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Old September 11th, 2012, 02:14 AM   #4601
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Old September 11th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #4602
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Galliford Try secures £100m affordable housing deals

The UK house-building and construction group Galliford Try has secured contacts worth £100m in affordable housing. The first contract, worth £23m, won by the company’s partnerships division, is related to the development of the Gallions Quarter in east London.

Work under this contract includes construction of 170 homes in the second phase of the 700-home development, which also includes commercial and retail premises as part of a major regeneration programme of the area commissioned by the London Development Agency.

Work under the second project, worth £52m, includes redevelopment of the old St Clement’s Hospital site in Mile End, east London. The contract provides for a minimum of 223 homes, including provision of 21 homes to be granted to London’s first Community Land Trust, as well as a further 54 affordable homes. The remaining 148 homes will be sold via the Linden Homes brand.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 02:18 AM   #4603
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How the Olympics will shape the future of east London


With plans to build 8,000 new homes at the Olympic Park over the next two decades, Stratford's future depends on a sympathetic approach to regeneration…


Long, long ago, I sat in a nondescript room with an official leading what was then a grand government project to regenerate a huge area called the Thames Gateway. Her organisation, she said, was supporting London's Olympic bid because it was almost impossible to make anything happen in the Thames Gateway, which extended from east London through south Essex and north Kent to the sea, and only the Games could change this.

She was in this position because even longer ago, in the John Major era, the relevant minister, Michael Heseltine, had made a speech christening the Thames Gateway and announcing that Something Must Be Done. So the vast effort of the Olympics had to be enlisted to make some sense of a politician's figure of speech. It was and is a seriously arse-about-face way of doing a bit of regeneration.

Over the next 20 years it is hoped to build 8,000 homes around the Olympic Park, in addition to the 2,800 already created by the athletes' village, and to create 8,000 jobs – that is, to make something like a middle-sized market town. In fairness, one should add the less tangible but real benefit of a feelgood factor to a wider area of east London. To achieve all this will have required not only the Olympic billions, but also investment in public transport in Stratford unmatched anywhere else in the country, an additional grant of £290m to be spent on legacy, and more hundreds of millions of public money spent acquiring land. Some of the public expenditure will be paid back as this land is developed, but there are no obligations as to how much or when.

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Old September 11th, 2012, 02:22 AM   #4604
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Heathrow expansion 'not going to happen'



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US insurer submits plan for new London tower

US insurance giant W R Berkley has submitted plans for a 35-storey tower in the heart of the City of London.

Its planned 190m tall European headquarters building has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, also the architect behind the Heron Tower.

The insurer will directly fund the £500m building at 52-54 Lime Street, which subject to planning, could break ground next year.

KPF’s design resembles an upright scalpel with floor plates varying from 9,000 sq ft to 22,000 sq ft arranged around a side core that optimises floor dimensions and limits solar gain.

The project will also create a 11,000 sq ft public ‘square’ to boost the existing precinct around the Willis Building.

William Berkley, founder and chairman of W R Berkley, said: “With the continuing expansion of our operations here, it makes sense to invest in a landmark building which will provide a strong base for that growth.

“This major investment is a signal of our belief and confidence in London as the centre of the global insurance market.”

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Old September 11th, 2012, 02:24 AM   #4606
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Luxury property boom in London

A £38bn development boom in London’s most expensive neighbourhoods has been spurred by rampant demand from European and Asian buyers seeking safe investments away from turbulent Eurozone economies.

The pipeline of upmarket housing projects in planning or already under construction in the UK capital has increased more than two-thirds during the past year, with 15,500 units slated for delivery by 2021, even as building work in other parts of the country remains stagnant.

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Old September 13th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #4607
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London mansion on sale for record £300m

A 45-bedroom mansion overlooking London's Hyde Park has been placed on the market at a record £300m.

The 60,000 square feet home once belonged to Lebanon's late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and was passed as a gift after his 2005 assassination to Sultan bin Abdulaziz .

It was originally built as four separate family homes, from number 2 to 8a Rutland Gardens, but has been converted into one of the capital's largest houses. The imposing building is believed to include a swimming pool, millions of pounds worth of gold leaf decoration and underground parking. It is also thought that the windows are bulletproof.

If the £300m asking price is achieved it will have more than doubled the previous record for a residential sale in the UK, set when a penthouse flat at One Hyde Park sold for £140m in 2010. Agents Knight Frank are offering the house to select international buyers, reports the Financial Times, but it is not being advertised publicly.

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London 2012 Olympics: Boris Johnson to take control of stadium legacy as Daniel Moylan loses job

Daniel Moylan, the man responsible for securing a deal for the future of the Olympic Stadium, became the third senior figure to lose their job over the issue on Wednesday.

Moylan was removed from the chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation by mayor Boris Johnson, who will now oversee final negotiations with bidders for the stadium, led by West Ham.

