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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:57 AM   #5121
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Westfield inks $1.5M London development deal

Westfield Group (ASX:WDC) has acquired a 50 per cent stake in a retail centre in London after inking a deal to redevelop the centre with UK rival Hammerson.

Under the joint venture Westfield and Hammerson will redevelop and combine two main shopping centres in Croydon into a larger asset as part of a $1.5 billion project.

Westfield says both companies will meet with stakeholders within weeks to discuss plans and construction is expected to start in 2015.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says the project will drive forward a vital regeneration and put Croydon at the heart of London’s future prosperity in one of the capital’s most important town centres.

Westfield Group boosted its net profit by 31 per cent to $842 million in the first half of the 2012 financial year.

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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:58 AM   #5122
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Google completes deal to move its London HQ over to Kings Cross Central



Google has bought a new site for its British headquarters at King Cross Central, a multi-billion pound mixed-use property development located in the heart of London. The deal, reported on by Reuters, is for a site that stretches roughly 2.4 acres in total. The price that Google has paid for the land, however, has not been disclosed.

Google is expected to move from its current headquarters, located in the Victoria area of London, to its new premises once the building (or buildings) is completed in 2016. Reuters has also revealed that the premises itself will be around 1 million square feet.

The deal shouldn’t come as too big a shock to anyone that’s been following Google’s movements over the last 12 months. A report by the Daily Telegraph last October speculated that the company was willing to pay more than $879 million (£550 million) for the new site, although that was based on reports of a 700,000 square foot site uncovered by its sister publication, the Sunday Telegraph.

If the amount of land that Google has bought today has indeed increased to 1 million square feet, the final figure paid by Google could well be even higher.

Google will undoubtedly be the biggest and most high-profile company to move into the redevelopment site behind King’s Cross station, provided the move goes ahead as planned. They will join the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, a branch of the University of the Arts London, as well as BNP Paribas and possibly J Sainsbury, which has also been linked with a deal.

A report by the London Evening Standard last year said that Google would only leave its existing offices, located at 123 Buckingham Palace Road, once its lease runs out in 2016. The firm’s new startup hub over in east London, however, would be left untouched. That same report speculated that Google’s new British headquarters would be a cluster of five buildings, resembling the more open plan, campus aesthetic and atmosphere that has proven so popular over in Silicon Valley.

The move by Google, which has likely occurred either because they’re running out of space at their existing offices, or because they plan to significantly expand their operations in the UK, will be seen as a huge boost to London’s image as a technology hub. Although Silicon Roundabout has become somewhat of a flag-bearer for technology startups in the UK, it’s also been missing some of the really high-profile names that the wider public know and recognise.

At its new headquarters in King’s Cross Central though, Google could change that image very quickly.

http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/01...cross-central/
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:59 AM   #5123
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Panel of experts for London development schemes announced

A panel of experts has been appointed to advise the Mayor of London Boris Johnson on major development schemes in the capital, with the aim of promoting the highest quality of architecture and urban design in high profile regeneration projects.
The Mayor's Design Advisory Group, comprised of experts from heritage, architecture, housing and design bodies, has been relaunched to play a significant role in shaping future developments which fall under the Mayor's responsibility through his regeneration, planning, housing and land powers.

Experts including architect Sir Terry Farrell, Tate Modern Council member Stephen Witherford and Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture, will advise on ensuring housing and design standards and the development of London's public realm, while advising the Mayor on how to secure the best results on new developments through procurement.

The group will focus on schemes led by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London, in particular it will be asked to comment on major investment programmes driven by funding from the Mayor's Regeneration Fund and the Outer London Fund.

London is an ever changing city. With the enormous potential of regeneration being unlocked across the capital, we must promote architecture and design of the highest possible standard,ђ said Johnson.

The advisory group will be instrumental in shaping not only a London wide design strategy, but also advising on key planning decisions which have a direct impact on our high streets, public places and neighbourhoods across the boroughs,ђ he added.

The Mayor's Design Advisory Group will be chaired by Fiona Fletcher-Smith, the Mayor's executive director of development and enterprise. It will meet up to four times each year, with the Mayor chairing at least one meeting.

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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:00 AM   #5124
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Barratt Developments plans 400 new homes in Blackfriars Road



A developer has bought Erlang House and Hill House in Blackfriars Road and plans to build up to 400 new homes on the site.

Erlang House and Hill House are at the southern end of Blackfriars Road on the east side close to St George's Circus.

Barratt says the development will include up to 400 homes with a mix of open market and affordable units.

Erlang House – whose former occupants include BT and London South Bank University – is now used as artists' studios.

The company also plans to build 600 homes at Cannons Wharf near Surrey Quays.

"We are delighted to have secured these high profile projects within London," said Mark Clare, chief executive of Barratt Developments.

"Barratt has a strong track record of delivering in London and our capability to design, build and sell large complex schemes is giving us a competitive advantage in the capital."

Barratt's scheme is the latest in a number of proposals for hundreds of new homes on Blackfriars Road.

