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Old April 20th, 2012, 07:23 AM   #3841
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King William Street Carbuncle Set For Successor

A planning application has finally been submitted for a new building to be located at 33 King William Street, London.



Designed by John Robertson Architects on behalf of developers Greycoat and client Topland, the new building is set to replace the somewhat imposing, militaristic style building already on the site.

The current building which is a throw back from the 1970s went through some redevelopment by Land Securities in the 1980’s which essentially made it look like it would be more at home in a game like Command and Conquer, rather than in a prime position in the city.

Located on an island plot set north of London Bridge, the new and more friendly looking building will be 10 floors in height. It features a light and airy double height entrance hall and boasts a landscaped rooftop terrace which will offer panoramic views of both the city and the river, perfect for watching interrupting boat races from.

In stark contrast to the hard-looking hulk that currently occupies the site the new building which will look either triangular or rounded in shape depending on where you look at it from. As one would expect from a modern office building in the City, it will sport fully glazed facades.

These will have prominent metal work running up vertically to a slight overrun at the peak of the building which will offer shading to the terrace, making it look altogether more inviting to users and the general public alike and less like some low budget, super villains attempt at an evil lair.

If approved the shiny new affair will offer 29,000 square metres of grade A office space when built.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #3842
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Those pictures of Crystal Palace transmitter are amazing..... I so wish they would rebuild crystal palace...
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Old April 20th, 2012, 12:37 PM   #3843
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The Crystal palace transmitter is 219m (719 ft) tall, don't you know. That makes it only 81m shorter than The Tour Eiffel (301m)

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Old April 20th, 2012, 02:54 PM   #3844
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Please don't compare the marvelous eiffel tower to this ***** unvisitable things
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Old April 20th, 2012, 03:00 PM   #3845
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He's using the Eiffel Tower to give you an idea of how tall the Crystal Palace Transmitter is...how in the world does that mean he's trying to compare the two in terms of greatness? He's just giving us a reference point.
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He can't help it... he's Fr****.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 04:17 PM   #3847
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Chipperfield Tries Again At Waterloo



David Chipperfield Architects has gone back to the drawing board to further revise his plans for Elizabeth House, a site controlled by Chelsfield and London + Regional that sits next to Waterloo Station.

The scheme features two buildings along with a public square between them. In all they will accommodate 85,700 square metres of office space, plus 142 new apartments, and retail outlets.

The taller of the two buildings has been radically changed and it appears that perhaps the architect listened to the comments from the public. Whereas before the project resembled a slab, albeit a professionally created one, now it has been split up into a collection of stacked floors with pale glazed facades.

It will be 29 storeys tall in total, which translates into a height of 123 metres. There will be ground floor retail, offices on floors 1 to 12, and then the 142 apartments on the upper levels. There will also be new routes under the building for the public to Waterloo Station.

The second building of the scheme will be shorter with only 10 floors and a height of 53 metres. This will be exclusively office space apart from the ground floor retail. It deliberately contrasts with its taller glazed brother by boasting stone facades but remains similar to what was planned before. These are also intended to help it blend in better with the adjacent streetscape.

The approach to Waterloo is intended to partly show off the near forgotten Victory Arch which is one of the entrances commemorating the military triumph that the terminus is named after. Views to it will be expanded thanks to a cantilevered void the architect has made by slicing one corner of the taller building off. Much will depend on the finish of the building and the public area around it but it could make for a striking architectural experience. This is a major change from the previous application that had part of the view of the arch blocked by the main building.

Adding to the public space is a new purpose built square to be located in the centre of the project. This is intended not just as a new route to Waterloo Station but also a retail precinct between the buildings that restaurants and cafes can spill onto. Perhaps a good working example of this is More London.

Commuters will be thrilled to know that the unappetising and oppressive series of walkways that run warren-like around Waterloo will be going with a route through the new central square to replace them and make entering or leaving the station an easier proposition.

