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Old November 14th, 2006, 07:12 PM   #481
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Just look at Canary Wharf before the skyscrapers were built Canada Square was a baren waste land now its Londons second business centre after the square mile in the heart of the city.
Woh woh hang on a minute here. It wasn't a 'barren wasteland', it was the home of the former dockyards and London's working population of dockers, ship workers and quite a thriving community up until their closure 1970s.

Granted, before construction started on Canary Wharf the land had decayed since the workers left and wharves fell into disrepair, but it was hardly a wasteland.

Canary Wharf hasn't been a complete success story. Some would argue it hasn't made any improvement to the surrounding area - the three neighbouring councils are still after two decades the poorest in the UK. The demographics of the local population has changed considerably, and you'd be hard pushed to find someone still living there that would have worked on the Docks.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 07:31 PM   #482
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A large part of me will miss the currant London skyline. It isn't too cluttered and I feel it is starting to loose some of its elegance. One or two more skyscrapers would look good but a lot of this is overkill.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 08:32 PM   #483
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Apart from the gherkin the city skyline looks like any mid-sized American city´s.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 09:54 PM   #484
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Say that in 2012... And most mid-sized American cities don't have a 300ft UNESCO World Heritage cathederal or UNESCO World Heritage-listed 11th century castles and perhaps the world's (and certainly Europe's) most famous bridge all within one square mile on the skyline.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 10:39 PM   #485
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lol what a totally ill thort out statement. london has nothing american about it.
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Old November 14th, 2006, 10:57 PM   #486
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Well, I don't think he's saying London is like a mid-sized American city: He's saying the City of London's skyline is like that of a mediocre American city. Now I like Tower 42 but I would agree that in terms of built, modern skyscrapers (excluding the Gherkin), the City's skyline is by no means world class. But Soumi forgets the many historical relatively tall buildings in the City which create an impressive skyline and are just as, if not more, important as any skyscraper.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 12:18 PM   #487
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I was refering to the current skyscrapers. And I do know that there are buildings such as St Paul´s and the Tower but from most angles they´re not that prominent if they´re even visible.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #488
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Why on Earth do people automatically assume that a large city should have a large skyline???

Look at practically any city in Europe and you will be lucky to see any skyscrapers. Just because the skyline of American cities tend to reflect their size, does not mean that the rest of the world follows the same rule.
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Old November 15th, 2006, 06:06 PM   #489
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hardly any of the tallest projects actually end up getting built havent they reduced bishopsgate massivly by like 40 stories or somthing?
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Old November 15th, 2006, 06:07 PM   #490
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hardly any of the tallest projects actually end up getting built havent they reduced bishopsgate massivly by like 40 stories or somthing?
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Old November 15th, 2006, 06:14 PM   #491
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Old November 15th, 2006, 06:15 PM   #492
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No, they just reduced it in height from 307m to 288m. Hardly a massive cut. It'll still appear 305m above sea level anyway due to the height difference in City
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Old November 15th, 2006, 06:53 PM   #493
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hardly any of the tallest projects actually end up getting built havent they reduced bishopsgate massivly by like 40 stories or somthing?
Errr.... No!
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 03:18 PM   #494
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Posted by Jef in the UK forum -


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From the Financial Times

London’s Canary Wharf plan boasts 200,000 jobs
By Ben Hall, Political Correspondent
Published: November 21 2006 22:07 | Last updated: November 21 2006 22:07

The number of people working at Canary Wharf would more than double to 200,000 under revised government plans to redevelop the Thames Gateway.

Ruth Kelly, the communities secretary, will on Wednesday give further details of what is billed as the largest regeneration project in western Europe, predicting it could contribute £12bn a year to the UK economy if completed. The government envisages a big expansion of Canary Wharf to extract greater economic benefits from the regeneration area ….The capital’s new financial district already houses 82,000 employees and the London headquarters of several international banks. Under the revised regeneration plan, that will swell to 200,000 by 2026.



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Old November 22nd, 2006, 05:24 PM   #495
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In comparison La Defense has 150,000 employees (currently)
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Old November 22nd, 2006, 07:47 PM   #496
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I realy like Bishopsgate Tower an London Brigde Tower.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 04:13 PM   #497
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With today's two lots of great news, the list now looks like this:

Works (Construction, enabeling or demolition on site) for London in 2007:

Shard/London Bridge (310m)
Bishopsgate Tower (288m)
Heron Tower (242m)
122 Leadenhall (225m)
Riverside South T1 (214m)
Riverside South T2 (189m)
Broadgate tower (165m) (already U/C)
Pan Peninsula (147m) (already U/C)
Marshwall T1 (137m)
Pan Peninsula T2 (122m) (already U/C)

That includes 5 200m+ buildings! It should be the best year for skyscrapers in London yet!

And this is only the news we know, more is likely to come over the next few months.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:08 PM   #498
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Beetham have submitted planning application.

From Beetham

"Planning has been submitted to Southwark Council for a 52-storey glass tower that will combine 64 super luxury residences, a 261 bedroom super luxury hotel operated by Jumeirah, together with a public viewing gallery at the top of the building. The 64 spectacular residences are situated on the top floors of the building offering spectacular views of London.

Completion of this development is planned for 2011 in time for the London 2012 Games
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The new design:

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Thanks Jef for the news
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #499
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I've updated the summary at the beginning of this thread. All the information is now fully up-to-date.
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Old November 24th, 2006, 08:27 PM   #500
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Today's been smashing for London. Birmingham got some good news too so next year will be a very good year for the UK as whole and what a place to have at it's core - London!
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