The move came as negotiations with bidders were due to resu
me this week, and is a further twist in the tortured saga of the stadium legacy.

A deal must be finalised by the end of October if work is to begin in time for the scheduled park reopening date of August 2014.

Previous LLDC chairman Margaret Ford was ousted early to make way for Moylan, and chief executive Andrew Altman was then eased out. Both were deeply unhappy at being scapegoated for the failure to secure a tenancy deal for the stadium before the Olympics.

It is understood that Moylan, who has only been in the job for three months, was moved on by Johnson after members of the LLDC board became frustrated with his maverick style.

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Old September 13th, 2012, 03:15 PM   #4609
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Architects unveil futuristic plans for 'Boris Island' airport in Thames Estuary

It looks like an alien mothership - but it could be London's new airport. That's according to a major global architecture firm who have unveiled their vision for a 'Boris Island' airport in the Thames Estuary. The London Britannia Airport, designed by architects Gensler, includes four floating runways tethered to the sea bed. Gensler says new runways could be floated in as required - allowing for future expansion to accommodate six landing strips.



Passengers would check in and arrive at terminals on the land. Two would be located to the north and south of the estuary and a third central London terminal is proposed between Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park. The Evening Standard reported today that London Mayor Boris Johnson, who in the past backed proposals for a Thames island airport, dubbed 'Boris Island', has seen the Gensler proposal. A spokesman for the Mayor said: 'This will form, along with other significant submissions, an important part of discussions going forward.'

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Old September 13th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #4610
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Fantastic design!! But I am surprised that Heathrow would completely close if this went ahead, that would leave no airport in the west of London. Also, the (fairly recent) investment in Terminal 5 would be a waste of time too.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 04:42 AM   #4611
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That airport looks AMAZING!

London needs a brand new hub airport (frankly I'm bored of hearing people ask why it isn't in the centre of the country - the whole reason is because NIMBY's wouldn't want it) - we need to be a global hub, otherwise London will not serve the biggest range of global destinations. It's simple. We need it for business, and all the NIMBY complainers will not complain when they are able to go on holiday to a bigger range of destions without having to get transfers!

Anyway, I'm all for an Estuary airport, but this one seems a tad confusing - if it's a floating tethered airport, how will the trains get there? and also (forgive me for my lack of engineering knowledge, but a floating airport? wouldnt this lend itself to an increased risk of closure in rough seas?)

A Thames Estuary Airport as visualised by the architects above or by Fosters is the kind of big thinking we need. Why always compromise? this coalition government is ruining our competitiveness? no review of options until 2015? we need action NOW
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Lovely looking airport, but how do you actually get to it, boat?
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It's designed with underwater tunnels linking too 3 on-land terminals, two each side of the estuary and one in between Canary Wharf and Stratford.
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Old September 14th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #4614
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the (fairly recent) investment in Terminal 5 would be a waste of time too.

By the time a Thames hub opens Terminal 5 would have had quite a few years worth of use, and could quite nicely be converted into something else, such as yet another Westfield shopping centre, for example.
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SOM submits Stratford skyscraper for planning

SOM has submitted a planning application to the Olympic Development Authority for this 42-storey, mixed-use development by Stratford Station, near the Olympic Park in east London.

The scheme features a 150-bedroom hotel, 253 residential units and 300m² of retail or office space.

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Manhattan Loft Gardens, London

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A Look At Manhattan Loft Gardens. Copyright Holder - Hayes Davidson

The 2012 was promised to have a regenerative effect on Stratford in east London. It's too soon to tell the extent of that but one company that's certainly betting it'll be the case is high-end developer, the Manhattan Loft Corporation.

Marketing on the scheme has begun with the developer asking an hitherto unprecedented £860,000 for a two bedroom apartment in Stratford, a sum of money that would be unimaginable for the area only a few months ago.

Of course the building might have something to do with it - the scheme is a double cantilevered tower designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill that promises some of the best quality residential apartments in London.
From the piazza that connects with Stratford International Station, the railway hub that Deutsche Bahn are aiming at running services to, entry to the building is through a triple height lobby aimed by the architects as not only being an entrance but a community hub.

Above this, the apartments themselves are split into 13 different configurations with heavy involvement from Paris-based interior architecture firm, Studio KO. An emphasis is placed on creating internal height within, including double height living areas and floor to ceiling glazing.

The cantilevers of the building aren't just for show but to create spaces that can be used as gardens for the residents to enjoy. Should you desire you'll be able to book one and hold an al-fresco dinner party for you and your friends. Residents will also be able to enjoy the services of the hotel that takes up part of the building, including a quick dip in the pool and a rooftop bar to guzzle cocktails in.

To enjoy this sort of living standard however you can expect to pay about £800 per square foot for an average apartment in the scheme, over twice the going rate for the area. Those with pockets deep enough will be able to move in once construction of the 42-floor tower is finished in 2016.

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