Whether this materialises into a planning application or whether it gets further revised remains to be seen. The site next to Waterloo Station is one of the most difficult in London thanks to the mess of walkways and roads that it currently boasts, and one of the most prominent due to its neighbouring position to one of London's busiest stations. As such there are few sites that are more important when it comes to getting it right.
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Why is this in the London forum? It says they want to build it in Vancouver.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 05:21 PM   #3849
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Why is this in the London forum? It says they want to build it in Vancouver.
sorry my bad, i thought i posted it in the canada section

edit: earlier post has been fixed
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Old April 20th, 2012, 05:37 PM   #3850
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i thought i looked like a giant turtle
Don't be hard on yourself, I'm sure your not that ugly.
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Possibly more exciting is that some of the bigger panels have appeared on the east side.



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Barclays, Standard Chartered, Bank of China, Deutsche Bank, HSBC Back London Bid for Yuan Hub
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London is seeking to become a hub for yuan trade and investment in an initiative backed by Bank of China Ltd., Barclays Plc (BARC), Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), HSBC Holdings Plc (HSBA) and Standard Chartered Plc. (STAN)

Institutions in the U.K. capital currently have more than 109 billion yuan ($17 billion) of customer and interbank deposits in the Chinese currency and that is “growing strongly,” according to a policy paper by research firm Bourse Consult released today.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne pushed the case for London to become an offshore center for yuan trade as closer financial ties with the world’s second-largest economy may help buffer Britain’s economy against the sovereign-debt crisis in Europe. China doubled the yuan’s trading band and allowed banks to hold dollar short positions this week, steps seen as paving the way for a convertible currency.

“London is making a push to become the second offshore yuan market,” said Dariusz Kowalczyk, a Hong Kong-based strategist at Credit Agricole CIB. “This is likely to occur wherever local markets need the offshore yuan business to boost their status. At the same time it will offer China a platform to expand the international use of the currency, preferably in time zones other than its own.”

HSBC’s Dim Sum

The U.K. Treasury and Hong Kong Monetary Authority agreed in January to provide help with a forum for banks to look at clearing and settlement systems, market liquidity and the development of new yuan products. The first meeting will be held in Hong Kong next month.

Authorities in Hong Kong, designated as the major offshore yuan trading hub by China, plan to lengthen yuan payments trading by five hours by June, allowing London-based institutions the opportunity to participate.

London may also see the first yuan bonds sold by a European bank listed on its exchange soon. HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank by market value, is planning to sell three-year so-called Dim Sum bonds listed in the city, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“London is perfectly positioned to act as the western hub,” for the yuan, said Stuart Fraser, who heads the London initiative’s steering committee and is policy chairman of the City of London Corporation, the financial district’s government body. “London has many natural advantages, including time zone, a trusted legal system, a respected regulatory framework, deep pools of liquidity and a strong track record of innovation.”

Yuan Push

China is encouraging global use of the yuan and allowing more overseas investors to access its local capital markets as Premier Wen Jiabao seeks to shift the focus of economic growth to domestic demand and away from slowing export industries.

The People’s Bank of China broadened the trading band against the dollar to 1 percent from its daily reference rate, effective April 16, after having held the limit at 0.5 percent since May 2007. The China Securities Regulatory Commission raised quotas for global funds pumping foreign currency into China’s stocks and bonds to $80 billion from $30 billion this month.

Asia’s largest economy will probably expand 8.4 percent this year, from 9.2 in 2011, according to economists’ forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with predictions of 0.6 percent growth in the U.K. and 2.3 percent for the U.S.

Yuan-denominated deposits in Hong Kong declined to the lowest level since June on increases in remittances to China and as expectations of currency appreciation weakened. Dim Sum bond sales in Hong Kong more than doubled this year to 53.3 billion yuan from a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
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The stage is set for London’s West End to have its first new theatre for 30 years, as Westminster City Council on Thursday night granted planning permission for a state-of-the-art building on the site of the Astoria music venue.



The glass-clad building will lie at the heart of London’s theatreland, atop Tottenham Court Road station on Charing Cross road. The application for the building was made jointly by Derwent London, a property developer, and Crossrail, which has been rebuilding the station in preparation for the £16bn rail project linking routes east and west of London.

