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Old April 15th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #3761
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yes that's right. it is a picture of kidbrooke regeneration plan but in manchester well i didn't know it, my bad tho (the post has been edited)
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Old April 15th, 2012, 03:58 AM   #3762
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Hammerson scuppers Westfield plans for London mega mall

(Reuters) The developer Hammerson (HMSO.L) has beaten Westfield Group (WDC.AX) in a race to redevelop an ageing south London shopping centre, derailing the Australian giant's plans to build its third mega mall in the capital.

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.

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 mall's lease, said at the time they had not been consulted on the plans and launched their own search for a developer.

They have now signed an exclusivity agreement with Hammerson, the two companies said on Monday.

"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," they said in an e-mailed statement.

Westfield declined to comment. Other developers that had been shortlisted were British Land (BLND.L), Land Securities (LAND.L), Lend Lease (LLC.AX), Delancey and Grosvenor GROV.UL, four sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.

The leaseholders 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 said in November that the Whitgift Centre's Croydon location was "under-served by high quality retail and leisure facilities," adding that a major retail scheme had the potential to serve over three million customers.

Large shopping centres that dominate their catchment areas are highly prized by property investors as they have so far weathered the tough retailing climate better than the rest of the UK.

Industry insiders familiar with the Whitgift Centre said picking Hammerson may delay the redevelopment of the 1.2 million square foot mall, as the decision still needs to be approved by the Whitgift Foundation.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #3763
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A new “super luxury” hotel and residences in the Square Mile will join a wave of upmarket hotels and homes being built in the capital after the City of London granted planning permission for the conversion of the former Port of London Authority headquarters at 10 Trinity Square.

The grade II* listed building next to the Tower of London will be redeveloped into a 120-bedroom hotel with 41 serviced apartments as well as a private members’ club, spa, two bars and a restaurant.

The development will be the latest branded residence, where luxury hotels are linked with high-end residential apartments, earmarked for London, including Shangri-La at the Shard in London Bridge, which is nearing completion.

Heron Plaza, owned by Gerald Ronson’s development group, is under way on Bishopsgate and will consist of a Four Seasons hotel and 120 branded residences. It is due for completion in 2015.

The 415,000 sq ft development at 10 Trinity Square, where work will begin in the third quarter and is due for completion in 2014, was bought by Singapore-based KOP Properties, the real estate group, and Reignwood Group in 2010. Woods Bagot is the architect.

10 Trinity Square was originally designed by Sir Edwin Cooper in 1922 as the headquarters of the Port of London Authority and is famous for hosting the inaugural meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. It was most recently the UK headquarters of Willis Insurance.

The developers hope to turn 10 Trinity Square into a “destination address”. Leny Suparman, chief executive of KOP Properties, said: “Our vision is for 10 Trinity Square to become a new global destination on the edge of the City of London, with a very British DNA and a timeless, classic appeal.”
Prices for the private apartments start at £2,500 per sq ft and they will be marketed in the next month.

Charles Leigh, senior director of CBRE, the sales agent, said private apartments serviced by luxury hotel brands had grown in popularity. “People like the idea of having their own personal hotel room that hasn’t been slept in by someone else the night before,” he said.

The apartments will measure between 1,300 sq ft and 9,000 sq ft and consist of a mixture of two to four bedroom units and penthouses on the third to seventh floors of the building.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 04:32 AM   #3764
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Old April 15th, 2012, 12:24 PM   #3766
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Great shot! And thanks for explaining the Kidbroke village regen project! Another massive job to do in an already booming London.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 05:36 PM   #3767
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Genghis Khan sculpture unveiled in London
14 April 2012

A bronze sculpture of the Mongolian warrior Genghis Khan has been unveiled in central London. The 16ft tall creation marks the 850th anniversary of the leader, whose merciless conquests have become the stuff of legend.

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Here's Yet Another Hotel That's Opening in London This Summer: The Cafe Royal

If you were crestfallen to hear that the Bulgari London, now opening June 1, would be out of your price range, you'll be happy to know that there's another new hotel opening in London this summer (actually, there's quite a few, thanks to the Olympics) that will better suit your budget--The Cafe Royal.

We first learned of this place way back in 2008 when plans were first announced to turn the landmark Cafe Royal on Regent Street into a hotel. Now, nearly four years later we're starting to learn a little more about the property and thanks to our Hotel Bond, James Bond, we've got some snapshots of the construction too.

According to the website, the hotel will be part of the Set Hotels Collection whose set includes the just-opened Conservatorium in Amsterdam and the forthcoming Lutetia in Paris.

With their London property, Set is creating a 159-room luxury hotel out of the former cafe which will also house an Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre (including a pool, gym, spa, yoga and meditation studios) along with restaurants, bars and the famous Grill Room and Domino Room.

The nearly four-year renovation process has been overseen by David Chipperfield Architects and it has incorporated some modern architecture along the backside of the hotel. The retail space at the bottom of the hotel will even include a new outpost of Whole Foods, yet the public rooms of the original building remain.

Unfortunately, we don't have any interior shots or renderings yet so you'll just have to make do with the construction snaps from late February.

