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Old September 15th, 2012, 08:53 PM   #4621
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Old September 16th, 2012, 02:08 PM   #4622
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Europe’s tallest residential tower in London gets planning go ahead

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

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Europe’s tallest residential tower is set to be built in Vauxhall central London with a decision that is regarded as demonstrating the government's new hands off approach to planning and housing delivery.
Ministers have confirmed that they will not seek to call in the planning application for Green Property's £500 million One Nine Elms scheme in Vauxhall which includes a 200 meter tower.

The project becomes the tallest residential tower to gain planning consent without going to public inquiry after UK Secretary of State Eric Pickles confirmed that planning consent for the project, a collaboration between Green and their Development Managers CIT, would not be called in by his department.

Coming just four days after the Chancellor George Osborne signalled a major deregulation of planning laws as a means of boosting the British construction industry, the decision will enable the creation of up to 1,000 jobs during and after construction.

The scheme had the backing of London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who in a letter to Eric Pickles on 31 August urged him to; ‘Demonstrate the Government's commitment to economic growth and allow this decision to proceed at the local level’.

‘The decision of the Secretary of State not to call in the ONE project is a ringing endorsement of the hard work that the development team have devoted to delivering a scheme which is of the highest architectural standards and will bring real benefits to this area of London. We have worked closely with the London borough of Wandsworth and neighbouring Lambeth, the Greater London Authority and Mayor, to deliver a scheme which had the support of local community groups, and now the Secretary of State,’ said Michael Tapp, director of Green Property.



‘We have achieved a lot in 18 months which is a testament to the spirit of co-operation we have found with all involved. At a time of concern about the state of the property industry this decision sends a strong message that Government supports the development industry and believes in supporting growth and jobs,’ he added.

The twin tower development, designed by architects Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), will be built on the site of the current 22 storey Market Towers building. When complete it will have a 50 storey, 200 meter City Tower and 43 storey, 160.5 meter River Tower which will have 487 high quality new homes, including 51 affordable, 11,000 square meters of modern office space, a 209 room four star hotel and 720 square meters of retail space.

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Old September 17th, 2012, 10:51 PM   #4623
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Weston Williamson's design for Pudding Mill Lane is currently under construction as part of Crossrail's attempts to increase the capacity of London's transport networks

Weston Williamson is the project architect for the new Pudding Mill Lane DLR station. The station is part of Crossrail's major developments to increase the capacity of London's rail-based transport networks.

The starting point in the design process, was to conduct an analysis of the existing urban context and the proposals for the Olympic legacy masterplan. The Pudding Mill Lane area is surrounded by rivers on three sides and a railway viaduct to the north. As such the site is land locked with very few routes into and out of the area. The station site is a key location, adjacent to the only routes north into the Olympic Park beneath the railway viaduct.

The station will be the only building in this location until the Legacy masterplan develops and it is therefore critical that the station and urban design create a sense of place and can be relevant as the masterplan develops and act as a catalyst for urban regeneration.

The new 93m long DLR station is located south of, and adjacent to, the Great Eastern Main Line railway embankment and comprises a raised platform level at 7m above surface level, enclosed by a canopy which extends a further 4m above platform level. An enclosed undercroft also includes general floor-space, which can be utilized as retail space as the masterplan develops around the station.

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Old September 17th, 2012, 11:16 PM   #4624
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First building to be classified as carbon neutral in the City of London

800,140 ft² Nomura's new headquarters have been recognised for their role in extending and transforming the character of the river embankment by adding over 30% more public space on the site including: a new accessible bridge link over Upper Thames Street; an enhanced Riverside Walk; and the largest riverside square in the City of London. The glazed riverside buildings have a massive five-storey timber shading structure redolent of historic wharf structures, and responsive timber louvres, which protect the lower pavilion.

The small environmental footprint was achieved through design decisions including the retention of over 30% of the original structure on the site, and reusing of the existing imperial foundations to support the new metric column grid above. These environmental savings reduced construction costs, the time on site and carbon footprint.

The building facing the river is the first to be classified as carbon neutral in the City of London. The team worked to improve and promote sustainability by considering energy, materials, waste, biodiversity, water use and the community during design, demolition and construction. The 20,000 square feet roof terrace that overlooks the Thames is also the largest in the City of London. Green sedum roof areas, hosting photovoltaic cells, were installed on the main roof at Level 11 and landscaped grassed terraces were provided on Levels 5 and 6. One Angel Lane uses half the energy consumption of an equivalent benchmark building and was a natural match for Nomura's sustainable aspirations.

As part of their green awareness campaign, Nomura has put in a place a number of key initiatives that expand upon the sustainable aspects of their new home. These include waste recycling systems that have more than doubled the amount of waste recycled each month, establishing cycle to work schemes, carbon working groups, and environmental representatives.

