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Old March 16th, 2013, 03:50 AM   #5761
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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:01 AM   #5762
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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #5763
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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:40 AM   #5764
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Last Bit Of Chiswick Puzzle To Finally Be Built

Construction work is finally to begin on the long-delayed Building 7 at Chiswick Business Park that was designed about a decade ago by Richard Rogers.



The project, which is so old it surfaced before Stirk and Harbour got their names on the door, is the landmark for the business park and its tallest building that over its 12 floors will have roughly 31,000 square metres of space.

The origins of the 33-acre park stretch back to the 1980s when it was the site of London Transport's bus works off Chiswick High Road. From the beginning the approach of the architects was to avoid the car-driven business parks that were the vogue in the eighties and anticipate that 75% of the workers would arrive by alternative means, be they cycling, walking, bus or tube from the nearby Gunnersbury Station. At the time this was futuristic and perhaps seen as a little too utopian, but is now the norm in London.

On the exterior, the structural elements are classic Rogers with the office uses clearly expressd, projecting frames and layered louvres. The interiors are all designed so that the office space can be arranged in either on a cellular or open plan basis. Rather remarkably, thanks to off-site construction methods, the first six buildings were set up on site in only nine months giving an idea of how quickly Building 7 can also rise.

The scheme was bought by Blackstone, which is well known for partnering British Land, in 2011 when they paid £480 million. Since then the development value has increased to £800 million giving them a healthy profit.

The developer intends to construct the building speculatively, a huge undertaking for a scheme of this size outside the core commercial areas of London, but Chiswick Business Park has proven a popular venue with blue chip companies like Pepsi who are attracted to its easy transport links and high quality architecture.

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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:41 AM   #5765
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Ropemaker Sold For £472 Million



AXA Real Estate has purchased Ropemaker Place in the City of London from British Land on behalf of Frasia Properties and an associated subsidiary for the not-to-be-sniffed-at sum of £472 million.

The scheme, which was completed in 2009, offers 45,058 square metres of grade A office space plus an impressive collection roof gardens for the tenants to enjoy. The gross price paid is equivalent to £10,475 per square metre of office space and represents a substantial overall profit for British Land when the costs of building the scheme are taken into account. The site was purchased by British Land in 2006 for only £125 million, and it may have cost as much again to build.

The building was valued at £455 million in the last accounts published by British Land in September and contributing £21.9 million in rents every year. British Land will receive a net payment of £461 million, with the difference between this and the gross compressing of a top up by the seller to the contractual rent.

Ropemaker Place is a landmark office building near Moorgate Station standing adjacent to the Barbican, the Heron and CityPoint. Designed by Arup Associates it is 95.6 metres tall with 22 floors above ground.

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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:43 AM   #5766
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Another Docklands Mid-rise



Set to fill in a key site just south of Crossharbour in London's docklands is a new mid-rise residential complex designed by Stock Woolstencroft.

The project, named Turnberry Quay, consists of thirteen floors with ground floor retail or restaurants to front on to the quayside, and twelve floors of residential accommodation above it. a tall building was considered for the site at one stage, but these plans were not progressed and the proposals should instead roughly match the height of that of the neighbouring Baltimore Wharf stepping back away from the dock as it rises.

A second future phase is expected to place a shorter block roughly perpendicular to phase one directly between it and Baltimore Wharf. This can be placed alongside the northern façade of phase one due to the fact it receives a poor level of sunlight.

Externally the side facing the riverside will have solid brick and inset windows similar perhaps to Rubicon Court at Kings Cross. The set backs on the top will boast an ornate external steel frame and glazed curtain walling to maximise the views from the penthouses.

The site is presently occupied by a low-rise office block from the 80s that marked some of the first development in the area, and a large car park that sees the valuable land poorly utilised today. In all it will contain 89 residential units plus a new landscaped space on Turnberry Quay.

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Site Clearance Starts On 199 Westminster Road



Recently approved by Lambeth Council in London are the latest plans for 199 Westminster Bridge Road that are based by the architect, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, on a famous piece of furniture, the Eames Turned Stool.

This creates a roughly circular shape that responds to the curved nature of the site. A cut out is then made on the south-eastern corner to act partly as a light well for the interior of the building, but also to give views out creating an effective C shaped footprint.

It also serves to allow the floors to be easily divided between three occupiers, student housing provider Urbanest, a new sixth form college that will also take 6,200 square metres of on floors one to three, with the remaining 50% of the building in under negotiation to the London School of Economics.

The scale of the building has been drawn up mindful of the impact it could have on the nearby Westminster World Heritage Site. As such the building is roughly the same height as the previous plans by Sheppard Robson for an office building on the site, 62.8 metres high.

The exterior of the building is dominated by the light horizontal strips of high gloss tiles with glazing and perforated metal panels sandwiched between for each floor. Vertically the building exterior undulates slightly to avoid the appearance of smooth drum. The upper level is set back with frittered glazing to improve solar shading.

Work has already begun on the site with demolition contractors having moved in to clear out the 1962 office building that presently fills it but has been vacant for over a decade. Construction should begin as soon the site is cleared.

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Old March 16th, 2013, 04:44 AM   #5768
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Old March 17th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #5769
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Three Foster + Partners Towers approved for London's Albert Embankment

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Three residential towers designed by Foster + Partners for a riverside development in central London have been given the go-ahead by Lambeth Council. Foster + Partners' towers are part of mixed-use scheme led by St James Group on Albert Embankment, a stretch of land on the south side of the river Thames near Lambeth Bridge.

