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Old October 15th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #4741
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Old October 15th, 2012, 10:27 PM   #4742
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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.

No reason why London can't be a behemoth of Technology AND Finance.

To close the door on what is arguably still and always will be the worlds biggest industry is false economy.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 10:46 PM   #4743
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:59 PM   #4744
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Old October 16th, 2012, 01:10 PM   #4745
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Old October 16th, 2012, 01:19 PM   #4746
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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #4747
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No reason why London can't be a behemoth of Technology AND Finance.

To close the door on what is arguably still and always will be the worlds biggest industry is false economy.
Unfortunately that industry is also subject to boom-and-bust and lots of unscrupulous activities; I agree, it would be great if we had technology and reponsible banking.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 03:36 PM   #4748
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Unfortunately that industry is also subject to boom-and-bust and lots of unscrupulous activities; I agree, it would be great if we had technology and reponsible banking.


Obviously... but no one cared during the boom years... in fact the banking sector greatly boosted the UK economy.

I agree, that it needs far better morals and work ethics.. but it will remain for all time the most important industry so long as humans have trade and money.

We don't want to slap so much regulation on it that it just ups and moves out to another country.. which is a main reason why most global banking and insurance firms chose London over any other European city or country.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 04:37 PM   #4749
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Obviously... but no one cared during the boom years... in fact the banking sector greatly boosted the UK economy.

I agree, that it needs far better morals and work ethics.. but it will remain for all time the most important industry so long as humans have trade and money.

We don't want to slap so much regulation on it that it just ups and moves out to another country.. which is a main reason why most global banking and insurance firms chose London over any other European city or country.
We're pretty much being held hostage by it. After what's happened all countries need to be much harder on banks.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #4750
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Facebook unveils first non-American engineering centre in London

Facebook announced the opening of its first non-US engineering centre in London today. Located in Covent Garden, the centre will focus on the products that improve users' mobile experiences.

The base of operations is Facebook’s Covent Garden offices, which was formerly used by advertising, public relations and support staff. The centre will now house twenty engineers, twelve of whom are American imports. The team will be led by Facebook's head of UK engineering Phillip Su, whose previous credits include the integration of Skype with the social network. Other members of his ‘launch team’ have been involved in the development of Ticker, Timeline and Facebook’s App Center.

The British contingent are a “handful of local recruits” who are currently undergoing a six-week boot camp at Facebook's Menlo Park, California headquarters. Facebook has indicated that recruitment is still ongoing.

The new R&D installation will be the first to be located outside of the US and will focus on developing products for mobile, platform and machine learning.

Phillip Su expanded upon this saying, “London is obviously a great place to build a mobile team, especially on the Android client. London is a great place to build platform. London is the world’s second highest concentration of Facebook-registered third party developers."

“We’re also working on reducing net latency and being much more conservative with the bandwidth we consume, and being much more conservative with the bandwidth we consume," he went on to say about platform development.

“Finally machine learning. There is so much PhD-level talent that our team hopes to work with world-class talent in that domain," he added.

Facebook vice president of engineering Mike Schroepfer explained the company's choice to plant roots in the city of London saying, “When you look at all the places where we have put engineering centers there are two defining factors: there has to be an indigenous talent base, and an indigenous educational system. Cambridge is not very far away.”
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Old October 17th, 2012, 08:54 PM   #4752
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Old October 17th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #4753
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Love the fact that they went with that different cladding to The Shard.
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Old October 18th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #4757
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Detailed Plans Surface For Battersea Phase One

A new and more detailed planning application has been filed for the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, one of the most important regeneration sites in London.

The 10 million square foot project will be constructed in a series of phases starting with building RS1 which sits on the west of the site adjacent to the southern part of the mainline rail line that runs from the likes of Brighton to Victoria.

L-shaped RS-1A has been designed by Ian Simpson Architects and will consist of apartments along with much of the community element of the scheme occupying the ground floor. The northern part of the ground floor nearest the river Thames that makes up the arm of the L will have food and drink outlets.

The guiding principle behind the design of the building has been to realise the almost impossible idea that every resident should have a view of the River Thames or Battersea Power Station, something that has been achieved thanks to the snaking footprint the building has.

Ian Simpson Architects has divided the building into a series of glazed blocks that give the bulk of it the appearance it may have escaped from a container port. Each rectangular glass block above the ground floor is four storeys high and laid on its side with gaps between for external balconies. At points nearest the Thames there is a substantial cantilever above the ground floor that creates a sheltered overhang to help protect the customers of eateries from the rain.

The upper floors of the building are set along the length of the L and stepped to provide a series of roof terraces for occupiers of the penthouses to enjoy. In addition to this, as one would expect from an Ian Simpson designed scheme, apartments will have enclosed balconies similar to those that have made his previous living spaces on Deansgate in Manchester so popular.

Fitting in with this is Building RS-1B that runs tightly along the western boundary of the site. Coming from the pens of de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects this steps down rapidly in height from north to south. Between the eastern side of 1B and the western side of 1A will be a large landscaped podium courtyard landscaped by Exterior Architecture and LDA Design. Overseeing the whole thing, as he has with the masterplan so far, will be Rafael Vinoly.

Work on the phase one buildings is due to start in 2013 for a 2016 finish, whilst simultaneously restoration work will also begin on Battersea Power Station with the promise to save this historic structure at last starting to look like reality.


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Old October 18th, 2012, 07:01 PM   #4759
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