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Old March 28th, 2013, 04:21 PM   #5921
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Dutch follow US in plans to move embassy to Nine Elms
28 March 2013

The Dutch government is set to move its London embassy to Nine Elms near Vauxhall, accelerating the creation of a major new diplomatic quarter south of the river.

It has purchased a site close to the US embassy, which is relocating from Grosvenor Square — and others are expected to follow.

The embassy of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands is based at 38 Hyde Park Gate but its government has decided it needs to move to save money. A Dutch embassy spokesman said: “I can confirm we will sell our current building as it is too big and not suitable for modern diplomacy. The sale will contribute to government cuts going through at the moment.”

The new site in Nine Elms was bought by the previous Dutch administration although a final decision about the location of the new embassy has not yet been taken, he said. In a statement, the Dutch government’s property advisers Cushman & Wakefield said: “One of the drivers for a relocation to Nine Elms was for the RKN to be part of the exciting regeneration and transformation of this area of London.”

Mayor Boris Johnson welcomed the potential move saying it would underline “the growing attraction of the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea area as a prestigious destination for international investment and development”. It is believed the Chinese government is also considering a move from Portland Place in the West End to Nine Elms. According to Property Week magazine, it is in talks with the Royal Mail about taking part of the 13-acre South London Mail Centre site close to the new US embassy building.

Other London sites are also thought to be on China’s radar, including Earl’s Courts and Wapping, but few are big enough to accommodate such a large requirement or close enough to central London. There are more than 180 embassies and High Commissions based in London, the vast majority centred on the West End and Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea.

Soaring London property prices mean that some are now hugely valuable assets for their parent countries.

The $1 billion US “glass cube” embassy is due to be completed by 2016. It is expected to be an anchor of the “new South Bank” stretching between Battersea and Vauxhall and including the £8 billion Battersea Power Station development.

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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:13 PM   #5922
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Just incredible. Has anyone got a kind of timelapse picture showing how the skyline has changed in the last few years?
Indeed, how many projects have been completed recently?
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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #5923
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Kew glasshouse gets £15m funding tonic

Conservation practice Donald Insall to mastermind work at Grade I building

A scheme by conservation architect Donald Insall Associates to restore the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world has been awarded nearly £15 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Grade I listed Temperate House at Kew Gardens opened in 1863 and is being revamped for the first time in more than 30 years.

Work will include restructuring existing plant displays with species including extremely rare plants from South Africa and St Helena.

HOK will also carry out work on turning the adjoining Evolution House into an education centre.

Temperate House was last restored back in the late 1970s and this latest work is expected to be completed by May 2018. Turner & Townsend is project managing the scheme.

Richard Deverell, the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, said: “This project represents a real step change in the way in which Kew will communicate and bring to life why plants matter and why saving them matters.”

The £14.7 million in Lottery money has plugged a previous funding gap with the total amount now pledged to the work coming in at just over £34 million, with other contributions being made by the government and private donors.



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Old March 28th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #5924
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All this in the biggest financial meltdown for a hundred years!! .........what will it be like when the recession ends!!!
London only had a recession for about 3mths in 2008/2009, its grown over 15% since then.

You have to think of London as a separate entity to the rest of the UK, it's effectively a different country these days, the economic performance of the UK outside London has little or no bearing on how London is performing.

So don't expect any more development than normal for London,when the rest of the UK returns to strong growth,
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Old March 28th, 2013, 10:25 PM   #5925
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This is propaganda. All we know true list in Europe.

1. Paris
2. London
3. Rome
4. Prague
5. Barcelona
Nah dude, London came first last year (the 'Olympics' effect).
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Old March 28th, 2013, 10:34 PM   #5926
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Nah dude, London came first last year (the 'Olympics' effect).
You've already been told that London's tourist numbers dropped last year because of the Olympics.

Now stop trolling and go away, you Latin's really should learn to lose with more dignity.
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Old March 28th, 2013, 11:42 PM   #5927
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Did I talk to you...? No.
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Did I talk to you...? No.

You still haven't got over it have you...



Like I said, learn to lose with dignity...
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Old March 29th, 2013, 01:10 AM   #5929
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French people losing with dignity? In your dreams.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 10:00 AM   #5930
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This French bashing is pretty ugly ... smacks of provincialism. Sort of ironic since Jex has a real interest in London projects.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 01:32 PM   #5931
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sorry for being offtopic but Berlin comes third after Paris and London regarding tourists in Europe.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 02:01 PM   #5932
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Who gives a flying ****? Stay on topic.

