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Old October 9th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #4701
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DB Schenker Logistics opens new hq London Heathrow



October 9 - Schenker Limited, the UK arm of the global services provider DB Schenker Logistics, has opened its new headquarters building at London Heathrow airport. The 9,900 sq m facility, which will also be the company's main airfreight hub for the UK.

“The facility is perfectly located for access to all areas of the airport and our 15 year lease, shows real commitment to London Heathrow”, says Helgi Ingolfsson, managing director, Schenker Limited.

The new corporate office is constructed as a ‘green building’, which is designed to achieve 25 percent lower CO2 emissions than the standard and also features low and zero carbon air source heat pumps which service both office comfort cooling and warehouse under-floor heating. There is also rainwater harvesting, a heat recovery ventilation system and both PIR (passive infrared) and photoelectric lighting controls. This means less emission of carbon dioxide and thus will contribute to the group’s sustainability strategy DB 2020, said a company statement.

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Old October 9th, 2012, 01:30 PM   #4702
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Developer plans rival to Disneyland Paris in Kent

London Resort Company Holdings is looking to build a £2bn ($3.2bn) Hollywood entertainment resort to rival Disneyland Paris in Kent.



Development Securities will help build a £2 billion entertainment and leisure resort at Ebbsfleet Kent, in a partnership with Lafarge SA, and construction firm Brookfield Multiplex Group.

Developers London Resort Company Holdings have been granted a licence from Paramount Pictures to use its name on a resort on Swanscombe Peninsula.

The company is now looking for investment for the project.

However, Gravesham Friends of the Earth has warned about flooding on the site near Dartford and a rise in traffic.

The developers have estimated the resort could create 27,000 jobs. Dartford and Gravesham borough councils said they supported the plan.

The 900-acre brownfield site is next to Ebbsfleet International station, which is 17 minutes from London St Pancras and two hours from Paris.

Judy Duffield, from Gravesham Friends of the Earth, said congestion on the A2 and Dartford Crossing would need to be addressed before the project was given the go-ahead.

'Flood plain'

"We need to encourage people to use public transport and the council needs to have a plan," she said.

"We also need to look at the issue of flooding. It is a flood plain and therefore we need to keep as much of the green area as possible."

Plans for the resort include Europe's "largest" indoor water park and a Hollywood-inspired theme park.

Roger Vickerman, a professor of economics at the University of Kent, said the site might not provide the economic regeneration needed in the area.

"We've already seen the loss of a number of very high profile [scientific] research type jobs in the county and we need something that is going to bring high value added in," he said.

"[The resort] will be good in terms of creating employment, but are they the sort of jobs entirely of the type we need in Kent?"

The developers said they hoped to be able to open in 2018.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-19881184
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Legal dispute over London’s Pinnacle

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The stalled construction of what could become the tallest skyscraper in London’s financial district has become the subject of a legal dispute. Brookfield Construction (UK), the contractor, is suing the developers of the planned 63-storey Pinnacle Tower on Bishopsgate, alleging breach of contract and non-payment of fees.

Work on the £1bn building – designed by the architects Kohn Pedersen Fox – came to a halt nearly a year ago after the developer struggled to secure the finance to continue the project. It was the second time construction had come to a halt after an earlier delay in 2011.

The core of the 288m tower has been built to just seven storeys and Brookfield has vacated the site and removed all its signage – a move that is understood to be driven by embarrassment at being associated with a project now known as “the stump”. The future of the building – with its signature corkscrew shape – remains uncertain. It is understood that Brookfield’s £593m fixed-price construction contract is in two parts and the contractor is now looking for assurances that the second part can be fulfilled. Although developers had hoped to exploit a shortage of high quality office space, the financial crisis has meant many companies are reluctant to sign pre-let deals that make such speculative schemes viable.

London skyscrapers the Shard, the Pinnacle, the Walkie Talkie, the Cheesegrater and the tower at 100 Bishopsgate are all at various stages of development and struggling to find office deals. According to court papers obtained by Building Magazine, Brookfield is seeking £14.95m in unpaid fees for The Pinnacle No 1 Ltd – the special purpose vehicle that owns the scheme and which is named as the first defendant. A second parallel claim, within the same proceedings, for £15.58m was made against parent companies The Pinnacle Holdings Ltd and The Pinnacle Ltd, who are named as the second and third defendants. Sedco, the Saudi Arabian financial-backer of the project, and Brookfield declined to comment on the process.

The central London office construction market has slowed considerably in the past year after remaining relatively buoyant during the recession. Commercial construction is expected to fall 3 per cent this year and a further 3 per cent next year, according to forecasts from the Construction Products Association. Noble Francis, economics director at the CPA, said: “Given that the Pinnacle is worth £1bn, double the value of the recently opened Shard, it is unsurprising to see it go on hold again in January given the current economic environment. And furthermore, it is unlikely that it will come back online in the next 12 months.”

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LONDON HEATHROW COMPLETES CONSTRUCTION OF NEW T2 SATELLITE PIER



London Heathrow has completed construction of the new 522-metre satellite pier at Terminal 2 – known as T2B.

Up to 20 million travellers a year will use the new €3.1 billion Terminal 2, which airport bosses say will “transform the passenger experience”.

The pier will have 16 boarding gates and will be connected to the main Terminal 2 by a walkway beneath the airfield.

Construction work began on the satellite pier in October 2010. A 575,000 cubic metres excavation was carried out to depths of 15 metres below ground, while at the same time building above ground.

