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Old February 12th, 2013, 03:33 AM   #5581
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New Heygate: ‘It looks nice, but where’s the affordable housing?’



Thousands of flats and the largest new park created in central London in over 70 years will transform a neglected neighbourhood after planning chiefs approved redevelopment of a notorious council estate.

The Heygate Estate in Elephant and Castle featured in videos for songs including David Guetta’s Love Don’t Let Me Go and was the backdrop for fantasy film Attack the Block.

Its high-rise concrete walkways, popular in the Seventies when the estate was built, became synonymous with crime. Demolition started in 2011 and will now be stepped up, with the aim of the first home buyers moving in at the end of 2015.

Southwark council approved a £1.5 billion masterplan by developer Lend Lease to build up to 2,500 homes on the 22-acre site, the biggest regeneration scheme within Zone 1. But at a six-hour planning meeting, local protesters claimed there will not be enough affordable homes.

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Old February 12th, 2013, 04:21 PM   #5582
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My flat looks over the haygate estate. It really is a derelict waste of land so this is good news. I've not seen any signs of further demolition apart from a few guys in hardhats doing inspections.

I hope the real demolition kicks off soon, will be great to see.
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Old February 12th, 2013, 07:14 PM   #5583
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imo the city skyline looks incomplete without the pinnacle
Too right, the cluster needs the underpinning of a 280M+ tower.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:10 AM   #5584
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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:44 AM   #5585
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Old February 13th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #5586
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Old February 13th, 2013, 02:13 AM   #5587
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Old February 13th, 2013, 04:38 AM   #5588
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Old February 13th, 2013, 11:43 AM   #5589
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The construction process for the Tate Modern Project is very interesting. It's unconventional to say the least. I will be following the progress closely.

62 Buckingham Gate is also very nice.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #5590
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Old February 13th, 2013, 09:09 PM   #5591
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London 'ultra-low' emissions zone will be world first


Ducking responsibility: the Mayor's approach to emissions has been criticised by Green lobbyists

The world’s first ultra-low emissions zone for cars, buses and lorries is to be introduced in central London in a bid to improve air quality by 2020.

Transport for London is drawing up plans for almost all vehicles driving into the existing congestion charge zone to be low or zero emission.

Boris Johnson today set out his vision for the capital’s streets with hybrid buses, low-emission lorries and electric cars and taxis.

Green groups welcomed the proposals but called on the Mayor to bring in the zone immediately. He has been accused of failing to bring down levels of nitrogen dioxide — linked to lung disease and asthma — and other dangerous gases and particulates.

City Hall aides admitted privately it would be difficult to persuade manufacturers to develop low emission and electric vehicles on such a large scale and to get motorists to buy them. The Mayor is only a fraction of the way towards achieving his existing target of 100,000 electric vehicles in London.

More than 150,000 vehicles use the C-charge zone during charging hours every week day. About 95,000 are private cars, the majority of which belong to residents who are expected to be exempt from the scheme.

Mr Johnson pledged to deliver another 600 hybrid buses, in addition to the 600 new Routemasters already promised, bringing the number of “green” buses to more than 1,600 by 2016 as 330 are already on the streets.

He has asked his team to look into designs for electric taxis — he has previously set a target for all new black cabs to be zero emission by 2020.

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Boris Johnson calls for multi-billion-pound spending splurge to boost London



Boris Johnson today issued a public challenge to George Osborne for a multi-billion-pound splurge on major infrastructure schemes to boost the London economy.

In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos the Mayor declared he will publish a detailed blueprint this year on how a “concerted programme” of house-building, rail and road would stimulate growth.

“We need to junk talk of austerity and recognise that the single biggest inhibitor of demand is lack of confidence and if only some of the people in this room would invest some of the cash in their balance sheets we would see that confidence rewarded in a virtuous circle,” he told his wealthy business audience.

Mr Johnson added: “I believe the growth boost would mean we could make that investment without damaging the UK’s triple A rating.”

His speech to global business and political leaders — littered with jokes at the expense of the French — also pleaded for an end to banker bashing.

He set out to get the audience laughing with remarks about the reported plans of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his “fragrant, chic” and “chinchilla-clad” wife Carla Bruni to come to London. “I can imagine this news has broken like a thunderclap over the grief-stricken French capital,” he said, adding Croydon was now exporting fragrance to France while London had more museums and Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris.

Cheekily mocking the 75 per cent tax rise proposed by François Hollande, he said London was already the “sixth biggest French city on earth — and likely to move up the rankings as more talented people flee the socialist tax terror in the biggest exodus since 1789”.

But the bulk of Mr Johnson’s address was a serious call for public and private spending. Earlier he is understood to have met the incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney for private talks on economic development.

