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Old July 22nd, 2012, 02:27 AM   #4381
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Rail network to see 'biggest investment' since the Victorians

Cameron and Clegg to announce electrifications of lines as part of plans that include £10bn capital investment from 2014-19

David Cameron and Nick Clegg will join forces next week to declare that the government is to embark on the biggest investment in the rail network since the Victorian era as ministers move to demonstrate their commitment to boosting economic growth.

In an attempt to show a renewed sense of purpose, after last week's bruising rows over Lords reform, the prime minister and his deputy will announce the electrification of a series of lines and the symbolic reversal of some closures imposed in the 1960s by the Beeching axe.

Richard Beeching, the late chairman of the British Railways Board, became a hate figure for rail enthusiasts when he compiled a report that led to the closure of 2,363 stations and 5,000 miles of railway lines. Fifty years later, Clegg and Cameron will confirm plans to reopen part of the Varsity line, from Oxford to Bletchley.

The plans, which are likely to involve £10bn of capital investment between 2014 and 2019, are likely to involve:

• The electrification of the Midland mainline from London to the east Midlands and Sheffield. Clegg is MP for Sheffield Hallam. The Great Western line from London to Swansea, via Cardiff, will be electrified. The Cardiff Valley Network will also be electrified. Electrification is favoured by the rail industry because electric-powered trains are lighter than their diesel-powered counterparts and can accelerate more quickly. They are also less susceptible to breakdowns.

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Old July 22nd, 2012, 02:29 AM   #4382
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Westfield unveils plans for Croydon shopping centre


Westfield has proposed to develop 1.5m sq ft of retail space as well as a multi-screen cinema, bowling and restaurants

First they headed west. For London's debut mega-mall, which opened in 2008, White City, on the doorstep of the affluent Notting Hill and Holland Park, was an obvious choice of location for retail giant Westfield's property developers.

It was a shrewd second move to look east. Next door to the Olympics Park, the regenerated Stratford was chosen for Westfield's second giant London shopping complex. It opened last September and has generated more than £500m in sales.

Now the retail giant has unveiled plans to build its third shopping mall in the capital - in Croydon, south London.

Westfield promises a £1bn redevelopment of the Whitgift shopping centre, which would offer 1.5 million sq ft (0.46 million sq m) of retail space, a multi-screen cinema, a bowling alley and a multitude of restaurants.

An alternative scheme by retail developers Hammerson, which already owns the neighbouring Centrale shopping centre, is expected to be unveiled later this month.

But why Croydon? With department store Allders, whose flagship store has been the town since 1862, announcing it had gone into administration last month, surely the town's success as a shopping destination is not guaranteed?

In another blow to the town's confidence, in January, confectionery giant Nestle announced it was moving its UK headquarters and 840 jobs from Croydon to West Sussex after more than 40 years.

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Old July 22nd, 2012, 07:49 AM   #4383
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wow great to hear that.
It seems that there are not a lot of these "mega-malls" in London.
Do Londoners prefer to shop at the high streets instead?
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Old July 22nd, 2012, 11:54 AM   #4384
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Westfield Stratford City, Stratford, London (175,000 m≤)
Westfield London, Shepherd's Bush, London (149,461 m≤)
Whitgift, Croydon, London (111,000 m≤)
Brent Cross, Hendon, London (82,800 m≤)
Centrale, Croydon London (76,180 m≤)

^ this is just shopping centres, not including big department stores like Harrods or John Lewis.


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Do Londoners prefer to shop at the high streets instead?
more relevant answer is that most people in the uk shop online.

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What Are The Top Ecommerce Countries?

According to the last report issued by eMarketer in July 2012, the top 5 European countries in terms of B2C Ecommerce sales and online buyers penetration are:

1. The UK,
2. Germany,
3. France,
4. Spain,
5. Italy.

This is almost in line with the online retail sites penetration published by comScore in May 2012. Indeed, the UK ranks first. However, France is ahead of Germany with a higher proportion of internet users visiting retail sites (89% vs 87.6% for Germany).
http://blog.hi-media.com/what-are-th...rce-countries/

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Old July 22nd, 2012, 11:37 PM   #4385
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CZWG's Rathbone Phase II gets planning

English Cities Fund, developer of Canning Town's Rathbone Market scheme, has secured a detailed planning consent to take the development into its second phase. The scheme is a joint venture between Muse Developments, Legal and General Property and the Homes and Communities Agency. Created by the government, it aimed to identify and break through the barriers to institutional investment and pave the way for higher levels of private investment in the re-shaping of towns and cities.

