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Old May 26th, 2012, 01:30 AM   #4201
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london is coming back in the race of transports where paris leads in europe concerning the multimode transports (metro, RER,tramway,tram-train,bus)
sorry to burst your bubble buddy, but to be frank i was very disappointed with the condition of the paris metro which i found overcrowded, small, filthy, slow and not organized as well. i used to describe how london underground is terrible, slow and dirty etc but i realised that i was very wrong after i experienced the paris metro which desperately needs a lot of investment and maintenance. i'm glad for the fact that LU is properly being maintained although it is the 2nd largest metro system in the world (after shanghai). on the other hand london is full of the iconic red double-decker buses and i am not surprised that london has the largest bus networks in the world (made up of more than 700 bus routes and 7,500 buses which run 24 hours and carry more than six million londoners each day)
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Old May 26th, 2012, 10:45 AM   #4202
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Extraordinary building that either grates or is a delight



Your knees wobble peering down into the cathedral-sized public space just formed by the fast-rising steel frame of the 736-foot “Cheesegrater” tower in Leadenhall. Letting a third of the 47-storey tower to Aon last year helped to stiffen developer British Land’s results on Monday.

Chief executive Chris Grigg produced a solid set of figures for the UK’s second-biggest property company. All the right numbers had plus signs in front of them. BL owns assets worth £10.3 billion, 60% of which are retail. Grigg says the business is “defensively positioned” in an environment which “remains difficult” — a caution reflected in the shares, which yesterday were trading at 490p. The 12% discount also reflects City wariness of landlords exposed to limping retailers.

Hey! Who cares? The sun shone brightly on Tuesday morning during an hour-long scramble around what British Land would prefer everyone please to call The Leadenhall Building.

The Richard Rogers-designed tower will cost a total of £340 million to develop, excluding the price of finance and land. “This is the most complex and challenging piece of engineering I have ever worked on”, says Steve Cork, 48, project director for builder Laing O’Rourke. Indeed. The 612,000-square-foot tower has a backward-leading face that needs adjustable bolts as thick as your arm to keep it pulled upright.

The skeleton will be up by Christmas. The first boatload of 12 acres of cladding has just left China and will begin to be affixed in July by Chinese subcontractor Yuanda, which will wrap things up by next August. More than 80% of The Leadenhall Building is prefabricated. No more than 300 workers will be on site assembling the most advanced kit of parts ever put together for a UK skyscraper, says Cork. That will help speed completion, scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.

Critics wonder if this extraordinary and relatively expensive structure will make money for BL, not to mention Canadian retirees in Omers (the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System), a giant fund that has put up half the cash via its subsidiary, Oxford Properties. Yes, when fully let, appears to be the answer.

City analyst Michael Prew of Jefferies says The Leadenhall Building will be worth a touch under £700 million when fully occupied. BL’s head of development, Nigel Webb, can’t say how much the land and financing add to the £340 million development cost. But it looks like the Cheesegrater will stiffen BL’s annual results in 2015.

Quintain share price in need of some chivvying

Quintain boss Adrian Wyatt, 64, looks to have paid the price for the non-recovery of the listed developer’s shares.

His replacement, Max James, 45, has possibly a year to convince the stock market that a business — which yesterday declared net assets of £572 million — is worth a lot more than its £180 million stock market valuation.

The shares rose to 60p after last year’s results. Maybe because chairman William Rucker of Lazard made it known quietly that another “jam tomorrow” year would not be acceptable. Rucker installed former Lazard man James to the Quintain board last July. Even so, the share price of this very diffuse business fell away. Shares have traded in between 30p and 50p since last summer.

Expect a sales and rationalisation programme to be announced.

Failure to finalise Kennel Club’s new home puts Sir Stuart in the doghouse

The Kennel Club is feeling growly towards Sir Stuart Lipton of Chelsfield.

The veteran developer failed to meet an ultimatum last Friday to sign a £170 million deal for a one-acre plot fronting Piccadilly, after nine months of negotiations.

The deal would have given the pedigree pooches’ club a new home and a cheque for £12 million.

The low-profile Sabba family entered into exclusive negotiations with Chelsfield last September to sell their Clarges Street holding.

