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Old July 30th, 2012, 02:04 AM   #4441
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Bahrain firm inks $70m deal for London building

44Bahrain and UK-based investment firm Tadhamon Capital and Apache Capital Partners on Sunday announced the acquisition of a prime Central London accommodation development for £45m ($70.8m).

The Islamic real estate investment companies said they had acquired the student accommodation development in a joint venture with McLaren Property.

The development, known as Paris Gardens, is due for completion in September 2013, the firms said in a statement.

The transaction is part of Tadhamon Capital and Apache Capital Partners' managed social infrastructure investment platform with current gross assets under management of $140m.

Paris Gardens lies within the London Borough of Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames and is within minutes of walking distance from some of London's major universities including King's College London, London South Bank University, City University, University of Westminster and London Business School.

The property consists of a nine-storey and 13-storey development to provide student accommodation of 253 beds, a common room and communal courtyard, and an art school of 33,230 sq ft across three floors.

It will be managed by Victoria Hall, a specialist student accommodation company with a presence in 14 major cities in the UK and Europe.

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Old July 31st, 2012, 02:17 AM   #4442
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Old August 1st, 2012, 02:42 PM   #4443
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London 2012: affordable housing sidelined in Olympic regeneration

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London Gateway: Will the UK's new deep sea port sink or swim?

London Gateway is being built by the Dubai-owned company DP World at a cost of £1.5bn ($2.35bn), on the site of a former oil refinery in Essex.

The first ships should start arriving by the end of next year and when it is completely finished it will be able to unload six of the biggest container ships in the world at the same time.

Most of the port's customers will be bringing imported goods from China and the Far East to retailers in the UK.

London Gateway chief executive Simon Moore says: "We're just 20 miles away from Europe's largest economic zone, so this is the closest that we can really get to London."

He says the London Gateway plan is reminiscent of hundreds of years ago when London had a flourishing port nearer the city.

"We're bringing London and the UK's hub port back home again to the River Thames."

"According to the GPS [Global Positioning System], we're about 400m [1,300ft] out into the Thames. Here we're on the newest part of England," says the director of civil engineering at the London Gateway project, Andrew Bowen, as he parks on a recently deposited mound of sand and points to a ship surrounded by pipes in the middle of the Thames.

“We're just 20 miles away from Europe's largest economic zone so this is the closest that we can really get to London”

"The dredger is just offshore and is pumping material to create the new land," he says.

The dredger is like a floating vacuum cleaner, sucking up sand and silt from the river bed to deepen the river channel ready for large ships. It then deposits the material on the building site to create land on which the deep-sea port can be built.

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Old August 1st, 2012, 08:53 PM   #4446
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Concept tower

Thought I'd share pictures of a concept tower called FSMA tower that would use algae to produce energy . You can read the article here:http://www.dezeen.com/2012/08/01/fsm...-dave-edwards/
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Old August 1st, 2012, 09:00 PM   #4447
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This is one good looking tower
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 12:12 AM   #4448
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Great concept! But the design itself looks a bit...out of place. Looks like the city is infested with something alien.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 08:58 PM   #4449
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 11:05 AM   #4450
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Green light for 35-storey Shard-style tower in Shepherd's Bush

A TOWER branded 'west London's Shard' will dominate the skyline above Shepherd's Bush after permission was granted for a major new development in White City.

The 35-storey, 141-metre tall skyscraper, which will house 192 flats, will take over from the 117-metre high Empress State Building as the borough's highest. It will be part of a new campus for Imperial College London at one of the former homes of the BBC, Woodlands in Wood Lane.

Hammersmith and Fulham Council gave permission for the scheme despite concerns from residents over its scale. Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter said he would back threats by opponents to take the authority to court over the decision, saying: "I will do all I can to support the wreckers in the Town Hall against a development that will be west London's Shard." The Shard in London Bridge is Europe's tallest building.

The new campus and residential hub will consist of seven buildings between five-35 storeys. The skyscraper will also house a restaurant and underground car park. There will be new research and teaching buildings, a hub for start-up technology businesses and a hotel. A new 4,000sq m public square will house a children's play zone and works of art.

The first phase of the development, okayed in October 2010, has already almost been built, with 606 student flats set to be ready for the start of the new academic year this September. Building on the next phase could start early next year.

