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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:59 PM   #5821
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Advertising summit ‘shows capital’s relentless energy’

London has cemented its position as a global capital for the creative industries following the success of last year’s Olympics, according to the organisers of Advertising Week Europe.

Matt Scheckner, who founded Advertising Week in his native New York a decade ago and has brought the four-day summit to London for the first time, said: “London is an iconic world city built on the cross-section of creativity and innovation and from where we sit in America, it is the capital city of the entire Europe, Middle East and Africa region.”

Dozens of leading figures from advertising, sport and music are taking part in Advertising Week Europe, including WPP chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell, former London Olympics organising committee chairman Lord Coe, Team GB cycling guru Sir Dave Brailsford and DJ Mark Ronson.

More than 12,000 people are set to attend events over the next four days at a string of venues including Bafta in Piccadilly, Kensington Palace, the Abbey Road recording studios in St John’s Wood and Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. ITV is hosting the opening gala tonight at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Research by Deloitte for the Advertising Association shows the UK advertising industry is worth £16 billion a year. James Murphy, chief executive of Adam & Eve/DDB, the agency behind John Lewis’s hit adverts, said: “No city matches London’s relentless energy in the arts, innovation and commerce. Advertising is one part of the creative economy that is undeniably world-beating.”

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The 20 Most Popular Cities In The World To Visit

In the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index, London leads the world as both the most popular destination city for overseas travelers, and in the average amount each visitor spends. Whether drawn by business or as tourists, London's visitors from New York are the ones that travel the furthest and spend the most.

London leads the world in the two key criteria MasterCard considered: as both the most popular destination city for overseas travelers (they’re expecting 16.9 million foreign visitors this year), and in the average amount each visitor spends (their total spending there is projected to be $21.1 billion).

New York still ranks second by visitor spending (after London), which may explain all the foreign languages one hears while shopping at the Gap.

In the Asia/Pacific region, Bangkok leads in the total number of visitors and visitor spending and is expected to displace Paris as the third-ranking city by visitor spending. Dubai retains its rank as #1 of the top 10 destination cities in the Middle East and Africa.

Glitz trumps history in the People’s Republic of China, with Shanghai ahead of Beijing by five ranks. And though to many minds Barcelona outcharms Madrid, Spain’s capital remains the more popular destination.

Although Rome hasn’t lost any of its charm, it has slipped in popularity as a tourist destination, falling below Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Frankfurt and Dubai. Perhaps economic forces are at play.

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Old March 24th, 2013, 12:23 AM   #5823
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I see Avemano wants to keep playing his stupid little game...anyway,

Heron Plaza getting ready for site clearance:

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Old March 24th, 2013, 12:28 AM   #5824
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HOK unveils Crossrail Fisher Street plans

Architect HOK has unveiled its plans for a development above the Fischer Street shaft of Crossrail in Holborn, London

The building, submitted for planning permission to Camden council today, will contain 30,000ft2 of residential space over 22 apartments.

The apartments will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom.

The scheme backs onto a eight storey grade two listed building on Southampton Row.

Anthony Leslie, head of transportation at HOK’s London office, said: “The transportation team here at HOK were involved in some of the initial design work for the Crossrail shaft and ground level structure, so were well placed when it came to designing the over-site development and understanding the constraints of the site.

“We were able to combine the expertise of our transportation and residential teams, with our long term expertise in Building Information Modelling to deliver a unique and compelling development.”

A total of 3mft2 of new space is planned above all Crossrail stations and sites in London.



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Old March 24th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #5825
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What do you think of the new purple/blue Crossrail roundel design?

The roundel – the iconic symbol of the Tube we all know and love – has just got itself a sibling. The TfL family have welcomed a new addition to the transport family by releasing the design for the Crossrail roundel. We wonder how many hours the colours were debated for and why they finally went for blue and purple?! What do you think of the design? Should Crossrail be welcomed into the Underground clan?



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Old March 24th, 2013, 12:39 AM   #5826
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BAM construction wins £300m contract to build Google HQ at Kings Cross.

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Old March 24th, 2013, 12:55 AM   #5827
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Construction/piling works continue on Beetham Tower (165m):




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Old March 24th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #5828
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I see Avemano wants to keep playing his stupid little game...anyway,
iv just been over to the paris thread and couldn't work out what he was doing wrong apart from thinking that we stole the Olympics from him and his massive love of paris and thinking its the top dog ???
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Old March 24th, 2013, 01:04 AM   #5829
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New 'events pavilion' planned for London's Olympic Park

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has announced plans for a showpiece events pavilion and outdoor space at the Queen Elizabeth OIympic Park.

Speaking at London & Partners' Olympic venue tour – run as part of Confex – Clive Little, director of events and programming at LLDC, said he expects the new venue to form a popular corporate and consumer events destination in the South Plaza area of the re-opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The South Park Pavilion will comprise a 5,000m2 footprint, over one or two floors, and will also include a 15,000m2 outdoor events space – the South Park Lawn – an open area capable of accommodating larger events including concerts and festivals. The year-round facility is scheduled to open in spring 2014.

