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Old May 19th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4101
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£500m ($800m) Croydon development of Ruskin Square begins

The scheme will incorporate more that 1 million sqft of offices in four buildings, 560 new homes, a new theatre, restaurants, cafes and a new multi-purpose square within a 4.5 acre urban park.





Building work on one of the key regeneration projects in the town has begun.

Work on developers Stanhope’s £500m Ruskin Square project, first agreed by Croydon Planning Committee in 2007, is set to begin, with company Mace as construction manager.

The scheme is part of Croydon Council’s master plan and covers 8.5 acres, 900,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet in retail, 415,000 square feet of residentital and 35,000 of leisure facilities.

Charles Walford, director of Stanhope, said: "Our business plan for investing in Croydon is simple.

"The public transport is excellent, it is part of greater London, it is an existing place with an aging office stock and a large number of occupiers, it has a proactive and pragmatic local authority, it has huge retail potential and incumbent investors and developers that will make it happen."

A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "Ruskin Square forms a centrepiece for our local masterplans, and along with the many other developments that are currently being built it will help to ensure that the borough regains its status as a prime business centre.

"This site has always been known as the gateway to Croydon, so it is good news that we will soon see some work underway."

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Old May 19th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #4102
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Third Time Lucky For Chesterfield House



New plans have been floated for Chesterfield House near Wembley Central underground station, in the London borough of Brent, the third such high-rise design for the site since 2001.

The latest scheme will supercede a previous one designed by CZWG for an outrageously glittery hotel that looked like it escaped from Las Vegas. The new proposals will see the existing building that stands on the site retained and converted with an extension constructed perpendicular to it that will create a T shaped footprint.

The T has then been split up by the architect into five elements thanks to the use of recessed areas and varying roof levels so each appears as individual towerlet, with the heights ranging from a maximum of 51.4 metres to 36.7 metres. The floor counts vary from 12 to 17 storeys.

Within the scheme there will mostly student accommodation. This consists of 95 cluster flats, and 270 studio apartments. 1,310 square metres of retail are also included, but this is largely a transfer from the existing shopping area that is already on the site.

Streamdale Investments Ltd is developing the latest version of the scheme, with the architectural work coming from Contemporary Design Solutions.

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Old May 19th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #4103
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Old May 20th, 2012, 04:05 AM   #4104
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London buildings secure successful sales

Three London buildings have been sold by property firm Great Portland Estates as part of the firm's move to recycle capital into its major schemes in the capital.

According to the property firm, 184/190 Oxford Street, Buchanan House in Holborn and a portfolio of properties in Portland Place have been sold for a total of £106 million. This is 23 per cent above their September 2011 book values.

Aldo and a number of other retailers lease space within the Oxford Street building, while Buchanan House was let to HSBC, which took advantage of the 67,000 sq ft of office space and banking hall. It is uncertain whether the new owners, Orchard Street UK, which purchased the property for £20.5 million, will continue with this lease.

Meanwhile, a subsidiary of Amazon Properties bought Park Crescent East for £47 million from Great Portland Estate's joint venture with Capital & Counties.

Toby Courtauld, chief executive of the property firm, commented: “These sales continue our strategy of selling smaller, labour intensive and/or mature assets to recycle capital into the more meaningful opportunities within the Group, and its Joint Ventures.

“These include the exceptional growth opportunities at our properties such as Rathbone Place, the Hanover Square Estate, 240 Blackfriars Road, 33 Margaret Street, Wigmore Street and Walmar House, as well as our extensive pipeline of longer term projects.”

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Old May 20th, 2012, 04:12 AM   #4105
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Blues versus blues: why is team Boris so cool towards Chelsea's £1bn new stadium plan?

Chelsea FC's bid to buy the Battersea power station site with the aim of constructing, "one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world," there has divided opinion. Rowan Moore anticipates the same problems as previous schemes proposed for reviving London's most magnificent disused building:

Gigantism, the destruction of the essential qualities of the old building, and rather obvious issues with transport and local residents. It is hard to see how dropping a stadium on the power station would be anything other than an awkward coupling: a camel with a hippo, say.

So that's two more unglamorous animals linked with the white elephant. Before those, of course, we had Pink Floyd's flying pig. But Christine Murray at the Architects' Journal sees beauty in the putative blue beast:

The exclusive early concept sketch by KPF, who are working with Rafael Viñoly on the bid, shows a design that both maintains the integrity of the original building, while giving this stunning white elephant a brilliant legacy. If built, it could join FC Braga by Eduardo Souto de Moura as one of the most architecturally atmospheric stadia in the world.

