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Old April 7th, 2012, 03:28 PM   #3581
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Heygate's social housing schemes shortlisted for design award



Two housing schemes recently completed as part of London’s Heygate regeneration have been shortlisted for a design award.

The Library Street and Brandon Street projects have been selected for best completed scheme in the housing design awards.

The two schemes provide a total of 58 homes, with a majority of them for social rent. In the social rented element, Library Street alone will offer seven three-bed and six four-bed town houses.

To date, through the Heygate Rehousing Programme, the council and its affordable housing development partners have either built or are building a total of 464 new homes of which 428 will be affordable.

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration at Southwark Council, said: “I'm delighted that these new schemes have been shortlisted. The homes at Brandon Street and Library Street mean that local families can afford to live in very high quality properties which have plenty of modern specifications; they deserve to win for their excellent design.”

“It’s important to compare these impressive new flats with the original Heygate housing. In previous years people could tell at a glance if a block of flats was affordable housing or private. Times have changed and we are building new affordable housing that is every bit as smart and high quality as private homes.”

Library and Brandon Street are two of 28 completed schemes from 178 submissions to have been shortlisted.

Another scheme in Camberwell New Road will complete in June with a further 103 homes built which are 100% affordable with 85% social rented.

The proposed redevelopment of Stead St. car park, the final phase of the programme, will provide a further 136 new homes of which 65% will be new social housing.

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Old April 7th, 2012, 03:29 PM   #3582
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St Modwen boosted by London market development win

Property developer St. Modwen Properties gets a
slice of London development with New Covent Garden Market scheme.

St Modwen, which in its trading update today said it is in line with expectations, said its joint venture with VINCI where it is preferred bidder for the New Covent Garden Market regeneration is a significant contract win for the company.

Its residential arm has seen a strong sales rate and good ongoing demand for land and its pipeline of future projects is strong.

Bill Oliver, St Modwen CEO, said: "During the year to date, St. Modwen has continued to perform well, in spite of the ongoing challenges in the economic environment. Our residential portfolio is performing strongly and we anticipate that this will continue, with excellent potential for value creation in this area, particularly through our partnerships with the public sector. While there will undoubtedly be challenges in the secondary property market, we remain confident in our proven business model and in our ability to add value to our portfolio through active asset management.”

Cash flows and debt levels remain in line with expectations.
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Old April 7th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #3583
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Boris Johnson promises driverless Tube trains within 10 years

Driverless trains could be running on the London Underground within the next decade, Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson has said.

Mr Johnson, who is standing for re-election in May, said if returned to office he would not buy new Tube trains with drivers' cabs.

He wanted tighter strike laws to tackle "hardline union barons'" objections.

The Green, LibDem and Labour candidates said the mayor did not look at fare costs but focused on "vanity projects".

LibDem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick said Mr Johnson's manifesto took up his own plan for driverless trains.

Jenny Jones, the Green Party's mayoral hopeful, said there were concerns about safety of the driverless trains.

The Labour candidate, Ken Livingstone, criticised the mayor for not making any pledges to cut fare rises.


The new Routemasters have been criticised for their cost

Industrial action

In his transport manifesto, Mr Johnson said: "It is time to move forward with 'train captains' - along the lines of the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) - with all the efficiency benefits it will bring and absolutely no loss of safety.

"TfL (Transport for London) will rapidly establish a timetable for introducing the first driverless trains to become operational on the London Underground network within a decade."

He said he was expecting opposition from some union leaders.

"I am requesting a mandate from Londoners to push again for changes to national strike law, so that industrial action can no longer be triggered by a small minority of union members," he said.

Mr Paddick said: "Pleased to hear Mr Johnson taking up a promise I made at our first mayoral hustings six weeks ago.

"As long as the technology exists for it to be done safely and so that there is a member of staff on each train who can walk through the carriage, there is no reason why we shouldn't introduce driverless trains."

Mr Livingstone said: "Boris Johnson could have taken the opportunity of this transport document to finally end his commitment to high fares.

"He has opted for expensive vanity projects with Londoners paying for the most expensive bus in the world while the Tory Mayor refuses cut the fares and invest in better services."

