as all three stakeholders had to agree on a single developer.

RLAM and IBRC are expected to offer Hammerson a minimum 25 percent share of their joint 200 million pound stake along with responsibility for managing the centre.

Westfield declined to comment. It said in November that a major retail scheme in Croydon could serve over three million customers.

Hammerson said this month that it wanted to invest in the Whitgift Centre and was keen to join it with the Centrale mall in Croydon, which it already owns.

The company also owns and holds stakes in some of Britain's largest malls, such as the Bullring in Birmingham and Brent Cross in North London. On February 24, it said it would sell its office portfolio over the next three years to focus on retail property.

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