Who would not want to see a match or live concert in this iconic venue? It feels exactly right, evoking the kind of old-meets-new mash-up that Britain does best, transforming masterpieces of Victorian industry into fun palaces, from Liverpool's Albert Dock to Manchester's G-Mex, London's Tate Modern to Newcastle's Baltic.

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Old May 20th, 2012, 04:15 AM   #4106
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Land Securities defends Carnwath after mauling from investors

Land Securities’ new chief executive today stood up for the developer’s under-fire chairman Alison Carnwath, who has been savaged by investors in this year’s “shareholder spring”.

The joint developer of the Walkie Talkie skyscraper in the City of London financial district said on Wednesday firms were delaying moves due to economic uncertainty.

"We remain consistent in our view that supply-constrained conditions will lead to rental growth, although these conditions are taking longer to emerge," it said.

Lawyers were dealing with potential leasing deals for the equivalent of 8% of the tower's floor space, it said.

Other deals under discussion could lead to "significantly in excess of 200,000 square feet" of lettings by the end of the year in the 680,000 square feet tower, Chief Executive Robert Noel said on a results call.

Other London skyscrapers - the Shard, the Pinnacle, the Cheesegrater and the tower at 100 Bishopsgate - are at varying stages of being built and have only signed one office deal between them.

Land Securities said its adjusted net asset value per share rose 4.5% to 863 pence in the year to end-March, while the value of its property portfolio dropped to £10.3 billion from £10.6 billion as valuation growth failed to offset sales of £906 million.

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Old May 20th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #4107
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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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Old May 20th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #4108
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just hreared that the orbit( because of the park it sits in) will be closed for 2 years after the games finish.
typical bloody anti people london policies

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Brixton to benefit from £75m regeneration

An estate in Brixton is to be improved thanks to a £75 million development project.

Housing association Guinness Partnership will be in charge of the programme at Loughborough Park, which will see 525 new apartments created across six blocks. It is part of a five-phase agenda that is expected to take seven years to complete.

One of the upshots of the scheme is that there should be more flats to rent in Brixton. It is being part-financed by a £16.3 million grant from the Greater London Authority and will see Guinness work with Countryside Properties and architects bptw partnership.

Lambeth Council divisional director for housing Rachel Sharpe is delighted the major regeneration project has been given the go-ahead. "It heralds a fantastic new era in which residents can look forward to better quality homes, a better quality of life and a better overall environment."

She continued by saying local inhabitants will see the area being transformed from a "tired looking neighbourhood" into a location that is modern and fantastic.

At present, the scheme falls some way short of the Decent Homes Standards. In order to bring the housing project into the 21st century, a number of environmentally-friendly features are to be installed in the properties. These include a combined heat and power plant, photo-voltaic panels and a green roof system.

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Only a brand new airport can keep Britain in the game

You only get one first impression. What message does Heathrow send out to its millions of business visitors and tourists? Nothing can disguise the fact that it has grown from a series of compromises. From its roots as a military airfield, it has been converted and expanded on a piecemeal basis. Now, bursting at the seams, with no room to expand, it faces unbeatable competition from purpose-built European hubs.

Time is running out. Heathrow has only 15 years left as a diminishing global hub. Losing that status entirely will have a devastating impact on the nation’s economy. A third runway, which could only be a short one, would be a temporary fix. Its length would mean it could not take the 747s and A380s needed to serve long-haul markets.

Global aviation is on an apparently unstoppable trajectory. In London, demand is predicted to grow by up to 120 million, reaching 260 million passengers per annum by 2030. At best, a third runway would accomodate a further 25 million, given restrictions on night flights and air pollution.

A purpose-designed aviation hub in the Thames Estuary would address these core issues, boost trade and reassert Britain’s role as an international destination. The Thames hub forms part of an integrated vision for Britain’s infrastructure, incorporating high-speed rail, freight logistics, aviation, a new Thames Barrier, tidal energy production and regional development. The airport would connect to an orbital rail line, following the M25 corridor north of London and linking to the HS2 line, which would open a direct rail route to Europe from the north. This would reduce road freight, avoid the London bottleneck and take trucks off the streets.

The UK economy loses £1.2 billion annually to Continental European airports. A Thames hub would reverse this trend and connect Britain to the emerging economies that will drive growth. Latin America is a key market but currently only three of its cities are served directly from London. Two-thirds of the world’s airports are being built in China, but Heathrow lacks capacity to serve them. That needs to change if Britain is to maintain its position.