All earth excavated from the site has been recycled, and thousands of tonnes of clay have been taken off airport to build into a new landscaped hill nearby.

Steve Morgan, Director of Capital for Heathrow, said: “We have reached a significant point in the construction of the satellite pier of Terminal 2. When completed, Terminal 2 will deliver bright, modern and practical facilities to our passengers and airlines – all part of our vision to make every journey better.”

There are three other key elements to Terminal 2:

- the new main terminal, which topped out in February 2012

- a new multistorey car park

- the re-development of the road system connecting T2

Terminal 2 is due to open to passengers in 2014 and is part of the five-year, €6 billion transformation of Heathrow, which began after the opening of the €5.4 billion Terminal 5 in 2008.

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Microsoft moves into Silicon Roundabout, London

Microsoft today became the latest US computing giant to invest in east London’s burgeoning technology hub as its social networking subsidiary, Yammer, opened a major new office.

Yammer, which provides social networks for corporate clients, has also set up a developer centre — its first outside its San Francisco headquarters — at the site on Great Eastern Street near Old Street, which has been dubbed Silicon Roundabout. The area has been named Tech City by the Government in a bid to woo technology firms and others including Google and Amazon have opened offices nearby in recent months.

Yammer, which Microsoft bought in June for $1.2 billion (£729 million), opened its first office in London 16 months ago and has already increased its team from three to 85 in the capital. The new office will serve as Yammer’s headquarters for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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50-storey tower of luxury flats gets green light

Construction starts in 2013





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Amazing shot there - a great early 21st century architectural mix.
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Great to see Beetham Tower going ahead.
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Photo courtesy of the Crossfields blog, taken from the Distillery Tower (Deptford) during an Open House session - http://crossfields.blogspot.co.uk/20...ery-tower.html



The 2nd tallest building (yellow-brick block, taller brother to the already completed one) has yet to rise:

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ASDA Crossharbour Plans Get Thumbs Up



A hybrid planning application for the sprawling ASDA site to the north of Mudchute Park in the Isle of Dogs has been approved by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Coming from the pens of Broadway Malyan for developer Ashbourne Beech, the development strategy for the site has been primarily to relocate the ASDA superstore on the site from the south-western corner to the eastern side.

As such, the north and east of the site are massed to have lower building heights with the west used for taller buildings. A central high street with retail outlets will be constructed through the plot running from north-west to south-east with the main square connecting it to the south-western corner and a new urban square on the south-eastern corner next to the proposed ASDA store. This should also provide an easy connection with Mudchute. Almost all the sides of the buildings that bound these areas will have active frontages.

Atop the supermarket will be five residential blocks, with a further seven elsewhere on the site. They will total up to 850 new homes and draw on the concept of a hill top village due to the inclusion of so many on top of the ASDA shop. They'll have small sloping streets and a human scale to try and fool the residents into thinking they aren't actually living on top of a hypermarket but rather somewhere with a more human scale.

The tallest building, a glazed residential tower of 23 floors will stand on the northern portion of the high street opposite Crossharbour Square with a cantilevered 12 floor jutting out. Thanks to this, the use of winter gardens instead of balconies, and the detailing from the vertical fins that run up it, comparisons are bound to be made with the Beetham Tower in Manchester.

Elsewhere the shorter blocks will be a modern take on the warehouses that exist in places like West India Quay due to the use of brick and neutral colours. The rainscreen cladding and heavy glazing to flood apartments with light will hint at modernity whilst a small number of coloured cladding panels will mark out each building individually.

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Kings Reach Kickstarted By Quarter Of A Billion



Middle-eastern money continues to flow into London with investors taking advantage of the pound to help kick-start stalled developments, the latest of which is Kings Reach Tower in Southwark.

CIT Group who are developing the project have received £250 million from a group of investors in the middle-east meaning that the contracts to begin reconstruction can finally be signed. Mace is expected to lead the work on site.

The regeneration plans are to add a further six storeys to the top of brown seventies Seifert creation boosting the height of the tower to 128 metres. The upper floors of the project from 11 to 30 will be converted to residential use from office creating a total of 173 new apartments.

At the same time a new ten-storey building will be created with a central atrium that will stand between the tower and the existing T-shaped podium. This will allow 39,400 square metres of office space to be constructed and better utilise the existing site, whilst 4,300 square metres of retail space is included too along Stamford Street.

Planning gain includes a new large roof top garden on top of the podium that fills the eastern part of the site which will be the low-rise podium will have a large garden atop of it. The creation of this is has allowed the there to be substantially more retail space than the current layout of the site will allow as the entrance for Kings Reach Tower has been relocated to the garden too freeing up site around the tower for shops.

The overhaul has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox who have also planned to overhaul the externals of the project. Rather than obliterate the past as the plans by Make would have done, the architects have come up with a modern take on the existing façade. By interlocking new thinner vertical fins with the current thicker ones KPF has given the new upper floors a more transparent look, not to mention improved the views and daylight for their future occupiers. The brown colour of the tower, which although claimed to be bronze is actually nothing more than paint, will be replaced for a cleaner more transparent look.

Construction work should begin apace in 2013 for a 2015 finish.

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At Marine Wharf, Berkeley have started marketing the second phase. I assume that means the first phase (Sirius House) has sold well.

The Phase 2 buildings are named Cadmus Court and Navigation House.

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Here's a render of Cadmus Court
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The second phase brochure is here (pdf).
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