This phase will comprise of two new public squares, one of which will form the attractive new open market square, acting as the centre piece of the finished Rathbone Market scheme featuring purpose built facilities for the market traders. In addition there is the delivery of 165 new homes; a brand new 10,000 sq ft public library and community centre; and 12,000 sq ft of ground floor retail space. Duncan Cumberland, Project Director, ECf said: "We're pleased to be able to move forward with the redevelopment of Rathbone Market. Phase two will bring significant positive changes to the community of Canning Town."

When the works commence the market will be temporarily relocated along Barking Road and also see the demolition of Thomas North Terrace, residents of which have been offered new homes within phase one of the development. Adam West, Partner from CZWG architects said: "It is particularly exciting to be able to complete the new market square in combination with the rest of the public realm and the new library. This phase of the project will make a real difference to the enjoyment of the local environment."

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LONDON | Milton Court - 'The Heron' | 112m | 35 fl | T/O

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Looks very good. I like it
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Cockpen House in Buckhold Road | Wandsworth | Approved

Mount Anvil hits £155 million with second Wandsworth deal

The character of the centre of Wandsworth is in transition from its historic industrial position to a character more appropriate to a modern town centre with a greater quantum of residential and retail uses. The Buckhold Road and Hardwicks Way area is one central area which is no longer seen as being most suited to industrial uses, where a number of sites have now been committed for mixed use development. The subject site forms the last significant parcel of land within this area to come forward for redevelopment.

The proposed development seeks to make more efficient use of a site currently occupied by vacant, unattractive and utilitarian buildings by creating a modern and well designed sustainable mixed-use development. This will comprise flexible retail/ commercial uses at ground level with residential apartments at upper floor levels together with basement parking, new access and creation of new public open area and associated works.





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45 Millharbour | Isle of Dogs | Proposed

45 Millharbour is located in the centre of the Isle of Dogs and falls within a 20ha zone designated by Tower Hamlets as the Millennium Quarter. The proposed mixed use building is composed of three distinct volumes, each responding to its immediate context and internal use. The two primary elements are 14 storeys each and address either Millharbour or Millwall Inner Dock, whilst the 7 storey linking block defines the new public access route across the site from the road to the dockside.

Although the principle proposed material for the development is a combination of light and dark brick we have also introduced a strong colour element to the elevations to add interest and help identify each of the three building blocks. The colour orange is proposed on Millwall Inner Dock, yellow on Millharbour and a pale blue grey on the linking block. At ground level between the commercial units these colours are repeated to define the residential reception areas. Above ground a mixture of tenures and flat types are accommodated within a total of 136 units.







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Old July 23rd, 2012, 10:22 PM   #4392
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A great boost for the Silicon Roundabout

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With the news that Amazon will open an R&D hub in London focused on developing services and APIs for TVs, games consoles, smartphones and PCs, weíve reached a big inflection point in the development of Londonís largest single cluster of internet-oriented tech companies.

Itís eight-floor, 47,000-square-feet space in Glasshouse Yard, Barbican, is equi-distant from the large Shoreditch-centred cluster centred around the Google-backed Campus London (containing Seedcamp, Springboard, TechHub, Central Working) and the smaller (but developing) Clerkenwell cluster centred around the Passion Capital-backed White Bear Yard. (Weíve taken as our reference data for this, the excellent map produced by Duedil, which does not focus on the East of London but maps all tech clusters in London).

But Amazonís arrival is significant, not because of the name but because of what they will do: engineering and development. Now, I donít want to sound ungrateful, but until now many of the initiatives in the East London tech cluster have focused around, well, initiatives. Thatís not to do down the many events and conferences and meetups which have made it so vibrant in recent times. And it must be noted that Googleís Campus Ė produced after prodding from Number 10 and the TCIO Ė doesnít put much onto its bottom line, so itís pretty altruistic stuff. (Indeed, our sources say No. 10 Ďnudgedí Amazon into the area as well). But whatís been more important has been the development of the underlying core strength of companies: companies like Moo, Songkick, Mind Candyís MoshiMonsters, and the like.

