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Old April 14th, 2012, 03:40 AM   #3721
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The Shard (The first and highest supertall building in the EU nears completion)

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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:15 AM   #3722
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London 2012: British Airways Olympics dove plane unveiled



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The Shard in all its glory.
i think the shard is already more popular than the gherkin and it has become the most iconic supertall building in europe.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:55 AM   #3725
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London-Lyon rail motorway project unveiled
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Intermodal transport lobby group Cercle de l’Optimodalité en Europe (COE) has unveiled a rail motorway project aimed at linking London with France’s second economic centre, Lyon.

Initially, the service would operate one or two round trips a day from Barking, in north-east London, to connect with the HS1 high-speed line. Longer-term, the objective is to operate up to 10 round trips daily.

A study is under way to set up a combined transport facility at the Barking terminal to handle train convoys of up to 660 metres in length.

However, the project, outlined by COE president Philippe Mangeard, gives no timetable for the launch of the service, or any likely partners.

The proposed London-Lyon rail motorway would transport semi-trailers on flatbed, pivoting rail wagons from French manufacturer Modalohr, which can be loaded and unloaded in 40 minutes. Trains would comprise 20 double-wagons, able to accommodate 40 semi-trailers.

In addition to accompanied and non-accompanied semi-trailers, these wagons would also be able to carry swapbodies and containers.

The service would operate overnight using HS1 to the Channel Tunnel. From Calais, it would use the standard mainline rail network.

To underline the growing importance of rail motorways to freight transport, Mangeard pointed to the success of the 1,000km Luxembourg-Perpignan shuttle service.

Launched in 2007 and operated by SNCF Geodis-owned Lorry Rail, the service offers four round-trips a day.

He said: “The service is more than 20% cheaper than road haulage and has a journey time of 15 hours compared with 22 hours by truck.

“When the trains are running there is no shortage of customers. But, depending on the month, 20-40% of trains risk being cancelled for a variety of reasons, such as construction and maintenance work on the rail network.”

This explains why it has struggled to reach an economic break-even point,” he added.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #3726
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Black friars station looks great!
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for a once i agree with you
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Date: 13/4/2012

In the future, Crossrail services will run to and from Heathrow airport and construction work has now begun for the project.

Network Rail has started improving capacity at the Stockley Interchange in west London, which is described as a "crucial" part of the process.

When complete, the new interchange will allow trains to leave the main line and join the branch leading to Heathrow without delaying fast trains to the west of England.

Work will be complete in 2017 and existing services that already run to the airport - which has 86 airlines serving 183 locations in 90 countries - will continue throughout.

Crossrail trains from Heathrow will go to Paddington station and under London through new tunnels to reach the West End, the City and Canary Wharf.

Network Rail Programme Director Jorge Mendonca said: "As well as starting the building works, we're planning the rest of our programme to make sure that passengers and our lineside neighbours notice as little disruption as possible."
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are they building a train station or a museum?

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Test render: Short top view fly-through from London Bridge Train Station and The Shard to the City of London.

3D Model includes existing London City skyline as well as proposed developments.






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First Emirates Air Line tower completed in London
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The first of three steel towers which will enable the Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car, to fly passengers across the Thames has been completed.

Dubai-based Emirates Airline was named in October as the sponsor for the project in a 10-year deal worth £36m ($57m).

The Emirates Air Line will connect north and south London, travelling between two new stations set to be named Emirates Greenwich Peninsula and Emirates Royal Docks with the first passengers set to use the service prior to the Olympic Games.

According to the latest progress report by developer Mace, the first tower - the North Intermediate Tower - stands over 200ft tall and weighs 270 tonnes and is the smallest of the three towers.

It said the North Tower and South Tower are both under construction, were scheduled for completion by late spring.

The structure of each tower will enable up to 2,500 passengers to be carried across the Thames each hour in each direction, it added.

It is anticipated the Emirates Air Line will carry two million passengers per year.

The journey across the River Thames will take approximately five minutes, with 34 cabins arriving and departing every 30-40 seconds.

