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Old March 13th, 2013, 12:35 AM   #5741
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New York, considering its age is a phenomenal city. No question.

The only problem is, it's been eclipsed by the 'New Babylon', where 300 languages are spoken in one city for the first time on the planet. London is charting new territory in the annals of man. No question.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #5742
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Lets keep city comparisons away from here. It only leads to endless posts about rubbish.

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Old March 13th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #5743
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So the Pinnacle Tower in the Square Mile is officially dead now. A redesign is taking place.

It will not look anything like the originally planned Pinnacle Tower. Sorry folks, watch this space for the new renders.


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Gherkin architect aims higher with City of London's tallest tower
Ken Shuttleworth lines up rescue for site of stalled Pinnacle project with plans for new skyscraper in London's square mile.



The architect behind the Gherkin skyscraper in the City of London is bidding to put his previous creation in the shade with plans for the tallest tower yet built in the square mile.

Ken Shuttleworth, the former partner of Lord Foster, with whom he designed the bullet-shaped London icon, is proposing to go almost 100 metres higher with a rescue plan for a prime site currently occupied by the stalled Pinnacle project, which foundered in the financial crisis.

The Saudi Arabia-backed Pinnacle has endured the ignominy of being re-nicknamed the Stump because work stopped 14 months ago when builders had only built seven floors of its concrete core. Industry sources estimate the Saudi Economic and Development Company (Sedco) may have invested up to £500m in the project, but work was put on hold after the backers failed to secure a pre-let on enough of the space.

The freezing of the 288-metre-tall scheme is thought to be unprecedented in one of the most expensive areas of real estate in the world and its potential rebirth is expected to herald a new era of relative austerity in the design of City skyscrapers.

The project was also hit by a multimillion-pound legal dispute between the builder, Brookfield Multiplex, and development companies owned by Sedco. Late last year, a court ordered the Pinnacle to pay Brookfield £15.51m plus costs, which led to a settlement.

Shuttleworth is one of several leading architects and developers who are pitching alternative proposals for the high-profile site, 150 metres from the Bank of England, which are the same height but considerably cheaper to build.

Sir Stuart Lipton, one of the country's top developers who was behind the Broadgate "groundscraper" scheme on the City fringes in the 1980s, is working with his partner Peter Rogers, brother of the architect Lord Rogers, to propose an alternative that is around a third cheaper to build.

London-based American architect Lee Polisano, author of the original twisting design before he left the design firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, is understood to be among those who in the last few months have explored alternative proposals, some of which have been shown to City planners. Polisano told the Guardian he was no longer working on the project.

The proposals are understood to be far removed from the eyecatching shapes of the Cheese Grater, the Shard, and the Walkie Talkie, as some of London's most recent landmarks have been called.

"The Pinnacle, or Helter-Skelter as I prefer to call it, was one of the last of the era of wacky buildings," said the City's chief planner, Peter Rees, who has been party to some of the proposals.

"People looked at the Gherkin and assumed if you build a wacky shape that would help you let it. That was not true because you can't design something to become an icon. What they are doing now is reviewing the project in the light of current circumstances and fashion. It will produce a totally different building that is more practical in terms of its floor plates."

Shuttleworth said: "The geometry of the Pinnacle is impossible. It makes the Swiss Re look simple. In short, it is too complicated to build because each piece of glass is a different size."

Shuttleworth has calculated that if the Stump is removed, the existing foundations could be used for a new, simpler tower that could be be put to more flexible use, with sections that could be adapted to homes with hanging gardens as well as offices. He said he intends to pitch the idea to the site's owner.

"There are so many buildlings with funny shapes in that area that something simpler could work as a foil to them and also work better in city planning terms," added Ian Lomas, architect at Shuttleworth's practice, Make.

"The Pinnacle was a curved building so the cladding is very expensive and there is no standard size and everything is bespoke. You are left with odd curved spaces and nobody knows what to do with them."

A spokesman for the Saudi investors declined to comment on the alternative proposals.

The half-built site is understood to have been an source of embarrassment in the City, although Rees said the delay prevented an over-supply of office space. But in January the Saudi owner announced it has secured finance to continue the Pinnacle project over the next two years including a further annual extension of its loan facility.

"It has also reached agreement with Brookfield Multiplex which will allow the two companies to continue to work on the project," Pinnacle No 1 Limited said in January. "[It] will initiate a review of the scheme with Brookfield and will make a further statement following the completion of this review."

The rethink is due to be complete by the beginning of April and raises questions for the design ambition of future skyscrapers in London as the number of tenants willing to commit to take space before work starts dwindles.

