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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #4401
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isn't it better to develop and establish new businesses in poor parts of london. just look at the transformation of the old east london and the new east london in 2012. another example is the docklands (especially the canary wharf) in 1990 was kind of a neglected area but it is now one of the world's largest financial districts.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:40 PM   #4402
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isn't it better to develop and establish new businesses in poor parts of london.
When you say 'poor', do you mean the people & the area?...because that's not the case.

It's architecturally poor, but that's a different thing altogether, and these types of companies wont invest in new buildings, if they succeed, they'll move out to better areas of London.
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Old July 24th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #4403
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Old July 24th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #4404
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150 stratford high st tower nears completion

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Canary Wharf train station Olympic Park London 2012 near Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford London 23rd July 2012 12:40.13pm by dennoir, on Flickr




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Old July 24th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #4405
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World's Largest Solar Bridge Is Halfway Complete



London’s super-solar Blackfriars Station is halfway to becoming home to the world’s largest solar bridge. Solarcentury began construction on the ambitious project last fall, fitting the bridge with a solar array that will supply a whopping 900,000kWh of clean electricity per year, provide more than fifty percent of its power need to operate the transit hub, while reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes for the same time period!

The arched and latticed historic bridge is home to the Blackfriars Tube station, which will have its platform lengthened to accommodate the photovoltaic array. To keep traffic congestion to a minimum, the materials for the extension will be moved by barge instead of truck. Solarcentury has been busy installing 4,400 solar panels across the roof of the bridge, glittering like scales from one shore to the other.

Over 100 bridges cross the River Thames, but Blackfriars will be the first with solar bragging rights, while its tracks buzz with 24 trains per hour. The station will also save energy in other ways; sun pipes will illuminate the station with sunlight, and rain collection systems will filter stormwater pollution. Solarcentury is also working with the Thameslink Program, which manages the station’s redevelopment, to help reduce pollution and congestion from public transportation, while working to provide an easier commute for those in deprived areas.

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Old July 24th, 2012, 04:34 PM   #4406
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Old July 24th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #4407
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ME Hotel (Foster + Partners, under construction, due for completion 2012), Aldwych WC2, London.

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Old July 24th, 2012, 05:48 PM   #4408
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South Place Hotel, London



McLaren secured the 80 bedroom hotel project in central London for developer Frogmore that is currently being constructed for the end occupier D&D who form part of the Terrence Conran Group. The building once completed will be promoted as a restaurant with rooms to ensure that maximum publicity is given to the 7th floor restaurant that includes an outdoor terrace area.

The project is currently in progress and Mclaren are using a number of innovative methods of construction to ensure the project completes on time for June 2012. These methods include using a twinwall precast solution for the walls and omnia decking for the upper slabs of the concrete frame. We are also using a modular backing structure to the rainscreen cladding that enables us to get the building watertight as fast as possible.

Other interesting features of the building include the hybrid of silver anodized and bronze powder coated rainscreen cladding that inclines from the 5th floor to roof. Internally the finishes have been designed to a high specification that include fumed oak to specialist joinery items.

Thu building itself along with the 80 bedrooms on levels and roof top restaurant includes a bar and brasserie on the ground floor and corporate meeting rooms a gym and sauna on the 1st floor. In total there are nine floors – basement to 7th floor.

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Old July 24th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #4409
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McLaren secured the 80 bedroom hotel project in central London for developer Frogmore that is currently being constructed for the end occupier D&D who form part of the Terrence Conran Group. The building once completed will be promoted as a restaurant with rooms to ensure that maximum publicity is given to the 7th floor restaurant that includes an outdoor terrace area.

The project is currently in progress and Mclaren are using a number of innovative methods of construction to ensure the project completes on time for June 2012. These methods include using a twinwall precast solution for the walls and omnia decking for the upper slabs of the concrete frame. We are also using a modular backing structure to the rainscreen cladding that enables us to get the building watertight as fast as possible.

Other interesting features of the building include the hybrid of silver anodized and bronze powder coated rainscreen cladding that inclines from the 5th floor to roof. Internally the finishes have been designed to a high specification that include fumed oak to specialist joinery items.

Thu building itself along with the 80 bedrooms on levels and roof top restaurant includes a bar and brasserie on the ground floor and corporate meeting rooms a gym and sauna on the 1st floor. In total there are nine floors – basement to 7th floor.

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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.

This:

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Has been replaced with this:

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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #4410
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It is ridiculous how so many low rise buildings are being destroyed seemingly unnoticed by English Heritage, yet try and put a skyscraper up and they're up in arms. It is funny how developments can only detract a city from afar, doesn't matter what it looks like if it is level with its neighbours (it would seem)..
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Old July 24th, 2012, 08:15 PM   #4411
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birmingham also needs to be destroyed like some parts of london are being done!!!
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Old July 25th, 2012, 12:03 AM   #4412
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birmingham also needs to be destroyed like some parts of london are being done!!!
Great, here's an opportunity to tell my Birmingham Joke...

"NEWS -Thursday, 28 July 2005: A Tornado has ripped through parts of Birmingham, West Midlands injuring 19 people, uprooting trees and causing an estimated £6,000,000 of improvements."


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Old July 25th, 2012, 03:54 AM   #4413
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Was kinda dissapointed by the view from this building for some odd reason!

