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Old April 23rd, 2012, 03:38 AM   #3881
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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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Awesome project !
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 05:17 AM   #3882
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Has work started on Guys now then?
yes i think so, but i am not 100% sure mate. i will tell you when i find some more credible sources

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ISG wins £21m St Thomas’ hospital recladding job

Contractor ISG has emerged as the winning bidder to reclad the East Wing of St Thomas’ hospital in London.



The contractor with architect Hopkins won the RIBA-run design competition to transform the 13-storey hospital building on the south side of the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament.

The pair beat off a strong field of rival bidders including Laing O’Rourke, Bam and Galliford Try to take the the external recladding works package expected to cost around £21m.

But due to Budget cuts the start of the project has been pushed back by a year.

The job forms part of a multi million exterior overhaul of Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospital. Detailed plans to reclad the 34-storey Guy’s hospital tower located by the river near the Shard construction site at London Bridge were also unveiled this week.

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust appointed Arup and Penoyre & Prasad to make recommendations on refurbishing the facades of the Guy’s tower to stop concrete deterioration, replace the failing windows, and improve the building’s carbon footprint.

The complex overhaul of the exterior and glazing will improve the tower’s energy efficiency and give the 36-year-old concrete building a face lift so it sits more easily alongside the imposing Shard building, presently under construction nest to the hospital at London Bridge.

The hospital trust hopes to gain planning permission next spring, with the work completed by autumn 2013.

The towering hospital building is divided into two main sections, one housing the main wards and offices and the other services and stairwells.

The architects has proposed a new aluminium cladding for the services tower section while the main tower concrete balconies will be cleaned and new glazing fitted.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 10:31 AM   #3883
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Diamond Jubilee: London boats plan for Jubilee pageant

London-based boats with fascinating histories and expectant owners are getting ready to play their part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Dedicated owners have spent months preparing a wide range of vessels to be part of the floating celebration.

One million people are expected to line the Thames when about 1,000 boats form the flotilla as part of the Queen's 60th anniversary celebrations.

From a "jolly boat" to the vessel that carried Sir Winston Churchill on his final Thames journey - a variety of craft will join the royal procession on 3 June.

The full route, including mustering and dispersal areas, stretches from Hammersmith in the west to Greenwich Royal Naval College in the east and is approximately 14 miles (22km) long.

The official pageant route is about seven miles (11km).
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:44 PM   #3884
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Location: Royal Docks, Newham
Floors: 24
Architect: Studio RHE
Developer: City and Docklands Property Group
Web: http://www.cityanddocklands.com/Information.html

The construction of a 24-storey tower containing 161 dwellings, and commercial and retail floorspace, and the construction of one three-storey and a single-storey building containing commercial floorspace, parking and energy generation. The Tower contains 1035 sq mts net of commercial and retail space at the ground floor level and 161 high quality and generously proportioned residential apartments, offering one, two and three bedroom units on the floors above, all offering scenic views over the Docklands, River Thames and beyond.

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Old April 23rd, 2012, 06:07 PM   #3885
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That Crystal project by Siemens is indeed geil!

Any signs that this sustainability initiative will be spread across the globe?
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Margaret Pyke Centre to be demolished for flats and offices



A planning application has been submitted for a new development of flats and offices on a site currently occupied by the Margaret Pyke Centre. The building on the corner of Charlotte and Tottenham Streets would be completely demolished and a new building built.

The building is owned by Derwent London plc and a lease held by the Margaret Pyke Centre is due to expire next year.

The Margaret Pyke Centre is a registered charity and provides a number of sexual health services and counselling. It is one of the biggest contraceptive centres in the world seeing between 600 and 900 patients per week. Where the Margaret Pyke Centre will move to is not yet known.

During pre-planning consultation, the developers were asked why they couldn’t refurbish the existing building rather than totally demolish and re-build. Fitzrovia News was told the existing building was not suitable for refurbishment because, among other reasons, its ground floor plate was not at the same level as the street.

The plans were registered with Camden Council on 17 April and include: demolition of existing buildings at 73-75 Charlotte Street, 34-38 Tottenham Street and 4 Tottenham Mews in association with a new mixed use development consisting of new building which varies in height from 3 to 6 stories plus basement. There will be 9 private flats, 2 intermediate affordable flats, and 253sqm of office floorspace at part basement and ground floor level. There will be 1 one-bedroom flat and 1 two-bedroom flat for a social rent provided off-site at Whitfield Place. There will also be a financial contribution to open space and education. Full planning application here.

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That Crystal project by Siemens is indeed geil!