Heathrow is functioning at 99 per cent capacity. This creates its own problems. Sixty per cent of incoming flights are caught in a holding pattern. Beyond the frustrations for passengers, every day these circling jets burn 190 tonnes of fuel and discharge 600 tonnes of carbon dioxide. An estuary airport would improve the quality of life for millions of Londoners by reducing the danger, noise and pollution caused by planes flying overhead. No other country allows aircraft approaches over such a densely populated capital.

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Old May 21st, 2012, 02:30 AM   #4112
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Heathrow has only 15 years left as a diminishing global hub.
I think that calls for a hefty [citation needed] ... Where do people pull this stuff from?

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A purpose-designed aviation hub in the Thames Estuary would address these core issues,
It would also stick a hulking great airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary. And cost about twenty gazillion £ ... Is there honestly nowhere else that this monstrosity could be put ...
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It would also stick a hulking great airport in the middle of the Thames Estuary. And cost about twenty gazillion £ ... Is there honestly nowhere else that this monstrosity could be put ...
What's wrong with the Thames Estuary? That's by far the best place it could be put, it's not exactly the Lake District: an airport with really good architecture would be a massive improvement, and the Thames Island plans are looking epic. It would be by a wide margin the most awesome airport in the world.
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London, king of the ground scrapers.
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What's wrong with the Thames Estuary? That's by far the best place it could be put, it's not exactly the Lake District: an airport with really good architecture would be a massive improvement, and the Thames Island plans are looking epic. It would be by a wide margin the most awesome airport in the world.
The problem with the Thames Estuary is that, a) it's an estuary, a migration path for thousands of birds - whose habitats would not only be destroyed, but from a purely health and safety perspective, could well crash into the oncoming Boeing 787s; b) you're building next to an American wartime ship (SS Montgomery) packed with unexploded bombs and shells; c) why would you build a hub airport for the UK to the south-east side of London? The rest of the country is north and west ...

This diagram highlights the stupidity of the Thames estuary location:



My suggestions for alternatives:
  • Expand Heathrow to include a third runway; if necessary just buy-up and destroy the adjacent homes. If you buy a home next to an international airport, then you really don't have any rights to complain if they consider expansion ...
  • Expand all of the London airports (Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick) to more capacity; Gatwick only runs at 78% capacity currently.
  • Build a new airport along the HS2 / M40 corridor.
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North London masterplan ($2bn project)
21 May 2012

A £1.3 billion (€1.6 billion) 82ha project in the UK's capital will create a mixed-use waterfront community in what is said to be one of London's largest regeneration and investment opportunities.

Enfield Council has unveiled a masterplan for the regeneration of an area alongside North London's Lee Valley Regional Park - to be known as Meridian Water.

The plan, developed by design, environment and energy consultancy LDA Design, sets out a framework for building 5,000 new homes and creating 3,000 new jobs, alongside three schools and a range of supporting community facilities, a new high street retail core and parkland landscape.

LDA said Meridian Water had been designed to create a new opportunity for canal and riverside living in London by revitalising the valley's waterways, improving parkland and recreational space, and reconnecting the area with the resources of the Lee Valley Regional Park.

A central causeway will serve as a structural backbone that will connect working and living environments, facilities and open spaces, and link Edmonton Green to the Lee Valley Regional Park and beyond.

With potential to become one of the UK's largest eco-developments, the proposals are said to set ambitious targets for sustainability that include plans for a comprehensive district heating network supplied by waste heat.

Meridian Water will also deliver improvements to public transport that include a centrally-located transport hub linked with Angel Road Station, redirected bus routes and proposals for improved rail services on the line connecting the area to Liverpool Street and Stratford.

Public consultation on the masterplan will run until 3 August.

Enfield Council's cabinet member for business and regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said, "This will be one of the biggest development opportunities in the UK, and the whole project will provide a massive boost to Enfield, London and the South East."

Colin James, director of urban design at LDA Design, said, "With an emphasis on sustaining strong business and economic growth, these plans are set to revitalise the site and create opportunities to attract new investment and facilities with a particular focus on green industries."

He added, "As well as ensuring the proposal is commercially viable, we have taken inspiration from the waterways of the Lower Lee Valley as the plans have developed, and the aim here is to give people the experience of waterside living and working while being in easy reach of the rest of the city through better transport links."

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