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Old July 13th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #4341
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Willmott Dixon to start on £250m East End estate




Willmott Dixon’s development division Regen has formed a joint venture with regeneration body Poplar HARCA for a £250m redevelopment of the Aberfeldy estate in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Renewal of the seven acre estate will provide 1,176 homes, shops, healthcare and community facilities over 12 years, with work divided into six phases.

Outline planning consent has now been granted for the mixed-use scheme, with detailed planning approval also given to start the £40m phase one to build 342 new homes, together with retail space, at the eastern end of Aberfeldy.

Willmott Dixon will carry-out construction work which will create over 1,000 construction jobs during the estate’s renewal between now and 2024.

The scheme is the largest development project undertaken by Regen.

CEO Andrew Telfer said: “This is a mammoth undertaking that will provide an exciting future for Aberfeldy estate’s residents as well as enticing a new generation of people looking to benefit from the region’s Olympic legacy and its quick links into Docklands and the City.

“Taking our regeneration experience of similar estates in other parts of London, we are pleased to be working with Poplar HARCA which is a strong and well established presence in this part of east London.”

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Old July 13th, 2012, 11:05 AM   #4342
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Building the beach volleyball arena for London 2012

June 18 saw the start of the London 2012 beach volleyball arena build.



As host to 14,700 athletes and millions of spectators, the London 2012 Games requires 34 Olympic venues and 19 Paralympic venues, eight of which are temporary. The start of the construction phase of the venues and infrastructure was heralded with mild understatement as the “Big Build”. This was completed by July 27, 2011 – one year ahead of the Opening Ceremony – leaving a year to add the “overlay” such as timing systems and dressing, as well as build the temporary venues.

It was not until June 18 that the construction of the 15,000-seat beach volleyball arena at Horse Guards Parade started. Owing to the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, and the Trooping the Colour ceremony, the schedule of the build allows only 36 days to undertake a project that would ordinarily take 14 months.

During those days a centre court will be constructed with two warm-up courts, six training courts, spectator seating for 15,000, broadcast facilities, catering and toilets. A further 3,000 seats will be added on the Mall which will see the start and finish of the road walk, marathon and road cycling, along with the Paralympic marathon. As a challenge, it will involve more than 100 contractors, up to 500 people and 100 heavy goods vehicles on site at the peak of activity.

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Old July 14th, 2012, 06:30 AM   #4343
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Old July 16th, 2012, 04:48 PM   #4345
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Old July 16th, 2012, 06:13 PM   #4346
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The population of London on census day (27 March 2011) was 8.2 million, an increase of 12 per cent from 2001 when it was 7.3 million. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the first results from the 2011 Census today.

London was the greatest-growing region across England and Wales, ahead of three regions that grew by 8 per cent – South East, East of England and East Midlands.

By comparison the population across the whole of England and Wales increased by 7 per cent to 56.1 million, the largest growth in population in any 10-year period since census taking began in 1801.

Jil Matheson, National Statistician said:

"I'd like to thank everyone in London for their support. The 2011 Census has been a resounding success and I am proud of the incredible effort that has been put in. It is a rich source of information about the population and its characteristics. Across England and Wales around 19 out of 20 people responded and we have excellent statistical methods for ensuring we have a complete estimate of the whole population. These statistics will provide valuable information for planners, policy-makers and the public for years to come. "

Most local authorities in London saw their populations increase between 2001 and 2011, although there was a decrease of 2.2 per cent in Kensington and Chelsea. Across all of England and Wales 17 local authorities saw a decrease in population. The total population of England and Wales was 56.1 million, of which 53.1 million were in England.

Nine of the 20 local authorities with the fastest population growth in England and Wales were in London, and Tower Hamlets and Newham were the only authorities in England and Wales to show growth of more than 20 per cent, with the fastest growth of all being 26.4 per cent in Tower Hamlets. The largest local authority by population in London was Croydon with 363,400 people, an increase of 28,300 (8.5 per cent) between 2001 and 2011.

The smallest was the City of London, with 7,400.

The 19 most densely populated local authorities in England and Wales were in London, with Islington the most densely populated of all with 13,873 people per square kilometre, which equates to about 140 people on a rugby pitch. Bromley was the least densely populated with 2,060 people per square kilometre, which is still more than five times the average population density of England and Wales as a whole which equates to about 21 people per rugby pitch.

The local authority in London with the largest proportion of people aged 65 and over was Havering with 18 per cent; by contrast, only 6 per cent of the population in Tower Hamlets were in this age group, the lowest figure in not only London but all of England and Wales. The largest proportion of people aged 19 and under in London (and England and Wales) is in Barking and Dagenham with 31 per cent; by contrast, 11 per cent of the population of the City of London is in this age group, the smallest proportion in England and Wales.