The Kennel Club owns the only other property on the island site. Under-bidders are to be invited to re-tender. Permission has been granted for 24 flats and 140,000 square feet of offices.

That scheme was completely reworked by Chelsfield. Agreement to shift the club further back from Piccadilly was also needed. Sir Stuart, pictured, managed this tricky process. On November 21, the club held a “historic Special General Meeting” to verify the move and agree the £12 million bounty.

Chelsfield is apparently keen to stay involved. But no reason for withdrawal has been given. “What a waste of time it has all been” was the furious reaction of one source. But another was more reasonable: “At least Sir Stuart managed to sort out the Kennel Club. He may even return. Meanwhile, we’ll get on and find another developer.”

MoD’s a bit slippery over Hyde Park sale

The Ministry of Defence has failed to advance a single yard in 16 months towards the goal of selling its biggest property asset in London.

Quite a feat: pity there is no individual to court martial. Failure to progress the £500 million sale of Hyde Park Barracks feels like culpable negligence.

“No decisions have been made,” insisted a MoD spokesman. “No plans exist. But things are happening in darkened rooms. What we are looking for is for someone to come up with a plan and make some kind of offer.”

No, not what was said last week when leaky agent CBRE revealed it was to conduct a “market sounding” exercise.

The statement was issued on January 28, 2011, when I suggested here that the MoD was saddling up to sell the current home of the Household Cavalry to a developer of hyper-luxury flats. Maybe it has taken time to square the landowner, Royal Parks? After all, an Act of Parliament is needed for change of use.

But, who knows? The MoD hasn’t explained. What is known is that rival agents Savills and Knight Frank are furious. Why? Because the Ministry failed to do any market sounding before letting the market sounding contract go to CBRE. A fine firm: but more Royal Engineers than Household Cavalry.

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Old May 26th, 2012, 01:36 PM   #4203
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Some interesting images of what could have been built in London. Some of these look seriously impressive.

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^ absolutely fascinating design ...
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The major projects at this year’s London Design Festival

With some of the major projects of this year’s London Design Festival unveiled, an initial theme seems to be developing of responsive works – responsive to their environment, responsive to London, or responsive to society as a whole.

So, for example, with the Be Open Sound Portal, which marks the LDF’s return to having a central project in Trafalgar Square following a hiatus last year, designer Arup has responded to the hustle and bustle of central London by creating a soundproof chamber, within which sound artworks can be played to (presumably) soothed visitors.

And Keiichi Matsuda takes an overtly responsive position with his Prism work, which will hang above the cupola in the entrance at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Matsuda describes the work as ‘like a giant faceted iceberg made from paper and hanging from the ceiling’.

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Twickenham Station revamp project receives £1.6million boost
25 May, 2012 - 17:36



Over a million pounds in funding has been awarded by the Greater London Authority to help revamp Twickenham Station.

The £1.6m regeneration grant will be used to replace the dilapidated footbridge connecting the platforms with a newer modern structure and a new ticket office area.

Platform improvements have also been demanded by the council from the developer as part of their planning agreement.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, says that the station is struggling to cope at maximum capacity.

He said: “There is no-one in Twickenham who does not think the current station is an utter disgrace to our town and hugely inadequate.

“This morning when I walked through the crumbling facilities, that don’t comply with Disability Discrimination Act requirements."

At platform level more substantial improvements will be made and the canopies over platforms will be lengthened allowing passengers to stay drier for longer.

It is anticipated that the other footbridge that links Mary’s Terrace to Cole Park Road will be revamped.

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Giant photo of UK royals unveiled on Thames for jubilee

A giant photograph of Queen Elizabeth and her family, 100 meters (328 feet) wide and weighing two tones, was put up Friday beside London’s Thames river ahead of celebrations for her diamond jubilee.

The 70-metre-high image of the queen, her husband Prince Philip and their children, dating from 35 years ago, was erected on the Sea Containers building to honor her 60 years on the throne -- and mask building work going on inside.

The black-and-white photograph shows the queen waving to crowds at her silver jubilee in 1977, and will stay in place near Blackfriars Bridge in central London until the end of June, said a statement from Sea Containers.