Meanwhile, the opening date and the room rates are still TBD. But if the Whole Foods sign is an indicator, this place could be open by late May. The term "luxury hotel" however has us thinking around 300GBP a night. Sigh.

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Old April 15th, 2012, 06:00 PM   #3770
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The other week we were skeptical about the opening of the Bulgari London Hotel which was set for April but given that April is just a few weeks away, you'd think the hotel's website would have a little more going for it.

Nevertheless, according to luxury travel agent Virtuoso, the Bulgari London is indeed opening in April and Virtuoso guests will get a special opening rate of $697 a night. Boy, we'd hate to see what regular guests will have to pay.

Virtuoso guests will also get a $119 credit at the hotel's Bulgari Spa which sounds quite heavenly with 11 private treatment rooms, one double spa suite that includes its own steam room, jacuzzi and treatment room and a 25-meter pool made out of Vicenza stone featuring a mosaic in Bulgari colors of green and gold.

Upstairs in the guestrooms, which were designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners, guests will sleep amongst "sleek architecture" and "refined decor" such as custom-made silk curtains with patterned inspired by Bulgari jewelry and bedside lamps that mimic the style of the brand's signature candlesticks. And you thought Bulgari was all about those sweet-smelling toiletries!
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Old April 15th, 2012, 06:02 PM   #3771
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Old April 15th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #3772
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"New development" Waterside, Paddington Basin W2

Paddington Waterside is one of London’s most important Opportunity Areas, with unrivalled national and international transport links, where new homes and offices are centred on a vibrant waterspace setting. Paddington Waterside Partnership works with local partners and companies to ensure that London’s fastest growing and most dynamic location meets the needs of business, visitors and the local community – today and in the future.

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10 Trinity Square in London Gets Planning Permission
April 14th, 2012

KOP Properties are the owners of 10 Trinity Square in London and they have just been granted planning permission to develop it. They will be working together with the Reignwood Group in transforming the Grade II listed building.

They will be putting in 41 luxury services residences as well as a 120 room hotel, two bars, a restaurant, spa and members club. They have not yet decided who will be designing the residences, but they have taken on the David Collins Studio for the hotel, bar and members club. They will be using LTW Designworks for the spa design. Leny Suparman the CEO of KOP Properties explained that they are excited to be turning the iconic building in to a destination address in London.

The building was designed 100 years ago by Sir Edwin Cooper and opened as the Port of London Authority headquarters in 1922. It is an iconic building in London and was of national importance when it was built. Transforming it to a fine hotel will enable some of the original plan to be restored for the first time since it was destroyed in the blitz. It will still be an elegant building but combined with modern design and luxury. There will now be a mix of different sized apartments, including penthouses in the building. The hotel will be on the ground to third levels and there will be 8 suites and 120 rooms. The residents will have access to the fitness centre, spa, concierge and members club.
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the idea store has been around since 2003, i think it came 2nd in the Stirling Prize for that year, almost 10 years old though and i think it has aged much better than some buildings from the same year
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the idea store has been around since 2003, i think it came 2nd in the Stirling Prize for that year, almost 10 years old though and i think it has aged much better than some buildings from the same year
oh really? i didn't know london had that kind of modern building 10 years ago and i thought that building was part of east london regeneration project
london is the most modern city in europe, that's for sure tho
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4 hotels and 850 rooms to open in 500 metres before Olympics
Sunday 15 April 2012

The wraps have come off four new hotels in the Blackfriars Road and Bankside areas as contractors hurry to complete building work in advance of the Olympic Games.

The Premier Inn London Southwark (Tate Modern) is due to open in early June




The CitizenM London Bankside in Lavington Street could be open in time for the Olympics




Cladding is nearly complete at the Novotel and Ibis hotels in Blackfriars Road



The four new hotels are due to open their doors to guests this summer and are no more than 500 metres apart.

The first of the four to open is likely to be the clumsily named Premier Inn London Southwark (Tate Modern) at the corner of Great Suffolk Street and Lavington Street. This week the scaffolding has been removed from the building and Premier Inn signage has been installed. Its 180 rooms are now available for booking from 4 June.

The existing Premier Inn London Southwark at The Anchor Bankside has had "(Borough Market)" appended to its name to avoid confusion with the new venue.

At the opposite end of Lavington Street the new 191-room CitizenM hotel – made of a series of prefabricated pods – has also recently been cleared of scaffolding. The Dutch chain is hoping to open its first London hotel by the end of July.

Southwark councillors recently approved a scheme to improve Lavington Street for pedestrians which will be funded by cash from the two hotel developments.

Meanwhile on Blackfriars Road the last panels of cladding are being added to the new building which will house two hotels in the Accor Group: the 182-bedroom Novotel London Blackfriars and the lower-cost 297-room Ibis London Blackfriars.

Plans for a fifth hotel – an upmarket 280-room Hilton – to be built between Bear Lane and Great Suffolk Street are thought to be back on track after an ownership dispute was resolved.

The owners of the Holiday Inn Express London Southwark recently submitted an application to extend the hotel into the adjacent Dominion House office building adding an additional 48 rooms.
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