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Old October 13th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #4721
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Hedge fund giant Brevan Howard hunts for new London home

Brevan Howard, one of the world's top hedge fund firms which three years ago moved its main office to lower-tax Geneva, is back hunting for a new home in London amid signs some traders are missing the city's buzzing nightlife.

Brevan, headed by co-founder Alan Howard and which manages $37 billion in assets, is considering taking more than half the office space in a 65,000 square feet development at 7-8 St James's Square in the heart of London's plush hedge fund district, three property agents told Reuters.

The offices would replace Brevan's cheaper 38,000 square foot offices on Baker Street, where nearly half of Brevan's 400 staff worldwide are still currently located.

They could also provide a home for some of its Swiss-based executives - who include Alan Howard and founding partner Nagi Kawkabani - amid speculation among executives in London and Geneva that some Brevan traders may be disillusioned with life away from London's swanky restaurants and upmarket shops.

"I've heard that some of the traders who made the move out to Geneva have since come to regret that decision," said one prominent London-based hedge fund investor. "It seems that life in a small city doesn't always outweigh the tax savings."

Any such move would be a coup for Britain, which has been trying to position itself as a lower-tax base for entrepreneurs as it battles slow economic growth and a huge budget deficit.

Brevan Howard declined to comment. "I heard a number of traders who came over want to head back. Everyone knows Alan Howard isn't happy here," said one Geneva-based hedge fund professional, who asked not to be named.

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Old October 13th, 2012, 01:45 AM   #4722
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Great news. Looks interesting.
london never stop growing, expanding, modernizing and redeveloping mate.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 03:10 AM   #4723
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London's skyline gains green Crystal

London is home to iconic buildings like the cucumber shaped "Gherkin" and "the Shard" skyscraper, resembling a piece of broken glass. Now, Munich-based Siemens added the most modern of buildings to London's skyline.



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Henderson plans £160m London development

Henderson, the Anglo-Australian fund manager, has embarked on an ambitious £160m overhaul of one of London’s historic food markets, underscoring the depth of investor demand to develop sites in and around the City.

The company will unveil plans on Friday for a redevelopment of the Victorian fish, fruit and vegetable market buildings at Smithfield – the market on the western fringes of the Square Mile best known for meat sales.

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London Luton’s Master Plan for a ‘bigger, better’ airport



London Luton Airport Operations Limited (LLAOL) has a concession with London Luton Airport Limited (LLAL) – a company wholly owned by Luton Borough Council – to operate the airport on its behalf until 2031. A series of sustainable developments are planned to enhance the passenger experience and provide additional capacity – the aim being to ensure that London Luton continues to play an important role as what it describes as ‘London’s local airport’.

The airport handled 9.5 million passengers in 2011 and its vision is a bigger, better airport, fulfilling a crucial role in providing more, high quality capacity in the London airport system.

Glyn Jones, Managing Director, London Luton, said: “The Mayor of London has proposed a new hub in the Thames Estuary to deal with the constraints on medium and long haul aviation capacity in London and the South East. We have outlined a credible and realistic plan that, if approved, will put Luton at the heart of solving the burden on point-to-point short haul operators who want to grow.”

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Old October 13th, 2012, 04:23 PM   #4726
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Crikey, that development seems enormous.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:33 PM   #4728
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Crikey, that development seems enormous.
The project is just the rectangular building in the centre. The rest is surroundings. But yes, it's huge, 700,000 sft of office space.
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Tech groups hunt for London offices

The UK’s fast-growing technology, media and telecommunications sector is set to create a surge in demand for London office space during the next two years, offering a boon to tenant-deprived property companies.

TMT companies are on course to absorb an additional 1.2m sq ft by 2014, an area twice the size of the Shard, London’s tallest skyscraper, according to a study by BNP Paribas. The wave of demand, underpinned by companies such as Google, Skype and Oracle, will be welcomed by commercial property landlords as they struggle with falling space requirements across other sectors.

The take-up is also expected to spread across the city centre, rather than cluster around Old Street – an area called Silicon Roundabout and the traditional hub of the UK’s TMT industry.

