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Old October 27th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #4821
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Old October 27th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #4822
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Old October 28th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #4823
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CIS increases London property holding

China's sovereign wealth fund is expanding its presence in the United Kingdom by getting more involved in London's property market.

China Investment Corporation, the manager of China's $410 billion sovereign fund, is in talks to buy Deutsche Bank's headquarters building in London for 250 million pounds ($403 million), according to British media reports.

The planned purchase is taking place amid a shifting pattern of China's overseas investment in recent years, from financial assets such as bonds to real assets such as infrastructure and real estate, said Mark Williams, London-based chief Asia economist of macroeconomic research company Capital Economics.

The building, known as Winchester House, is being sold by KanAm, the German open-ended real estate fund.

The fund bought the building in 2003 and then leased it to Deutsche Bank. It is the head office of the bank's global investment banking operation, according to KanAm's website.

The purchase would mean CIC has a presence in the property market in both of the two of London's financial centers — the City of London and Canary Wharf .

CIC made its first investment in the UK's property market in 2009, when it became a shareholder in Songbird Estates, which owns Canary Wharf, in the wake of the financial crisis. The district is the home to the global headquarters of banks such as HSBC and Credit Suisse, and 90,000 people work there.

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Old October 28th, 2012, 07:11 PM   #4824
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Old October 29th, 2012, 01:07 AM   #4825
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Old October 29th, 2012, 09:10 PM   #4826
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Plans for nine new buildings of between five and 48 storeys on the south side of the Thames in London are to be put before city planners as part of a huge urban development proposal.

Investment firm The Carlyle Group has come up with a 1.4 million sq ft development proposal between the South Bank and Bankside in Southwark, alongside Blackfriars bridge. The development would provide 492 new homes and enough office space to almost double the number of permanent jobs in the area to more than 3,700, it is claimed.

Additionally, more than 750 construction jobs would be created during the construction phase. No firm estimates for construction costs have been given yet but it is being talked of as a billion-pound development.

The site has been identified as an ‘opportunity area’ in the Mayor of London’s London Plan. Carlyle’s proposals for a new urban quarter have been developed by PLP Architecture. It will open up the arches under the railway viaduct to create pedestrian access and additional cultural, retail and restaurant space. The plan is to create new open space and link the nearby South Bank cultural facilities with the Tate Modern and Borough Market.

The development will comprise 1,400,000 sq ft of total floorspace, including 940,000 sq ft of residential, 450,000 sq ft of new offices, 25,000 sq ft of retail and 18,500 sq ft of cultural space, including a cultural pavilion on the river’s edge.

Three of the new buildings will be on the western side of the site, where the current Ludgate House office stands, with the remaining six constructed on the eastern location where the Sampson House block currently stands. Residential buildings will be positioned towards the north end of the site to capitalise on the riverside location and views of London, while office buildings will be on the southern edge.

At 48 storeys the tallest tower will stand opposite the proposed One Blackfriars development to form a new ‘gateway’, on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge, connecting the City and Southwark.

The project would re-open parts of the Upper Ground thoroughfare for the first time in 150 years and create stronger pedestrian links between Bankside and the Tate Modern and the rest of the South Bank’s Cultural Quarter, it is claimed.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 01:58 AM   #4827
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Planned east London Islamic center sparks 'Mega Mosque No Thanks' campaign

A planned 10,000-capacity ‘mega mosque’ in East London is under consideration by city authorities as locals mount a campaign to halt construction amid fears it will become a hotbed of Islamic extremism. The gigantic mosque, four times the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral, will sport towering 40-foot minarets, an Islamic library, sports facilities and eight apartments.

Planning permission for the place of worship is being considered by Newham Council, despite controversy and fierce opposition from the local community, including many Muslims.

The plans were submitted by Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary movement, which some have described as an ‘antechamber of fundamentalism’.

Critics claim the Islamic group preaches separatism and segregation. Two of the July 7, 2005, London bombers – Shehzad Tanweer and Mohammad Sidique Khan – are believed to have prayed at a Tablighi mosque in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, before committing their terror attack.

“They teach that if you want to be a good Muslim you must separate off from non-Muslims…It's only Tablighi Jamaat – of all the Islamic groups – that has created ghettos over in Toronto, in Canada. They're all around the world, this is a huge group and wherever they go they create barriers, hostility, division, they create separatism," Alan Craig, campaign director of ‘Mega Mosque No Thanks,’ which is actively opposing its construction, told RT.

If given the go-ahead, the massive mosque could be the first Sharia-law-controlled area in Britain. Many East Londoners are worried that flouts Prime Minster David Cameron’s policy of a multicultural Britain that embraces all ethnic groups.

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Old October 31st, 2012, 02:34 AM   #4828
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something may be wrong in this country: UK is traditionally a Christian country (now very much Secular). I agree that we should respect to all races/faiths etc, but TOO MUCH "freedom" has been given to people who do not respect and like the value of freedom and democracy.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 01:46 PM   #4829
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that really sounds MEGA
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Old October 31st, 2012, 05:42 PM   #4830
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that really sounds MEGA
Better call it Muslim city.
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Old October 31st, 2012, 06:46 PM   #4831
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TfL develops plans for tolled Silvertown Tunnel

Transport for London (TfL) has launched the second phase of a public consultation on a proposed package of new river crossings between east and southeast London.

Following an initial consultation in February this year, TfL has further developed the proposals for new vehicle river crossings, with options including a new road tunnel at Silvertown and a vehicle ferry at Gallions Reach.

TfL received nearly 4,000 responses to the initial consultation, and more than 90% of those who responded agreed there is a need for more river crossings in east and southeast London.

TfL has used the responses from the last consultation to develop the proposals further.

The proposed new road tunnel would run underneath the River Thames connecting the Royal Docks with the Greenwich Peninsula to relieve pressure on the existing Blackwall Tunnel. This Silvertown Tunnel, likely to be tolled, would be designed to carry all sizes of vehicles, including buses. It would help to alleviate the closures caused by over-height vehicles attempting to use the Blackwall Tunnel.

The proposed vehicle ferry would provide a river crossing linking Beckton directly with Thamesmead at Gallions Reach. It could replace the Woolwich Ferry.

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Old November 2nd, 2012, 12:12 PM   #4834
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something may be wrong in this country: UK is traditionally a Christian country (now very much Secular). I agree that we should respect to all races/faiths etc, but TOO MUCH "freedom" has been given to people who do not respect and like the value of freedom and democracy.
As you point out, Britain is largely a secular society, in addition a project this scale smacks of a kind of cultural imperialism, I think it would be a mistake to let it go ahead.

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Old November 3rd, 2012, 05:54 PM   #4835
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