The council, which approved phase two at a meeting last Wednesday (25), says the complex will provide more than 3,000 jobs and s8m in community benefits for what is has dubbed the White City Opportunity Area.

But residents believe the decision was unlawful. Henry Peterson, chairman of the St Helens Residents' Association, said: "The council and the Greater London Authority gave Imperial an informal green light to these proposals two years ago. They are now struggling to justify a massive over development which makes no sense at this location."

Council leader Nick Botterill denied any wrongdoing, saying: "This development was approved on its own merits and met all planning criteria, as laid out in the councils and mayor of Londons planning policies. It signals a huge opportunity for residents and businesses in the borough, bringing thousands of jobs and millions of pounds in investment for the local area."

As part of the planning consent, Imperial College will give more than s2.4m towards the Cross Rail project and s4m for an east-west pedestrian link under the West London railway. Cash will also be spent on improving road safety in Wood Lane, planting trees in Eynham Road and funding crime prevention across White City,

In addition, Burlington Danes Academy and Phoenix High School will be allowed to use some of the new learning facilities.

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 11:23 AM   #4451
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Walkie Talkie Hits Halfway Mark

One of London's newest skyscrapers, 20 Fenchurch Street, popularly known as the Walkie Talkie, has seen its steelwork reach the halfway mark.

Once completed the skyscraper will have over 13,000 tonnes of steel on it, a similar weight to a County Class cruiser such as HMS Belfast that is moored on the opposite bank of the River Thames showing again that building skyscrapers can be a peacetime equivalent to war.

Steel is heavily employed throughout the building with a total of about 4,500 individual pieces to be used and a team of sixty erecting them.

The work is being carried out by William Hare Structural Engineers who have fabricated the entirety of the steelwork in their three UK factories in Bury, Wetherby and Scarborough having sourced it from Tata Steel Europe.

Designed by Rafael Vinoly, the scheme is being developed in a joint venture between the Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities who first started on the project back in 2006. Once completed the tower will be 165 metres tall making it the fifth skyscraper in the City of London.

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 12:35 PM   #4452
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What if you just built nothing but Shard-like high-rises in London? It would be cool-looking; like new-age Gothic-style architecture! Please do this now.

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Old August 3rd, 2012, 01:14 PM   #4453
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I agree would be cool. MAke london look like it used to but instead of hundreds of church spires we will have hundreds of glass spires
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 01:53 PM   #4454
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Wow, this is a perfect mix of high-rise and low-rise. It's going to be really incredible and I'm sure will be a really popular little neighborhood.

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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.



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Vodafone Announces Incubation Centre In Tech City



Vodafone is on the lookout for the hottest talent in London

Vodafone has announced an incubation centre in Tech City, where it will be looking for the “stars of tomorrow”.

It will work like a typical incubator, inviting innovative businesses in the mobile Internet and creative media industries to benefit from Vodafone’s technical expertise and be in with a chance of gaining financial support. Burgeoning tech firms will also be able to gain greater leverage with Vodafone’s 400 million customers.

Tech City, located around the Shoreditch area of the capital, is London’s attempt at creating a Silicon Valley-esque environment to foster the IT giants of the future. Vodafone said it hopes to have the centre up and running before the end of the year.

Tech city success

“This announcement is an excellent reflection of Tech City’s success as a thriving hub of innovative technology companies, combined with ready access to Europe’s largest venture capital community,” said trade and investment minister Lord Green.

“With the world’s spotlight on the UK this summer, we are working hard through the British Business Embassy programme to help technology companies capitalise on the unique opportunity we have in 2012 to secure new trade and investment.”

Siavash Alamouti, Vodafone group research and development director, added: “This exciting new centre will build on our existing Vodafone xone facility in Silicon Valley, giving cutting-edge British high tech start-ups access to the expertise and global reach of Britain’s largest ICT company.

“We believe that the great talent, entrepreneurial spirit and wealth of start-up companies, in both the mobile internet and creative media industries, that are to be found in East London, make Tech City a great location for this centre.”

A number of big-name tech firms have set up operations in London over the last month. Amazon announced plans to set up a digital media development centre in the city, close to the Tech City hub, saying it would employ hundreds for building interactive Web services across smartphones, tablets and PCs.

