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Old January 24th, 2013, 08:38 PM   #5221
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Lol...I see one of SSC's Admins (and I know which one) has increased the view count on the Paris thread to ensure London doesn't become no #1

he thinks 7,000 extra views coming out of nowhere, wont go unnoticed.

Utterly pathetic....It's not the first time it's happened either.
That's outrageous, this isn't a popularity contest
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Old January 24th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #5222
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Lol, pathetic behaviour.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #5223
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New Thames River Crossings | East London - South London

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1544376



Business leaders have been voicing their support for more crossings:

Evening Standard - Big firms launch campaign for more Thames crossings

Homes and Property - Support grows for new £750 million Thames crossings
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #5224
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Looks like a long bridge, I've been trying to work out how wide exactly the river is there...
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #5225
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It is wide there. The bridge also has to be high enough to allow tall ships through.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #5226
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Lots Road Towers | Chelsea SW10

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=313119



Construction of the Lots Road Towers has finally started on-site:

Architects Journal - Farrell's sky-high Lots Road revamp finally starts on site
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:45 AM   #5227
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20 Fenchurch Street | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=321409


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Cladding has nearly reached the top of the tower. Photo taken today.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #5228
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Tate Modern Extension | Bankside SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=377117



The extension to the Tate Modern, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has topped out:


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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:18 AM   #5229
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The Stage Shoreditch | Shoreditch E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1521734





A 250-seater open-air auditorium has been planned for the site. The project is being built on the site of The Curtain Theatre (1577-1622), which was a premier venue for William Shakespeare's plays:

Evening Standard - Curtain lifts on open-air stage at Shakespeare theatre site in Shoreditch

The Mirror - Raising The Curtain: William Shakespeare's first theatre uncovered in east London
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:26 AM   #5230
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:32 AM   #5231
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It certainly is a busy/exciting time for the city.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 03:39 AM   #5232
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Lol...I see one of SSC's Admins (and I know which one) has increased the view count on the Paris thread to ensure London doesn't become no #1

he thinks 7,000 extra views coming out of nowhere, wont go unnoticed.

Utterly pathetic....It's not the first time it's happened either.
I noticed that sudden jump I must say. Is that really the reason? That's ridiculously juvenille and ... I don't even understand? Does a higher view count make one city "better" than the other? Can't someone love London and Paris, and a dozen other cities without having to put them in numerical order. Crikey.

Anyway, really exciting developments for Canary Wharf. Feels as though the area has sort of been put to one aside whilst The City and London Bridge have expanded. Good to see it's going to grow again.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 11:32 AM   #5233
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If what 'Defibkiller' says is true, then it isn't the first time they have done it.... which says it all really.. London keeps surpassing them so they have to 'cheat' for something so silly as view counts on a web forum...

I didn't realise that the rivalry had descended so low.

Oh well... we know the truth

London is the top of the pile! No doubt they will do it again when the London thread gets too close for comfort... I give it a month.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #5234
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Cool projects, hope to see another supertall under construction in London eventually!
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Old January 25th, 2013, 12:16 PM   #5235
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Update on Crossrail at Canary Wharf. From the UK section.


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Canary Wharf Crossrail station takes shape as construction work ramps-up above and below ground

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The new Canary Wharf Crossrail station is making good progress as the project heads into a year of important construction milestones, Canary Wharf Group and Crossrail announced today.

Canary Wharf Group began work on the new Canary Wharf station in May 2009, by creating a 250m long and 30m wide watertight dam in the waters of North Dock, using an innovative new ‘silent’ piling method. The station box was then built ‘top down’, 28 metres below the water surface to create the ticket hall and platform levels. This was followed by the start of construction above the new station where Canary Wharf Group is delivering a four-storey retail development, topped by a roof top garden, community facility and restaurant semi-covered by a striking Foster-designed timber lattice roof.

Progress made to-date and key milestones ahead in the Canary Wharf station construction works include:-

Station box and ticket hall levels:
  • Work completed to prepare the four 7.6m diameter “tunnel eyes” at either end of the station box for the arrival and onwards progression of two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) currently tunnelling their way from Limmo Peninsula near Canning Town
  • The first TBM, 1,000 tonne Elizabeth, will break through into the Canary Wharf station box in the spring followed by sister machine Victoria shortly afterwards
  • Work will begin next month to construct a temporary steel ‘cradle’ that will carry and support the TBMs as they move into the station box
  • Once both TBMs have passed through the station box, work will start in mid 2013 to construct the passenger platforms
  • Station fit-out works are continuing, including escalators and the installation of ventilation, mechanical and electrical equipment, drainage and utilities
  • Architectural fit out works are underway with glass wall cladding being installed in the escalator tunnels
  • All public areas in the station’s ticket hall level will be substantially complete by summer 2013 – the 185 metre-long ticket hall is designed to handle 32,000 passengers during each morning peak period

Upper levels and retail development:
  • The main structural works for Canary Wharf Group’s four-storey retail development above the station are complete – work is now focusing on the services and fit out of the upper levels which are intended to open in 2015, three years before the first trains are due to run
  • The first two huge new escalators have been lifted into the station which will transfer passengers from the main podium level of the building to the ticket hall level. Eight escalators will be installed altogether by the summer, each nearly 40 metres long.
  • Work is underway on the elevated walkway across Adams Place which will provide a covered pedestrian route to the station shopping mall entrance. The first of the covered segments for the walkway have now been installed with the new walkway to be completed this summer
  • Upper Bank Street bridge has been demolished to allow the completion of the main station structure – construction of the permanent replacement structure which will reinstate the road connection into Canary Wharf is well advanced
  • Work on the striking Foster-designed timber lattice roof will begin in late 2013. This will sit above the rooftop garden level and the four-storey retail development



Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s Chief Executive said: “The construction of Canary Wharf station is firmly on track and gives us an early glimpse of the world-class new stations, improved transport links and huge commercial development that Crossrail will deliver throughout London. With the upper station levels continuing to take shape, we are focussing on getting the station box below ground ready for the breakthrough of the first tunnelling machine in the spring, one of the biggest milestones on the Crossrail project so far.”

Cliff Bryant, Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, said: “It’s a privilege to be able to help deliver an infrastructure project that will transform our great city for generations to come. The construction team has done a terrific job delivering the Station Box five months ahead of schedule, ready for the tunnel boring machines to come through. Now we have the main structure in place above the station for an attractive new shopping development, roof top park, and the impressive Foster-designed roof. We hope Londoners will eventually consider this to be one of the city’s finest train stations.”

Canary Wharf Crossrail station will be one of the largest stations on the Crossrail route. Crossrail will dramatically increase the capacity and resilience of transport services to and from Canary Wharf and the surrounding area, helping underpin further development and investment in this key business and shopping district.

Journey times will be cut to many destinations across London. It will take just 6 minutes to travel to Liverpool Street, 8 minutes to Farringdon and 39 minutes to Heathrow. The Crossrail service at Canary Wharf will be 12 trains per hour in each direction during the peak. Crossrail services will commence in 2018.



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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:22 PM   #5236
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I noticed re. view counts too. Pathetic!

Oh well, we all know which city has more going on anyway.
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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #5237
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but I've heard that Imperial College have started preparing the site of the former BBC offices in Hammersmith for their new campus.

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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #5238
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St George's Tower has had the broken crane removed as of today.

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I got there today just as they were finishing lowering the jib...





Guys working up on the machine deck











Some twisted parts of the jib







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Old January 25th, 2013, 01:57 PM   #5239
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Not sure if this is the right place to post this but I've heard that Imperial College have started preparing the site of the former BBC offices in Hammersmith for their new campus.



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Imperial College London has today been awarded £35 million to support the development of its new Imperial West Technology Campus in west London. The investment by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) through the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UK RPIF) will contribute to the development of the campus's £150 million Research and Translation Hub.

The 42,000 square metre Hub will be the focus of the seven acre technology campus on the BBC's former Woodlands site, alongside the A40. It will deliver world-class education, research and translation activities, and foster partnerships with global stakeholders from business, industry, higher education and the NHS.

Incorporating 50 new units for spinout companies, the Hub will serve the needs of London's enterprise community, expanding support for innovation drawn from Imperial and other leading universities. With an emphasis on the commercialisation of research to bring benefits to society and the economy, the site is expected to attract innovation businesses to co-locate and could offer a base in London to world-class higher education institutions from outside the UK. The Hub will also provide high specification, multidisciplinary research space for 1,000 scientists and engineers investigating next generation materials.

Sir Keith O'Nions, President & Rector of Imperial College London, said: "The opportunities presented by the Imperial West Technology Campus are tremendously exciting. It will bring together world-class teaching and research with our cutting-edge translation activities, working closely with business, the NHS and industry. In terms of the scale of its facilities and of our ambition, it is unlike anything that exists in London, and will be an exemplar in the UK. I am delighted that HEFCE recognised the huge potential with such a substantial award."

Alongside the award from HEFCE, one of the largest awarded from the UK RPIF, the new £150 million Research and Translation Hub will be funded by a £90 million contribution from investor Voreda, with the remainder funded by the College.

Chris Dancer, Partner, Voreda Capital, said: "Voreda is delighted to continue our work with Imperial College London at the new Imperial West Technology Campus. The Research and Translation Hub will be a fantastic boost for London and White City, creating new jobs and leading the regeneration of the area."

Alongside the Research and Translation Hub, the site will include teaching, community, leisure and retail facilities, a hotel, homes for Imperial College and Imperial NHS key workers and private sale, and a publicly accessible square.

The redevelopment of the former BBC Woodlands site, purchased by the College in 2009, is a major boost to the regeneration of the White City area. Phase one of the redevelopment was completed in September 2012 with the opening of Wood Lane Studios, providing accommodation for 606 postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Planning permission for the second phase of the College's masterplan was granted by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in July 2012. On completion, the new campus will generate 3,200 direct permanent jobs on site.

The development of Imperial West complements the College's existing activities in the area, and is located 500 metres from the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine (ICTEM). This £66 million flagship facility was opened in May 2012 next to Hammersmith Hospital, and will expand and accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into new ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. It combines laboratory space for up to 450 scientists with a dedicated facility for evaluating and developing new medical treatments through clinical trials.

Plans to develop the Research and Translation Hub will begin in 2013.
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandev...-2012-17-16-56
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Old January 25th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #5240
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Indeed.
Thanks, looks to be a nice little development, the tower is reminiscent of 122 Leadenhall. Pity I will have graduated long before it opens.

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