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Ranging from 15 to 27 storeys in height, the towers will contain 253 apartments and a bar, gym and pool for residents, as well as restaurants and offices. The smallest tower will be positioned behind the tallest one and can just be seen on the left of the development in the top image.

The scheme is part of the £15 billion Nine Elms regeneration project, which includes plans for 16,000 new homes on a 195-hectare site between Lambeth Bridge and Chelsea Bridge.

Grant Brooker, senior partner at Foster + Partners, commented: "We hope to transform this important and highly visible site into a vibrant riverside community that sets a benchmark for the regeneration of this part of the river."

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Old March 17th, 2013, 03:55 PM   #5770
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Looks like they're getting rid of some 1970's or 1980's garbage to build these..good!!!

Currently this is what's there (or maybe already demolished, don't know how old the aerial pictures are).

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Old March 17th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #5771
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What happened to the plan to host an F1 race in downtown London? Is the plan still alive?
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What happened to the plan to host an F1 race in downtown London? Is the plan still alive?
Hopefully not... That sounded like a nightmare.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #5773
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The Architects' Journal reports "The Pinnacle" may get a height increase. KPF is still the official architect.
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Southbank Centre could move onto ‘iceberg’ in Thames



Parts of the Southbank Centre could be moved onto what looks like a man-made iceberg during the centre’s £120 million revamp, according to a firm of architects.

The Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery complex — known as the Festival Wing — will close for three years while the building work is carried out and Baca Architects has proposed a floating structure, “SouthBerg”, as a temporary home for some of its attractions.

Plans for the Southbank facelift include a glass pavilion in the sky, new performance spaces, roof gardens and a national literature centre and poetry library. The designs, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will go out for consultation with the aim of seeking planning permission in late spring and starting work in autumn next year.

Baca Architects said Southberg would take the form of large timber pavilions, designed around a central water courtyard, which could house an art gallery, café, cinema, shops and offices. The roof of one pavilion could be used for outdoor performances or dining, and another as a viewing terrace. They would be prefabricated off site and towed into place, the firm said.

Once the revamp is completed, the pavilions could be towed away and reused in a London dock or divided into smaller units to form part of the Royal Docks floating village. The scheme is estimated to cost £12-£15million, but the operator would be expected to make back the money on trading.

Robert Barker, director of Baca Architects, said: “A floating pavilion would provide complete continuity of service for this popular cultural destination throughout the refurbishment period and be a fun and striking waterfront attraction for Londoners and tourists alike on this busy stretch of the river.”

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well at least the South Bank Centre's conceptual artists have some faith - the silhouette of the Pinnacle is in the background!
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Europe's Largest FinTech Accelerator Opens in London



Europe's largest accelerator space for finance and retail technology startups has opened its doors in Canary Wharf, occupying the entire 39th floor of the iconic One Canada Square tower, and is already a sell-out.

Offering 360-degree views of London, an industrial design inspired by the offices of Facebook and Google, iPad controlled coffee machines and a licensed bar, Level 39 is a 29,000 square feet space for financial technology startups to grow.

Dubbed Tech City 2.0, Level 39 is the brainchild of Canary Wharf Group chairman and chief executive Sir George Iacobescu CBE, who appointed former Tech City CEO Eric van der Kleij to run the accelerator programme, and response from potential tenants means its 46 desks are already over-subscribed.

At the official launch of the program, Van der Kleij told IBTimes UK: "These offices are oversubscribed already, there is still some space in the hot desk area. The fixed desks are pretty much done. We haven't determined everyone's locations yet, but give me a couple more weeks and we'll know. I'm really delighted with the response that we've had."

Level 39 has a total of 46 desks which can be flexibly split across the space according to need; the current split between those which are fixed and which are 'hot' is 28 to 18. Fixed desks costs £500 per month, while hot desk - which are not assigned to any one person - are £300 per month.
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Amazing project!
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Latham sees London revenues rise 4%

Latham & Watkins' London office saw revenues rise by 4% to £125m in 2012, alongside similar growth for the firm as a whole.

Latham said the figure, which was up from the 2011 total of £120m, was the best estimate for work done by lawyers at the City office, although the US firm does not strictly divide revenues by office or practice.

Global revenues for the Los Angeles-headquartered firm - which are paid into a single pot - grew by 3.4% during 2012 to $2.226bn (£1.43bn), while profits per equity partner hit $2.443m (£1.57m) and revenue per lawyer grew by 2.4% to $1.095m (£703,000).

Based on City earnings alone, Latham - with fewer than 200 lawyers in London, including around 60 partners - would place among the top 25 UK firms by revenue, according to figures for the 2011-12 financial year.

The financial growth comes against a steady increase in headcount, with the London office's only lateral hire in 2012 coming in the shape of equity capital markets chief Richard Brown, who joined from Hogan Lovells.

This February Latham made another lateral hire with the appointment of Herbert Smith partner Simon Bushell, as part of a drive to build out the London office's litigation offering.

Meanwhile, the firm's annual partnership round, announced earlier this month, saw London project finance lawyer Ayesha Waheed made up as one of seven partner promotions.

The news comes after the firm's recent annual partner conference in New York, at which former US President Bill Clinton gave a speech. Last year, when the conference was held in London, the guest speaker was former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

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