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Old December 20th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #5001
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Old December 20th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #5003
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Ballymore Brings The Big Apple To London

2012 should have been the year that Stratford, boosted by Olympic legacy hit a critical mass but the success story of the year has been Nine Elms, an area which has seen proposal after proposal blossom.

One of these is Embassy Gardens, a two-phase project by Ballymore that involves the construction of a number of residential buildings on two sites, one to the west of the approved American embassy and the other to the south. Phase one is being built on the west just on the road from St James Thames-side development, Silverlight.

Leading the marketing charge for Ballymore is the Capital Building, a residential structure split into two cores of 16 and 13 floors respectively. As one might expect from the name, the architecture riffs off New York with a design highly influenced by the brick warehouses of the Big Apple's meat-packing district. It's a joint design from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Arup and Terry Farrell.

Residents of the scheme will be able to enjoy a luxurious club on the lower floors of the building. Entered through a grand lobby with interior design by Woods Bagot, there will be a cinema, café/bar, a library and lounge, a business centre and a restaurant. The mezzanine level has a fully equipped gymnasium, yoga studio, changing rooms, and a boxing ring that could come in useful for settling neighbourly disagreements. To rest from a bruising punch-up, the third level of the residents facilities will have steam rooms, treatment rooms, an indoor lap pool and an outdoor hydro pool.

The development will overlook the planned linear park that will cut a green swathe through the Nine Elms Opportunity Area, whilst the Capital Building will also front on to a new public plaza named New Union Square that has been landscaped by Camlins. It is almost new New York and clearly aimed at the American community drawn towards their new embassy.

The Capital Building should start rising next year.

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CLS Vauxhall development gets go-ahead



Twin 50-storey towers will soon loom above Vauxhall after a £500 million project in the capital’s Nine Elms district won planning permission last night, potentially bringing 2000 jobs to the area.

Developer CLS Holdings’ Vauxhall Square development on the south bank of the Thames will rise between the nearby transport interchange and the new US embassy. The project will see 520 homes built — 410 in the two towers plus a further 110 affordable homes. Building work is set to begin in 2015 on the project, which includes a new public square, offices, a hotel and student accommodation.

CLS has been assembling the site for the development for more than 20 years, although it submitted its detailed planning application only a year ago. It forms part of the regeneration of the Nine Elms area, including the extension of the Northern Line to Battersea.

Chief executive Richard Tice said: “We are delighted to have secured this major planning approval in the main central London regeneration area, which is undergoing rapid transformation and attracting the attention of investors worldwide.”

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Ballymore Brings The Big Apple To London



2012 should have been the year that Stratford, boosted by Olympic legacy hit a critical mass but the success story of the year has been Nine Elms, an area which has seen proposal after proposal blossom.

One of these is Embassy Gardens, a two-phase project by Ballymore that involves the construction of a number of residential buildings on two sites, one to the west of the approved American embassy and the other to the south. Phase one is being built on the west just on the road from St James Thames-side development, Silverlight.

Leading the marketing charge for Ballymore is the Capital Building, a residential structure split into two cores of 16 and 13 floors respectively. As one might expect from the name, the architecture riffs off New York with a design highly influenced by the brick warehouses of the Big Apple's meat-packing district. It's a joint design from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Arup and Terry Farrell.

Residents of the scheme will be able to enjoy a luxurious club on the lower floors of the building. Entered through a grand lobby with interior design by Woods Bagot, there will be a cinema, café/bar, a library and lounge, a business centre and a restaurant. The mezzanine level has a fully equipped gymnasium, yoga studio, changing rooms, and a boxing ring that could come in useful for settling neighbourly disagreements. To rest from a bruising punch-up, the third level of the residents facilities will have steam rooms, treatment rooms, an indoor lap pool and an outdoor hydro pool.

The development will overlook the planned linear park that will cut a green swathe through the Nine Elms Opportunity Area, whilst the Capital Building will also front on to a new public plaza named New Union Square that has been landscaped by Camlins. It is almost new New York and clearly aimed at the American community drawn towards their new embassy.

The Capital Building should start rising next year.
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Old December 21st, 2012, 12:44 AM   #5008
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Second Pre-Let For Cheesegrater

The commercial popularity of the Leadenhall Building continues to be clear following the announcement of the second major pre-let of the under construction 224.5 metre tall skyscraper in the City of London.

Developers British Land and Oxford Properties have agreed head of terms with insurance company Amlin PLC who will be taking 10,000 square metres of the building dubbed the Cheesegrater. The deal specifically relates levels 18 to 24 and floor 45, the tallest office level in the City of London that has been leased to date. Amlin also has an option to take a further 3,500 square metres should their needs require it.

The precise terms of the agreement including the rents to be paid have yet to be released, but it means the skyscraper is now 51% let with both tenants working in the insurance business. The proximity to Lloyds of London which is literally over the road may be the reason behind this. Other insurance companies in the immediate area include Aviva, Swiss Reinsurance, and the Willis Group.

Construction meanwhile continues on site with the steel work of the sixth out of eight stages of the Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners designed tower now underway. This has pushed the overall height past that of 20 Fenchurch Street but it will only overtake Heron Tower once the final stage is erected next year.
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The changing face of Canary Wharf



Canary Wharf is changing, as it targets smaller technology sector firms alongside the financial giants

Canary Wharf Group says it is about to appoint several practices that will surprise the architectural world. According to the developer, these are anything but the usual suspects that specialise in large floorplate offices. But then Canary Wharf’s Docklands estate is changing, and the next phase of development will be of a very different nature to what’s gone before. Some floorplates will be as small as 650sq m as the developer targets different sectors, particularly technology, in addition to its traditional financial services clients.

