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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:54 PM   #4221
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Wandsworth infrastructure funding could be boosted by new levy
26 May, 2012



A £185m funding gap required to boost Wandsworth’s infrastructure is set to be tackled by a new levy on developers.

A new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) would impose a charge on new developments in the area, and is being considered in boroughs across London.

If passed, Wandsworth Council will use much of the money raised on transport upgrades, including the planned expansion of the Northern Line.

Whilst the CIL cannot cover the gap of around £185m - due to amass over the next ten years - it could contribute significantly.

The council’s proposals were backed this week by a Planning Inspectorate report stating the changes will not put development at risk.

There is an important trade off between the amount of money that is demanded from a developer and their incentive to develop.

Charge too much, and vital investment can be scared away.

In ‘Wider Wandsworth’, the council proposes a levy of £250 per squared metre (m2) for residential developments, and a rate of zero for retail and office projects.

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Old May 27th, 2012, 07:55 PM   #4222
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UCL and Imperial partner with Intel to create research institute
26 May 2012

Imperial College London, University College London and the computer firm Intel have launched a research institute they hope will help to shape the way cities work in the future.

The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities will use data from a variety of sources, including the government and users on the ground, to investigate how to make cities function more smoothly and efficiently. For example, applications could be developed to monitor weather conditions, traffic flow or water supplies and deliver real-time information to customers.

London will be the test bed for the research, which could potentially be applied across the world.

Launched on 24 May at 10 Downing Street by Chancellor George Osborne, the collaboration was the direct result of lobbying by Number 10 for international companies to come to the UK and, in particular, to work with companies in Tech City, a hub for high-tech start-ups in East London.

The centre will initially employ 12 researchers from Intel, UCL and Imperial College. Its budget is undisclosed, but will be drawn from the £48 million pot the company invests in research and development in the UK each year.

Martin Curley, director of Intel Labs Europe, said that the centre will develop near-market ideas, and will have a physical base at both universities – institutions he said were chosen for their “chemistry” with the company as well as their record in research and innovation.

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Old May 27th, 2012, 11:17 PM   #4223
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Old May 27th, 2012, 11:47 PM   #4224
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Old May 28th, 2012, 12:05 AM   #4225
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I just wanted to highlight this post again as I walk past this construction site quite often and had always wondered what was demolished in order to make way for it... prepare for shock and horror.

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Old May 28th, 2012, 01:47 AM   #4226
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Stupid developers - greed and corruption. Where was English Heritage (much as I loathe them, they were needed for this kind of thing)?
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Haha, amazing!

Side note, can we clean up the tags please to get rid of the Paris reference. "provincialpareeee"
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Old May 28th, 2012, 02:25 PM   #4229
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Peabody plans £120m Clapham Junction estate regeneration

Peabody, advised by Indigo Planning, has submitted a planning application for the £120 million regeneration of its St John’s Hill Estate, opposite Clapham Junction station, in London SW11.

Plans for the St John’s Hill Estate, designed by lead consultant Hawkins\Brown, include 527 new residential units in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom apartments. 278 homes will be affordable (social rent and intermediate housing) and 249 for private sale.

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London Gateway: a port takes shape in an economic storm

Not far from where London Mayor Boris Johnson proposes to build an estuary airport, a major marine cargo terminal is nearing completion – built entirely with private funding

Sprawled across a 1,000-acre swath of reclaimed riverbed and post-industrial ruin on the Essex coast, the London Gateway project is a half-formed response to Britain's economic malaise. But a year from now this giant sandpit will be a world-class piece of infrastructure handling the world's largest cargo ships – and the government is desperate for similar projects to transform the UK's economic landscape.

It will also elicit twinges of jealousy from the aviation lobby, as well as Nick Clegg, who called last week for an infrastructure boom. If backers of a Thames estuary airport want to see what they are missing, they should visit the proposed site of "Boris Island" on the northern shores of Kent and look across the water. While the London mayor, business leaders and environmentalists debate the merits of building four runways on the Hoo peninsula, London Gateway is taking shape a few miles away on the south coast of Essex.

Simon Moore, chief executive of the London Gateway scheme, admits that the £1.5bn port and warehouse hub is "not as sexy as an airport". It is built on a former oil refinery in the Essex marshes, jutting out into the Thames on soil dredged from the river. But when completed it will be an impressive sight: six deepwater berths capable of hosting the world's largest cargo ships, an 836,000 sq metre logistics park behind those quays, and up to 12,000 jobs on site.

Crucially, there is no taxpayer cash involved: the government needs more projects like this if it is to manage the trick of overseeing a multibillion-pound building spree in transport, telecoms and energy without deepening the deficit. "This is 21st-century, world-class infrastructure [built] at no cost to the UK government. And it will deliver substantial benefits to the UK economy," says Moore.

