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Old November 10th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #4861
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Catching Up With Sainsburys Nine Elms

Part of the emerging cluster of tall buildings in and around London's Vauxhall area, is these three now approved towers designed by Rolfe Judd Architects.



Set to sit on the existing Sainsbury's site at Nine Elms as the tall element of a scheme that includes the redevelopment of the existing superstore and the construction of a new replacement, the project features a trio of tall residential buildings of 125.55 metres, 90.35 metres and 62.60 metres in height.

The towers are roughly positioned on each corner of the triangular site with the tallest building furthest to the east with the tallest standing opposite Vauxhall Sky Gardens and a potentially new public square.

It's been designed to taper with the apartment views orientated primarily north towards the visually interesting central London. As with its shorter siblings, The architect has employed a spiral concept to subtly manipulate the shape of tower. Further marking them out as relations will be the cladding for the buildings that will be metallic in nature - brass for the tallest, copper for the middle building, and Cor-ten for the shortest.

With three wings of different heights set off a central core, the middle tower also sits adjacent to a potential public square as well as acting as a gateway building to a new pedestrian route through the neighbouring railway viaduct. It also marks the "end" of the site.

The shortest of the towers is at the south-western corner and will stand alongside the entrance to the new Sainsbury's supermarket. By positioning it here it should relate to other buildings planned for the area along Pascal Street that are not a part of this development with its wings stepping down in height.

Catering for the seemingly insatiable need for new build apartments in London, work on the 671-apartment scheme is mooted to start as soon as 2013 with a 2016 finish.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 10:26 PM   #4862
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Old November 10th, 2012, 11:04 PM   #4863
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London is a truely amazing city, probably the best city in the world. London had always lagged behind other world class cities in terms of tall buildings and modern architecture but we are finally catching up and I think we will start to plow ahead of other cites. We might not have the highest or the largest number of skyscrapers but as an ancient city we are finding ways to incorporate high quality modern tall buildings into our surrounding historical landmarks.

Admittadly not all of the skyscrapers have amazing designs, some are controversial and some people just dont like but thats the nature of change not everyone agrees.

London a city that has massive culture, social, economic and polical importance throught out the world and has managed to incorporate the modern and historical world into one entity something that not many cities in the world have done, most have either remained glued to their historical heritage or have just exploded into the modern world, London has done both.

London is not perfect and it has many problems but all cites do, problems just mean there is room for improvement and that is what London is doing.
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Major transformation of Clapham Old Town to start before April

Construction of a new £2.2 million public square in the heart of Clapham could start as early as April next year. New cycle lanes, wider pavements and pedestrian crossings will be added to the gyratory system to the north of Clapham Common and The Pavement slip road pedestrianised.

Councillor Lib Peck, Lambeth’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: "The scheme will transform the public space in Clapham Old Town, give a new heart to the area and bring huge benefits to both residents and businesses.

"Once completed it will rival other major successful regeneration projects we have seen over the past few years."

The project is subject to a final approval from Transport for London, who will provide the majority of the funding. Lambeth Council plan to contribute about £600,000. Coun Peck said the proposal has been several years in the planning and she is hopeful TfL will give it the green light.

The project is part of a £20 million pound package of investment across Lambeth - the biggest in the council’s history - to tackle potholes and make roads and footpaths safer. Under the Clapham Old Town Regeneration Project, Venn Street has already undergone considerable redevelopment, becoming a more pedestrian-friendly car-free area.

The council is also starting a series of works around Clapham Common North Side and Rookery Road to widen footpaths, introduce new pedestrian crossings, install a two-way southbound cycle path on North Side, resurface the road and plant new trees.
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St George Wharf Tower, also known as the The Tower, is a residential skyscraper under construction in Vauxhall, London, as part of the St George Wharf development. When built, it will be 181 metres (594 ft) tall with 50 storeys, making it one of the tallest residential towers in Europe.


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The structure will be topped by a wind turbine, which will power the tower's common lighting. At the base of the tower, water will be drawn from the London Aquifer and heat pump technology will be used to remove warmth from the water in the winter to heat the apartments. The tower will require one third of the energy compared to a similar building and CO2 release will be between one half and two thirds of normal emissions. It will be triple-glazed to minimise heat loss and gain, with low 'e' glazing and ventilated blinds between the glazing to further reduce heat gain.

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Morgan Sindall wins £16.9m London school


Morgan Sindall Redbridge Beal High School project education

The project will involve the design and construction of a new building to accommodate 840 additional students at Beal High School in the London Borough of Redbridge.

Morgan Sindall and its design partners, DLA Architecture, won the contract to design and construct the building after an eight month consultation with the school and the London Borough of Redbridge. The expansion is being managed by Quantem Consulting LLP.

