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Old April 21st, 2012, 07:09 PM   #3861
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I've just come across this development but could not find a thread on it. If there is already one then please merge.

120 Moorgate is a re-development of an existing 1960's office development. The current design was apparently approved in July 2011. The architects are Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. I have not seen the site recently so have no idea if the existing building has been demolished. If anyone knows more about this, then please post in here and I can make the necessary corrections.

The development is listed under "current projects":http://www.lifschutzdavidson.com/

Sitting at a prominent curve in the street, 120 Moorgate marks the transition into the City from the north. The building replaces an undistinguished 1960s development with eight storeys of Grade-A office space and retail at ground level.

The building responds to the corner location, the proximity to Lutyen’s Grade II* listed Britannic House, and the wider context of the Finsbury Circus streetscape. Composed of two interlocking blocks expressed through scale and materiality, the building is unified through the application of a 1.5 meter grid and deep façade.

Viewed in the oblique it is a solid mass, while viewed directly the façades are open and light. This sense of movement is emphasised by contrasting materiality - the front building is an iridescent off-white glazed ceramic while the rear is a crisp dark grey aluminum engineered façade. The design balances the restoration of the scale and unity to the city block while adding some ‘drama’ to the corner.


Skyscrapernews link on the project: http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=2902

120 Moorgate Approved

Published on 27-07-2011 by Skyscrapernews.com

The City of London has approved the latest designs for 120 Moorgate, a site near Moorgate underground station that is being developed by Redevco.

The previous plans were penned by Allies and Morrison at the peak of the boom back in 2006, but since then the economic winds have changed and the developer has brought in Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands instead.

The building now consists of 11 floors above ground, and two floors below ground. There will be ground floor retail on the street-fronts, and a separate office reception. Part of the first floor will also be retail, whilst there will be further retail units on the upper basement and part of the lower basement.

The height of the scheme was decided as the most appropriate for the site fitting in with the Helicon Building that stands next door. At the height it is set at of 42 metres it will also not be visible behind the roof-lines of the buildings that front Finsbury Circus. The building is split into two interlocking blocks, the short of which is six floors, providing a step back for the upper levels and a terrace on floor seven that the office occupants can enjoy.

Dominating the exterior are strong vertical lines, with horizontal bands of cladding set to correspond with the floor levels of the neighbouring buildings and thus add continuity to the streetscape, and most specifically the listed neighbouring Britannic House.

The cladding on each of the blocks will contrast however to mark them out, with a creamy colour palette employed on the shorter block that should help it blend in with its stone neighbour at street level, and dark grey aluminium used on the larger section which will be visible rising above.

With 18,994 square metres of space, the developer hope that they can complete the scheme in 2014.


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Old April 21st, 2012, 10:23 PM   #3863
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Old April 21st, 2012, 11:58 PM   #3865
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 12:31 AM   #3866
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 01:24 AM   #3868
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Crossrail's Tottenham Court Road development plans approved

Crossrail's plans to redevelop the Tottenham Court Road station site and the east end of Oxford Street have been approved by Westminster City Council.




The development plans, submitted in conjunction with Derwent London, are for two above ground developments located over each ticket hall of the integrated Tottenham Court Road station that will serve both Crossrail and London Underground passengers.

The 500,000 sq ft of retail, office and residential accommodation will cover four blocks, boosting the economy in the eastern end of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.

It will also contribute towards the Crossrail funding package.

A new theatre to replace the former Astoria Theatre has also been approved. Derwent London has entered into an agreement with Nimax who will operate the new 350 seat theatre.

London Underground and Crossrail have also gained approval for plans to renew and upgrade the public spaces around the eastern ticket hall and St Giles area.

A new open pedestrian space linking Soho Square and Charing Cross Road will create new views of the Square and of St. Patrick’s Church.

The proposals link into wider efforts by London Underground, Crossrail, Transport for London (TfL), Camden Council, Westminster City Council and Design for London to improve the area around St Giles Circus. A new public piazza around Centrepoint will also be created providing a distinctive new landmark for the West End.