The Qatari government, which owns the 72-storey Shard by London Bridge, has yet to announce any lettings for its 24 storeys of offices, although it is understood to be in talks with at least two Qatari clients and one other possible occupant.

Following the financial crisis, insurers rather than banks are the main customers for new buildings and few are willing to commit to taking space in five years' time, which ambitious developers want to guarantee a return on the extra spending they must lavish to achieve what they describe as "iconic" designs.

Lipton and Rogers have formed a new company expressly to explore ways to to pared-down designs, regular shapes and standardised components.
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Old March 13th, 2013, 08:01 PM   #5744
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I have to say im not upset about the redesign, i was never fond of the pinnacle's design, i think they are right to be wary of future design as London's skyline has a lot of iconic architecture in it, trying to create more unusual buildings will loose the skyline it's integrity and will begin to look like a joke. Im not by any means advocating boring design, but buildings can be interesting without going mad.
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From nla:

This innovative and iconic tower will light the skies of West London to form one of the largest light sculptures in the UK.

The 25-storey building utilises groundbreaking design techniques and materials to create a new architectural statement along the ‘Golden Mile’.

A twin skin façade method is used for the tower, the outer to protect from noise, wind and rain and the inner as a thermal barrier. The building is carefully orientated to counteract the elements and a lower canopy incorporated to shield pedestrians.

An apart-hotel will occupy the lower floors with 178 apartments moving upwards and a public viewing gallery sitting at the top.


The Assael website is still reporting 25 stories: http://www.assael.co.uk/content/great-west-quarter


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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #5750
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Where will that be?
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Old March 14th, 2013, 05:05 PM   #5751
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Next to the M4 motorway.
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Old March 14th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #5752
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The bank everyone loves to hate, Goldman Sachs, is planning a new headquarters in the City of London off Farringdon Street.

The Kohn Pedersen Fox designed building will contain a total of 113,817 square metres of space split over twelve stories above ground and two basement floors making it as larger, at least by one measure, than HSBC's 200 metre tall headquarters at Canary Wharf.

The redevelopment will see the demolition of the Fleet Building and Plumtree Court, a couple of sixties era slabs that dominate the area. The site already has modern office proposals approved on it, with one by Foggo Associates dating as far back as 1999.

The scheme has been a difficult one for the architects to design due to the fact that a number of protected sight-lines cut through the area, thus the building is permitted to be taller on the south-western corner than on the rest of it nearest New Street Square. This sees the height there as 65.75 metres AOD whilst the height on the other corners are as low as 53.55 metres AOD. As a point of reference, the ground level is 7.81 metres above AOD.

The peak of the building height that rises up above the rest of the roof could perhaps be compared to a futuristic skateboard ramp. It also creates a gateway effect with the approved 1 New Street Square that will stand on the other side of the road.

At ground level the building actually boasts a stone façade, not for show but because of the flood risk for the area that although unlikely does exist. Wags would suggest that as the neighbouring buildings taken no such solution perhaps it also helps to make the building more riot-proof.

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As much as I love international style architecture and brutalism, those look pretty run down. A replacement would probably be for the best.
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As much as I love international style architecture and brutalism, those look pretty run down. A replacement would probably be for the best.


Yes, the less ugly concrete buildings the better.... unless they are good examples like Barbican etc..
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Old March 15th, 2013, 10:39 PM   #5756
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Next to the M4 motorway.
Are you sure, it looks like the archetypal next building for Stratford.
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Are you sure, it looks like the archetypal next building for Stratford.
A new architectural genre?
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London has never been this important to the UK economy
IT is an astonishing story.

London’s share of the UK’s economic output has just reached an all-time high of 21.9 per cent. Yes, that’s right, despite the crisis, and the City’s woes, London accounts for more of Britain’s economy that at any time in recorded history. The last time it came close was in 1911, when London was a manufacturing, shipping and imperial centre, and the world’s financial capital.

In 1997, when Tony Blair became prime minister, London’s share was 18.8 per cent of gross value added (GVA); by 2011, it had reached 21.9 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics. A century ago, London’s share peaked at 21.5 per cent, according to separate numbers compiled by Nick Crafts of Warwick University. London’s economic importance reached a nadir in the 1950s. The economy was transformed after Big Bang and Lord Lawson’s tax cuts of 1988 and piggy-backed on the growth of financial and business services and globalisation; the rest of the UK never recovered from the collapse of manufacturing, a demise which accelerated in the 2000s.