Itís clear now that the cluster is developing core ďAnchor CompaniesĒ. These are the companies around which any cluster can really start to thrive because they employ large engineering teams, out of which new innovations grow, new companies are born, exits are made and investments are re-cycled back. Weíve identified the main ones as:

Amazon
Mendeley
Yammer (now part of Microsoft)
Huddle
7Digital
Moo
Mind Candy

Yes, there are plenty of others: Amee for one is trying to measure the planetís carbon footprint. And there is Editd, Lookk and plenty of others. But these are still relatively early companies. The companies above are big, well-funded and proven. And Amazonís arrival is about to supercharge that cluster in ways we havenít seen before in London.

Amazon today specifically mentions the development of APIs. It owns UK streaming service and Netflix competitor LOVEFiLM as well as UK-based TV app company Pushbutton. We are not talking far-flung sales arms with no engineers. We are talking software engineers, user-interface experts, graphic designers, the works. Those people will be within walking distance of some of Londonís hottest tech companies, and that can only be a good thing.

So, itís exciting to see some real technology talent arriving to address all those issues weíve been highlighting recently.
http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/23/ama...artup-cluster/
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #4393
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Hilton London Wembley opens just in time for the Olympic Games
Stayed here the other day, it's beautiful inside and great views of the stadium

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New Brent Civic Centre in North West London
This is across the road from the new Wembley Hilton, just past Wembley Arena. Loads of regeneration going on in this area.
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The O2 Arena can now be climbed!

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4242. Don a climbing suit, harness and tether and walk over the Dome ... by drypics, on Flickr

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4174. The central viewing platform 150 feet up on the Dome ... by drypics, on Flickr
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Investment in London hotels will leave a 'powerful legacy'

Considerable investment in hotels has a left a "powerful legacy" for 2012 and beyond, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The accountancy firm said that the London hotel market had improved significantly since London won the bid to host the Olympic Games, with the luxury market growing 33% over that period, and the budget sector increasing room supply by 60%.

But Liz Hall, head of hospitality and leisure research at PwC, did strike a note of caution about the increased supply:

"Such a large supply spike against an uncertain economic and travel environment is likely to mean a tougher competitive outlook," she said.

"Many operators are positive about London's prospects after the Games, encouraged by the global awareness of the Capital as a destination and the ongoing improvements in infrastructure. Others, however, have voiced concerns about the supply spike and how it will be absorbed. If there is a post-Games travel dip, trading could get very difficult - especially in East London.

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A great boost for the Silicon Roundabout

http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/23/ama...artup-cluster/
fantastic news! silicon roundabout is currently ranked 3rd in the world after silicon valley (california) and new york city.


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Amazon chooses London for its digital R&D base

Amazon today announced it will open an international development and R&D centre in London. The centre will be mostly involved with Amazon’s digital media projects including games console, smartphone, tablet and smart TV digital services. Hundreds of employees will work at a new eight floor, 47,000sqft office in Glasshouse Yard, Barbican. This is close to the technology hub of Old Street, AKA “TechCity” or “Silicon Roundabout”.

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Hammerson plans new shopping centres after London sale

Hammerson, the FTSE 100 property company, is pressing ahead with new shopping centre developments in the UK and France after selling off the majority of its London properties for more than £500m.


Hammerson's proposed Principal Place development, designed by Foster and Partners, was one of the assets sold to Brookfield

The company confirmed alongside its first-half results that it has agreed a deal with John Lewis for the department store group to open its first site in Leeds at a proposed development called Eastgate Quarters. Hammerson will also expand its new shopping centre development in Marseille called Les Terrasses du Port with a Printemps department store, a leading retailer in France.

In addition, Hammerson has started construction of retail developments at Manor Walks in Cramlington, Queensgate in Peterborough and Monument Mall in Newcastle, as well as planning an extension of Brent Cross in London and battling with Australian rival Westfield to lead a major redevelopment of the Whitgift Centre in Croydon.

The cost of the company’s development pipeline is estimated at more than £1.35bn over the next seven years. The funding of the projects will be supported by the £518m raised from the sale of Hammerson’s London offices last month to Canadian company Brookfield.

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fantastic news! silicon roundabout is currently ranked 3rd in the world after silicon valley (california) and new york city.
..shame it grew up in such a shit hole part of London...1960's concrete dump.
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