C&IT also learned that platforms on the roof of the Olympic Stadium, used for aerial stunts during the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, could be used by corporate groups in the future. Head of Communications - Business & Major Events at London & Partners, Chloe Couchman said such an opportunity would be "entirely feasible, depending who ended up operating the venue".



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Eliazabeth House clears last obstacle to construction:

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Mace wins £400m Victoria Circle job in London

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...job-in-london/



Land Securities has selected Mace to deliver a £400m office, retail and residential scheme next to Victoria Station in London.

According to construction information specialist Glenigan the firm has moved from construction adviser on the vast Victoria Circle project to main contractor.

Work could get underway on the first of the six-building project as early as June this year.

Demolition work started in October 2012 on the site in tandem with Transport for London works on the Victoria station upgrade.

The completed scheme will provide 910,000 sq ft mix of retail, residential, office and public amenity space.

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190 Strand has begun construction.

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Foster + Partners for a riverside development in central London have been given the go-ahead by Lambeth Council.

News: 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.

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 24th, 2013, 01:39 AM   #5835
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240 Blackfriars continuing construction:

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Yawn..I'm bored of playing with Avemano now, I may take it up a again tomorrow if he's still being a ****.
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Old March 24th, 2013, 02:19 AM   #5836
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Boris unveils London 'floating village' plans

Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to create the UK’s largest ‘floating village’ in a bid to transform London’s Royal Docks

The project, unveiled by the mayor of London at the Mipim property conference in Cannes today, would see 15 acres of water at the Royal Victoria Dock site, sitting directly under the Emirates Airline cable car, transformed into a community with floating homes, hotels, restaurants and bars.

Johnson today launched an international competition to find developers and London partners to design and deliver the scheme.

Johnson said: “This site is unique. It has the potential to become one of the most sought after addresses in the capital while breathing new life back into London’s waterways.

“But it’s not alone. Right across London there are incredible investment opportunities that I’m determined to bring to market creating more homes and jobs for Londoners. My message to the developers gathering at Mimpim is that London is the best place to invest.”

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “London is moving eastwards and the Royal Docks offer an investment opportunity in scale unmatched anywhere in Europe. This exciting development is a pivotal part of their reanimation.

“The Royal Docks were designated the capital’s first new Enterprise Zone, in recognition of the importance of the area to the future of London’s economy.

“As today’s announcement shows, they have the capacity to attract modern sustainable businesses and deliver 21st century growth for the capital. It is essential that the transformation of the area translates into long-term prosperity, growth and jobs.”



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London’s moving story is sure to see plenty more chapters written

London has more football clubs than any other city in the world...

West Ham's imminent switch to the Olympic Stadium could be the first in a series of ground-hopping moves for London’s top clubs.





Eight of the capital’s 15 teams have their sights on finding a new home — although Tottenham’s ground will be built on their current site — while another three are considering redeveloping their stadiums.

The geography of London’s clubs has hardly changed in recent times with the only moves seeing Arsenal relocate to the Emirates in 2006, Millwall open The Den in 1993 and Charlton return to The Valley in 1992 following a seven-year exile.

Arsenal - Emirates Stadium




Charlton Athletic - staying put with plans for further development






Millwall - The Den





Standard Sport assesses how London’s clubs are progressing in their efforts to upgrade:

CHELSEA: They are still searching for a new site having missed out on Earls Court and Battersea Power Station. Their hopes of moving are also complicated by the fact that fans own the freehold at Stamford Bridge through the Chelsea Pitch Owners.





FULHAM: Planning permission has been granted to extend Craven Cottage, their home since 1896, from 25,000 to 30,000 seats. The scheme includes opening a riverside walk from Putney to Hammersmith, which is expected to reduce crowd congestion on match days.







QPR: Rangers want a ground in the White City area that can hold 35-45,000 fans. They hired architects Populous, who designed the Olympic Stadium, to draw up plans for the stadium but appear no closer to finalising a move. QPR chief executive Philip Beard admitted in January they won’t leave Loftus Road for at least another four years.



TOTTENHAM: The club are trying to complete the legal and planning obligations with Haringey Council and raise capital for the £400million Northumberland Development Project, of which the main aspect is a new stadium.

With Spurs seeking a naming rights deal and bank funding, Champions League qualification this season would make the club far more attractive to investors, improving the chances that the project will be realised.





CRYSTAL PALACE: Nothing has been ruled out in terms of exploring the option of a move to the nearby National Sports Centre. However, that would involve large amounts of red tape and money so the more likely option is to redevelop Selhurst Park, although there are no plans as yet.





WATFORD: Vicarage Road has had only three functioning stands since the East Stand’s closure in 2008 while work on the South West corner has also come to a halt. After buying Watford last summer, the Pozzo family said redeveloping the ground was “an essential part of the project” but, as yet, there has been no progress.





BRENTFORD: While their west London neighbours struggle for a site, Brentford have bought a 7.6-acre plot of land at Lionel Road and hope to move into a 15,000‑capacity ground there for the beginning of the 2016-17 season. They aim to submit a planning application in May and want to start work next summer. The ground will cost around £40m and the sale of Griffin Park will help fund it, as will residential development on the new site.





