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Old April 16th, 2012, 04:40 PM   #3801
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Flat-pack giant Ikea lights the way with 40m high tower in 26-acre suburb near London's 2012 park

A giant 40 metre illuminated tower will light up the East London skyline when a new 26-acre development is built by Ikea.

Visible for miles, the sculpture which resembles the Olympic Torch, will be lit at night with more than 600 LED lights.

At the flick of a switch, the colour and intensity of the bulbs will be able to change to produce a range of dramatic effects set to dazzle the night sky over London.





The sculpture - which should be finished in July - is being built in new development called Strand East, in Stratford, East London.

It will be made from a simple, wooden lattice of 72 twisted, diagonal laths and 16 horizontal steel rings held together by 32,000 bolts.

The development will be split into five areas each with its own distinctive identity and design approach with the tower rising in the North East Quarter which will focus on creativity and the arts.

Andrew Cobden, spokesman for the development, said: 'We are very excited to see the sculpture going up and the public space at Dane’s Yard coming to life.

'It will be a beautiful landmark for the site and we hope local communities will also enjoy it.'

Ikea announced it would be moving into the property business last year when it revealed the new development near the Olympic Park.

It is the first major British development for LandProp, part of the Inter Ikea Group, which owns the intellectual assets of the furniture chain.

The company is believed to have paid about £25million for the site, which had previously been in receivership.

It is the second biggest private-sector project in the Olympic Park, after the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre which opened last year.

'Not only does it create a new high quality, waterside destination which provides new homes, jobs and leisure facilities, it is a demonstration of investor confidence in the area's future in a difficult market,' Olympic Legacy Minister Bob Neill said.

The development's canalside location has led to it being called a 'mini Venice', and it will boast a boat taxi service and a floating cocktail bar.

He added that although London would be the focus of its UK activities as 'the machine that will always work', the company was already assembling sites in undisclosed locations around the UK.

The development company already operates in Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Holland among other countries.

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Old April 16th, 2012, 06:03 PM   #3802
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Old April 16th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #3803
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Old April 16th, 2012, 10:45 PM   #3804
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So many towers U/C in Stratford.
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Old April 17th, 2012, 12:02 AM   #3805
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Labour's candidate for London Mayor Ken Livingstone will publicly commit today to a project to extend the Croydon Tramlink if elected on May 3.

The proposed Tramlink extension will run from Harrington through to Penge and then Anerley Roads and then link to either or both the Crystal Palace bus or rail stations, his campaign said.

Mr Livingstone said: "My platform is based on making Londoners better off, which is why I have announced a Fare Deal cut in fares which will leave the average London fare payer £1,000 better off over four years.

"But there are additional transport projects we can do because of the sheer size of the surpluses at TfL."
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Rolfe Judd Architects has been working on the redevelopment of Twickenham Station in London, plus the surrounding area that could see it transformed with a series of new buildings.

Drawing from the past, the architect has been inspired by the art-deco London stations of the twenties and thirties that can be found in parts of suburban London. Surbiton is one particularly notable example of this type of design. The present station run by South West Trains is little more than a glorified shed above ground level and a little windswept paving. It has proven completely inadequate at its job for decades when there are rugby matches being held.

Adjoining the double height entrance is a new public plaza that will create an enhanced approach for a large number of passengers. The need to be able to accommodate thousands of people is particularly important as the Twickenham Rugby Stadium stands nearby.

115 new apartments are also included in the project, with the tallest of the residential blocks reaching a height of 9 floors and about 28 metres above ground level. The project steps down from this height on the northern part of the plot to fit in more with the massing of the suburbs around it.

A number of ground floor retail units will be included in the scheme, plus a new café and most likely a new bank that should help to animate the area around the station.

The now-approved project has been hugely controversial with over 1,760 local residents having objected to the planning application and a petition against it accruing 3,381 signatures with the recurring theme being the height of the development. A further 500 letters were submitted to the council in favour of the proposal.

Perhaps decisive in the face of so many public complaints was the Rugby Football Union noting that unless the current plans were approved the nothing would be constructed in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which will have the finals at Twickenham - a situation that would be an embarrassing state of affairs.

With approval secured, the developer, Solum Regeneration, will have to get their skates on if they are to get the scheme completed in time for 2015.
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Lovely station development!!

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Old April 17th, 2012, 01:22 PM   #3809
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A decent-looking little development in Silwood St, Rotherhithe (but just across the tracks from the Millwall FC stadium (The Den) in South Bermondsey).

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Old April 17th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #3813
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Plans are afoot turn the currently empty Kings Reach Tower in Southwark, London into substantial billboard for the duration of the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

Although already earmarked for an overhaul to turn the now empty former office tower, once the home of IPC Media, into a modern residential building, it could in the meantime have temporary new façade of huge PVC signs, which if given planning permission would hang from May to September of this year.

The plan is to wrap the tower with four signs, two which will span from level 9-28 of the on the west and north faces giving a total banner height of 69 metres, with the other two on the south and east sides which will cover from the 17-28 floors for a banner height of 37 metres.

The signs will be externally illuminated until 10:30pm each night. After the Paralympics it is intended the wrap be removed to make way for the erection of scaffolding to begin renovation of the tower that was approved back in 2011.

Once the scaffolding is put in place the signage can then be rehung from February to May 2013 to cover up the work providing an extra revenue stream in the process.

The catch for the application is perhaps that London doesn't have large signage on tall buildings so any ideas such as this are bound to be hugely controversial as they are so visible from miles around. Unfortunately for the applicant, Kings Reach Estates Ltd, there has yet to be approval from Southwark Council so whether it will happen remains to be seen.
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I noticed this evening that the Three Quays development next to The Tower of London has gained a second tower crane
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I noticed this evening that the Three Quays development next to The Tower of London has gained a second tower crane
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three quays construction beings

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