The benefits to the staff and local community become clearest in the way Nomura have chosen to occupy the roof terraces. A kitchen garden has been created by volunteers from Nomura's switchboard, which is now harvesting vegetables, fruits, and herbs to be used in the dining area. Updates on the garden's progress are available to all via the Green Nomura Intranet site, which includes a blog on the food harvested and a webcast from the client kitchen.

Green Nomura has partnered with The Golden Bee Company, by installing two bee hives on the roof of the 11th Floor. Dave Crowley, Nomura' Environmental manager describes the enthusiasm for the project: "more than 100 staff have visited the hives already - they love it. Every Friday the Golden Company bee guardians [the social enterprise which manages the hives] come in and talk to the staff. Staff wear bee suits and watch how they work. They explain how they thrive, the life cycle of the bee and the problems that bees are having globally. We have a long list of staff who want to go up there."

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Old September 18th, 2012, 09:22 AM   #4625
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Old September 18th, 2012, 09:29 AM   #4626
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New architects appointed for Wood Wharf



Canary Wharf Group plc has appointed architecture firm Terry Farrell and Partners (Farrells) to create a new masterplan for Wood Wharf, one of central London’s largest and most prestigious future development sites.

The Group is revising the masterplan for the Wood Wharf site to cater for evolving market requirements. The new office, residential and retail development aims to attract a broader mix of future tenants, including growing firms in the creative media, technology and telecommunications sectors, building on the success of adjacent Canary Wharf and the Tech City cluster.

Canary Wharf Group acquired the full rights to develop the site in January this year from previous joint venture partners Canal and River Trust (previously British Waterways) and Ballymore. The 20 acre site, which is immediately east of Canary Wharf, currently has outline planning approval for 4.7m sq. ft. of mixed use office, retail and residential space, about one third of the size of the existing Canary Wharf estate.

The new Wood Wharf masterplan will be designed to improve integration with the surrounding residential community; provide flexible, bespoke office space for the dynamic business growth sectors in London and create unique cultural and retail amenities that will add to the East End’s reputation as the creative heart of London. The design brief will also call for attractive new waterside parks, European style-streets and squares as well as environmentally sustainable buildings. Overall density is likely to be similar to the currently consented masterplan, with an increased proportion of residential space, catering for increased demand for people to live close to their workplace.

Ahead of development, the Group is looking at a range of temporary uses for Wood Wharf and has already installed temporary waterside parks and landscaping. These could include work space for start up companies, pop-up restaurants and cafés, street markets and performance spaces. The site hosted several of the world’s largest super yachts during the London 2012 games, which attracted thousands of visitors.

Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of Canary Wharf Group plc said: “We are very pleased to welcome Terry Farrell and Partners on to the team to develop the design for Wood Wharf. The successful development of this site will be another massive piece added to the East End’s regeneration jigsaw. We can help London’s digital economy continue to thrive by providing growing businesses with bespoke office space and amenities, in close proximity to excellent transport, talent, clients and capital. The development of Wood Wharf will enhance London’s reputation as a business, lifestyle and cultural capital and further shift the City’s centre of gravity eastwards.”

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Old September 18th, 2012, 09:30 AM   #4627
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Old September 18th, 2012, 09:40 AM   #4628
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London’s Tech City to get high-speed Internet and secure cloud services for startups

Officially launched today, The Shoreditch Network is working to deliver a high-speed fibre infrastructure and secure cloud services to a cluster of businesses in East London.

As the UK government keeps highlighting the importance of Britain becoming a centre for technical and financial excellence and companies like Amazon, Google and Huawei invest big money in further development, there is a need for the critical infrastructures to be updated and support this ideal.

This means that not only businesses working in technology be able to use the tools they need to create and grow business, but also elements such as office space to rent and of course places to live need to be accessibly-priced to encourage a stable community.

The Shoreditch Network is a step along this path, it’s a collaboration between three Tech City-based businesses – bandwidth infrastructure provider euNetworks, leading cloud hosting provider Carrenza, and network specialists Optimity.

The East London tech area is bandwidth hungry to say the least. euNetworks has already started connecting a number of buildings in the Shoreditch area to its high-speed fibre network. It is now rolling out to reach more buildings and streets in the area.
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The Shoreditch Network will deliver scalable bandwidth, networking and cloud based IT services to local businesses so that startups especially can grow naturally while not worrying so much about whether the connectivity they may need will be available.

As startups are often both nimble and cash-strapped the services are quick to install and according to the project, at least 20% cheaper than current alternatives. According to The Shoreditch Network, for 50Mb dedicated Internet access, alternative suppliers’ ‘standard lead time’ was between 45 and 70 working days. The Shoreditch Networks’ lead time is 10 working days. For point-to-point 1Gigabit Ethernet, the alternative supplier quoted 33-60 working days. The Shoreditch Network’s lead time is 20 working days or less for this service.