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Old February 13th, 2013, 09:16 PM   #5593
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New homes for techies as Google moves to King's Cross

Google's move to King's Cross will create thousands of new homes and will help anchor more technology companies in London



Google’s move to a million-square-foot bespoke office complex at King’s Cross Central will be the biggest UK property deal of the 21st century so far — and will cement London’s position as the technology capital of Europe.

As London emerges from the banking crisis, it is re-inventing itself. New digital hubs are rejuvenating neighbourhoods where old trades and technologies have perished. This is bringing a fresh vibe to the streets, together with designer homes for techies who want to live close to their workplace.

The cluster of tech companies around Old Street’s so-called Silicon Roundabout — a breeding ground for ideas and product development — has helped transform Shoreditch into a top residential address. Royal Docks and the Olympic Park are becoming centres for green technology, while Covent Garden, formerly crammed with advertising agencies, now has more space occupied by “TMT” (technology, media and telecoms) companies than anywhere else in London — 2.2 million sq ft, up 30 per cent since 2009.

The cluster effect

Google will relocate to King’s Cross from offices in Victoria and Holborn in 2016. The site will be the internet giant’s European headquarters and is the company’s first design-and-build project anywhere in the world.

“The view of life in California [where Google was born] — on sustainability, recycling and so on — is very different,” according to David Partridge, chief executive of Argent, the building’s developer. “It has involved a lot of transatlantic discussion and a merging of knowledge and understanding. This will be a truly 21st-century workplace.”

Google expects a technology cluster to evolve in the surrounding area as a result of its move. “It’s the key ingredient for King’s Cross and will help anchor more tech companies in London,” says Edward Lister, deputy London mayor for policy and planning.

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Old February 13th, 2013, 11:41 PM   #5594
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Ducking responsibility: the Mayor's approach to emissions has been criticised by Green lobbyists

The world’s first ultra-low emissions zone for cars, buses and lorries is to be introduced in central London in a bid to improve air quality by 2020.

Transport for London is drawing up plans for almost all vehicles driving into the existing congestion charge zone to be low or zero emission.

Boris Johnson today set out his vision for the capital’s streets with hybrid buses, low-emission lorries and electric cars and taxis.

Green groups welcomed the proposals but called on the Mayor to bring in the zone immediately. He has been accused of failing to bring down levels of nitrogen dioxide — linked to lung disease and asthma — and other dangerous gases and particulates.

City Hall aides admitted privately it would be difficult to persuade manufacturers to develop low emission and electric vehicles on such a large scale and to get motorists to buy them. The Mayor is only a fraction of the way towards achieving his existing target of 100,000 electric vehicles in London.

More than 150,000 vehicles use the C-charge zone during charging hours every week day. About 95,000 are private cars, the majority of which belong to residents who are expected to be exempt from the scheme.

Mr Johnson pledged to deliver another 600 hybrid buses, in addition to the 600 new Routemasters already promised, bringing the number of “green” buses to more than 1,600 by 2016 as 330 are already on the streets.

He has asked his team to look into designs for electric taxis — he has previously set a target for all new black cabs to be zero emission by 2020.

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Old February 14th, 2013, 04:15 AM   #5597
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In pictures: Building sites reveal unseen London

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Old February 14th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #5598
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Old February 14th, 2013, 03:21 PM   #5600
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Boris Johnson today issued a public challenge to George Osborne for a multi-billion-pound splurge on major infrastructure schemes to boost the London economy.

In a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos the Mayor declared he will publish a detailed blueprint this year on how a “concerted programme” of house-building, rail and road would stimulate growth.

“We need to junk talk of austerity and recognise that the single biggest inhibitor of demand is lack of confidence and if only some of the people in this room would invest some of the cash in their balance sheets we would see that confidence rewarded in a virtuous circle,” he told his wealthy business audience.

Mr Johnson added: “I believe the growth boost would mean we could make that investment without damaging the UK’s triple A rating.”

His speech to global business and political leaders — littered with jokes at the expense of the French — also pleaded for an end to banker bashing.

He set out to get the audience laughing with remarks about the reported plans of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and his “fragrant, chic” and “chinchilla-clad” wife Carla Bruni to come to London. “I can imagine this news has broken like a thunderclap over the grief-stricken French capital,” he said, adding Croydon was now exporting fragrance to France while London had more museums and Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris.

Cheekily mocking the 75 per cent tax rise proposed by François Hollande, he said London was already the “sixth biggest French city on earth — and likely to move up the rankings as more talented people flee the socialist tax terror in the biggest exodus since 1789”.

But the bulk of Mr Johnson’s address was a serious call for public and private spending. Earlier he is understood to have met the incoming Bank of England governor Mark Carney for private talks on economic development.

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Oh how I'd love him to splurge on a bridge for East London.
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