Would be nice to see that first rendering of Nine Elms with the Battersea Powerstation project included.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 02:56 PM   #5933
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Greenwich Millennium Village SE10

The Greenwich Millenium Village (GMV) is a modern neighbourhood on Greenwich Peninsula. It's part of a massive regeneration scheme (+ £5 billion) to transform the entire peninsula into a modern high-density district:

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Old March 30th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #5934
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nice updates
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Incredible projects.. No city comes close in the West to London right now.
I would say no city in Europe.
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I would say no city in Europe.
Good point.
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I would say no city in Europe.
Of course you would.

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Good point.
No, not really.
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Some 212 million people live in Europe’s 500 largest cities

With a population of more than eight million, Moscow, Russia’s capital city, emerged as the largest European city in City Mayors' survey of Europe’s 500 largest towns and cities. London, the UK capital, is placed second, followed by St Petersburg, Berlin, Madrid and Rome. The City Mayors survey of European cities identified 36 cities with populations of more than one million. Another four cities have populations of above 900,000.

The survey of 500 European cities includes all cities with populations of more than 150,000 (497 cities) and three cities with populations of 149,000 citizens. While City Mayors carried out its research in the autumn of 2003, some of the statistical raw material is based on local censuses going back to the mid-nineties. For example, the figures for UK towns and cities were collected between 1996 and 1998. The data for Germany is based on 1999 government statistics, while the figures for France go back more than ten years. Some of the most recent statistics are from Russia (1999) and Denmark (2001).

With the exception of UK towns, the City Mayors survey provides population figures for cities with legally defined boundaries, with recognised urban status and with their own local government. The figures do not take into account suburban settlements or other heavily populated areas outside city boundaries. Some of the population figures for towns in the United Kingdom include neighbouring rural areas if they and the towns share local government.

Some 212 million people, or more than 29 per cent of Europe’s total population, live in the Continent's 500 largest cities. Europe’s population is estimated at 727 million, with 379 million people living in the European Union, prior to its expansion in 2004.

The percentage of people living in large cities (Großstädte in German), ie those with populations of more than 150,000 residents, varies noticeably from country to country. Of Europe’s largest countries, France has the lowest number of large-city dwellers. Only 10.4 per cent of French men and women live in the country's larger cities. Russia has one of the highest figures. Here almost 42 per cent of inhabitants are residents of large towns and cities. Countries, that belonged to the former Soviet Union are credited with similar high percentage figures. In the Ukraine, 37 per cent of the country’s citizens live in cities with more than 150,000 residents. The equivalent figure for Belarus is 40 per cent.

The development historically of Germany and Italy led to the formation of a large number of important but smaller cities. The percentage of people living in larger cities or Großstädte is therefore relatively low. In Germany some 26 per cent of the population live in Großstädten, while only 21 per cent of Italians reside in cities with populations of more than 150,000 people.

In Poland, in a country where the rural population is still a major force, some 24 per cent of people live in large towns and cities. With more than seven million residents, London, the UK capital, accounts for almost 12 per cent of the country’s population. On paper, some 51 per cent of Britons live in towns and cities with more than 150,000 inhabitants. However, this figure is distorted because some smaller towns have been administratively amalgamated with their surrounding rural districts.

Russia boasts 116 cities with more than 150,000 residents, while in Germany 51 cities enjoy Großstadt status. France is a large country with relatively few large cities. Only 16 French towns and cities house above 150,000 people. The equivalent figures for Spain, Italy and Poland are 37, 25 and 24 respectively.

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Canary Wharf Works Up Newfoundland Site

Continuing their diversification away from the core estate and single-let skyscrapers, the Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is soon to begin its first residential development outside London's docklands.

When first CWG purchased the Newfoundland Tower site, the location of a scheme that first surfaced in 2008 when designed by Patel Taylor, there was little doubt that the project would be offices with it sandwiched between Heron Quays and Park Place on the right-hand side of Westferry Road in what is effectively part of the Canary Wharf estate.

Since 2008 times have changed and now CWG has had a completely new design worked up that leaves behind the earlier hotel-based scheme and will concentrate, surprisingly on the residential market. Previous plans saw a tower of 144.3 metres in height with 150 hotel rooms and 78 serviced apartments giving an indication of the sort of heights permitted in the area, however given the way that other proposed buildings such as The Pride have continued to push the envelope, this may be exceeded.

The project is part of a long-term plan to diversify Canary Wharf away from the huge office complex it is presently, and give it a greater amount of different uses. In other words, with the skyscrapers there having driven the district to critical mass it can now start to evolve more organically.

A planning application for the new tower is expected in October 2013.

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