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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:32 PM   #5901
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ME Hotel opens in London

The ME Hotel – the first flagship hotel in which everything, from the shell of the building to the bathroom fittings has been designed by Foster + Partners – has opened in London. An elegant fusion of interior and exterior design, the scheme completes the grand sweep of buildings that make up the Aldwych Crescent, repairing the urban grain and restoring a little lost glamour to the heart of the West End.

The design seamlessly integrates the construction of a new 157-bed hotel with the restoration of the adjacent 1904 Marconi House, whose interior has been entirely restructured to accommodate 87 apartments. The new hotel building occupies a triangular site and is clad in Portland stone, corresponding in height and scale to its neighbour.

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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:36 PM   #5902
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20 Fenchurch Street, Walkie Talkie tower nears completion

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Old March 27th, 2013, 04:39 PM   #5903
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LONDON | Milton Court - 'The Heron' | 112m | 35 fl | T/O

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Old March 27th, 2013, 05:39 PM   #5905
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Old March 28th, 2013, 04:42 AM   #5906
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Skanska is set to start construction of a new 16-storey commercial development in Bevis Marks in the City of London.

Client for the scheme is Bevis Marks Development Ltd, owned by AXA Real Estate, MGPA and Eurohypo. Bevis Marks Development has appointed CORE to manage the project on its behalf.

Skanska will take on all construction, mechanical and electrical service installations, piling & foundations and utilities itself, using in-house resources.

The building will include retail areas, basement, basement mezzanine, ground floor and 15 upper floors totalling 22,000 square metres. Completion is scheduled for the autumn of 2013.

To achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, features include combined heat and power generation, rainwater harvesting systems, energy saving lighting systems, condensing boilers, electronically commutated motors on fan coils and energy reclaim systems on AHU plant. All internal services will be controlled by a building management system to increase energy efficiency.

Founded on a combination of re-used and new piles, the structure will be comprised of steel and concrete frame and clad with curtain walling.

Fletcher Priest Architects designed the scheme.

Paul Heather, managing director of Skanska’s building - London & southeast operating unit, said: "Credit must be given to all parties involved in this project for their persistence over the past months to ensure we have reached contract award.”

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Commercial Street Tower

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Stratford Halo Tower nears completion

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Arrowhead Quay redevelopment, Canary Wharf

Remember Arrowhead Quay, the long delayed approved office development near Canary Wharf that's been hanging around for a decade or so? Well it seems like the project may be replaced by 50 and 55 storey residential towers if a new scoping report ever translates into something else.

The nascent proposals drawn up by ENVIRON for Arrowhead Commercial Ltd feature towers of between 161.5 metres and 177.5 metres in height with 47,500 square metres of space which translates into 772 new apartments.

It's likely that the lowest two floors of the towers would be taken up by other uses such as retail, cafes or restaurants to further animate the dockside area. As one would expect from such a large number of apartments a new children's playspace is also included, along with 56 basement parking spaces.

This isn't the first time that residential use has been mooted for the site. Back in 2002 Skidmore, Owings and Merrill worked up a mixed use scheme that had a 111 metre tall residential tower as its centerpiece with 298 apartments.

This proposal was later dropped in favour of an office-led approach by Ballymore that the developers hoped would lure a large company there much in the same way that Canary Wharf was then attracting banks. This plan however failed leading to the decade-long developmental impasse that continues today.



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The Quill: 31-storey student residence approved by Southwark planning committee



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Old March 28th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #5911
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London is screaming ahead! I can barely keep up and I ruddy live there
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Old March 28th, 2013, 01:50 PM   #5912
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I agree. I've lived here 3 years and in that time it's changed so much!
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Old March 28th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #5913
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All this in the biggest financial meltdown for a hundred years!! .........what will it be like when the recession ends!!!
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World’s Most Visited Cities 2012-2013 Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index

1. London
2. Paris
3. Bangkok
4. Singapore
5. Istanbul
6. Hong Kong
7. Madrid
8. Dubai
9. Frankfurt
10. Kuala Lumpur
11. Seoul
12. Rome
13. New York
14. Shanghai
15. Barcelona
16. Milan
17. Amsterdam
18. Vienna
19. Beijing
20. Taipei
Hmmm ... and where is Prague, Budapest, Florence, Venice ???
Frankfurt has only airport visitors.
This is propaganda. All we know true list in Europe.

1. Paris
2. London
3. Rome
4. Prague
5. Barcelona
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madrid also receives pretty high amount of international visitors.

http://newsroom.mastercard.com/wp-co...Index_2012.pdf




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The Top 10 Financial Centres 2013

1. London 807

2. New York 787

3. Hong Kong 761

4. Singapore 759

5. Zurich 723

6. Toyko 718

7. Geneva 712

8. Boston 711

9. Seoul 710

10. Frankfurt 703

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madrid also receives pretty high amount of international visitors.
Where is Prague on that list ??????
In Prague you dont see locals from tourist.

Madrid is high on list but Barcelona is Barselona because receives milions Costa Brava visitors.
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Barcelona is Barselona because receives milions Costa Brava visitors.
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Future of historic glasshouse at Kew secured by grants

The future of the world's largest surviving Victorian glasshouse structure has been secured with the help of millions of pounds worth of grants, donations and state funding.

Kew's historic Temperate House announced it has received £14.7m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Grade I building.

A further £10.4m has been given by the government plus £7.7m in donations.

The restoration will be completed by 2018.

Richard Deverell, of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, said: "We are delighted to be given this opportunity to preserve and transform the Temperate House, one of Kew's most important heritage buildings."

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Carlyle Group buys site for 19-storey student block

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Carlyle today said it had bought an existing site at 60 Commercial Road on the city fringes for its Pure Student Living brand.

The site carries an existing planning consent for 417 student rooms and retail space at ground level allowing a quick start to be made on site.

Hafiz Ali, director at The Carlyle Group, said: “60 Commercial Road brings our Pure Student Living portfolio in Central London to five properties and, following the successful launch of our Pure Highbury scheme in 2012, means we will have 2,150 beds available by the end of 2015.

“We believe that the fundamental imbalance in supply and demand for purpose built student housing in London presents an excellent opportunity, and look forward to bringing forward this project and sourcing further investments in future.”

Carlyle in its joint venture with Generation Estates has also acquired 122-126 Back Church Lane and will develop an office building providing 25,000 sq ft of office space targeted at the vibrant TMT sector.

Work is planned to start on both projects in April, with completion of the office building expected in late 2014 and the student accommodation building in summer 2015, for launch that academic year.

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