Just days later, Facebook announced its first ever engineering team outside of the US, choosing London’s Covent Garden to set up shop.
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Old August 4th, 2012, 06:09 AM   #4456
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North Wharf Gardens Sells For 121 Million

Amwaj Properties Ltd has become the latest financial investor in the London market with the purchase of the North Wharf Gardens redevelopment in Paddington.

The sale, which has been negotiated by Hyde Park Agencies, has seen Amwaj Properties stump up £121 million for the 180 metre long site, that comes with planning permission for an existing proposal.

The Terry Farrell designed scheme features five buildings with a combination of 434 new apartments, plus 20,000 square metres of office and ground floor retail space along with a new landscaped public area at the heart of it.

The site sits in the heart of the City of Westminster immediately adjacent to Paddington Basin with Paddington Walk to the west, and the Richard Rogers designed Waterside House to its south. The eastern half of the site is bounded by the partially completed Merchant Square that includes the approved 149.65 metre tall 1 Merchant Square.

Giving an idea of the future potential of development, the site is capable of accommodating multiple buildings the size of the recently finished 5 Merchant Square which contains 32,500 square metres of commercial space alone. It's understood that Amwaj plan on modifying the scheme, although quite this will consist of has yet to be revealed.

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Old August 4th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #4457
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Well I'm very pleased to be back in SE16, and I have some catching up to do. This is the first of what I hope will be a series of updates in the next few days. Maple Quays first...

Ontario Point appearing over Montreal House:
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constructions in the city financial district!

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Plans for Tottenham regeneration unveiled

Haringey Council has today (August 1st) unveiled plans to redevelop Tottenham over the next decade. The proposals are intended to help communities affected by last summer's London riots recover from the damage.

The scheme covers everything from new housing and community centres to better business facilities and more outdoor public spaces.

Speaking at the launch of the plans, Claire Kober, Haringey Council leader, commented: "Commitment to, and investment in, Tottenham by both the council and the Mayor of London has brought renewed confidence to and laid the foundations for change."

She added the 'Plan for Tottenham' is designed to improve the local area and make it "a place everyone is proud to be a part of".

A number of key areas for development have been singled out, including Northumberland Park, Seven Sisters, Tottenham Green, High Road and Tottenham Hale.

One of the main projects outlined in the document is the regeneration of Tottenham High Road, while a new town centre is planned for Tottenham Hale.

These schemes could all contribute to making houses and flats to rent in Tottenham more popular, while a further aim of the proposals is to attract greater business investment to the area.

In order to measure how the plans are progressing, a series of important milestones have been laid down and these will be monitored over the coming months and years.

According to the Haringey Independent, the proposals will help create 5,000 more jobs, as well as see 10,000 new homes constructed in this part of London.

Last month, work began on the construction of football team Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium, which will also see parts of the surrounding area regenerated. The Premier League football club decided to move ahead with the project after losing out to West Ham United in its bid to use the Olympic Stadium as its new ground.

In addition to the 56,000 seat stadium, a new Sainsbury's supermarket and other commercial premises will also be constructed.

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£250m Olympic regeneration of Aberfeldy estate given approval

Plans for the £250m redevelopment of the Aberfeldy estate in Blackwall have been approved by the Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

The proposals for the estate include the construction of a minimum of 1,176 new homes over a 12 year period, as well as shops, healthcare and other community facilities.

The scheme, which will be undertaken in six phases over the course of 12 years, was given initial approval by Tower Hamlets council earlier this year. It was then passed up to the Thames Gateway Development Corporation, the body set up by the government to oversee the regneration of East London, for the final say.

Detailed planning approval has already been granted for the £40m first phase, which will incorporate 342 new homes and retail development on the eastern side of the estate. Work on this phase of the project is expected to begin later this year.

Housing association Poplar Harca will work in association with Regen, a branch of development company Willmott Dixon to deliver the plans.

Poplar Harca’s chief executive, Steve Stride, said: “Tower Hamlet’s Council and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation have given the green light to a transformational regeneration programme that will enhance thousands of residents’ lives, and significantly improve the infrastructure and amenities of the Aberfeldy area.”

The project is part of the regeneration of East London planned as part of the Olympic legacy. Developers say that it will bring 1,000 construction jobs to the area between now and 2024, and 300 more jobs upon completion, thanks to the improvements to the area’s infrastructure and facilities.

Andrew Telfer, chief executive of Regen, 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.”

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