Paul Henwood, of BNP Paribas real estate’s investment team, said that companies would target emerging locations, such as King’s Cross, Southbank and Stratford as well as Old Street and the City of London. “There is a great opportunity for investors to look more seriously at these kinds of locations as well as the traditional core markets but the entry price will be the key factor to a successful outcome,” he added.

A number of large TMT groups are rumoured to be looking for space in London, following the lead of Amazon, which in July signed terms to occupy an eight-storey office block in the City.

Google is thought to be considering building a 725,000 sq ft office campus in Kings Cross, which would be a boost to the redevelopment of the 67 acres of disused railway yards and wasteland behind the station.

However, while some TMT groups are seeking new addresses in the areas around the centre of London, many others are turning to the capital’s most established business district – the City.

TMT companies took up 731,000 sq ft of new space in the City during the first half of this year, compared with 367,000 sq ft for the same period last year, according to Knight Frank, the property services group. This accounted for more than a quarter of all new City leases signed during the first half of the year.
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London property market most preferred by world’s wealthiest property buyers

Central London property market is the most preferred option for most of the wealthiest property buyers across the world, according to a survey, as 57% of overseas high net worth individuals (HNWI) choose London as their preferred destination for property development.

London residential and commercial property assets have seen a global upturn in the last 12 months with overseas investors, both institutional and individual, contributing almost 90% in recent commercial asset transactions, according to the Private Capital Survey 2012.

International property consultants Cluttons say that 86% of HNWIs prefer London has their top investment city citing reasons such as second homes, children’s education or expansion of existing investment portfolio. Around 71% of HNWIs who participated in the survey said they were planning investment activity in the next three to six months in London. And at over two thirds investors, higher than last year, stated that the target city will be outside their domestic market.

Middle East investors preferred London as their first choice of dwelling. Investors particularly from Dubai and Bahrain were continuing to look for prime central London residential location.

Such growing demand pressure on this scarce asset class is expected to drive values up further and the rapid recovery of central London residential markets from the global credit crunch impact is a key factor influencing investment decisions.

Kuala Lumpur and Singaporean investors also showed keen interest in central London property market for residential requirements. But, HNWIs in Bangkok ranked London behind Myanmar and Indonesian wealthy private investors still preferred looking at Singaporean and Australian residential before considering London.

The reason for London being a hot favourite amongst the wealthiest of the world is that the city attracts dynamic businesses and skilled professionals from around the globe, which acts as the main catalyst for the wealthy to have their eyes set on London’s property market.
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Linden Homes Offers Southwark Binary Choice

Linden Homes is planning a new development on Blackfriars Road in Southwark, but one with two options to try and avoid the sort of delays that the local NIMBYs have created with other projects in the area.

The first proposal is for a part 7, part 11, part 27 storey residential tower that would have 206 apartments, The second is shorter at only 15 storeys and will have 123 apartments, and ground floor retail.

The two schemes, both designed by Rolfe Judd, are radically different in their approach to how the 0.18 hectare site is utilised. The taller tower has a smaller footprint and improved public space around it such as the landscaping that bounds Pocock Street and a new small park adjacent to Surrey Row.

The shorter building fills out the site substantially more with commercial space on the ground floor. at the same time not only does it offer less apartments, but due to lower sales values for apartments on the 15th floor of a development compared to those on the 27th floor, the scheme will generate substantially less money to what Linden Homes has described as "community funds."

The site is presently occupied by St George's Mansions and the Imbibe Pub and demolition of these older buildings is likely to prove locally controversial. This is unlikely to be an issue however as the council has already given permission for them to be demolished without linking demolition to the approval of site development.

Whatever happens during the consultation process for the project, it should be an interesting opportunity to compare the public response between a taller building with very obvious planning gain, and that of a shorter one that contributes little.
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London’s Smithfield Market Set for Commercial Development

Henderson Global Investors Ltd., the London-based manager of $104 billion in assets, plans to develop Smithfield Market in the City of London financial district into offices, shops and restaurants.