“Twenty years ago lots of our clients were in the financial services sector and the demand was for technologically sophisticated buildings with big floorplates, so we built that space for them. Now the market is changing, demand is coming from other business sectors and we’re looking at a mixture of options to meet this new demand,” says John Garwood, group company secretary of Canary Wharf, adding that it still expects to attract further financial sector tenants.

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Old December 21st, 2012, 03:51 PM   #5010
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TfL pledges £30m towards Crossrail public realm scheme

The Transport for London (TfL) Board has approved a £30 million contribution towards regenerating and improving public spaces at stations along the Crossrail route.

Crossrail's public realm development plans include 92,000 square metres of improved public space created outside the new Crossrail stations in central London; wider pavements; new pedestrian areas, and additional traffic-calming measures outside stations.

There will also be improvements to transport interchanges including improved connections with buses and taxis as well as cycle parking and walking routes with improved signage and way-finding.

Public areas will be improved to integrate with local streets and buildings and new seating areas and meeting places will be created.

Crossrail Ltd said in a statement that it had developed the regeneration plans, which go beyond the improvement works it is required to do under the project, to maximise the long-term benefits that Crossrail will deliver. Crossrail will lead the design work and the improvements will be delivered jointly by local authorities and developers.

The cost of the planned public realm improvements is expected to be in the region of £90m, with £28m having already been secured through the Crossrail budget. Crossrail said that the TfL funds now in place will bring more comprehensive improvement schemes a step closer at new Crossrail stations in central London and Docklands and at existing stations across the rest of the Crossrail route such as Abbey Wood, Ealing Broadway, Hayes & Harlington, Ilford and Romford.

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Old December 21st, 2012, 05:12 PM   #5011
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Nine Elms

I grew up in this area of Battersea when I was a child and used to play on the bombsites that remained after the Second World War in this area. To see the changes now planned and those going ahead is quite unbelievable. The changes in London are awe inspiring.
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson backs four-runway Stansted plan

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Not an expert of any sort but Stansted is under capacity as it is. It would probably be much less expensive to expand it than build a new airport out of nowhere.
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Two eleven-storey student blocks have been proposed in the London Borough of Lewisham to redevelop the existing Sherwood Court on Thurston Road.

Containing 142 apartments between them this translates into 410 student bedrooms plus shared communal facilities for each apartment that are aimed at students aged between 19 and 23. The ground floors of the buildings will have 569 square metres of commercial floor space whilst there are also 260 cycling spaces included and 4 car parking spots for the disabled.

The project, which will be clad in dark reflective brick with two tone recessed glazing, has been designed by WestonWilliamson Architects who have come up with two near identical blocks that have been reduced in height from 13 to 11 floors following consultations with locals concerned about the height. This means the height to parapet of both buildings is now roughly 36.4 metres.

The site sits in part of the area designated for the Lewisham Town Centre Regeneration with the Lewisham Gateway project situated to the immediate east. The project is set to fit in between this and the Gap Site that has yet to have a design revealed.
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Thanks, Southside Shopping Centre (Wandsworth Town, London) construction of phase 2 is well underway now. Phase 3 (building a new Debenhams department store) should begin in 2013. More info and pics here:

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Chinese vie to buy £800m London offices

China’s sovereign wealth fund is among a trio of Asian investors vying to buy an £800m London office campus from Blackstone, the US private equity firm, in what would be the UK’s highest value property deal since the start of the financial crisis.

China Investment Corporation and government-backed funds from Korea and Malaysia have tabled bids for Chiswick Park, Blackstone’s 1.1m sq ft development, according to people familiar with the process.

The sovereign wealth interest in the property underlines the growing role international investors are playing in London commercial real estate. Buyers from Asia, the Middle East and North America have ploughed billions of pounds into the offices, shops and hotels in the UK capital.

If the asking price is met, the sale of Chiswick Park would also be a fillip to Blackstone. The private equity group bought the property from a consortium of Aberdeen Asset Management, Schroders and Stanhope at the start of 2011 for £480m.

A person with knowledge of the situation said CIC was working with a third party investor.

The $410bn fund acquired Deutsche Bank’s £245m City of London headquarters in November – Beijing’s first direct property investment in the UK – in partnership with Invesco, the asset manager. CIC owns a 9.6 per cent stake in Blackstone, having invested $3bn into the private equity group before its initial public offering in 2007.

The Korean and Malaysian bids are both understood to involve consortiums of sovereign wealth and pension funds from the respective countries.

Chiswick Park is also rumoured to have attracted interest from a number of Canadian pension funds and UK institutional property investors. However, it is unclear whether they have yet tabled formal bids.

Blackstone and its advisers, CBRE, declined to discuss the process.

Overseas investor interest in the London office market has risen strongly in the past 18 months. The combination of stable yields and the kudos of owning property in the European financial centre have kept the prices buoyant in spite of the problems in the eurozone.

Earlier this week, the government of Azerbaijan confirmed it was buying a £180m office block in St James Street.

Deal flow in the UK capital has been so high that the city now accounts for three-quarters of the country’s entire commercial property market by value, according to recent research from CBRE. Asian investors have made up the largest foreign buyer group coming into London, accounting for 45 per cent of all deals by value in the City during 2012, according to Cushman & Wakefield, the property advisory group.
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