Each cabin will accommodate up to 10 seated passengers, and will be fully accessible to both wheelchair users and bicycles.

Operating hours and fares, including private cabin hire, are being finalised, the report said, adding that further details will be announced before the launch.
The £36m sponsorship deal with Emirates forms part of the funding strategy to recoup the upfront construction costs provided for the link and provides 80 percent of the overall construction cost.

The consortium of builders behind the project has been led by contractor Mace, whose past projects include the London Eye and the Shard, the iconic pyramid-shaped skyscraper under construction near London's Tower Bridge.
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New electric car recharging stations

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Leamouth Peninsula granted Planning Permission

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In keeping with the aim of delivering key legacy projects after the London 2012 Olympic Games, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) London, in association with Glenn Howells Architects, John Pardey Architects, Jestico + Whiles and Capita Lovejoy are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for Leamouth Peninsula in East London. The 165,000sm residential-led mixed use scheme for master developer Clearstorm, a division of Ballymore Properties, is located along the bend of the River Lea between Canning Town and East India Dock Basin.

Within a short distance to the Olympic Park and as part of the wider regeneration of the Lower Lea Valley, the London Docklands and the Thames Gateway, the revised scheme takes a 4.7ha brownfield industrial site and transforms it into a thriving riverside community, geographically linking it to the surrounding area and revitalising riverfront edges and completing the ‘Fat Walk’ which originates at the Olympic site up-river. While resolution to grant planning approval was given by the lead planning authority, the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the scheme was developed in close and continuous consultation with the GLA and the London Boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets.

At full build-out development will consist of residential buildings of varying heights accommodating 1,700 new housing units, as well as flexible workspace, local shops, restaurants and cafés. The masterplan is driven by environmental sustainability, ensuring that the scale and orientation of the buildings will maximise direct sunlight, natural daylight and ventilation to internal building spaces and the public realm. The completed project will accommodate future change and will integrate the scheme with nearby emerging developments in Tower Hamlets and the wider Canning Town area.

Leamouth Peninsula is a significant addition to SOM’s extensive portfolio of high quality, high density residential-led mixed use projects in London including Pan Peninsula, Baltimore Wharf and New Providence Wharf developments. The Leamouth Peninsula plan approval also follows the firm’s recent ‘green-light’ achieved for the 42-story Manhattan Loft Gardens tower in the heart of Stratford City.













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Regeneration projects are transforming London’s Royal Docks into a viable alternative to Canary Wharf

London’s Royal Docks, situated to the east of Canary Wharf, were once a thriving centre of industry, accommodating ship builders, sugar refineries, gasworks and flour mills. The huge inland docks created employment opportunities and brought scores of workers to live in the area.

Today few traces remain of this industrial heritage, but there are hopes that it will once again become a hive of activity. Boosted by new residential apartments, “enterprise zone” status and regeneration projects planned to coincide with the Olympics, the Royal Docks, described by London’s mayor Boris Johnson as “the most exciting development opportunity in London”, are generating investor interest and offering residential buyers a viable alternative to Canary Wharf.

The three Royal Docks, Victoria, Albert and George, lie south of Stratford and north of the Thames. After the docks closed as commercial concerns in the 1980s, the communities in these areas suffered and much of the land stood empty. But over the past 30 years more than £500m has been invested in leisure, education and commercial infrastructure, including London City Airport, the ExCeL exhibition centre and Dockland Light Railway (DLR) transport connections.

Although there are pockets of terraced houses, the majority of property is new-build and there is a range of different developments to choose from. The oldest of these were completed in the 1990s but most of them offer lots of steel and glass, urban views over east London and the usual mod cons. While the choice of property is similar to that on offer in nearby Canary Wharf, the prices are significantly lower. “There is good value for money out there,” says Lauren Ireland of Savills. Buyers can find a decent penthouse for around £800,000, which equates to around £450 to £500 per sq ft compared to £700 per sq ft in Canary Wharf.

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