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Old January 25th, 2013, 08:40 PM   #5261
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Trio in race for £100m Saatchi and Saatchi HQ revamp
Grant Prior | Fri 25th January | 7:44

Three contractors are believed to be in the running for a £100m redevelopment of ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi’s west London headquarters.

Construction information specialist Glenigan has BAM Construct, Brookfield Multiplex and Mace battling it out for the high-profile job.

Developer Derwent London is looking to transform the Charlotte Street building once Saatchi’s lease expires in March.

The building will be part demolished and rebuilt with 55 new homes and 323,000 square feet of office space.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...chi-hq-revamp/
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Old January 25th, 2013, 08:48 PM   #5262
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Green light for revamp of Leicester Square block
Aaron Morby | Fri 18th January | 7:08



The façade of the building will be retained with a new bladed roof structure added




Westminster Council approved the redevelopment of 48 Leicester Square in London, a full island block comprising the whole of the west side of the square.

London development specialist CORE will undertake the scheme on behalf of the property’s overseas owner. Construction is expected to start later this year, with completion in early 2016.

The development, once the headquarters of the Automobile Association, has been designed by Make, and will retain parts of the façade of the existing building, capped with a new contemporary bladed roof structure.

Three floors of new retail and restaurant space will serve the estimated 37 million people who visit Leicester Square annually, and 90,000 sq of new offices will be built.

David Ainsworth, director at CORE, said: “We are very pleased to be pressing ahead with this exciting project,
a landmark in the area, and part of the transformation of this part ofthe West End.

Frank Filskow, partner at Make said: “It’s fabulous to learn that the committee has given the go-ahead to our proposals for 48 Leicester Square.

“We have designed a scheme to create a contemporary building in a sensitive and appropriate manner. It will continue the theme of wider regeneration in and around Leicester Square, begun with the new public realm work. It is a fantastic project and we are excited to be taking it forward.”

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Old January 26th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #5263
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Kidbrooke Village | Kidbrooke SE3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=99574669



Kidbrooke Village is a £1 billion ($1.6bn) residential development in south-east London, one of the largest of its kind in Europe. A five minute promotional video for the scheme has just been released by the developer, Berkeley Group:

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Old January 26th, 2013, 12:44 AM   #5264
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Greenwich Peninsula Hotel | Greenwich SE10

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=632984



AEG has sold its plot next to The O2. A $450 million hotel and conference centre will be built on the site, with construction starting this year:

Construction News - Greenwich riverside hotel scheme changes hands

Bloomberg - AEG Selling Land Near London’s O2 for $450 Million Hotel Project
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Old January 26th, 2013, 12:59 AM   #5265
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Imperial West | Shepherd's Bush W12

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1490127





Imperial West is a campus project by established university Imperial College London. The scheme has just been launched. Imperial is ranked in the top 10 universities worldwide:

Imperial College London - Imperial West
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:03 AM   #5266
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Brickfields | Shepherd's Bush W12

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1490127






Another scheme just launched at Shepherd's Bush.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:19 AM   #5267
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Great developments!
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:33 AM   #5268
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Imperial West, Brickfields and the Westfield expansion... the Shepherd's Bush area has a lot going on!
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #5269
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Crossrail | £15 billion ($24 bn) London rail line

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486



Crossrail is the largest construction project in Europe. The BBC has had the first look at Crossrail tunneling under London:


BBC News - 25 January 2013
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Old January 26th, 2013, 02:06 AM   #5270
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An impressive team has been pieced together by Canary Wharf Group to design portions of the first phase for the Wood Wharf development in London’s major business district of Tower Hamlets. Already home to some of the UK’s tallest buildings, Canary Wharf has announced its plan to add a Herzog & de Meuron-designed residential high-rise to its glowing skyline on a redeveloped eight-hectare site.

Ascan Mergenthaler, senior partner at Herzog & de Meuron stated, “The new high-rise building will mediate between the city and the individual, the public and private, and will inject a new component of daily residential life into the evolving mixed-use Canary Wharf district. It will be both a symbol and the heart of the new Wood Wharf urban quarter, an extension of a dynamic global community and the start of a new vibrant neighborhood.”

See who else has been commissioned to partake in the first phase of the Canary Wharf development after the break.

The Swiss practice is one of three practices that have been commissioned to design the first phase of the Wood Wharf development. In addition to Herzog & de Meuron’s tower, Stirling Prize winner Stanton Williams will design three smaller residential buildings which will be clustered around a courtyard and waterways at the western portion of the eight-hectare site. Allies & Morrison will also contribute two new buildings that are aimed to provide office space for IT services and new media companies above two stories of retail. All the structures will be integrated within and connected over the waterways by lush pedestrian pathways.

