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Old May 16th, 2013, 03:26 PM   #6361
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Old May 16th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #6362
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Old May 16th, 2013, 03:43 PM   #6363
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Arts centre set to open on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue

A disused former chapel in the heart of London’s West End is to reopen as a temporary performance space next month, with plans being developed to turn the iconic building into a permanent “experimental” arts venue for the capital.

Newly created arts organisation Stone Nest has submitted plans to turn the property, located opposite the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue and once home to the famous Limelight Club, into a permanent performance venue that could host dance, theatre, music, video and performance art.

The charity, which has been charged with running the building by an unnamed philanthropist who purchased the site in 2011, has said it wants to produce “highly visual work” that will “resonate with this unique space in spirit and form”.

Although a planning application has only just been submitted to Westminster City Council for the long-term future of the building, Stone Nest is to open the space temporarily next month to host a performance from dance group New Movement Collective. It is hoped this will demonstrate its suitability as a performance venue and pave the way for further productions.

Hannah Myers, a producer for Stone Nest, told The Stage: “The building was bought by a philanth*ropist with the vision that it might be developed into an arts space. We have established a charity, Stone Nest, to work towards that vision.”

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Old May 16th, 2013, 03:44 PM   #6364
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Party venue Kensington Roof Gardens sold to Germans in £225m deal

The Kensington Roof Gardens, one of London’s most glamorous party destinations, has been sold in a £225 million deal.

The Art Deco office block where the venue is located has been bought by a German family that already owns the Liberty department store building on Regent Street and Manchester United’s London office in Mayfair.

The building, known as 99 Kensington High Street housed the Derry & Toms department store until 1973 and the Biba boutique until 1975 when the Gardens were a popular haunt for stars such as Mick Jagger, Marc Bolan and David Bowie.

The 1.5 acre Roof Gardens have been rented by Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson since 1981 and each June hosts the annual pre-Wimbledon tennis tournament party attended by many of the the world’s top players.

The German Conley family are believed to have agreed to pay £225 million for the 319,000 st ft building, some £25 million over the asking price, according to Estates Gazette.

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Foreigners Buying Half of London New Homes Prop Up Building

Half of London’s new-home buyers come from abroad as the city’s reputation as a safe haven attracts rising investment and sustains development.

Foreigners spent more than 3 billion pounds ($4.7 billion) on new homes in the U.K. capital last year, a 25 percent increase from 2011, broker Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. said in a statement today.

London has cemented its status as a haven for foreign wealth, with home buying stoking property prices and masking market weakness elsewhere, former Bank of England policy maker Sushil Wadhwani said last month. The pound’s decline has helped attract investors from Malaysia to Russia to developments like Battersea Power Station where about half of the project’s apartments have been sold in overseas markets.

“The London development market would be more challenging without demand from international investors,” Adam Challis, head of residential research at Jones Lang said in the statement. “Since development funding from banks declined due to the market downturn, international purchasers have provided a vital lifeline to maintain supply.”

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Old May 16th, 2013, 06:58 PM   #6366
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Hi I was wondering if the olympic park still plans on going through with the pleasure gardens from what i saw on the site the plans seemed to be watered down?

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Yes, I'm sure that's still going ahead. See http://noordinarypark.co.uk/
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If only all architects were half as intelligent as him.
He's a bloody good businessman... I think his business intelligence is a much greater asset than his design intelligence. Most of his projects receive financial support, ease through planning; with few ever on-hold. Foster and Partners are extremely good at convincing clients to part with their money!
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He's a bloody good businessman... I think his business intelligence is a much greater asset than his design intelligence. Most of his projects receive financial support, ease through planning; with few ever on-hold. Foster and Partners are extremely good at convincing clients to part with their money!

They have a very rigorous aesthetic that is simple but extremely refined, and has universal appeal. In many ways, the Foster aesthetic is similar to the Steve Jobs/Johnny Ives aesthetic. Although their designs seem simple--as if anyone could design them--in actual fact few people have the eye or the knowhow to execute them.

You're right that Foster + Partners are lucky in that all of their projects are high-budget, so they have the luxury of working with the best materials. But that doesn't really mean much: all of the starchitects have access to deep pockets; and there are plenty of hideous buildings built on huge budgets.