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Old July 25th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #4414
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Heygate Estate Set For Make Over

An outline planning application has been filed for the redevelopment of the Heygate Estate, one of the most impressively sized of all the council estates built in London.



The estate sits to the south of Elephant and Castle, and is almost next door to BFLS's completed Strata tower which was finished in 2010. The designs for the regeneration of the area come from Ken Shuttleworth's Make who have been hired by Lendlease to try and imagine a full-on transformation of the area.

The scheme features anything between 2,300 and 2,462 new residential apartments, a substantial uplift on the previous size of the Heygate Estate that had 1,107 flats.

That said, the precise amount of affordable housing within the project has yet to be agreed so direct comparisons between the old estate which was largely public housing and the new scheme is more difficult to make.

The new residential accommodation is planned to offer floor space ranging from 160,579 square metres to 254,400 square metres in a number of buildings including towers that will reach the height of anything from 81.05 metres AOD to 104.8 metres AOD. As a guide, the land here is about 4 metres above sea level.

A minimum of 10% of the accommodation must be three bedroom, and a minimum of 60% must be 2 or 3 bedroom. Likewise a maximum of 5% of the residential accommodation can be studio apartments showing that the scheme is being aimed much more at attracting long-term residents including a number of families, than transitory students or office workers.

In addition to the residential there will also be anything from 10,000 to 16,750 square metres of retail space, and 2,000 to 5,000 square metres of office space. Community and leisure uses are also planned.

Tying the proposal together is a linear park running roughly from the south-east to the north west. This new public space should be easily visible from most of the newly planned streets. The current Heygate Estate is dotted with mature trees and the hope is that not only will the park take in the maximum number possible which are already standing, but also allow for space for relocated trees that cannot be kept in their current positions.

The intention is that the estate could be developed a parcel at a time with different buildings having a different design, rather than architectural uniformity and a single firm employed throughout, although clearly the outline masterplan will need more revision before the Mayor of London's office can rubberstamp it.

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Free wi-fi network launches in London's West End

The deal between Westminster City Council and O2 makes the service available to all internet users, regardless of their current provider.

The network will initially cover Oxford Street, Regent Street, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Parliament Square.

Other areas of Westminster will be covered in due course, with Covent Garden next.

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The project has been paid for by O2 and it hopes to use targeted advertising to recover the costs.

Users can get online after completing a single registration process.

It will remain free of charge to all users after the Olympics have ended.

Councillor Philippa Roe, leader of Westminster Council, said the free wi-fi was part of a "long term project to help make London one of the most technology-friendly cities in the world".

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London 'obvious choice' for Amazon's expansion

Amazon is to open a new centre in London to spearhead a global push into film and television delivery services.



The US firm is headquartered in Seattle but said London was "the obvious choice" for the "digital media development" centre, because Britain has led the way in pioneering on-demand services which allow users to rent films and television over the internet. Amazon's existing on-demand services, LoveFilm and Pushbutton, were both founded in the capital.

The retail giant has taken an eight-storey, 47,000 square foot office near Barbican tube station, and close to the technology hub around Old Street, dubbed "TechCity" or "Silicon Roundabout".

Paula Byrne, the centre's managing director, said: "I wouldn't underplay the value that the UK has brought to this sector. When you look at the specialist skills that are available here, it is the obvious place to come.

The move is part of Amazon "ramping up its focus and effort and energy" on its television and film offerings, she added, helping it to battle against mounting competition from other on-demand services such as America's Netflix and BSkyB's newly launched NowTV.

"Innovation is part of the Amazon DNA and we are creating a centre of excellence to design and develop the next generation of TV and film services for a wide range of digital devices," Ms Byrne said.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said that Amazon's move to site its international development centre in London was "a splendid feather in our cap" and that he would be trying to "woo" other companies to follow suit. "This will be my prime message during Games-time," he said.

However, Amazon's new centre in London is likely to spark fresh anger over the company's tax arrangements in Britain.

The company has recorded sales of more than £7.6bn in the UK over the last three years without paying any corporation tax to the Treasury.
Amazon, founded by Jeff Bezos, declined to comment on its tax contribution.

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British Land buys former MI5 office for £130m

British Land has bought a former MI5 office in the West End that it is set to turn into one of the biggest new office and residential developments in Mayfair.



The FTSE 100 company has agreed to buy the Clarges Estate in Mayfair for £129.6m from the Sebba family.

The estate includes Clarges House, 6/12 Clarges Street, and 82/84 Piccadilly close to Green Park and the Ritz in one of London's most luxurious areas.

The site covers one acre and British Land said it plans to create "landmark mixed-used scheme" with luxury homes and new offices. The final value of the development is estimated at £500m.

Chris Grigg, chief executive of British Land, said: "This acquisition will further enhance our presence in the West End and underlines the benefits of our size and scale.

"We are also seeing a number of other attractive investment opportunities and expect to continue to recycle assets in order to release capital."

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Are they finally recladding these towers? What is that on the top of the tower to the left?
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WOWW London is amazing city.. We can come and see Modern and Traditional art deco mode in one place..
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Are they finally recladding these towers? What is that on the top of the tower to the left?
It's the BBC broadcasting centre for the Olympics. These towers are right next to the Olympic park, which is why they are being hidden with advertising.
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