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Old March 25th, 2013, 09:47 PM   #5861
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... unless they say that Paris is top in which case they are 100% accurate? Please. What I doubt is that the Olympics had much of an effect at all. In fact, if I remember rightly, it's often the case that there is a decrease in visitors during the Olympic year; although in the subsequent years the number of tourists increases.

EDIT: Hadn't noticed Quicksilver's post, but that is a reason behind the fall in numbers.
Euromonitor methodology :

For London :
- Take into account all tourists
- In Greater London

For Paris :
- Take into account only tourists in hotels (the number is divided by 2)
- Only intra-muros (which exclude half of the Paris hotels)

Results : In a country visited by 80 million tourists by year (UNWTO), only 10% of them come in Paris. Case made. Antalya is much more visited than Paris.

So yes we don't really support this kind of study made with incoherent methodologies and incidentally ordered by unknown private enterprises.

The Mastercard study is more coherent but have a huge flaw : it is based only on aerial trafic, excluding railway and road networks. We understand the distorsion when we speak about cities mainly reachable by air.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 09:53 PM   #5862
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this thread is about London Projects & Construction, not for French trolls please
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Old March 25th, 2013, 09:54 PM   #5863
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Yes ? Who launched the subject ?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 10:57 PM   #5864
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Who cares about tourists. I'd rather be the center of world finance like london.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:13 PM   #5865
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London retains place as world’s best financial centre

London has retained its position as the world’s best international finance centre, according to the 13th Global Financial Centres Index published today.



The study, which is conducted by the Z/Yen Group and sponsored by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority, rates 79 financial centres on a scale of 1 to 1,000. In the latest tranche of the survey, more than 2,700 financial services professionals were asked about the financial centres which they knew, answering about the centres’ competitiveness.

London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore remain the top four centres, with Hong Kong and Singapore now only two points apart. Meanwhile there is a 48 point spread between London in first place and Singapore in fourth, then a gap of three points to Zurich in fifth place.

Of the offshore financial centres, Jersey scored the highest and was the only offshore centre to appear within the top 30 (reaching 28) – just ahead of near neighbour Guernsey which was ranked 31. Sponsor Qatar meanwhile ranked 30, five up from six months ago.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:17 PM   #5866
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Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension plans put to Mayor of London Boris Johnson

PLANS to extend Crossrail into Ebbsfleet would be a major boost to north Kent and Bexley, it has been claimed.



The £15 billion project will take passengers to and from Abbey Wood into Canary Wharf via Woolwich after its planned finish date in 2018.

But a proposal to extend this eastern spur of the line to meet up with the Eurostar terminal at Ebbsfleet would help commuters to Canary Wharf, travellers to Paris and Brussels and improve links to the planned £2 billion Paramount Park in Swanscombe, it has been argued.



Mayor of London Boris Johnson offered his support to the scheme when he agreed at Mayor’s Question Time on March 20 to lobby Chancellor George Osborne over the issue.

Bexley councillor and London Assembly member Gareth Bacon put the question to the Mayor, and says the extension would be of "great economic benefit" to the whole area.

He said: "It would help realise the 27,000 jobs that will come with the £2 billion investment in the Paramount Park development as well as linking the area to the M25 and the High Speed 1 interchange.

"I intend to continue to keep the pressure up so we can secure this vital piece of infrastructure for the area."

Other benefits would be a possible park and ride scheme into London for users of the nearby M25 and better access for Londoners to Bluewater shopping centre in Greenhithe.

Chris Hills, co-founder of the Alliance of Kent Commuters who commutes through the north Kent area daily on his way to London Canon Street, was sceptical of the plans.

The 32-year-old said: "It is an area that is already very well serviced.

"Maybe if funds could be invested elsewhere it would be more appropriate.

"Perhaps as a Kent person, I would say it would be better spent servicing the rest of Kent."

It is hoped Crossrail would reduce the current hour-long journey from Gravesend to Charing Cross.

North Kent Rail User Group member Jackie Davidson says the extension might as well go the whole way to the town.

He said: "Ebbsfleet’s in the middle of nowhere.

"It would just be a matter of running them into platforms five and six at Gravesend."

Gravesham MP Adam Holloway said "bring it on" to a full Gravesend extension but added: "If it did happen it would be wonderful.

"But last time I looked at it there wasn’t the money."

A spokeswoman for Boris Johnson said: "At present there are no plans to extend the operation of Crossrail beyond Abbey Wood.

"However, extending Crossrail beyond Abbey Wood is an integral part of the Mayor’s transport strategy and the route to Ebbsfleet has been safeguarded.

"Growth to the east of London would further support the case for this extension."

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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #5867
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Why Tech Start-Up Immigrants Choose London

The number of start-ups in 'Tech City' has increased by 700% over the last three years, with many coming from abroad.

According to crossborder investment monitor fDi Markets, London has attracted 602 projects, 19,476 jobs and £4.04bn of investment from overseas companies in tech over the last 10 years.

So what makes London so attractive?

Box.com is a fast-growing San Francisco start-up that has raised £190m from investors to become a dominant player in the growing cloud storage industry.

In such a venture international expansion is a necessity, and last year they hired David Quantrell to launch their European business from London.

David explains that London was the ideal European base, not only because of the language, but also because London is synonymous with speed, innovation and a buzz that fuels the digital economy.

It is not just customer demand, but the search for the best talent that brings companies to London.

Vyclone is a social video platform that lets you co-create, sync and edit multiple views of a shared moment.

