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Old February 2nd, 2013, 02:56 PM   #5481
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In which field?
In terms of tourism London is behind.
Just drop it...
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 03:00 PM   #5482
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Shard London Bridge | Southwark SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=407549

The Shard has now officially opened to the public. The observation deck was opened by London mayor Boris Johnson and architect Renzo Piano on 1st February 2013. Euronews piece:

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Crossrail | £15 billion ($24 bn) London rail line

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

Two pieces of news regarding the new £200m Bond Street Station:

1. Construction firm Skanska has won the bid to construct the new Bond Street station.

2. Plans for the station design have been submitted to Westminster Council for approval.


The Bond Street western ticket hall site (January 2013):




Submitted station design:






News articles:

- Construction News: Costain Skanska JV wins £200m Crossrail Bond Street station

- BBC News: Crossrail: Bond Street Station plans submitted

- New Civil Engineer: Costain Skanska win Crossrail Bond Street contract
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 03:34 PM   #5484
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King's Cross Square | Kings Cross NW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=99811129



Removal of the old Kings Cross canopy near completion. Construction of the new square will start soon:


31 January 2013 - Network Rail
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 03:51 PM   #5485
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Smithfield Market Redevelopment (£160m) | Clerkenwell EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=99844662

An approval decision for the £160 million ($258m) redevelopment of Smithfield Market is due soon:






Recent WSJ article on the proposals:

Wall Street Journal: A Modern Plan for Historic London Market
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 09:00 PM   #5486
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Many great news. Thanks SE9
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 09:23 PM   #5487
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wow ... london doesnt stop evolving ... that makes its strength ... god i love london...
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:02 PM   #5488
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Pinewood Studios expansion (£194m) | Iver Heath SL0

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=547495

Pinewood Studios has just submitted plans for its £194 million ($316m) expansion.

Pinewood has been the studio for many high grossing films, including the James Bond and Harry Potter series.






News articles:

ITV News: Pinewood unveils £194 million studio plans

BBC News: Pinewood Studios resubmits expansion plan

The Independent: Pinewood Studios presses for £200m studios growth
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:07 PM   #5489
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In which field?
In terms of tourism London is behind.
So ? More tourists come to Orlando than Paris.

Think about that.
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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:25 PM   #5490
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So ? More tourists come to Orlando than Paris.

Think about that.
yeah, but not for the city,
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Hale Village (£400m) | Tottenham N15

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Infratructure work for the £400 million ($628m) Hale Village residential development in Tottenham has been completed:

COSPP: United House completes construction contract worth $118 million in London

The entire project is due to be completed in 2016:



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Old February 2nd, 2013, 10:39 PM   #5492
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20 Fenchurch Street | City of London EC3

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

Update taken yesterday by chest:

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yeah, but not for the city,
No, for the city. People just SAY they're going to Disney World so they can see Orlando.
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Cheese Grater (Leadenhall Tower) U/C 225 m (737 ft) | City of London EC3

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Pinnacle may be scrapped and rebuilt from ground up

London’s £1bn Pinnacle tower could be knocked down and rebuilt from scratch following a review of the project to make it more viable in the current market, Building has learned.



A review of the scheme aimed at reducing the cost - expected to take about three months - is being carried out by contractor Brookfield Multiplex and developer Arab Investments.

Securing a pre-let remains crucial to advancing the scheme and a source close to the developer said this week “all options” are being looked at in the review of the project.

Building has learned options being drawn up for the future of the scheme include a proposal by Lipton Rogers, the fledgling developer launched by Sir Stuart Lipton and former Stanhope director Peter Rogers, to focus on affordable office developments.

It is understood this would involve a cut-price alternative to the stalled Pinnacle, possibly demolishing the above-ground work already completed - seven floors of concrete core - and starting from the groundworks up. One source said such a redesign of the scheme would “start from scratch”.

It is understood that Lipton Rogers has not yet contacted Arab Investments with the proposal, but if the new venture does makes a formal approach, it will go head-to-head with Brookfield Multiplex.

A well-placed source said that Brookfield was still the favourite to develop out the job.

Another source said the most likely route for Lipton Rogers to get involved in the scheme would be to join the development as a minority stakeholder alongside Arab Investments.

The source said Lipton Rogers “could inject enough equity, say 10-20%, to move the project forward to a sufficient stage to secure a pre-let”. Any proposed scheme is likely to be significantly different to the existing spiralling design - estimated to cost about £1bn - conceived pre-recession by architecture practice KPF.

The 63-storey Pinnacle would be the City of London’s tallest tower if built, but has lain dormant for over a year due to funding issues.

Last month the scheme received a boost after Arab Investments secured a two-to-three year extension to a £140m bank loan, while the three special vehicles that own the project also reached an out-of-court settlement in a legal battle with Brookfield Multiplex over £16m in unpaid fees. That agreement led to the current review being undertaken.

Lipton Rogers and Arab Investments declined to comment. Brookfield Multiplex was unavailable.

http://www.building.co.uk/news/pinna...049526.article
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Leadenhall provides The City with another icon
JANUARY 21, 2013 by NSC in NEWS



Leadenhall, otherwise known as the ‘Cheesegrater’, is expected to reach its maximum height of 225m next month (February), as Severfield-Watson Structures erect the final pieces of the structure’s 18,000t of steelwork.

The use of structural steelwork has played a key role in the design and construction of the iconic tower. It has a unique building design, with an external mega frame structure providing the lateral stability, rather than a central core, with an offset self-contained service core located on the northern vertical elevation.

The northern core contains lifts, risers, and toilets, and allows the main building to have large open spans with only six internal columns needed for the larger lower levels.

With its distinctive tapering shape the completed building will appear to be leaning away from St Paul’s Cathedral. The structure’s floorplates will have a variety of sizes ranging from 1,500m2 on the lower levels to 550m2 at the top.

Ground floor to level five is known as The Galleria and will be an open public area linking into nearby St Helen’s Square.

Practical completion to the shell and core is scheduled for mid 2014, and the building is set to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

http://www.newsteelconstruction.com/...-another-icon/
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