The private sector-funded over-site developments will be built once work to construct Tottenham Court Road station is complete in 2017. Crossrail will commence services in 2018.
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Derwent London and Crossrail’s Oxford Street Project Approved

Derwent London Plc (DLN) and Crossrail Ltd. won approval for a plan to develop offices, shops and a theater on London’s Oxford Street, the U.K’s busiest shopping district.

Westminster City Council gave permission for the development at 1 Oxford Street above the Tottenham Court Road underground station, Derwent said in a statement today. The REIT, which focuses on central London, will build two new buildings measuring 25,500 square meters (275,000 square feet) on the land, including a 350-seat theater designed with Nimax Theatres Ltd., a London operator.

Derwent plans to exercise its option to acquire the site when Crossrail, which owns the land, completes works on a subterranean train line linking Heathrow Airport to east London in 2017, it said in the statement. Derwent is betting that the area will prove more attractive to office occupiers when the station opens and that retailers will benefit from the number of people using the trains, resulting in higher rents.

The development “will help in the much needed revitalization of the eastern end of Oxford Street which is essential for the long-term growth of the West End,” John Burns, chief executive at Derwent, said in the statement.
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Number One Oxford Street

One Oxford Street is currently in Planning. This project - between Oxford street and Soho Square - is being developed by Derwent London. Originally a tower ws proposed (in 2006) but this was rejected by City of Westminster Council.At street level there is retail with eight floors of offices above.The faceting on the façade is influenced by minimalist artist Donald Judd.






Project Description

Number One Oxford Street is a large, urban regeneration project above a major public transport interchange. The mixed-use project combines public space, commercial leasehold, retail opportunities, a theatre and a tube station at one of London’s busiest corners.


Site
  • Two new buildings will stand above a new Crossrail station at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, in Central London.
  • The design works to create a strong civic landmark that befits its location.


Mixed-use Project
  • Together, the nine floor buildings accommodate 172,200 square feet of high quality office space, bars, terraces, and a new 350-450 seat theatre, set around a plaza.



Office

The external fabric engages with both the city and the business of workplace through a richly detailed assembly of glass, metal and stone components that respond to solar orientation and the changing urban texture.

The office environment benefits from passive green technologies, including natural ventilation and daylight from an atrium, whilst being protected from solar conditions by a responsive façade.


Theatre
  • This will be the first theatre to be built in Westminster for over 100 years.
  • The tiers of the theatre auditorium reveal moments to pause and reengage with the city through glass fronted rooms and external terraces.
  • A 350-450 seat flexible auditorium, a sprung timber-floored rehearsal space and performer facilities will provide for the future of West End entertainment.


Retail
  • The corner building houses contemporary retail space over three floors.
  • Shop frontage wraps the corner extending the street level activity onto the new plaza and towards a new office address via an entrance colonnade.


Plaza
  • The proposal includes a plaza, designed to accommodate east-west circulation as an alternative pedestrian route to the busy Oxford Street.
  • The tree lined plaza, supplements the civic landmark with much needed public space.
  • The theatre entrance and street level bar/restaurant will both ensure activity in the plaza beyond office and retail hours.

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Old April 22nd, 2012, 01:32 AM   #3871
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West End's first new theatre for 30 years to be built


Building on the new theatre is planned to start in 2017 when work on Crossrail is complete

The site of a former pickle factory is set to become the location of a new theatre in London's West End.

The venue will be the first in the area for 30 years, after Westminster City Council approved the plans.

The development above Tottenham Court Road station on Oxford Street will also include offices and shops. The venue is expected to open in 2020.

The site was formerly used by Crosse & Blackwell to make Branston pickle until they moved out in 1927.

The theatre will be operated by Nimax which already runs five others in London, including the Apollo and Lyric.

Nimax chief executive Nica Burns said: "Our new theatre won't compete with those already in London. It will be a different - very intimate - space, in a great location, where cutting edge shows can be performed."

London Astoria
Ms Burns said the auditorium would be able to accommodate between 350 and 500 seats, with none having restricted views.

