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Old January 18th, 2013, 10:35 PM   #5141
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[FONT="Arial Black"]Project Name - Art'otel London Hoxton
It's like a giant brown toilet roll has landed in London. Absolutely disgusting.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #5142
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Canary Wharf have decided to proceed with the Heron Quays development in its original form...3 buildings with the tallest at 192m



They had been mulling the idea of dropping this and going for smaller residential towers, but those plans have been abandoned..

Quite a lot of ground works will be needed for this, as land reclamation and draining of water from the docks will be needed.

If CW follows it's usual development pattern, this wont actually start to rise until they secure a pre-let, so it could be a while, but at least we now know what will be built.
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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #5143
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Goldmans New Groundscraper



The bank everyone loves to hate, Goldman Sachs, is planning a new headquarters in the City of London off Farringdon Street.

The Kohn Pedersen Fox designed building will contain a total of 113,817 square metres of space split over twelve stories above ground and two basement floors making it as larger, at least by one measure, than HSBC's 200 metre tall headquarters at Canary Wharf.

The redevelopment will see the demolition of the Fleet Building and Plumtree Court, a couple of sixties era slabs that dominate the area. The site already has modern office proposals approved on it, with one by Foggo Associates dating as far back as 1999.

The scheme has been a difficult one for the architects to design due to the fact that a number of protected sight-lines cut through the area, thus the building is permitted to be taller on the south-western corner than on the rest of it nearest New Street Square. This sees the height there as 65.75 metres AOD whilst the height on the other corners are as low as 53.55 metres AOD. As a point of reference, the ground level is 7.81 metres above AOD.

The peak of the building height that rises up above the rest of the roof could perhaps be compared to a futuristic skateboard ramp. It also creates a gateway effect with the approved 1 New Street Square that will stand on the other side of the road.

At ground level the building actually boasts a stone façade, not for show but because of the flood risk for the area that although unlikely does exist. Wags would suggest that as the neighbouring buildings taken no such solution perhaps it also helps to make the building more riot-proof.

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Old January 19th, 2013, 08:53 PM   #5144
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Nine Elms Gasholders To Be Demolished



In a move that will kick-start development of yet another site near Battersea in south-west London, Wandsworth Council has agreed to permit the demolition of the four gasholders at Nine Elms.

The 4.9-acre site that is owned by the National Grid could be redeveloped to provide hundreds of new homes, plus ground floor retail and office space once demolition has been completed. At the same time, it will provide a key link to Battersea Park for the 25 consecutive development sites that stretch through the area and remove one of the hurdles that Marco Polo House has faced of having such a heavy industrial site next door.

Alongside the approval of demolition, the council has also given the National Grid the unusual requirement of having to document the site before it is demolished, despite the gasholders not being listed. Along with the nearby Battersea Power Station they do form a nexus of the area's industrial past - gas has been stored on the site since 1853, the year the Crimean War broke out and one of the final sea battles between sailing ships took place.

Illustrative designs for the site in various forms by MAKE have been floating around for years that feature buildings as tall as 30-storeys in height although the National Grid plans on not finalizing these until after a joint development partner is chosen. Only then will the project be able to move forward with a full planning application.

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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #5145
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Google Announces £1bn ($1.6 billion) London HQ in King's Cross

Google has purchased a 2.4 acre site at the King's Cross Central development in London, where it plans to build a one million square foot HQ worth up to £1bn.

"This is a big investment by Google, we're committing further to the UK - where computing and the web were invented. It's good news for Google, for London and for the UK," Matt Brittin, Google's vice president for northern and central Europe said in a statement.

A second Reuters source said the office building will be worth up to £1bn when it is finished. Construction is due to start in late 2013 and the building will range in height from seven to 11 storeys.

Google new headquarters is part of a development, called King's Cross Central, which sits on a former fish, coal and grain goods yard to the north of central London, covers 67 acres and will contain homes, offices and shops as more of it is completed over the coming years.

Having previously leased buildings outside of its native US, Google has bought premises in Paris, Dublin, and now London in the last two years, using up some of the $21.2bn (£13bn) in cash the company holds offshore, according to its 2011 annual report. If the company were to repatriate this money, it would be subject to US taxes.

Tax campaigner and accountant Richard Murphy told Reuters that Google's decision to buy rather than rent was probably "tax motivated."

Murphy questioned: "If you're not going to send it back to the parent company to repurchase its shares, which is the normal route for a US corporation sitting on a pile of cash, what else are you going to do with it?"

The King's Cross regeneration project is expected to generate around 35,000 jobs and more than 1,900 new homes.

Sir David Clementi, chairman of the King's Cross Central Ltd Partnership, which owns the development, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Google will be building their new UK headquarters at King's Cross. This is fantastic news for London, for Camden and of course for King's Cross.

"Google is one of the world's leading companies, a dynamic, innovative and forward thinking business. It fits perfectly with our vision of King's Cross as a creative commercial centre for London."

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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:42 PM   #5146
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In birds-eye-view pictures: the latest Crossrail sites across London ($25 billion project)

Crossrail released images to show how its £15 billion rail project is progressing last week. After all the years of talk and speculation it’s hard to believe the thing is really being built – although it won’t be completed until 2018. But as the pictures show, Crossrail is cutting great swathes across south, east and central London, and pretty impressive it looks too. New stations are under construction at Paddington, Bond Street (above), Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Canary Wharf, whilst on either side of the capital four huge tunneling machines (Ada and Phyllis in the west, and Elizabeth and Victoria in the east) have tunneled over 3km of tunnel to accommodate the stretch of the line. There is also work underway to create a new 1,500 acre nature reserve at Wallasea Island in Essex using excavated material from Crossrail’s tunneling programme. And for those who aren’t train buffs (or commuters), there’s the archaeology works at various Crossrail sites to get excited about, including excavation of the Bedlam Burial Ground at Liverpool Street station where up to 4,000 skeletons from the 1600s-1800s are thought to be buried. Roll on 2018!