The LA-based founders needed a good CTO - and they found one in London - but he wasn't interested in moving over to the States.

Consequently they let him set up his own office and team in his own back garden. His first hire was the head of product development, Sam Watts.

Sam believes the best approach is to hire staff with a track record in the industry, but to let local people run local offices.

He feels that, compared with other cities in Europe, London best enables that approach as it has the greatest selection of candidates in one place.

Yelp.com is a website with approximately 86 million unique visitors per month where people can read and write reviews about local businesses.

They opened their first sales office outside the US last year, and they chose to do it in London.

Their director of European operations, Dave Scheine, explains that they brought over a "landing team", consisting of senior leaders and top sales people from the US, to set up their new office here to make sure the company culture was successfully transferred to the new local UK team.

But it is not just American companies that expand to London.

Simple Show is a German company that has standardised a workflow to produce animated corporate videos.

Tom Shaw, the country sales manager UK, joined the company with the mission to establish the London office last year and he plans to hire seven or eight more people this year.

He explains that given the choice between higher rents in central London and cheaper locations outside, London still wins as most of their customers and prospects are based in town and they want to be as accessible as possible.

When it comes to tech start-ups, London would seem to be the ideal choice due to its unique combination of dynamism, potential and opportunity.

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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:55 PM   #5868
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DP World London Gateway Wins Another Award

DP World London Gateway Port and Logistics Park is celebrating receiving a Special Award for Engineering and Contribution to London’s Economy from the prestigious Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE).

The annual ICE London Civil Engineering Awards celebrate outstanding engineering achievement. The Awards were held at the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers in Westminster and were judged by an expert panel from within the world of civil engineering.

Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway Port and Logistics Park will provide deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK.



The new port, integrated with Europe’s largest logistics park, was recognised at the ceremony for its contribution to the London economy, which includes the creation of 36,000 jobs in the UK, 12,000 of which will be permanent positions at the port and logistics park.

The judges recognised the role engineers have played in designing and realising London Gateway, saying: “Engineering has underpinned this development, which will have a major impact upon the economy and bring sustainability benefits”.

Specifically designed and engineered to make UK supply chains more sustainable, London Gateway is a deep-water port which is closer to consumers and major hubs of distribution so goods will not have to travel as far in future in supply chains.

Andrew Bowen, London Gateway’s Engineering Director, said: “Receiving this prestigious accolade is a great reward and incentive for all those who have been involved in this incredible engineering project to-date. We are committed to the success of this project and we are all looking forward to London Gateway’s opening in Q4 this year.”

About London Gateway

Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway will be the UK’s first 21st Century major deep-sea container port and Europe’s largest logistics park. Owned and operated by DP World and situated on the north bank of the River Thames, London Gateway will provide unrivalled deep-sea shipping access to the largest consumer markets in the UK.



The port’s location, with its superior operational systems and service, will ensure ships load and unload as fast as possible, making London Gateway a world class asset for the UK.

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Old March 26th, 2013, 03:15 PM   #5872
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Crossrail to Ebbsfleet extension plans put to Mayor of London Boris Johnson

PLANS to extend Crossrail into Ebbsfleet would be a major boost to north Kent and Bexley, it has been claimed.



The £15 billion project will take passengers to and from Abbey Wood into Canary Wharf via Woolwich after its planned finish date in 2018.

But a proposal to extend this eastern spur of the line to meet up with the Eurostar terminal at Ebbsfleet would help commuters to Canary Wharf, travellers to Paris and Brussels and improve links to the planned £2 billion Paramount Park in Swanscombe, it has been argued.



Mayor of London Boris Johnson offered his support to the scheme when he agreed at Mayor’s Question Time on March 20 to lobby Chancellor George Osborne over the issue.

Bexley councillor and London Assembly member Gareth Bacon put the question to the Mayor, and says the extension would be of "great economic benefit" to the whole area.

He said: "It would help realise the 27,000 jobs that will come with the £2 billion investment in the Paramount Park development as well as linking the area to the M25 and the High Speed 1 interchange.

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£15 billion pound project? that's an insane amount of investment

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Goldman Sachs London HQ plan approved
Aaron Morby | Tue 26th March | 7:24

Plans for a new headquarters for US investment bank Goldman Sachs in the City of London have been approved.

The investment bank aims to build a 1.2m sq ft office complex near Holborn Viaduct in central London on the site of the existing 13-storey Fleet Building at Shoe Lane.

Goldham Sach’s development arm estimates the nine-storey building would take around four years to build, including demolition, and employ around 500 construction workers annually.

Full planning is subject to a formal response from the London Mayor and a section 106 agreement.

Once cleared, Goldman Sachs will go ahead with the demolition of the empty 1960s former telephone exchange that fronts Farringdon Street and Shoe Lane. Construction is then expected to start in early 2014.

The project team includes architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, cost consultant EC Harris and structural engineer WSP.

The area is currently being revitalised with several major office schemes in the pipeline ahead of the Crossrail’s Farringdon station opening as a major London transport interchange.

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Mace wins £400m Victoria Circle 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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13-storey building containing 170 private residential units with retail at ground and first floor, fronting Buckingham Palace Road (Building 5)
19-storey office building with retail at ground and first floor levels fronting Victoria Street (Building 7a)
14-storey office building with retail at ground and first floor levels fronting Bressenden Place (Building 6b)
Modification will be carried out to other buildings on the site.
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The current building is now fully clad in protective sheeting,getting ready for demolition, so it can proceed with construction.

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