LEYTON ORIENT: The club are locked in a battle with West Ham over the Olympic Stadium with Barry Hearn saying they should share it.





AFC WIMBLEDON: Following talks with Merton Council the club have said that, if they were able to buy it, they would like to build a ground on the Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium site. Chief executive Erik Samuelson says the footprint must be big enough to support a 22,000-capacity ground but any initial project would only be half that size as the club do not want to exceed their requirements.



BARNET: Having been frustrated in their efforts to redevelop Underhill, the club will relocate to their training ground in Edgware, The Hive, this summer. An agreement with Harrow Council will allow the club a 10-year stay but chairman Tony Kleanthous says Barnet’s aim is to find a more permanent home. He hopes to build a 10,000-capacity stadium when they have identified a new site.



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Old March 24th, 2013, 01:50 PM   #5838
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Wimbledon To Put Roof On No 1 Court

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Wimbledon is set to give the green light to a roof above Court No 1 as part of another substantial redevelopment of the All England Club.
The club’s hierarchy are believed to have already made the decision to cover the 11,500-seater secondary arena as part of a ‘Wimbledon 2020’ plan that will go further than had been anticipated.
According to well-placed sources among the SW19 membership the move towards a roof is expected to be unveiled as early as next month, with priority given to the project once this summer’s Championships are over.

Unlike Centre Court, the secondary arena was designed to be ‘roof-ready’ when it was built in 1997, so the associated costs and logistical demands, while high, will not be as severe as the huge construction completed in 2009 to cover its iconic big brother.
A wider scheme is also set to include alterations to the area behind the Royal Box, an upgrade to practice facilities and a rebuild of the indoor court complex near the main arena.
A covered Court No 1 will be another huge step forward for the tournament and guarantee two sets of matches for television, and more than 27,000 spectators, whatever the weather.


However, there are challenges: not least the volume of air conditioning required to keep the right conditions for grass. When the Centre Court was covered a new electricity sub-station needed to be built close by to supply the necessary energy.
The total cost of redeveloping the main arena is often put at £100million, though a source involved in the construction says it was closer to £150m.
The simpler Court No 1 roof would not be as expensive but outlay on that and other projects could affect the annual surplus handed to the Lawn Tennis Association and its impending new leadership.
In a rare public discussion of construction ideas 18 months ago AELTC chairman Philip Brook said a roof on No 1 would be ‘a desirable thing’.


Brook won agreement over a three-week gap between the French Open and The Championships from 2015 and, while there is no fixed timetable, the new roof may coincide with that.
The All England continues to tread a delicate line between maintaining tradition and innovation.
With lucrative broadcasting rights and tickets in demand, covered courts are wanted but not always possible.
The Australian Open has two roofs with a third being built. The French Open would like to follow suit but face logistical struggles.
Bad weather has forced the US Open into a 15th day for the last four years. They are hamstrung by the size of the stadium and the ground being unable to support a major new structure.
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The Leadenhall Building, London

The beautiful form of this landmark building in the City of London emerges.

Source: http://constructionchest.smugmug.com...O/9D6A3525.jpg

The wedge shape of Richard Rogers masterpiece begins to makes sense as it provides clear line of sight towards the magnificent St Paul's Cathedral.

But why are views of St Paul's so ferociously fought over?

Perhaps this image above all others offers the explanation.


Source: http://canadianwomenlondon.org/wp-co...dral-blitz.jpg

This photograph shows St Paul's surviving the blitz from the German Luftwaffe. This photograph has come to symbolise the British spirit in standing up and fighting against the German Nazi oppression.

Other European cities fell like domino's and were quickly occupied by the Nazi regime.


Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fi...tion_small.gif

London became a symbol of freedom and hope and images of St Pauls surrounded by smoke and fire captured the imagination of allies around the world.

This moment in time perfectly captures the the British bull dog spirit and goes some way to explain the British belligerent attitude towards Europe. It may also help to explain why views of St Paul's are often ferociously fought over.

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Mayor’s Vision for Cycling

Mayor’s Vision for Cycling

The Mayor's Vision for Cycling will create a 'Crossrail for the bike' as part of his plans for a nearly £1 billion investment in London cycling. The route will run for more than 15 miles, very substantially segregated, from the western suburbs, through the heart of London, to Canary Wharf and Barking.

It will use new segregated cycle tracks along, among other places, the Victoria Embankment and the Westway flyover. It is believed to be the longest substantially-segregated cycle route of any city in Europe.

Watch the following video for the Cycle Boulevard concept along Victoria Embankment:



Other elements in the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling include:

1. A new 'Central London Grid' of bike routes in the City and West End, using segregation, quiet streets, and two-way cycling on one-way traffic streets, to join all the other routes together;

2. A new network of 'Quietways' – direct, continuous, fully-signposted routes on peaceful side streets, running far into the suburbs, and aimed at people put off by cycling in traffic;

3. Substantial improvements to both existing and proposed Superhighways, including some reroutings;

4. Major improvements to the worst junctions, making them safer and less threatening for cyclicsts;

5. Work to make HGVs safer

Source: http://www.london.gov.uk/priorities/...on-for-cycling
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