Bond Street Station




Tottenham Court Road Station




Paddington Station




Finsbury Station




Whitechapel Station




Canary Wharf Station



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Old January 19th, 2013, 09:59 PM   #5147
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Rising 25 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf

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Old January 19th, 2013, 10:21 PM   #5148
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I don't know what it is about One Canada Square, but from a distance, at least in photos, it doesn't impress. But up close, it looks pretty sharp.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #5149
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New Union Wharf Wins Thumbs Up



New Union Wharf, a redevelopment of the estate on the Isle of Dogs in London's Docklands, has been approved by Tower Hamlets.

The project has been designed by Jestico + Whiles for the East Thames Housing Group who plan to demolish 189 existing homes and construct 400 new residential units that will be a mixture of private, mixed ownership, and social housing that includes space for the existing residents in the form of 73 replacement rented homes. The nearby Kelson House will be retained and continue to dominate over the local area.

The basic design is set around four principles. The first is to set three rough blocks and create routes between them that run from Stewart Street to the Thames Path. The blocks are then split up to allow the creation of internal spaces, of which three will be public and two private, and enable views of the River Thames.

Buildings are then massed with varying heights, and orientated to allow the maximum amount of sunlight on to the estate during daytime with the streets connected to the Thames Path creating the opportunity for other intimate spaces. It's along the footpath that the tallest buildings, including two towers of 14-storeys will be built.

So residents of the estate can move into new homes on the estate from their old ones seamlessly, construction of the scheme is expected to take anything from eight to ten years and work in phases.

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Old January 20th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #5150
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Key Contract Signed For £2 billion Covent Gardens Plans



In an important step forward for the redevelopment of New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms, St Modwen Properties and Vinci PLC have signed a development contract for the £2 billion scheme.

The project features the entire regeneration of the 57-acre site that stretches across Nine Elms. It will see the creation of a new 50,000 square metre market and associated facilities to host the fruit, vegetable and flower trade. In turn this will free up about 20 acres of land that can then be redeveloped into 2,800 new homes, and 11,000 square metres of commercial space.

Surprisingly given the development going on elsewhere in the area the main part of the scheme includes few tall buildings although this is a nod of recognition to the fact that established low-rise residential areas also bound the site. A single tower, the Garden Heart, is relegated to the eastern tip of it with more high-rise development around Vauxhall.

With the Covent Garden Market Authority having now secured development partners, we are still some way from any construction beginning on what will be a decade long redevelopment programme.

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Old January 20th, 2013, 02:31 AM   #5151
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wrong version of that tower
oh really! can you please post updated design of that tower?
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Old January 20th, 2013, 03:37 AM   #5152
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400 new homes planned for the Isle of Dogs



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Old January 20th, 2013, 06:57 AM   #5153
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SO143, thanks so much for posting such comprehensive coverage. Can't thank you enough.
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Are those solar panels? If so that's a fairly substantial amount. A great development really.

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Willmott Dixon wins £30m London regeneration scheme

Willmott Dixon has won a £30 million deal for a London regeneration scheme including 150 new homes and commercial units.

ISIS Waterside Regeneration has awarded the contractor phase one of a regeneration scheme that will see 520 new homes built at Brentford Lock West.

Willmott Dixon will build 150 homes comprising a mix of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and townhouses, for private sale bedside Grand Union Canal. The scope also includes commercial units in three retained art deco buildings.

Willmott Dixon Housing managing director Tim Carpenter said: “It’s fantastic that ISIS Waterside Regeneration has chosen us to build the first phase of what will be a tremendous addition to Brentford, bringing together a new community that will rejuvenate this area. The development will create a sustainable and thriving waterside community that responds directly to what the local community have said they want and need.

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£1.5 billion Elephant and Castle regeneration plan gets the go ahead

The £1.5 billion regeneration of the Elephant and Castle area in the London borough of Southwark looks set to go ahead after the council's planning committee gave it the green light.

Outline planning permission has been granted for the Heygate Estate masterplan, which will see the creation of one of the biggest new housing developments in Zone 1 of the capital.

Designed by architects Make, it will be delivered by property and infrastructure company Lend Lease together with Southwark Council.

Around 2,500 new residential properties are to be built, in addition to shops, restaurants and community facilities, all by 2025.

A quarter of the homes on Heygate Estate will be affordable and it will also be home to the largest new park in Central London for 70 years.

property to rent in Elephant and Castle, whether on the estate itself or in the surrounding area, is likely to become even more attractive thanks to the planned improvements in public transport.

"The planning committee's decision to approve the masterplan and endorse our vision for Elephant and Castle is a watershed moment for the borough," said Southwark Council leader Peter John.

"We now have the opportunity, working with local people and our partners Lend Lease, to continue the transformation of the area as a place where people want to live, work, shop and relax."

He added: "The regeneration of Elephant and Castle will take time, but this announcement, and the starting of work on a brand new leisure centre, are all crucial steps towards a greener, safer and more attractive place in Central London that people will be proud to call their home."

Heygate Estate was built in the 1970s and was home to more than 3,000 people. Those still living there in 2008 were rehoused so that the site could be demolished to make way for the new estate.

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