The decision marks a blistering run for London theatres, which have seen their revenues rise throughout the economic slowdown, last year topping £500m for the first time. Their artistic success has drawn Hollywood A-listers prepared to work at a fraction of their onscreen rates in exchange for the kudos of a London opening.

The theatre’s design will be one of the most flexible in London, allowing the auditorium and seating to be quickly transformed from the traditional “proscenium arch” layout to a horseshoe-shaped setting or even full “theatre-in-the-round”. Depending on the configuration, the venue will accommodate between 350 and 500 people.

The plan was conceived by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Ian Albery, a theatre design consultant who worked on the conversion of the Donmar Warehouse, one of London’s most vibrant small theatres, and Sadler’s Wells.

The new venue has not yet been named but will be run by Nimax, a theatre production company which owns West End stages the Apollo, Lyric, Duchess, Garrick and Vaudeville. On April 11 it bought the Palace Theatre, its sixth, on nearby Shaftesbury Avenue, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group for an undisclosed sum. The group has signed a 125-year lease with the Charing Cross site owners.

Nica Burns, Nimax chief executive, told the Financial Times: “I’m delighted that this beautiful theatre has gone on to the next stage of its development. It will add greatly to the potential of London theatremaking.”

A former artistic director of the Donmar from 1983 to 1989, Ms Burns said she had been working on the plan for a year. “I didn’t want it to compete with other theatres. I wanted it to offer a different space for London in a fabulous location for actors and directors.”

The theatre can expect a boost from passing trade, as numbers going through Tottenham Court Road station after Crossrail’s completion are predicted to rise from 150,000 a day now to 200,000.

Eager thespians, however, will have plenty of time to learn their lines before treading its boards. Work on the building will not begin until 2017 at the earliest, following completion of the Crossrail and Underground station. At that time Derwent has an option to repurchase the site from Crossrail.

The application included plans for a second, larger building on the corner of Oxford Street and Charing Cross road, with 177,000 sq ft of space for offices over eight floors and 37,000 sq ft for retailers.

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Contractor wins £36.7m London social housing contract

20 APRIL, 2012 | BY CHLOE STOTHART

Jerram Falkus Construction will build 276 new flats and houses in Barking

The contractor has signed the contract with the local Building Schools for the Future PFI consortium Thames Partnership for Learning Regeneration.

Barking and Dagenham council will allocate the homes to local people once they are complete in summer 2014.

The design team for the homes includes architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and Plincke Landscape Architects, and engineers Arup.

The development will reach Code for Sustainable Homes Level four.
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Covent Garden Developers Finally Agreed

An announcement has been made that after a lengthy decision process the Covent Garden Market Authority has finally concluded that VSM Estates, a joint venture between VENCI PLC and St Modwen shall be the development partner for the redevelopment of the New Covent Garden Market.

The hunt for a partner in crime began back in 2010 when a shortlist of six tenders were put forward, these were whittled down to two proposals which were then judged on three main points, market re-provision, technical / deliverability factors, and financial / commercial strengths.

The VSM plan will see the market, located at Nine Elms, redeveloped into a new half a million square foot modern facility which will hold approximately 200 businesses that go to make up the UK's largest fruit, vegetable and flower market. In turn this will free up some 20 acres of land which will be redeveloped for residential, commercial and public spaces.

By redeveloping this land, the cost of the project which has a gross value of over £2 billion, is covered without the need for any public funding, something which should make those counting the pennies breath a sigh of relief. The market will remain in control of the CGMA.

It is hoped that the contract with VSM will be completed by summer 2012 at which point more detailed plans will be able to be revealed to the general public, and if all goes well work on the redevelopment could begin mid 2013, with the phased move of all traders completed by 2018.

The market was moved to Nine Elms in 1974 when traffic congestion caused by the need for larger delivery lorries became a problem at its original Covent Garden site. At that time redevelopment was also reconsidered but thanks to the CGMA's protests many of the buildings around the square were given listed status thus protecting their heritage for future generations to admire but locking the CGMA out in the longer term from developing their own back yard.
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Just a shame they had to destroy one of London's greatest music venues for this to be built.
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