There has been an increase of 400,000 (13 per cent) under-five-year-olds throughout England and Wales between 2001 and 2011. This was particularly pronounced in London; where there were 112,700 under-fives compared with 2001, an increase of 24 per cent. Barking and Dagenham has the highest proportion in this age group with 10 per cent, and the City of London the lowest (3 per cent).

The total number of households in London was 3.3 million. The City of London also has the smallest average household size in England and Wales, with 1.6 people. By contrast, Newham has an average household size of 3 people, the largest in England and Wales.


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Old July 16th, 2012, 07:43 PM   #4347
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What is the building between 30 St Mary Axe and 122 Leadenhall in London?

It's black and not as tall as the gherkin. It's so close that it reflects the gherkin. It has a couple of black 'bands' around it, one in the middle and one at the top. The bottom is clear glass; sort of looks like it took inspiration from the Seagram building in New York.
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Old July 16th, 2012, 08:36 PM   #4348
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Wouldn't it be 'convenient' to add up a picture...?
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Old July 16th, 2012, 10:50 PM   #4349
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I know which one you mean so a picture is not really needed, you described it pretty well I think

It's 15SMA. Not sure of another name of it though
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Could it be St. Helen's?
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Old July 16th, 2012, 11:30 PM   #4351
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Yes, it is the St. Helen's Tower, formerly known as Aviva Tower. One of my favourites in London.
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"Tate Modern" modern art gallery extension begins.

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Herzog & de Meuron brick design commended by inspectors

The revised plans for the new development of Tate Modern by Herzog & de Meuron have been granted planning permission by London's Southwark Council.

Southwark Council commended the revised plans in their report: "The proposed new building will be an extraordinary and unique addition to London's townscape. There have already been great regeneration benefits for the area following the opening of Tate Modern at Bankside. It is anticipated that Tate Modern 2 will further contribute to, and form the focus for the future regeneration of this area. The application can be strongly recommended for approval."

Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said: "We are delighted that Herzog & de Meuron's revised plans have been granted approval by Southwark Council. We look forward to creating one of the most exciting cultural buildings in Europe which will bring direct benefits to Southwark and London as a whole."

In an unconventional move, the original Herzog & de Meuron design of glass and steel blocks was scrapped for a brick pyramidal redesign revealed in July last year. The new design's perforated brick lattice will now blend with the original Tate Modern building's distinctive exterior. At the heart of the new plans are the unique oil tanks of the former power station, which will be retained as raw spaces for art and from which the new building will rise. The structure will glow at night with light being emitted from the perforations.

The revised building also sets new benchmarks for museums and galleries in the UK for both sustainability and energy use. By exploiting waste heat emitted from EDFE's relocated transformers and employing passive design principles wherever practicable the scheme will use 54% less energy, and emit 44% less carbon than building regulations demand.

Overall the project will also address some of the strains on the current building. The gallery was originally designed for 2 million visitors. With current visitor numbers reaching up to 5 million, there is serious overcrowding particularly at weekends. Changes in contemporary art practice mean that different kinds of spaces are desirable and additional space is needed so works can be brought out of storage and shown on a more permanent basis. Since 2000, there have been more than 2 million participants in Tate Modern's learning programmes and existing spaces cannot satisfy demand.

The project is due to be completed in 2012 at an estimated cost of £215 million at 2012 prices. To date Tate has raised £74 million, which represents a third of the overall costs.




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new mini cluster in vauxhall (by gothicform)

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Ah yes, it's the St Helen's Tower! (not sure why this got lumped into a
Different thread). Thank you very much for your help. I think it's a pretty nice building too. Certainly doesn't look like 60's architecture - to me, at least. Thanks again.

(I was unable to attach a pic because I'm on iPhone and have no access to a desktop. Nor did I have a pic, being unable to identify the building!)
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Old July 17th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #4355
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Looks freaking awesome!
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The Tate Modern extension looks great.
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Yeah not bad, but the first version was simply mind blowing and that's a pity they've redesigned it.
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the core of another new tower is rising in front of the citi tower

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Bouygues to build £45m Asda in Barking

Bouygues Developments will start construction in September on the latest phase of a £45m redevelopment of Barking town centre in east London.

Demolition is now underway on the London road site which will contain a new 86,000 sq ft Asda supermarket with 100 private residential apartments above the store.

There will also be 350 lower ground and ground level car parking spaces.

Bouygues Development is also responsible for the delivery of part of a new public space which will form a pedestrian thoroughfare in Barking’s town centre, linking the supermarket to the new 45,000 sq ft Technical Skills Academy run by Barking & Dagenham College which is currently under construction.

The supermarket and surrounding work is due to be completed by early 2015.

Stephane Slama-Royer, Managing Director of Bouygues Development, said: “This is an exciting stage in the regeneration of Barking Town Centre and the wider area. Having ASDA on board is a key aspect of the scheme’s success and we are very pleased to be working in partnership with such a committed food store operator.”

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