The photograph took eight abseiling men 45 hours to put up, Sea Containers said, adding it was “the largest ever photograph of the Royal Family”.

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Giant photo of UK royals unveiled on Thames for jubilee

A giant photograph of Queen Elizabeth and her family, 100 meters (328 feet) wide and weighing two tones, was put up Friday beside London’s Thames river ahead of celebrations for her diamond jubilee.

The 70-metre-high image of the queen, her husband Prince Philip and their children, dating from 35 years ago, was erected on the Sea Containers building to honor her 60 years on the throne -- and mask building work going on inside.

The black-and-white photograph shows the queen waving to crowds at her silver jubilee in 1977, and will stay in place near Blackfriars Bridge in central London until the end of June, said a statement from Sea Containers.

The photograph took eight abseiling men 45 hours to put up, Sea Containers said, adding it was “the largest ever photograph of the Royal Family”.

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Oh God, please no..
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Old May 26th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #4210
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Canada Water Library SE16

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images of the rising core of the 25 churchill place tower taken by our fellow member Marcanadian

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a couple of images of the new king's cross station taken by by Marcanadian

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a new unknown tower rising next to the euston tower

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london underground train, london overground train and this should be named as the "london skytrain" uh?



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That's the Regent's Place West Quarter - 61m. It's not exactly "new", it's been U/C for quite a while, but I appreciate that a lot of people aren't aware of it. Here's the UK section thread for it: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=537039
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SOM submits Stratford skyscraper for planning

SOM has submitted a planning application to the Olympic Development Authority for this 42-storey, mixed-use development by Stratford Station, near the Olympic Park in east London.

The scheme features a 150-bedroom hotel, 253 residential units and 300m² of retail or office space.

A planning committee date has yet to be confirmed.

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That's the Regent's Place West Quarter - 61m. It's not exactly "new", it's been U/C for quite a while, but I appreciate that a lot of people aren't aware of it. Here's the UK section thread for it: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=537039
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The building dividing London
May 26, 2012

Peter Murray and Sir Simon Jenkins share their views on the Shard building and its effects on the city’s landscape and identity

I love the Shard for the same reason that other people hate it – I can see it from all over London. It pops up in views from Richmond Park and Canary Wharf, from high-up Highgate and lowly Peckham. And I am not alone. The Shard is already a very popular building. Colleagues who commute on trains that arrive each morning into London Bridge report that throughout its construction the conversation in the carriages has been universally favourable, with none of the “monstrous carbuncle” comments that greet many a new arrival to the capital’s streets.

It generates wonderful surprises in the cityscape. London has few axial vistas, its random layout rarely creates the symmetry beloved of city planners such as Paris’s Haussmann; so it is a thrill to find that by chance the Shard emerges dead centre of the view down historic Rotten Row in Hyde Park. And as I cycle over Sawyer’s Hill on Richmond Park on a clear Sunday morning I see the Shard standing imperiously to the south of the City of London’s cluster of towers, as though cocking a snook at its neighbour, who for 800 years has been richer and more powerful. The Shard unashamedly symbolises the regeneration of the borough of Southwark and provides the substitute spire which its cathedral sadly lacks.

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Britain makes way for new £1.5bn superport
26 May 2012

Construction projects in Britain are notoriously hard to get off the ground. But not many also involve calling in the Royal Navy to detonate a 2,000lb bomb.

Or finding a new home for 350,000 animals. Or ensuring shoals of Dover sole still have a spawning ground. Welcome to London Gateway, the £1.5bn super port springing out of the sand on the Thames Estuary.

It's just the sort of thing George Osborne envisages when he talks about the £200bn of infrastructure investment poised to deliver growth to the UK economy. Only, unlike much of what's on the Chancellor's wish list, here is a project that's actually being built – despite the variety of obstacles.

For that, the Chancellor has Dubai to thank. It is DP World, the port operator backed by Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed, that has marshalled the dosh, dredgers and diggers to turn a plan it inherited into Britain's first major new container port since 1989's Thamesport on the Isle of Grain.

The blueprint to redevelop the old Shell Haven oil refinery site came with DP World's £3.9bn purchase of P&O in 2006. Ten years in the planning, work started in March 2010 with the port due to open in the final quarter of next year.

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