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Old August 16th, 2012, 07:34 PM   #4521
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Catching Up With 259 City Road
Published on 14-08-2012 by Skyscrapernews.com





PLP Architecture and UN Studio have teamed up to design what will be the latter firm's first London project, a high-rise residential tower at 259 City Road in the London borough of Islington.

The site already has a proposal by Bennetts Associates approved for it, but the new scheme promises to provide a softer and more futuristic approach with a curvaceous look that is unique in London.

The architects have taken roughly the same massing as the previous version, but reduced the overall width slightly to create a more slender tower. This particular affects the eastern side of the building that is now not so broad, and improves access to light. The south western corner which gets hit by the prevailing winds has been remodeled with a façade that counteracts to reduce the downdrafts at ground level.

The façade has been completely overhauled too, although the basic concept remains of the building divided into two vertical volumes with the shorter topped by roof terraces on the 24th floor. A glass screen 1.4 metres tall will provide wind protection effectively turning it into a fully sheltered area. A further residents terrace is to be provided on the mezzanine level of the ground floor.

The colouring of the building façade will be a neutral colour with wooden inspired insets. Ythis is essentially aluminium framing the window bays in groups of three to four floors with hints of olives. Honey brown will also be utilised, likely in the form of Lamboo, a type of laminated bamboo.

The seemingly opulent façade does however have a potential drawback being ideal for value engineering. For the project to be the shiny piece of architecture it seeks to be, much will depend on the final finish of the building.

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Old August 16th, 2012, 10:56 PM   #4523
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BMW Pavillion looks fabolous
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Old August 17th, 2012, 02:10 PM   #4525
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Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Giffin Square, Lewisham, London, UK
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Robert Greshoff

The proposals for Tidemill Academy are part of a visionary concept to combine a replacement primary school with the Deptford Lounge – a new state-of-the-art district library which also provides new community facilities. The new Academy benefits from increased space and facilities achieved through combining uses with the wider community, in a physically and socially integrated environment. The ambitious nature of this co-location of capital projects has won the scheme an addition £5m from the DCSF’s co-location fund.

Tidemill Academy at the centre of the site wraps around a courtyard playspace, of which the Deptford Lounge forms one wing. During the school day the shared facilities are isolated from the public, and are open only via the school, but out of school hours they form an integral part of the community library facilities. The library is thus designed to allow for dual school and community use.

Major shared facilities between the Lounge and Tidemill Academy include a suite of school/ community halls, a rooftop ball court, and kitchen/refectory. These have separate access points from within the school and from the public realm.

On the far side of the courtyard Resolution Studios – which provides 38 affordable apartments, and studios and exhibition space for local businesses and artists – rises above the school and provides a funding contribution in return for the use of air space over the school.

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I love this project. How tall will it be?

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WR Berekely Plan New City Skyscraper

American insurance firm, WR Berkeley, is soon to file a planning application for a new custom built skyscraper in the City of London designed by the local office of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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Apparently this tower is to be 34 floors and 192m tall.
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Thanks for the news. It is great to hear that there will be even more construction in the City. Have there been any news regarding the Canadian firm who bought the Pinnacle project?
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Boris: stop “pussyfooting around” on Heathrow

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has urged the prime minister to stop “pussyfooting around” over the UK’s infrastructure.



Mr Johnson told the London Evening Standard Mr Cameron should not delay the decision on a new airport for London until after the next election, and should embark on a drastic housing programme for the capital.

The call comes as CN exclusively revealed part of the extent to which London councils were sitting on unused land.

He said: “The government needs to stop pussyfooting around. I don’t think you can rely on Heathrow. Even if the government was so mad and wrong to do the third runway or mixed mode those solutions would rapidly run out of usefulness and time.”

Mr. Johnson added that the government should “commit to further infrastructure – Crossrail 2, more river crossings, a massive house-building programme for the city”.

The mayor also revealed plans for an elevated cycle lane network in London, running alongside Overground tracks, though he admitted this was “back of the envelope stuff”.

He added: “One of the ways of doing that would be to commit to further infrastructure — Crossrail 2, more river crossings, a massive house building programme for the city.”

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Berkeley 28-storey London tower approved
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House builder Berkeley has gained planning for a 28-storey residential scheme on the Albert Embankment in London.

The proposed scheme, which has towers of 14, 21 and 28 storeys, replaces Eastbury House, a 1958 office building on the south bank of the Thames.

Construction is expected to start early next year, once the existing building has been demolished and the site cleared.

Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners designed the tripartite building for Berkeley subsidiary St James, which has been praised by Design Council Cabe as a “well-proportioned building of pleasing dimensions”.

The scheme on London’s South Bank is located within the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, which features the US Embassy project and the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.

In the area, Richard Rogers’ firm is working on plans for a mixed-use tower for Foxtons founder Jon Hunt on a nearby Texaco garage site.

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PFI asset sale nets Interserve £30m



Interserve has added £30m its 2012 profits by selling part of a PFI asset

Interserve has completed the sale of part of its holding in the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) PFI project to CFIG Unicorn Holdings SPV, LLC.

In a complex three-step transaction, Interserve firstly sold half of its previous 33% holding in the project to the CFIG Fund.

It then exercised its pre-emption rights in relation to 80% of Balfour Beatty’s 33% holding, the funding for which was provided by Interserve and the CFIG Fund in equal proportions.

Now the CFIG Fund has exercised the option granted by Interserve to purchase Interserve’s share of this pre-empted stake.

The transactions have generated £35m in cash for Interserve, which retains ownership of 16.7% of the UCLH PFI project. The sale implies a discount rate of under 6% and a will have a non-recurring 2012 profit impact of £30m.

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Custom House award brings O’Rourke its third Crossrail station

Laing O’Rourke has seen off Costain, Osborne and Hochtief to win Crossrail’s Custom House station contract.



Crossrail yesterday announced its intention to award the main construction contract for C520 Custom House station to Laing O’Rourke Construction. Construction will begin in early 2013.

Contract value has not yet been disclosed but the indicative value when the contract was originally advertised was in the region of £35m.

This is Laing O’Rourke’s third major Crossrail station contract, having already been awarded

Contracts C502 Liverpool Street station and C422 Tottenham Court Road (Western Ticket Hall).

The new Crossrail Custom House station, in east London, is the only above ground station within Crossrail’s central section. It will be built on the site of the former North London Line station that closed to passengers in December 2006. The new station will include a new ticket hall, interchange with Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and step-free access between the street and Crossrail platforms.

A total of eight new Crossrail stations will be constructed – Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Custom House. Berkeley Homes has also agreed to build a Station Box at Woolwich.

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Trocadero to be turned into “pod” hotel

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