The London Astoria most recently occupied the site before it closed in 2009 when it was compulsorily purchased as part of the Crossrail project. The music venue was then demolished.

The redeveloped Tottenham Court Road station, between Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street, will serve Crossrail and London Underground passengers.

Once the station has been completed in 2017, developers Derwent London will start building the above-ground development which includes the theatre.

Councillor Robert Davis, Westminster City Council's deputy leader, said: "This flagship scheme marks a significant investment in the city and will play an important role in the regeneration of east Oxford Street."
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What is the Crystal?



The Crystal is a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens that explores how we can create a better future for our cities. It is home to the world's largest exhibition focused on urban sustainability, bringing together city decision makers and the public.

As a world-class centre for dialogue, discovery and learning, it reveals the challenges that cities face, and the ways we can reduce their environmental impact using sustainable technology.

Based in Royal Victoria Docks, the centre of London's new Green Enterprise District, the Crystal is a natural home for thought leadership on urban sustainability. It provides a global knowledge hub that helps a diverse range of audiences learn and understand how we can all work to build better cities for ourselves and for future generations.

Experts on urban sustainability will be available to exchange ideas, while a high-level conference programme will foster dialogue between stakeholders.

Who is the Crystal For?

The Crystal is for everyone who cares about creating a better future for our cities. It inspires a dialogue about a shared sustainable future: how we live in cities, how we struggle with them, how we can make them more attractive, and what we want from them for the generations that will follow us.

The Crystal brings together mayors, city decision-makers, politicians, urban planners, architects and infrastructure experts as well as the local community, international visitors and educational groups, from school children to post-graduate students.

The Idea Behind the Crystal

The concept of the Crystal was driven by a vision of a multi-faceted urban world. Its crystalline shape represents the many facets of sustainability and the complexity of urban life.

For London, the Crystal has an historical and cultural reference, drawing inspiration from the Crystal Palace, which in 1851 dazzled visitors at London's Great Exhibition showcasing innovation and the latest technology from the Industrial Revolution. It was housed in a magnificent structure of shimmering glass and iron - an engineering marvel of its time.

Today the Crystal takes that iconic name to a new level, symbolising the dawn of a new, sustainable, age.

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Asians Buy Half of New London Homes


Investors from China and Southeast Asia bought one in every two new homes in central London last year as the number of wealthy individuals in the region swells, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. (JLL) (JLL) said.



Buyers from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore accounted for 51 percent of new-property purchases in central London neighborhoods that the broker handled, up from 47 percent in 2010, Jones Lang said in a report today. Hong Kong buyers led Asia with 17 percent of the purchases, the Chicago-based broker said.

“The number of high-net-worth individuals is growing and growing, especially in the Asia-Pacific countries where you’ve got developing economies,” Neil Chegwidden, a residential research director at Jones Lang, said by phone. “They need to invest their money somewhere.”

Overseas investors are buying luxury homes in the U.K. capital to preserve wealth in one of the world’s most resilient property markets amid political and economic volatility in their home markets. Luxury-home prices in central London rose the most in 10 months in March, according to London-based broker Knight Frank LLP.

The number of billionaires in Asia rose to 351 last year from 245 in 2010, according to a Credit Suisse Group AG’s Global Wealth report. Europe had 251 billionaires while North America accounted for 332 last year, the Zurich-based bank said.

British Buyer Drop
The proportion of British buyers fell to 19 percent from 22 percent in 2010, Jones Lang said in the report.

Around three quarters of London-home purchases were made because the investor plans to rent out the property, and 28 percent of buyers used cash to buy the real estate, according to Jones Lang. The neighborhoods used to compile the report were Kensington and Chelsea, City of Westminster, City of London, St. John’s Wood and the Canary Wharf financial district in east London.

Investors and developers plan to build 9,000 prime apartments and houses by the end of the decade that they’re aiming to sell for more than 1,000 pounds a square foot, according to a study released in July by London-based consulting firm EC Harris LLP. About 4,000 units are scheduled to open in 2014 and 2015, EC Harris estimates.
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