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Old May 8th, 2012, 12:57 AM   #4001
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Old May 8th, 2012, 12:00 PM   #4002
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Crossrail’s first TBM starts digging

Crossrail’s first giant tunnel boring machine, Phyllis, has broken ground at Royal Oak to construct the first section of tunnel to Farringdon in central London.

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Old May 8th, 2012, 02:14 PM   #4003
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great news ...

Keith Brown urges Boris Johnson to push for high-speed rail to Scotland

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What is HS2?

Plans are in place for the new high-speed rail line.

The London-West Midlands phase is expected to be built between 2016 and 2026, followed by the onward legs to Manchester and Leeds by 2032-33.

The UK government says the HS2 project will cost £32.7bn at present values and deliver benefits worth £47bn, although opponents dispute these claims.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:05 PM   #4004
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Interesting.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:39 PM   #4005
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Old May 9th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #4006
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Proposal for Hydrogen tower, Leadenhall Street



Towards A New Sustainable Architecture...The Black manifesto.

We at Black believe that there is an urgent need for change if we are to provide appropriate architectural responses to the challenges of our age. To clarify our thoughts and explain what we believe is required, we have decided to publish the Black Manifesto. It is intended to provoke debate, similar to documents published at the beginning of the Modern Movement. We believe that the buildings that are currently procured often fail to address the need for a new sustainable architecture, with image placed above ideas in most selection processes for major commissions. There must be a better way and provoking debate is the start of the process.

Architecture and big egos are legendary bedfellows, but they have infested our cities with profligate fashion-statements that don’t satisfy the client’s needs, the user’s needs, or society’s needs. Interrogate these buildings, dare to criticise them, and they have no integrity, no honesty and no validity. The London Olympics is the embodiment of this intellectual bankruptcy.

The word sustainability has been so abused it has become meaningless. Society likes to think that a sustainable future is a good thing, but it’s difficult and intangible. Everyone is scared of it. Politicians talk about zero-carbon but don’t understand it. Sustainable is not just a sticking plaster. It’s complicated and ugly, and there are conflicts and compromises. Sustainability is not just about energy. Authentic sustainability is fundamental to our future and demands long-term social, environmental and economic rethinking.

Something has to change. And we are already changing it. The days of style over content are gone. Building anything in these tough times is a courageous undertaking. Clients trust us with colossal amounts of money and we respond with a consummate knowledge of holistic sustainability.

We are a small but feisty architectural practice that doesn’t have a fixed house style. We are anti-establishment. Our buildings are relevant, radical, edgy and provocative, and evolve through a highly technical creative process in which every assumption is questioned. We never begin with a fanciful image but start from the inside out. The experience is inclusive, collective and collaborative. Our controversial solutions challenge preconceptions, and create truly interactional spaces that people fall madly in love with.
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I don't think that is a real proposal just an architecture firm drawing a picture.
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Yeah, that isn't a real project.
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Old May 9th, 2012, 04:29 PM   #4009
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Old May 9th, 2012, 06:26 PM   #4010
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thats gone almost unnoticed, will the core be built to full height before steel is added like 20FS or is there any indication it will arrive before that
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HOK completes major redevelopment of the Royal London Hospital

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It's so big and free. I love the NHS
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Amazing redevelopment!!
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Old May 10th, 2012, 02:30 PM   #4014
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The major bus station works seem nearly complete. There's a new, wide pavement down the north side, on the right in this photo




The glazing section in the first of my pics yesterday has now been joined up with the rest




Another steel frame bay extended westward on the north side

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SO143 iv been lurking around for a couple of years and i have to say you do some good work on this forum
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He's London's honourary Canadian.
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Landsecs in ‘Walkie Talkie’ letting talks

Land Securities is closing in on signing up the first tenant for their flagship City of London skyscraper, the so-called Walkie Talkie building.
The UK’s largest real estate investment trust by market value is in discussions with Kiln Group, the insurer, about its taking up a 60,000 sq ft pre-let agreement in the 37-storey tower, people close to the deal said. The company has only two years to run on the lease in the building in Leadenhall Street where it occupies about 47,000 sq ft.

News of the negotiations comes just a month after Costar reported that Landsecs had opened negotiations with Markel, another insurer, about the possibility of its taking up space in the 690,000 sq ft Walkie Talkie.
Although nothing has been agreed yet, the approaches from the two companies underlines the fast-growing presence of insurance groups in the City office market – traditionally the heartland of the UK’s banking industry – as they make the most of the supply of new buildings in Europe’s pre-eminent financial district.

British Land, Landsecs main rival, also recently announced it had struck a deal with Aon, the US insurance group, to take up 191,000 sq ft of space in its forthcoming Leadenhall Building development, nicknamed the “Cheesegrater”.
The two towers form part of a cluster of four skyscrapers under construction in the City. The buildings are expected to capture some of the demand arising from lease expires and breaks, which are expected to hit 3m sq ft a year in the City until 2017.

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Squire and Partners’ PV mansard revealed



Shortlisted for this year’s AJ100 ‘Practice of the Year’, Squire and Partners are currently working on a range of high profile central London developments including the Bulgari Hotel which will open this summer, a residential development at One Tower Bridge and the Shell Centre redevelopment masterplan.

Project architect Nick Munro recently toured me through another central London project, an 8400m2 mixed use project at 5 Hanover Square. Completed last month, the six-storey newbuild scheme includes an art gallery on the ground floor, offices on first to sixth storeys and residential in an adjoining block on Hanover Street.

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UK-based property developer Downing Developments has announced plans to build two student residential schemes in Cambridge and London, which together sum to £90 million ($145.29 million).




The two new developments will together provide accommodation for 770 students. The projects will be developed on a 0.56-acre site in Acton, West London; and three plots within Brookgate’s CB1 masterplan in Cambridge.

The Acton scheme involves development of 80,000 square feet of space built across two, seven storey buildings. With a price tag of £25 million ($40.32 million), the project involves construction of 184 studio apartments and ground level retail space on both the buildings.

The scheme also involves development of two new community parks, namely a pocket park and a biodiversity park. Construction on the scheme will incorporate several sustainable elements and is targeted for BREEAM Excellent rating.

The project will benefit from its proximity to the North Acton tube station, which will foster usage of sustainable means of transportation. Construction is scheduled to begin in May 2012 and is likely to be completed by September 2013.

The CB1 scheme involves development of £65 million ($104.83 million) scheme, which will offer space for 586 studenssst. To be built across three new buildings, the property will have a total area of 182,279 square feet. The residential units will be a mic of clusters and studios. Construction on scheme will begin in early 2013.

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