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Old January 27th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #5321
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Yeah, but outside of the M25, you'll still get dropped off in a muddy field next to the sheep.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 02:16 PM   #5322
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Updates of Wood Wharf master plan. Canary Wharf is booming! Going to double in size by 2025.

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Canary Wharf, the heart of London’s Docklands, is making a healthy return to the market with a dozen major schemes planned to its northern and eastern reaches. The expansion will create a new skyline of even towers and will double Canary Wharf’s working population by 2025.

On the back of the Crossrail link coming on line in 2017/18, which will join Canary Wharf to the west of London, and to Heathrow, forecasters say the area is set to mature into a major new residential location.

Home buyers might be playing a waiting game after the financial crisis caused up to 30 per cent to be wiped off the value of some developments bought off-plan, but analysts say square-foot values in Canary Wharf could rise by a third to about £800 or even £1,000 — which would still be good value compared with central London.

Canary Wharf’s housing market has been quietly readjusting since the dark days following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. With the arrival of JP Morgan and Shell the local working population passed 100,000 for the first time last year, with the area now accommodating more bankers than the City of London.

And whereas the original Canary Wharf estate was geared towards giant office buildings for banks and financial services companies, the future development pipeline — more than nine million sq ft of space, the largest construction programme in London — has a far larger residential element.

Families have largely avoided the area due to a lack of good-size houses with gardens, while others think so much new build can be soulless. But the next generation of development will be much more mixed.

Twenty-acre Wood Wharf is the most notable of these big new projects. To be built over 10 years, it will have 2,000 homes in four new waterfront neighbourhoods, two parks, the area’s first school and a new high street linking Canary Wharf to Isle of Dogs.

“Canary Wharf is more than a global financial centre, it is an exciting cultural and lifestyle district which is helping shift the capital’s centre of gravity eastwards,” says architect Terry Farrell, Wood Wharf masterplanner.

Two decades after arriving on the map as a business district, the area is finally maturing into an attractive residential address, with good local amenities and transport.

The Jubilee line provides quick connections to the West End and South Bank. And although Crossrail will give quick access to Heathrow, bankers and lawyers can now fly direct to New York on British Airways business-class flights from London City Airport, just around the river bend from Canary Wharf.

Despite shrinking bonuses, this pocket of E14 is London’s highest- paying postcode, with an average male salary in excess of £100,000, giving developers the confidence to build designer apartments and crashpads.

As elsewhere in London, Isle of Dogs has a number of micro markets, of which Canary Wharf is one. The latter is a 97-acre enclave, with its own “ring of steel” (private security cordon) enclosing office and retail space, including four shopping malls and numerous bars and restaurants.

There are relatively few homes within this distinct commercial quarter but hundreds within the “halo” — a 10-minute walk of the dealing rooms. This extended zone is the most sought-after, boasting walk-to-work convenience and the best of the older and new apartment schemes.

Coming soon is Dollar Bay, a 31-storey residential tower at West India Dock. This will have 121 waterside apartments with glazed winter gardens for year-round use and unrestricted views west and east. At the top of the building is a 6,000 sq ft triplex penthouse with sky garden.

Plans have been submitted for the UK’s second tallest tower on the site of the City Pride pub at Westferry Circus. Chalegrove Properties wants to build a 75-storey block with 864 flats, while developer Galliard has snapped up Baltimore Wharf, on a prime plot where the doomed London Arena once stood. Next to Crossharbour DLR station, it is another architectural treat for Docklands, a design by Skidmore Owens Merrill, a Chicago-based firm whose speciality is slick skyscrapers. The first phase of 473 apartments is complete. The next is 46-storey Crossharbour Tower, a “twisting” structure with 330 flats and spectacular penthouses.

Millharbour, across the dock, used to be occupied by low-rise business estates built in the early Eighties, another example of how the development scene has changed. Lincoln Plaza, one of the new residential towers soon to rise on this land, has 380 flats available now off-plan.
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Old January 27th, 2013, 03:00 PM   #5323
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Fit out specialist wins Donmar contract audition

Expanding fit-out specialist 8build has landed a £3m deal to build new rehearsal rooms for the Donmar Warehouse theatre.