The new building will comprise general and specialised teaching spaces, a learning resource centre, assembly hall and sports hall and the construction of external hard and soft landscaping.

The new building is aiming for a BREEAM Excellent rating and includes several sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting, photovoltaic cells, and a combined heat and power plant which captures and utilises the heat created by the electricity generation process.

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Canary Wharf banking on bright future with £2bn plan for Shoreditch-style shops




Canary Wharf plans to shake off its image as a windswept financial ghetto by building a £2 billion “urban village” next to its trademark skyscrapers.

The owners of the Docklands banking district want to make Canary Wharf - once notorious for its absence of shops and restaurants - into a vibrant East End “creative quarter.”

The first element involves turning the entire 39th floor of the highest skyscraper, One Canada Square, into a “nursery” for growing technology firms to bring “a touch of Shoreditch” into E14.

There will also be a four storey shopping centre - due to open in 2015 - above the new Crossrail terminal at Canary Wharf.

But the biggest element of the overhaul is the masterplan for the currently unused 17 acre Wood Wharf site. It is still being drawn up in consultation with local residents by urban planner Sir Terry Farrell ahead of a planning application next Spring.

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Crossrail awards £50m signalling contract

A consortium of Siemens and Invensys Rail has won the £50 million contract for the design and build of the signalling system for the central section of Crossrail.

The consortium beat rival bids from Signalling Solutions and Thales Transportation and Solutions.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “Crossrail is now in a position to award the main signalling contract, which is the first of our railway systems contracts.

“Crossrail will operate up to 24 trains per hour during the peak between London’s Whitechapel and Paddington stations.

“The new signalling system will incorporate automatic train operation to support the delivery of a high-frequency metro service and will also be capable of enhancement to 30 trains per hour through the central section at a later date.”

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Heathrow-Stansted ‘dual hub’ proposed



Plans are being drawn up to solve the UK’s aviation capacity crunch by linking Heathrow and Stansted airports in a “dual hub”. Make, a firm of architects, is developing proposals under which an expanded Stansted airport could be connected with Heathrow through the £15bn Crossrail line that will run between east and west London.

The Stansted idea stems from Ken Shuttleworth, Make’s founder, who previously worked with Lord Foster, the architect behind the idea of a £23bn hub airport in the Thames estuary. Make’s plans might prove politically more attractive than Lord Foster’s because expanding Stansted could be cheaper than building another airport.
Boris Johnson, London’s mayor, supports an estuary airport but he is also willing to back a bigger Stansted. Make’s work is likely to be contentious because the owner of capacity-constrained Heathrow says a dual hub is likely to be unworkable because transfer times between the two would be lengthy. Make wants to explore whether Heathrow could continue to operate alongside Stansted if the Essex airport were expanded from one to as many as four runways.

“Perhaps there is a solution where both [Heathrow and Stansted] can coexist,” said Stuart Blower, a partner at Make who is working on its project to expand Stansted. “It’s almost a London hub . . . as opposed to Stansted and Heathrow being separate.” He described expanding Stansted as “perhaps the least worst of the options” for fixing the crunch in southeast England’s airport capacity. He highlighted how Stansted, unlike Heathrow, was not located in a densely populated area and had good road links because of proximity to the M11 motorway. Mr Blower suggested it could be cheaper and quicker to expand Stansted than to build a hub in the estuary. “Our philosophy is very much an approach of ‘let’s see what can be done with the existing infrastructure’,” he said. Mr Blower, who worked on Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and Madrid’s Barajas airport, said the Stansted project was six months old but far from complete. No costings have been done yet.

Make is considering how Stansted could improve its poor rail links to central London. It takes at least 45 minutes to travel on the existing line from Liverpool Street station. Mr Blower is examining if Crossrail – due to open in 2018 – could be extended by building a spur line from Stratford station in east London to Stansted. This could result in journey times of 25 minutes between Stansted and Stratford, and also provide a direct link to Heathrow – the west London airport is already planned as a spur terminus on Crossrail. However, it would take at least an hour to travel between the two airports. Crossrail could provide Stansted with the opportunity to tap into the planned £17bn High Speed 2 rail line from London’s Euston station to Birmingham, at the Old Oak Common interchange. Finally, Make is also looking at linking Stansted to the High Speed 1 line, from London St Pancras to Paris, that includes an existing station at Stratford International.

But even if Stansted’s rail connections can be improved, entering into a dual hub arrangement with Heathrow would involve a fundamental change to the Essex airport’s business model. Since the revamped Stansted opened in 1991, it has focused on serving low-cost carriers, led by Ryanair, that fly to Europe. Stansted has suffered during the downturn, as people have cut back on holidays. Passenger numbers have fallen from 23.8m in 2007 to 18m last year. It has a lot of spare capacity with its one runway being able to support 35m passenger flights each year. By contrast Heathrow, the UK’s only hub airport, was operating at near full capacity on its two runways last year, at 69.4m passengers. Creating a successful dual hub of Heathrow and Stansted would almost certainly hinge on persuading one of the three global airline alliances to locate operations at the Essex airport.