The hope is that the network will not only support the existing businesses in the area but also draw in other big players from around the world. Culture Secretary Maria Miller welcomed the arrival of the Shoreditch Network, saying: “Tech City is a real British success story, and this initiative will help it go from strength to strength. Ultra-fast connectivity and cloud services will help attract even more tech and digital companies to Shoreditch, helping bring fresh investment and new jobs to the capital.”
High speeds and a greener initiative

The Shoreditch Network has already pre-connected several shared offices within Shoreditch to its fibre network, and using radio links can quickly and securely connect (within two weeks) many more offices in Shoreditch.

According to the company, almost all office buildings within Shoreditch can be directly connected to the fibre network based on tests to date. That just leaves the rest of the UK to get some high-speed connections at home and at work outside of the capital.

Along with providing change for businesses, the arrival of tech companies in the area will also have an impact on the environment. Also launching today, Carbon Voyage and RDC have joined forces to launch an IT recycling initiative to promote greater sustainability efforts in Tech City.

The free scheme will enable companies to call upon the service and have unwanted IT equipment picked up from their premises for recycling. Proceeds generated from the recycling can then be passed on to The Prince’s Trust, which supports unemployed young people into jobs.
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City Approves New Minories Hotel Tower



This new hotel-driven project designed by Mackay and Partners for the edge of the fringe of the City of London has been recently approved by the Corporation's planning committee.

The scheme is being developed by Endurance Land and sits on part of the defunct Beetham Trinity project that fell victim to the financial crash of 2008 at 24-26 Minories, the address the project takes its name after.

The development consists of a part 7 part 16 storey hotel with 291 bedrooms plus a ground floor bar. Sadly there won't be a restaurant on the top floor, this is instead to be occupied by plant machinery. Occupying the hotel will be the Motel One brand.

In terms of the scale of the scheme, the proposed 16 floors fits in with nearby medium rise buildings such as Latham House and St Clare House which are 13 and 15 storeys respectively.

The shorter part of the building is situated nearest Minories allowing the scheme to be set back from the road fitting in in terms of scale with the lower part of Latham House which it neighbours. It boasts solid white cladding that contrasts with the blue glazing of the taller hotel element. Decorating the blue glass will be vertical strips of medium blue and red, with the façade overrun that conceals the plant floor having lighter glazing added to it too.

Approval of the development marks the latest part of a plan by the City of London to allow for the creation of a greater number of hotel rooms within their boundaries, the shortage of which has been seen as something hampering their position as the leading business district in the capital.

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New landmark building for Siemens creates the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the sustainable future of cities

A Sustainable Cities Initiative by Siemens, conceived by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, has recently opened in London. The Crystal is a dramatic form with a glazed structure, creating a new independent global hub for debates on sustainable urban living and development.

The space within houses exhibition spaces, conference facilities and a technology and innovation centre. The architects designed the building to achieve the highest international sustainability credentials for a building (BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum).

The structure is located by the Royal Victoria Dock, adjacent to the Emirates Air Line cable car, also designed by the architects. It will be home to Siemens' global Centre of Competence Cities, a team of multi-disciplinary urban experts, which aims to encourage the growth of sustainable cities through partnerships, research and expert collaboration.

In addition to this, The Crystal will house the world's largest exhibition on the future of cities. The interactive exhibition will guide visitors through the urban infrastructure of the future, focusing on possibilities for sustainable mobility, building technologies, power and water supplies, and healthcare.

Conceived by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the form draws inspiration from the form of a crystal. The crystalline geometry of the architecture forms a series of angular shapes, creating a distinctive architectural focal point for the area. As the building occupies a prominent space, it has been designed as 'a pavilion in a park'.

The design does not have front and back facades or a traditionally defined roof. Instead it has been conceived as a set of facets which creates a striking impression when viewed from street level and when seen from above.

The envelope of the crystal-shaped design aims to both reflect the building's context whilst also having a degree of transparency to help connect the building with its surroundings. This careful use of translucent and mainly opaque glazing has been designed to minimise the running costs of the building.

The angularity of the external skin of the building makes for interesting and varied interior spaces, designed by PBP+W. Making up the exhibition spaces is a large mezzanine with a sensory film experience theatre contained within a white curved fabric shape, which contrasts the bright red shell of the auditorium on the opposite side of the street.

With Arup leading on the environmental engineering of the project, the Crystal has been designed to embrace certain technical themes including: an all-electric and consumes no fossil fuels on site and a progressive water agenda with rainwater being harvested and cleaned to drinking quality.

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