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Old August 19th, 2012, 05:19 PM   #4541
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London Mayor Boris Johnson wants big infrastructure projects



London Mayor Boris Johnson has said the capital needs progress on big infrastructure projects such as an airport in the Thames estuary and said "the government needs to stop pussyfooting around".

Daniel Moylan, from London Legacy Development Corporation, backs the idea of a new airport and Sebastian Paynet from the Spectator said the mayor feels London needs this for growth.

But Liberal Democrat MP Julian Huppert said his party is against all airport expansion in the South East.

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Old August 19th, 2012, 05:20 PM   #4542
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Train group wants line from Wharf to coast

Trains linking Canary Wharf direct to Gatwick and Stansted could be the next step of the area's transport network.

Crossrail is planned for 2018 but a group from Sussex is looking beyond that by proposing the route, which would also put commuters from Brighton on a direct route to the financial centre.

Brian Hart, the project manager for Brighton Main Line 2, said: "The Department for Transport has been looking at it and said last week it's conceivable."

The plans stemmed from a group formed in the mid-'80s aimed at resurrecting the Wealden Line between Lewes and Tunbridge Wells.

The latest plan has progressed into a route that would cost about £1billion and see new train lines, mainly in tunnels from Lewisham to Canary Wharf. Trains continue to Stratford before heading up to Stansted, thereby linking it to Gatwick. It would also use some existing lines and re-open some no longer used.

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Old August 20th, 2012, 03:12 AM   #4543
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nice project in london...
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Old August 20th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #4544
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They're currently taking down the chimney, the last tall part of the Ferrier to go:

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Old August 21st, 2012, 01:45 AM   #4545
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it is really nice to see southwark is getting more new towers in the recent years.

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Old August 21st, 2012, 03:04 AM   #4546
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some more highrises rising near BT tower!

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Planning consent granted for 200m (£400m) Vauxhall towers

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21 August, 2012 | By Chris Berkin

A major mixed-use scheme in Vauxhall Cross, involving a 40-storey tower and a 32-storey tower, 291 apartments and 26,000 sq ft of offices, has been granted planning permission


The development will also create shops, restaurants, a digital cinema, a hotel with a sky bar, a dental surgery, a children’s play area and 58 affordable homes.

Wendover investments is the landowner involved in the scheme, while Montagu Evans will act as project manager. Squire and Partners are the architects behind the development.

Adrian Owen, partner and head of residential at Montagu Evans, said: “The vision for Vauxhall Cross Island Site has been a trailblazer for the area well in advance of other applications. Michael Squire’s original concept begun in 2006 and was picked up again in 2009.”

“The GLA’s planning policy framework for the Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area was only adopted in March 2012, showing how truly inspired the project is.”

The site will be located within the Greater London Authority’s Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, being transformed by 16,000 new homes and regenerated transport infrastructure.

The towers, for which planning permission was sought in 2011, will join the St George’s Wharf Tower in the Vauxhall Cluster, set to form the centrepieces of a new commercial and residential district.

Infrastructure upgrades include a new entrance to Vauxhall Underground station and a series of new road crossings to the bus station.

Raoul Veevers, a planning partner at Montagu Evans, said: “Bringing to fruition this scheme on this site has been challenging, but this consent will see the development of one of the key strategic sites in Vauxhall and help to establish this area as one of the most important residential and economic hubs in the capital.”

Michael Squire, partner, Squire and Partners, said: “We are delighted that the plans for the Vauxhall Cross Island site have been granted consent by the inspectorate”.

“The scheme will transform and reinvigorate the area, opening up the confusing transport interchange and providing an important connection between the historic centre of Vauxhall, the river and the emerging Vauxhall, Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area”.

“New retail, offices and public spaces will improve the ground floor environment and bring life to this previously derelict site.”

Steve Reed, leader of the council for the London Borough of Lambeth, said: “Now that the decision has finally been made about the future of this site we are determined to work together to ensure the future regeneration of Vauxhall.

“There may have been different views in the past about the best way forward. The situation has now changed. Going forward we will be working together to realise and unlock this important site’s enormous potential for Vauxhall.”

The Department of Communities and Local Government said it expected the scheme to “kick start regeneration of the Vauxhall area in teh way invisaged in CS Policy PN2”, as well as “deliver and contribute towards growth in housing and employment opportunities, as required by the London Plan Policy 2.13”.

“The Secretary of State agrees with the inspector’s reasoning and conclusions on high quality and inclusive design. He agrees that the proposal has the capacity to deliver buildings and a layout of high architectural quality.”


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Old August 25th, 2012, 12:28 AM   #4550
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Any news with the very nice Sky Gardens tower also in Vauxhall?
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Old August 25th, 2012, 04:22 AM   #4551
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Stock Woolstencroft Design Poplar Tower
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Almost four years after a scoping opinion was filed by Tower Hamlets, Stock Woolstencroft has finally started to progress with plans for a new tall building opposite Langdon Park Station on Chrisp Street in the east end of London.

To be built on a former industrial site is 0.41 hectares, the development takes in both 71 Carmen Street and 136-156 Chrisp Street making it one of the largest sites in this area north of East India Dock Road.

The project consists of 232 new apartments and 143 square metres of commercial space to be located on the lower floors. The accommodation will be set in the main freestanding 25-storey tall tower, supplemented with a second U-shaped block that will be between five and seven storeys that has green space enclosed in between it. The tower will be set back from Chrisp Street creating enough space for a new landscaped public area in the form of a terraced lawn with informal seating.