The three practices will collaborate with the master planners of Farrells and landscape architects Peter Walker and Partners.

Construction will commence in 2014 and the first buildings will open in 2017. Crossrail trains are expected to connect through to the Canary Wharf in 2018.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 02:47 AM   #5271
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Wish Crossrail went all the way out to Reading.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 03:06 AM   #5272
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Just caught up with the last few pages of this thread, astounding number of projects!

I live in Strata tower so I really hope the Elephant and Castle redevelopment kicks off so I can watch it grow.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:37 AM   #5273
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does the Greenwich Peninsula have its own thread ?
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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:44 AM   #5274
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Old January 26th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #5275
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Here is the link: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...632984&page=26
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Old January 26th, 2013, 11:18 AM   #5276
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Old January 26th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #5277
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crossrail is very good project that lacks to date in a city like london!

it wasn't normal to not have it. Which will be the prices? we have reasonable prices to cross over Paris. A single ticket in London/crossrail > 5£ will be a shame imo
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Old January 26th, 2013, 12:12 PM   #5278
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Crossrail should be integrated into the existing ticketing system. I'm guessing it will use the same pricing structure of the Tube, DLR or suburban rail.
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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:33 PM   #5279
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Just caught up with the last few pages of this thread, astounding number of projects!
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Who the hell is paying for all those projects and how many will actually get built ?

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U.K. Economy Shrinks

LONDON—The U.K. economy shrank more than expected at the end of last year, leaving Britain at risk of its third recession in four years and putting more pressure on the government to ease austerity measures as it tries to turn around the country's economy.

Official figures published Friday showed gross domestic product fell 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared with the third, due largely to a drop in mining, quarrying and manufacturing output. The consensus among many economists was that the economy would shrink by 0.1% on a quarterly basis. Annual economic growth was flat, even as nations such as the U.S. and Germany show signs of growth.

The news is an added blow to Prime Minister David Cameron and Treasury chief George Osborne, who came to office in 2010 promising to fix the U.K.'s finances. Economic recovery, with the potential to raise tax revenue, has been slow at 0.5% since the government began its spending cuts in mid-2010. The economy is 3.3% smaller than it was in the first quarter of 2008.

If it shrinks in the first quarter of 2013 it would mean the U.K. is back in recession—defined by some economists as two consecutive quarters of contraction. It would be the third recession in the U.K. since the financial crisis gripped the country in 2008, a situation some economists label a "triple-dip recession."

That stubborn weakness led some to start to draw comparisons—at least superficially—with Japan and its lost decade of growth. The neighboring euro zone is in a period of calm. That should help boost demand for U.K. exports. Economists warn, though, that Britain is likely to face continued challenges amid a weak outlook for household incomes and subdued export prospects.

"Against this backdrop, progress in achieving the government's aims of repairing the public finances and bringing unemployment down is likely to prove painfully slow," said Barclays BARC.LN +0.23% analyst Simon Hayes in a research report.

If economic growth remains weak, the U.K. may lose its triple-A credit status, the three leading credit rating firms Fitch Ratings, Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service, have warned. That would likely make it more difficult for the government to stop its debts rising relative to annual output.

Economists and politicians have called on the government to alter their approach. On Thursday, International Monetary Fund chief economist Olivier Blanchard said Mr. Osborne should consider slowing his austerity measures if growth continues to disappoint.

"If things look bad at the beginning of 2013, which they do, then there should be a reassessment of fiscal policy," Mr. Blanchard said. "We think the March budget would be a good time to take stock and make changes to the austerity plan. Budget time seems like the right time to do these things, and slower fiscal consolidation in some form may be appropriate."

Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister and leader of the government's junior coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, said the government was wrong to cut spending on infrastructure as severely as it did when it came to office in May 2010.

"I think we've all realized that you actually need, in order to foster a recovery, to try and mobilize as much public and private capital into infrastructure as possible," Mr. Clegg said in an interview with The House magazine in the U.K.

Mr. Osborne defended the government's approach Friday, saying he believed it had the right deficit-reduction plan and was taking steps to make the U.K. more competitive. He agreed capital investment is important and said the government had added to infrastructure-spending plans.

He pointed to positive news about the labor market, which has remained robust despite the weak economy. Official data Wednesday showed a fall in the number of unemployed in the three months to November and a record number of people in work.

"We can either run away from those problems or we can confront them and I am determined to confront them so that we can go on creating jobs for the people of this country," Mr. Osborne said.

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Old January 26th, 2013, 01:43 PM   #5280
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