Linden Homes is proposing either 123 or 206 homes on the site of St George's Mansions and Imbibe, whilst Fairholme Estates has submitted an application for 53 new homes on the site of one of the former Computacenter buildings between Boundary Row and Ufford Street.

492 homes are proposed at the very far north end of the road where Carlyle Group plans to redevelop Ludgate House and Sampson House.

Permission has already been granted for 274 homes in St George's One Blackfriars development.

A further 300 flats were also consented in the stalled 20 Blackfriars Road scheme, bringing the development pipeline total to at least 1700 homes on or very close to Blackfriars Road.

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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #5125
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Project Name - 20 Gresham Street

Client - Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Architect - Hermes Real Estate


This new office space has been designed with international tenants in mind seeking a prestigious location in the City of London. The site sits between Milk Street to the east and Wood Street to the west. A new public space is being developed at the southern quarter of the site.
Cityscape produced a series of marketing visuals for this new commercial office building.





http://www.cityscapedigital.co.uk/co...gresham-street
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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:08 AM   #5126
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Old January 18th, 2013, 01:11 AM   #5127
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Project Name - Art'otel London Hoxton

Client - Aspirations

Architect - Squire and Partners










http://www.cityscapedigital.co.uk/co...-london-hoxton
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:14 AM   #5128
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Ew, no. That last project is an eyesore. How could you design that, thinking it looks good and fits in that neighborhood?

20 Gresham Street, though... Wow. I'm in love.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:52 AM   #5129
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Project Name - 20 Gresham Street

Client - Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

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This new office space has been designed with international tenants in mind seeking a prestigious location in the City of London. The site sits between Milk Street to the east and Wood Street to the west...l

http://www.cityscapedigital.co.uk/co...gresham-street
Beautiful.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #5130
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This thread is such a great read. Happy to see so many projects on a European city.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:07 PM   #5131
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This thread is such a great read. Happy to see so many projects on a European city.
London isn't a city any more...more like small country..it has a dynamic all of its own, certainly has little in common with the rest of the UK.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 03:49 PM   #5132
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Lend Lease Wins Approval for $2.4 Billion London Project Plan

Lend Lease Group (LLC), Australia’s biggest property developer, received approval for its 1.5 billion pound ($2.4 billion) masterplan to redevelop a residential and commercial project in London’s Elephant & Castle.

Lend Lease will work with Southwark Council, the local government where Elephant & Castle is located, to develop detailed designs for buildings and public space, the Sydney- based company said today in a statement to the Australian exchange.

The 15-year regeneration of the failed housing estate close to London’s city center will include about 2,500 new homes as well as shops, restaurants and community facilities, according to Lend Lease. London’s housing market is outperforming the rest of the U.K., with values rising to the highest in 2 1/2 years in December, according to data compiled by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

“The regeneration of Elephant & Castle is now under way,” Steve McCann, Lend Lease’s chief executive officer, said in the statement. “The approval of our masterplan sets in motion our long-term plans and our commitment to the region.”

Lend Lease was unchanged at A$9.77 at the close of trading in Sydney. The shares closed at a three-year high yesterday and have added 28 percent in the past six months. That compares with a 15 percent increase in the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index.

The approval follows the planning permission received in November for One The Elephant, a 37-story residential development of 284 homes, also part of the regeneration. That project will be completed in 2016, Lend Lease said.

The redevelopment may help Elephant & Castle to shed its image as an area best-known for having Europe’s first covered retail complex. The Strata, a lipstick-shaped building that opened in this part of south London in 2010, has some of the highest apartments in the capital.

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I love the design of Art'otel London Hoxton, so original.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 05:18 PM   #5134
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certainly has little in common with the rest of the UK.
(thankfully)
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Old January 18th, 2013, 05:20 PM   #5135
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I am amazed at how people can design such atrocities. Nothing about it relates to its surroundings - it looks more like a monument from an arabic city.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:28 PM   #5136
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^ they are both great towers in terms of design but i do prefer this one xx
wrong version of that tower
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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #5137
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I hope that Queen Elizabeth Park will be finished and largely occupied in two years, it looks a great green neighborhood with lots of parks and open spaces.
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I am amazed at how people can design such atrocities. Nothing about it relates to its surroundings - it looks more like a monument from an arabic city.
have you visited the area? Would you chose to relate your building to the large urban highway junction or the cheap 80s po mo office, the cheap hit tec office, the post war council estate, the dull brick 90s holiday inn, the bomb site or the small kebab shops?

Whats wrong with juxtaposition? Some areas need it!
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that appears to be just a very minor refurb job
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have you visited the area? Would you chose to relate your building to the large urban highway junction or the cheap 80s po mo office, the cheap hit tec office, the post war council estate, the dull brick 90s holiday inn, the bomb site or the small kebab shops?

Whats wrong with juxtaposition? Some areas need it!
If there's nothing to relate to (low-raise brick housing isn't perfect for adapting to hotel look) then it should introduce something sleek and stylish, so that others could follow. There's nothing about this one that is looking good - there are almost no windows, the color is tacky and the shape is just not fitting the straight lines of buildings that follow roads.
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