Ms Jones said: "The reality of driverless trains is obviously there will be concerns about safety, but quite honestly I just don't think he will do it.

"I think the millions that have been spent on the New Bus for London have been very badly spent."

'Congestion busting fund'

Elsewhere in the manifesto, Mr Johnson promised 600 new buses, which replaced Routemasters, would be on London's roads by 2016.

He pledged to invest £50m in a "congestion busting fund" to deal with busy roads.

He planned to expand the cycle hire scheme to the east and west of London and also look towards expanding to south London.

Mr Johnson also restated his plan for a new hub airport built on an artificial island in the Thames Estuary.

Coinciding with the launch of the manifesto, TfL said it had received £5m from the Department for Transport to add an extra 70 hybrid buses by 2013 to its current fleet of 260 hybrid buses.

TfL received £5m in 2009, £8m in 2010 and £5m in 2011 from the DfT's Green Bus Fund.

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Old April 7th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #3584
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It would'nt be the first time that London allows the destruction of some of its historic buildings... Such a thing would be impossible in Paris.

What a pity, demolishing a part of London's history to build for sure some plain & modern buildings in return...how pathetic .

Those ancient buildings are beautiful & must remain imo.

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By the way, what about the fugly modern building which is supposed to replace the gorgeous Astoria Theatre miserably knocked down a couple of years ago...?
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Old April 7th, 2012, 04:25 PM   #3586
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An 18-Century London Gem Enters the 21st Century

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LONDON — The British capital is full of distinctive historic buildings but, even here, Roehampton House stands out.

Situated on the fringe of Putney, between Richmond Park and the Thames, the 18th-century red brick mansion is being brought back to life as a residential development.

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Old April 7th, 2012, 04:30 PM   #3587
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True, but the opposite happens in Paris, nothing ever gets built!
Please don't start here too, PLEASE!
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Old April 7th, 2012, 04:32 PM   #3588
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Those ancient buildings are beautiful & must remain imo.
They've already been knocked down, the article SO143 posted is from 2009.

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Near Piccadilly Circus - There used to be a place named "Japan Center" on that spot.

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The building on the right will be rebuilt though. Here you can find the plans: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=75
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Old April 7th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #3589
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They've already been knocked down
Oh no!

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Full article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/675c81e2-7...#axzz1rMTgpVMq

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In a hole? It’s time to stop digging
April 7, 2012

In London’s smartest areas the cost of excavating basement space is only £500 per sq ft

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BAM secures $37 million office renovation contract in London



US-based property development company, BAM Construct has secured a £23 million ($36.53 million) contract in London for the redevelopment of an office building for Derwent London, a UK-based property development company.

Pursuant to the contract, the company will redevelop and extend 1 Page Street, a former government office block at Page Street in central London. The company will extend the building with an additional 11,000 square metres of superior and contemporary office space. In order to accomplish the task, the company will extend the steel frame of the building.

Work also involves removal of the existing facade of the building and replacing it with contemporary brick and punched windows. The building will also witness raised floors and suspended ceilings. The building will also receive lifts, external works, and mechanical and electrical services.

BAM Construct UK Limited is part of the European construction enterprise, Royal BAM Group.
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They've already been knocked down, the article SO143 posted is from 2009.

The building on the right will be rebuilt though. Here you can find the plans: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...5&postcount=75
OMG...well done London .

You know dude, duplicating a building does not ease my pain, the previous building's history is gone forever along with its architecture...the new building will look historic & identical but the thing is, it will be brand new, the harm is already done...though, many thanks Bob for your response.

@ sgroutage, what never gets built in Paris mate, be more accurate please (you may be write but I'm not sure to understand what you're refering to), cheers?
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Old April 7th, 2012, 06:04 PM   #3594
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london has many old and ugly buildings which desperately need to be demolished or renovated. imo paris does not have that kind of problem and most old buildings there look nice with great architecture. anyway i am quite excited about $1 billion american embassy project next to the river thames in london
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I've no idea but this is what's supposed to be like:


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what's the name of that boxy tower next to the razor tower? is it now under construction or already built?
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^ That's the 20-storey apartment tower (sometimes referred to as 'Campanile') that is part of the One Tower Bridge scheme which is currently under construction.
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