The general and fish markets and other buildings will be refurbished for use as retail space and eateries and the historic meat market won’t be affected by the development, Henderson said in a statement today.

Smithfield is about a third of a mile from the site Goldman Sachs Group Inc. may develop as its new European headquarters. The 235,000 square-foot (22,000 square-meter) development may be valued at 160 million pounds ($257 million) after completion, Gemma Bradley, a spokeswoman for Henderson, said yesterday.

Most of Smithfield Market’s Victorian perimeter will be retained and new office space will be added in the general market and in a storage area next to the fish market.

“These buildings have lacked sustainable long-term use,” Geoff Harris, Henderson’s property development director, said in today’s statement. “Significant investment is needed to properly restore them and to deliver the commercial and civic space that is needed to be able to make the venture a success.”
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London Mayor backs controversial Spitalfields plan

Mayor Boris Johnson has given the go ahead to plans to redevelop the historic Fruit and Wool Exchange building in east London.

Developer Exemplar can now go-ahead and demolish the Spitalfields building and a multi storey car park to make way for office and retail space.

The scheme was initially rejected by the local Tower Hamlets council and attracted fierce local opposition because it would mean the loss of Dorset Street, where Wedgewood china company had its first showroom and where Jack the Ripper murdered his last victim.

The London Mayor made his decision after a public hearing at City Hall, and said: “These plans will not only restore the façade to its former glory, but regenerate the Spitalfields area with thousands of new jobs, and brand new commercial opportunities.

“It will also make a vital contribution to the wider London economy and have a significant impact not just on Tower Hamlets but on surrounding boroughs as well.”
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London's newest development: The rise of the Ikea city

The furniture store has opened the first part of its huge east London mini-city. But don't expect too many Billy bookcases



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Linden Homes Offers Southwark Binary Choice
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Linden Homes is planning a new development on Blackfriars Road in Southwark, but one with two options to try and avoid the sort of delays that the local NIMBYs have created with other projects in the area.

The first proposal is for a part 7, part 11, part 27 storey residential tower that would have 206 apartments, The second is shorter at only 15 storeys and will have 123 apartments, and ground floor retail.

The two schemes, both designed by Rolfe Judd, are radically different in their approach to how the 0.18 hectare site is utilised. The taller tower has a smaller footprint and improved public space around it such as the landscaping that bounds Pocock Street and a new small park adjacent to Surrey Row.

The shorter building fills out the site substantially more with commercial space on the ground floor. at the same time not only does it offer less apartments, but due to lower sales values for apartments on the 15th floor of a development compared to those on the 27th floor, the scheme will generate substantially less money to what Linden Homes has described as "community funds."

The site is presently occupied by St George's Mansions and the Imbibe Pub and demolition of these older buildings is likely to prove locally controversial. This is unlikely to be an issue however as the council has already given permission for them to be demolished without linking demolition to the approval of site development.

Whatever happens during the consultation process for the project, it should be an interesting opportunity to compare the public response between a taller building with very obvious planning gain, and that of a shorter one that contributes little.

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=3180
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Tech groups hunt for London offices

The UK’s fast-growing technology, media and telecommunications sector is set to create a surge in demand for London office space during the next two years, offering a boon to tenant-deprived property companies.
These are exactly the right kind of companies for the capital. They should generate real, sustainable growth and re-orient London away from finance. Great news.
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Redevelopment of the Quadrangle at the Strand Campus Competition Winner / Hall McKnight Architects

RIBA Competitions recently awarded Hall McKnight Architects as the winner in the competition to redevelop the Quadrangle at King’s College London’s historic Strand Campus, which was considered to be unique in playing to the strengths of the historic buildings surrounding the Quad. Ian Caldwell, Director of Estates & Facilities at King’s, said ‘Hall McKnight had undertaken an impressive analysis of the site and presented a clear philosophy. By uncovering layers of the past, the architects showed a real engagement with the history of the buildings surrounding the Quad. The competition jury panel was impressed with Hall McKnight’s passion, intelligence, strategic sense and communicative ability.’ More images and information after the break.




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