Tragically, vast parts of modern Britain now host only relatively small amounts of private sector producers and depend on the state. Meanwhile, London’s private sector dominated economy boasts GVA per job 39 per cent above the UK average and 66 per cent higher than Wales (which is why wages and the tax take are so much higher in London); gross disposable income 29.7 per cent higher than the UK average; there has been an 11.5 per cent surge in active businesses in London since 2007, against 1 per cent for the rest; and an extra 267,000 net workforce jobs have been created in London since then, against a drop of 284,000 in the rest of the UK. From 2007 to 2011 London’s GVA grew by 12.4 per cent (unadjusted for inflation) compared to 2.3 per cent-6.8 per cent across other UK regions. London’s share of UK output rose from 20.7 per cent to 21.9 per cent.
The broader London economy extends to a swathe of the inner home counties, those bits within the M25 not technically in London as well as a large number of prosperous commuter towns outside of it in Kent, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Essex, Surrey and Hertfordshire. Taking London, the South East and Eastern regions together is imperfect (the latter regions are vast and include lots of non-London related activity) but confirms how economic power is shifting from North to South. Those three regions now account for 45.2 per cent of GVA, up from 41.4 per cent in 1997; the combined East and West Midlands, South West, Yorkshire, North East and North West have collapsed from 36.4 per cent to 32.9 per cent. London, the South East and the Eastern region overtook the rest of England and Wales in the late 2000s.

There are many lessons. The most capitalist and globalised part of the UK is doing best. London is financing the rest of the UK to an ever greater extent, which will cause resentment. The government should play to the UK’s strength and help London prosper by allowing it grow, build homes and extend transport links – and help the City emerge stronger and better managed from the crisis. It would be idiotic to try and rebalance the UK by crippling London and those industries at which we excel. Instead, we need a dramatic supply-side revolution and tax cuts to help the rest of the UK compete once again with the world. London and the rest of Britain can both grow – but the government must make it worthwhile to start creating wealth across the country, or else the divide between North and South will continue to grow, and eventually reach breaking point.

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The size and importance of London to the UK economy is just staggering.
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LONDON BECOMES WORLD’S CULINARY CAPITAL

The UK capital has become the city of choice for some of the world’s finest restaurateurs, from Juan Mari Arzak to Keith McNally, to launch their first ventures abroad.

WHILE MANY of us are still feeling the pinch, London is swiftly emerging as the culinary capital of the world, and the city of choice for acclaimed international restaurateurs looking to start their first franchise abroad. In the past six months, three of the world’s most highly regarded restaurateurs from different corners of the globe have announced London ventures. Self-proclaimed “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung opened Bo London in Mayfair in October, while London-born, New York- based restaurateur Keith McNally opened the hotly anticipated all-day brasserie Balthazar London in Covent Garden last month, and this month sees the arrival of father and daughter duo, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak’s London outpost Ametsa at The Halkin hotel in Belgravia.

Already the holder of two Michelin stars at his Bo Innovation flagship in Hong Kong, Brixton-born Leung’s desire to extend his Bo brand to London has been bubbling away for nine years. His dream finally came into fruition last October, when £1 million venture, Bo London, opened its doors on Mill Street in London’s affluent Mayfair district, which is proving bulletproof from the recession. Going against the grain of the casual dining trend currently gripping the capital, Bo London is geared around fine dining, but with a signature Leung twist. Shunning the terms “molecular” and “fusion food”, Leung is a pioneer of “X-treme Chinese Cuisine”. While inspired and informed by centuries-old Chinese recipes, Bo London’s dishes are exciting, exotic and envelope pushing in the extreme.

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London keeps global edge as top transport finance hub

(Reuters) - London remains the top financing centre for the global transport industry, although it faces stiff competition from New York and capitals in Asia Pacific as companies seek to tap more funding sources, a survey showed on Friday.

Some 37 per cent of respondents from the global aviation, rail and shipping sectors ranked London as the key financial centre for transport, followed by New York at 14 percent and Singapore at 7 percent, the survey by international law firm Norton Rose found.

"London and New York remain key financial centres for the transport industry but are looking over their shoulders at Asia which is growing in importance," said Harry Theochari, global head of transport at Norton Rose.

Of those canvassed, 43 percent from the rail industry said London was most favoured as a financing hub, followed by 40 percent in the shipping sector and 31 percent in aviation.

The annual survey by Norton Rose, now in its fourth year, is one of the transport sector's leading barometers of market conditions, especially for the shipping community.

While London has a 300-year history as a leading finance, insurance and legal centre for the shipping industry, the survey said companies were looking at alternatives due to tough trading conditions, exemplified by a warning last month from Frontline, one of the world's biggest tanker operators.

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