Any signs that this sustainability initiative will be spread across the globe?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 04:01 AM   #3888
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a new tower at stratford (this is where a massive IKEA city is going to be built)

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Old April 24th, 2012, 04:12 AM   #3889
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does anyone the name of a tower rising at the foreground (left) in this pic? is it milton court u/c tower or a new one? let me know, cheers

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100 Bishopsgate?
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Old April 24th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #3891
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a new tower at stratford (this is where a massive IKEA city is going to be built)

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Are those white pillars in the foreground where the BMW stage for the Olympics will be? The stage won lots of compliments and admiration with the potential to retain it after the olympics as an exhibition space.
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Old April 24th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #3892
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A midrise in Aldgate. Can't remember its name.
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100 Bishopsgate?
100 Bishopsgate will appear between Heron Tower and Tower 42 from that angle.
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thank you, great to see plenty of towers rising at the same time in both the city and canary wharf .
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Greenwich cruise liner terminal will be 'gateway to London'



AS the area's favourite ship is reopened this week, further details have emerged of how the capital's first cruise liner terminal could make Greenwich 'the gateway to London'.

Preliminary work on the landmark development, approved last summer, is now due to start at Enderby's Wharf in November, with the facility's first phase open 12 to 18 months after that.

West Properties, the developer behind the project promise a 251-room hotel and 770 homes with constuction ending in around five years. The Grade II listed building Enderby House - famous for appearing in Moby Dick - will be refurbished and used as a cafe and information spot.

The ships it will take have capacity for up to 1,600 passengers and, at a maximum of 240m long, dwarf mammoth liner The World which docked off Greenwich last year.

Speaking as the international conference Cruise Europe kicked off in Greenwich, West Properties' planning director James Blakey explained: "It is designed to take the largest ships we can take through the Thames Barrier."

He said: "The reaction from the cruise industry has been tremendous. It was an opportunity they were very keen to grasp."

Greenwich Council director of regeneration John Comber said: "This brings the cruise liner industry right into the heart of the capital "It will be the gateway to London."

He added: "In years gone by this river would have been teeming with vehicles. What we'd like to see is that brought back."

Around 40,000 tourists a year will arrive from places like the USA, stopping off at Greenwich and also travelling on to northern Europe, Holland and France.

The first few years will see it take 25 to 30 vessels, moving up to around 100 when fully operational. It is hoped the project will create around 600 jobs.
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Town Hall rejects as out of hand a plan to build ten-storey housing block near London Fields

A plan to build a ‘high-rise’ building near London Fields has been turned down by Hackney Council, following a campaign by nearby residents to oppose it.

The proposal for a ten-storey housing block at 22-44 London Lane was turned down by the council after it decided the building would have a negative impact on the surrounding area.

Southern Housing Group, which has owned the plot for over three years, submitted the proposal on 31 January this year, and planned to incorporate 58 residential units.

However, Hackney Council officers last week (Wednesday 18 April) judged that the development would not provide a high enough proportion of affordable housing and would have detrimental impact on Hackney’s housing needs.

They also deemed that the building would not suit the character of the area and would block sunlight from neighbouring buildings.

The proposal was rejected even before the council’s planning committee stage.

Campaign group No Hackney High-Rise had been opposing Southern Housing Group’s ten-storey proposal since it was first unveiled in May 2009.

After hearing news of the council’s rejection for the proposal, campaigner Maz Hayes said: “We’re elated by the news that the proposal has been rejected.”

She said the group have received a great deal of support from a number of residents living between Mare Street and Hackney Fields, and described the council’s decision as a “big success”.

“We’ve had a very strong response from the beginning,” she said. “Generally, when people have seen the proposals for the first time, the overwhelming response has been – ‘what a terrible idea.’”

After fundraising for nearly three years, the group were able to hire a planning consultant from LMPC to challenge the proposal in January this year.

Ms Hayes, who has been involved in the campaign from the start, said: “We’ve been thorough in our objections and have had to take emotion out of it and be pragmatic.”

She said members of No Hackney High-Rise now want to see Southern Housing Group make a proposal that will better suit the wants and needs of the area’s residents.

A spokesperson from Southern Housing Group said: “We are disappointed by Hackney’s decision on our application for the London Lane site.

“We are confident we have a high quality mixed-use commercial and residential scheme which includes providing affordable three and four bedroom houses for the borough. We are awaiting clarification on the reasons for refusal which will enable us to consider options for re-developing this disused site.”
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RICS launches landmark new guidance to the construction sector
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^ New design there? It looked different in the previous simulation.
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