The tower will have a square footprint allowing an easy internal division into apartments around a central core with balconies lining three sides of the building - the south, west, and east. The positioning of these means that every single apartment will have at least some outdoor amenity space of its own.

With the cladding the architects have opted for two distinct façade treatments, an inner skin with solid cladding split into two floor groups the top level aside, and an outer skin with projecting louvres and balconies. The intention is to mount the outer skin over the inner skin on the sides of the tower that will have balconies creating a feeling of depth and complexity that contrasts with the barer more minimal north side.

The project is being developed by Ballymore and the planning application is currently being considered by Tower Hamlets.

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Tax-soaked French bankers feeling London's lure



(Reuters) - The City of London financial district, though diminished by scandals and job cuts, is proving irresistible to fed-up Parisian bankers fleeing France's rising taxes and the feeling that they're not best loved at home.

French financial groups big and small, from advisory firms and private equity houses to big banks like Societe Generale (SOGN.PA), are looking at London as a possible shelter from a new 75 percent tax rate on top French earners, bankers say.

Take Bertrand Meunier, who recently agreed to move to London to take a job at private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, leaving a long-term leadership position at PAI Partners, a private equity firm that was spun off from French bank BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA) over a decade ago.

The tax picture played a part in his decision, Meunier acknowledges, but so too did a wider sense that London rewards work and entrepreneurship, while many of his compatriots take a jaundiced view of financial success.

"I have many friends and family members here, and they've tried to convince me to move for a while," he told Reuters. "I think that London is quite extraordinary; the buildings are small, it's very green, people have a good attitude towards work and wealth.

"What irritates me about France today is how the taste for work, for effort, has been completely lost," he added.

Although few are willing to talk on the record about their dissatisfaction, he may soon have more company.

"Many French banks have planned to transfer more operations to London. The tax burden is lighter, and there is more flexibility there. It also makes sense to grow international operations from there," said Stephane Rambosson, managing partner of executive search firm Veni Partners.

SocGen in particular is actively considering moving some trading staff to London, three sources familiar with the matter said.

The French bank is reviewing a plan to send client-facing staff to London as they are typically on higher salaries than back-office people, one person at the bank said.

Some M&A bankers with a sector focus will also join existing teams in London, several people at the bank said. A handful of Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) M&A bankers will for instance move to London in September, the people said.

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London 'safe haven’ aids Derwent

London is enjoying “safe haven” status among investors according to FTSE 250 property company Derwent London.

The company, which specialises in offices in London’s West End and the borders of the City, said the eurozone crisis had driven more investment to the capital.

London office transactions totalled £7.2bn in the first half of the year – the most over a six-month period since the second half of 2007.

John Burns, Derwent’s chief executive, said: “London has become increasingly polarised from the rest of the country. Overseas investors are very much wanting to put money here.”

The value of Derwent’s property portfolio rose 3.3pc in the first half of the year, with rents up 2.8pc.

The company has secured a pre-let to Burberry in the largest letting in the West End this year so far.

Just 1.1pc of Derwent’s space is vacant. Mr Burns said there was reasonable “pent-up demand” for West End office space against a backdrop of little development.

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CME Group confirms new London exchange launch

Derivatives exchange CME Group announced today its decision to create a London-based derivatives exchange, for which it has applied to the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA).

CME Europe Ltd will initially begin trading foreign exchange futures products and is expected to launch mid-2013.

According to CME Group, the London exchange will leverage the central counterparty model of CME Clearing Europe and will provide additional opportunities to a growing non-US customer base.

Robert Ray, currently managing director, products and services, will become chief executive of CME Europe.

CME Globex will be used as the electronic trading platform and CME Clearing Europe Ltd, which launched in May 2011, will provide central counterparty clearing services.

"We continue to see an increase in business coming from our diverse set of customers in Europe, with more than 20% of our volume now originating from the region," said Terry Duffy, executive chairman and president at CME Group.

Phupinder Gill, CME Group chief executive added: "Our application to establish an exchange in Europe fits within our strategy to grow organically and is an important next step to meet the growing regional demand from our customers."

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Cane Hill development in Coulsdon to include 650 homes and create 1,300 jobs

ABOUT 650 homes, commercial space the size of a football pitch and the historic water tower are expected to be included as part of the Cane Hill development.

Plans for the site started to take shape this week as it was announced that contracts between developer Barratt Developments and the Greater London Authority (GLA) had been exchanged.

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London’s twin towers to feature 291 new homes



The approved development consists of two towers, one with 41 floors and one with 31 floors. The towers will contain 291 flats, 30,000 sq ft of office space, a 179-room hotel with a "skybar" as well as shops and restaurants.

Plans for the development of a 720,000 square foot pair of towers next to Vauxhall underground station in the London Borough of Lambeth have been granted planning permission by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

"Having weighed up all of the material considerations, the Secretary of State concludes that though there are material considerations weighing against the proposal, in particular a shortfall in amenity space, these are outweighed by the otherwise substantive compliance with the development plan," said the Secretary of State's decision letter (129-page / 1.2MB PDF). "Therefore, he does not consider that there are any material considerations of sufficient weight which would justify refusing planning permission."

The decision on the proposals was called in by the Secretary of State because it involves residential development of over 150 units, which would significantly impact on the Government's objective to secure a better balance between housing demand and supply and create high quality, sustainable, mixed and inclusive communities and proposals which would have an adverse impact on the outstanding universal value, integrity, authenticity and significance of a World Heritage Site.

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Here is another view of the project.



The Vauxhall area will become a true gem in the upcoming years

St-George Tower, Nine Elms residential towers & now these two towers
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