The offsite facilties for the West End company will see two adjacent buildings converted into one at 1-5 Dryden Street in London.

The refurbishment of the mid 1800s building will give the Donmar new rehearsal facilities, a music room and educational space.

The building will also house a number of administrative offices and a rooftop apartment for use by the company.

Work started this week and is due to be completed for handover in September.

Due to the age of the building 8build will work closely with the Museum of London Archaeology who will monitor the groundworks to the first significant archaeological level with hand excavation.

8build Project Director Carl Raison said: “Our team are keen to get started on this project and create this space for the internationally renowned theatre company; our experience is ever growing in the theatre sector and we look forward to bringing our knowledge to this exciting project.”

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...ract-audition/
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interesting article

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Developing London’s economy: Let’s give the Mayor more money

Probably the most significant factor affecting London’s economic development in the last ten years (yes, even more than the Olympics!), has been the growing role and power of the city’s Mayor.

Clearly, the personality and priorities of the Mayor matter, perhaps even more than their party membership. ‘Red’ Ken never tried to turn London into the communist utopia that his Conservative critics accused him of wanting, and ‘Blue’ Boris has been a surprisingly progressive voice within the Tory party on issues of social justice and immigration.

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http://blogs.metro.co.uk/money/devel...e-mayor-money/
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Old January 27th, 2013, 04:07 PM   #5325
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250mph train is a quick route to regenerating Britain (£32 billion project)



A SUPER-SPEED rail network linking all Britain’s major cities and creating 100,000 jobs will get the go-ahead this week.

David Cameron is to fast-track a £32 billion ($50bn) plan to bring our creaking system into the 21st Century. Passengers will zoom along at 250mph in double-decker trains which will slash travel times.

The lightning service will start from London’s Euston, with an added stop at the Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common, which may include a possible link to Heathrow Airport.

Stations along the route include Birmingham Airport and city centre, the East Midlands between Nottingham and Derby, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...#ixzz2JBWAowCs
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Lincoln Plaza | Millharbour E14

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Isn't this the thread?
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Old January 27th, 2013, 05:17 PM   #5328
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Isn't this the thread?
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Old January 27th, 2013, 05:34 PM   #5329
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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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Old January 27th, 2013, 05:36 PM   #5330
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The Leadenhall Building | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=415718

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The lightning service will start from London’s Euston, with an added stop at the Crossrail interchange at Old Oak Common, which may include a possible link to Heathrow Airport.
Why Euston? Surely Stratford makes more sense. Proper connection to the eurostar and so on...

Plus Euston is so crowded already, imagine the extra people coming in from the midlands. It'll be choas
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Why Euston? Surely Stratford makes more sense. Proper connection to the eurostar and so on...

Plus Euston is so crowded already, imagine the extra people coming in from the midlands. It'll be choas
Euston station is going to be knocked down and completely rebuilt, along with a new business district. Euston is only just down the road from St Pancras and the Eurostar. It's possible that a new rail connection will be built to handle the connecting passengers.
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Is there a thread on the Euston knockdown/rebuild?
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Why Euston? Surely Stratford makes more sense. Proper connection to the eurostar and so on...

Plus Euston is so crowded already, imagine the extra people coming in from the midlands. It'll be choas
A 'pro' of Stratford International is seamless connection between HS2 and HS1.

A 'pro' of Euston is connecting the centre of London with the other city centres.
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Is there a thread on the Euston knockdown/rebuild?
There's no dedicated Euston thread, it's all covered in the HS2 thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=423318
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Euston isn't really that overcrowded compared to the other major terminals: almost half of Liverpool Street passenger level and around 1/3 the number at Waterloo, yet it sits on a bigger site than all bar Waterloo. The tube does get badly crowded when a load of people come off a Virgin train and clog it up with luggage, but it's absurdly small anyway and needs both enlarging and connecting to Euston Square at some point regardless of what happens with HS2 really.
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I think I remember reading that they were going to rebuild Euston Arch?
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25 Churchill Place - Updates 27th January 2013.

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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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It's a beautiful building!
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