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Stratford High Street tower nears completion

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Old May 29th, 2012, 05:13 PM   #4233
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Great West Quarter | Brentford, West London | 75m | 25 fl | U/C

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Old May 29th, 2012, 05:15 PM   #4234
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Carmody Groarke Create the King's Cross Filling Station







Having set out to create a strong 'sense of place' in an area of central London that is going through great change, King's Cross has been working with Carmody Groarke on their latest project at the 67-acre development. An architectural identity has been created for the King's Cross Filling Station, previously a disused petrol station on a part of the site adjacent to York Way and the Regent's Canal.

A robust concept has been developed by Office of Change, whereby the King's Cross Filling Station will encompass a semi-permanent structure, a restaurant and social space, and an engaging cultural arts programme, re-using the existing building and canopy forecourt. The restaurant is set to open 24 May, and the forecourt in mid-June, while the cultural arts programme will commence towards the end of June.

A 200m long x 4m high transparent and curvaceous fibreglass enclosure, sets the King's Cross Filling Station apart from the busy road along York Way, where sweeping curved walls create a sequence of spaces leading to the canal-side. While providing definition to the rooms both inside and out, the fibreglass walls of the site will be illuminated from behind their surface at night, and in doing so, create a landmark quality. By day sunlight shines through the translucent screens forming shadows that partly reveal the activity concealed behind.

Viewed from all sides, the main enclosure defines a large 'hall' beneath the station canopy overlooking the canal. The design is not so much about maximising the area, rather to create spaces that are more attractive and comfortable to guests in relation to the views and in the context of the site. The existing canopy from the disused petrol station forecourt creates a covered outside space that extends the possibilities of the restaurant and planned cultural programming.

Crucial to the project's inception is that this is a semi-permanent building, that will exist for two years, before new homes are built on the site as part of the King's Cross development. The issue of life span has informed the way in which Carmody Groarke have approached the build; reusing the existing canopy, shop and site services is critical to its viability. The structure for the enclosure is constructed from scaffolding and fibreglass cladding modules that can be recycled at the end of the project.

Carmody Groarke are also transforming the existing petrol station kiosk, into a new restaurant, which will have 50 covers, and is arranged around a kitchen, and central bar and dining area. The project brings a new social and cultural venue to King's Cross overlooking the Regent's Canal.

Kevin Carmody of Carmody Groarke says of their latest project: "Through creative re-use and adaptation of the existing canal-side structures, we have set out to create a strong 'sense of place' for this part of King’s Cross, with the installation of semi-permanent architectural interventions, allowing the site to transform into a destination for cultural events and a unique dining experience."

David Partridge, from King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership says: “It has been great to work with Office of Change, and Carmody Groarke, an innovative and young practice, to bring this part of the development to life. We were keen to find an imaginative interim use for the petrol station site and the extraordinary design they have produced has surpassed our expectations alongside a really interesting programme for the building. The King’s Cross Filling Station is sure to become a great food destination as well as an exciting cultural and social space for the next two years, and will make a big contribution to the new piece of the city which we are creating here.”

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Another new (unknown) tower in Croydon (U/C)

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Saffron Square being built in Croydon

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Stratford High Street Tower (Stratford City)

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New Routemaster buses due in operation
29 May 2012



Only half the promised number of new Routemaster buses - four instead of eight - will be operating by the end of the month.

Doubts also emerged today of the pledge by Boris Johnson to have 600 of the three-door, rear-platform, driver and conductor buses on London streets by 2016.

The Routemaster, labelled by the Mayor as "stunning" and "tailored to the London passenger" was to have begun service last year, this was delayed until February.

Transport for London (TfL) pledged there would be eight in service on route 38 - between Victoria Station and Hackney - by the end of May, this Thursday. The fourth bus was only delivered this week.

TfL was unable to say when the next bus - number five - would arrive but it would be in the "coming weeks."

The first eight will cost a £11.37 million though future vehicles are estimated at £315,000 a time. A conventional double decker costs about £190,000.

The new bus has been described as a "vanity project" for the Mayor.

TfL today blamed the delay on production complexities saying the vehicles are being "hand built by specialists" and don't just roll off a production line.

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A £30 million school redevelopment project has been announced for Waltham Forest.

It comes after Waltham Forest Council challenged the government's decision to scrap the Building Schools for the Future programme in 2010. Two learning centres in the borough - Willowfield School and Leytonstone School - will have significant improvements carried out to them.

As well as this, the coalition's Priority School Funding Programme will see grants provided for five establishments. It means young families seeking property to rent in Waltham Forest should benefit from an improvement in the quality of educational services it has to offer.

Under the terms of the plan, Willowfield School is to be relocated and built from scratch so children have access to top-of-the-range facilities. Some £20 million has been set aside for the project, while £10 million has also been earmarked for Leytonstone School as an extensive remodelling scheme is carried out.

Leader of the local authority Councillor Chris Robbins, said: "The plans we have ... promise to be first-rate and hearing that we'll be able to overhaul five more of our schools is fantastic news.

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