British Airways, a leading member of Oneworld Alliance, one of the world’s three largest groups, is expected to remain based at Heathrow, so Stansted would need to woo either SkyTeam, including Delta, Air France and KLM, or Star Alliance, which includes Lufthansa, United and SAS. Mr Blower stressed that Stansted’s expansion could be phased and initially might involve adding one runway. But eventually, under Make’s plans, Stansted could become a mega-hub with four runways, capable of handling 150m passengers each year.

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£350 million Kingsgate development gets the go ahead



Land Securities has today announced that it will start redeveloping the former Kingsgate House on Victoria Street, SW1 next month, as part of its transformation of Victoria.

The commitment comes as a result of a Government change to planning laws in relation to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Regulations. This has removed the risk of a potential CIL being applied on the whole development as opposed to just the minor amendment. On large scale projects such as Kingsgate, the potential bill could have been millions of pounds.

The announcement comes after the Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited the site. Robert Noel, Chief Executive of Land Securities said: “It is heartening to know that the Government has listened to the industry and acted to remove some of the uncertainty in the planning process. It enables us to progress with developing the former Kingsgate House site and continue to transform Victoria into a distinct and vibrant West End hub where people choose to live, work and visit. Our experience with our current developments demonstrates that Victoria is proving attractive to potential occupiers. This project will further add to its appeal.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Already the changes we are making to the planning system are having an impact, with Land Securities giving the go-ahead to a major multi-million pound investment, supporting thousands of jobs in our construction industry. No one should be in any doubt about our determination to make sure Britain, and the British people, rise in the 21st century."

The scheme, designed by Lynch Architects, comprises two new buildings: The Zig Zag Building, a 190,000 sq ft office building over 14 floors with a staggered façade; and Kings Gate, a 12 storey residential building comprising 100 apartments. Both buildings will provide a new and enhanced retail offer with 45,000 sq ft of space, together with considerable improvements to the public realm benefitting the wider Victoria area. The buildings are planned to complete in summer 2015 having supported an estimated 2,500 jobs throughout the construction phase.

In addition, the development provides for an affordable housing contribution of £11.6m which will be directed towards the provision of much needed affordable development in the Westminster area.

In 2010, Land Securities was the first major commercial property developer to restart large scale development after the downturn, when it started a £655m West End development programme. Since then it has advanced a development pipeline of over 2.5 m sq ft. Major retail schemes in Leeds and Glasgow are both due to complete next year, and in London it has over 1.6m sq ft of office space being delivered together with over 250,000 sq ft of residential development.

The construction contracts alone on these schemes are worth over £1 billion and estimated to be sustaining over 14,000 jobs through the construction period. The commitment to build The Zig Zag Building and Kings Gate will see Land Securities further extend its innovative Employment Programme which offers training opportunities in construction and ring-fences jobs designed to get the long-term unemployed, young people and ex-offenders back into work.

Land Securities actively works with the Greater London Authority, Westminster City Council, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Job Centreplus, the London Probation Trust, the Prince’s Trust and grassroots community groups to engage with disadvantaged unemployed young people in Westminster. Since the launch of the London Employment Programme in 2010, Land Securities has already helped 204 people with training including 6 apprenticeships and 35 NVQs and secured jobs for 83 Londoners.

This new development forms part of Land Securities’ regeneration and investment in Victoria SW1, and follows the major refurbishment of 123 Victoria Street, providing 199,000 sq ft of offices, Wellington House, comprising 59 residential apartments and 62 Buckingham Gate, providing 278,000 sq ft of new retail and office space. As part of each of these developments, there has been considerable investment into public realm and other local community benefits, including the provision of 25 affordable housing dwellings at Wilton Plaza. In addition, the capital’s most exciting mixed use scheme at Victoria Circle is being prepared with demolition underway and delivery likely to be phased between 2016 and 2018.

Commenting further on the commitment to build The Zig Zag Building and Kings Gate, Robert Noel, Land Securities’ Chief Executive said:
“Despite the uncertainty in the wider economy, we continue to invest in the UK based on our clear plan to build space where we see demand. Our investment is predicated on an understanding of our core markets and capitalises on the financial strength we have to invest when others are constrained.

“Our plans are good for us, good for the UK and good for jobs. Our investments not only drive economic benefits for the communities they impact but also social benefits. In pushing ahead now we will continue to make employment opportunities available in order to enable out-of-work Londoners to meet their full potential.”
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