Also, people seem to forget that Foster employs hundreds of architects, all of them with the best training from the best schools in the world. It's no accident that their designs come out consistently excellent and perfectly finished...
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Foster's designs are extremely consistent and always beautifully finished and intelligently designed. He doesn't waste money on bells & whistles, or on gimmicks. If only all architects were half as intelligent as him.
Uglier design doesn't mean it's a more efficient or less expensive design. Usually, it only means it's uglier.
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London Olympic Park to house giant datacentre and tech cluster

A vast datacentre will be built in the former press and broadcast centre after a deal was signed between the London Legacy Development Corporation and Infinity.

UK datacentre provider Infinity has finalised a deal to open up a giant facility in the Olympic press and broadcast centres, at the heart of London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Infinity Stratford will be a 140,000 square foot datacentre with 40MVA of diversely connected power.

The company claims the East London datacentre will be one of the largest and most efficient in Europe, with low latency connections to the world's telecommunications networks that will be achieved due to the proximity to the majority of the UK's major internet peering points.

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Chiltern Railways London Marylebone to Oxford line to go ahead


A new £130m rail route is to be built between Oxford and London Marylebone after a bid to stop the project was turned down by the High Court.

Oxford resident Sean Feeney mounted a legal challenge against the Department for Transport's decision to give Chiltern Railways the go ahead.

Welcoming the decision, Graham Cross, firm director, said it would be the "first new rail link between two major British cities for 100 years".

It is set to open in Spring 2016.

Mr Cross added: "The line [is] expected to deliver significant economic benefits for those living and working along the route.

"Towns and villages to the north of Oxford will gain, especially from improved rail access and a new parkway station for the region.

"In addition, the fast growing town of Bicester will enjoy an additional link to the capital adjacent to Bicester Village Shopping Centre.

"The project will also see the re-establishment of long lost rail links, such as between High Wycombe and Oxford."

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London office construction hits four-year high

More than 9.7 million sq ft of office space is now under construction in London.

The figure is a four-year high and up 8% over the last six months.

Figures in the latest London Crane Survey by Deloitte Real Estate reveal construction activity across the capital has more than trebled since hitting a low in mid-2010.

Tenants have also been agreeing more leases on new space.

In Q1 2013, 33% of space under construction was pre-let – the equivalent to six Shards.

That is a sharp contrast to 2011 when only 1% was pre-let.

Nearly 4.5 million sq ft is currently under construction in the City of London – up 10% since the last survey in November.

Anthony Duggan, partner and head of research at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “The increase in construction and leasing transactions recorded in the latest survey reflects the improving sentiment being felt in the London office market.

“Importantly, a number of the ‘bellwether’ vacant schemes across London are now transacting, reducing the ability of potential occupiers to sit back and wait for conditions to improve.

“This is likely to add a little more urgency into the leasing market over the next few months.”

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Construction booms in London as new financial year begins

April is the beginning month of the U.K.’s new financial year. Construction of public facilities will kick off in many places around the country at this time every year.

It is common that constructions of many public facilities begin at the end of a financial year. In some places the workers do nothing but excavate the ground. After the local governments issue their budget these constructions disappear.

People’s Daily Online reporter notices that public funded activities such as business trips increase significantly at the end of the financial year.

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I can see Arsenal's Emirates stadium in that photo! Top left! Haha.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #6376
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here's a bit more aerial shots which show the construction sites across london


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Planning inspector vetoes redevelopment of fire brigade HQ on Albert Embankment

The decision, which is the result of a strong campaign by residents of the adjacent Whitgift Estate who feared their homes would be plunged into darkness, will be a bitter blow to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority which stood to gain a capital receipt of nearly £42 million from the sale of the land.

In December 2011 Lambeth's planning applications committee rejected Native Land's proposal to convert the listed building close to Lambeth Bridge into luxury flats and replace the ancillary buildings at the rear with new-build homes.

The development, which was recommended for approval by council officers, would also include a refurbished Lambeth Fire Station.

The scheme, known as Florian Place after St Florian – patron saint of firefighters – was designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects.

Last summer an appeal was lodged by the developer and the fire authority. Planning inspector Terry Phillimore presided over a public inquiry held at the YMCA in Stockwell in February and March.

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In London, an Underground Real-Estate Revolution

A new $23 billion rail link in London could transform the property landscape around key stations as developers pour in; analysts predict big price bumps for Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf



Traveling at rush hour on the London Underground, with hundreds of bodies squeezed into overheated carriages on a network that just celebrated its 150th anniversary, can be so unbearable that commuters have nicknamed the experience "cattle class."

It was partly this overcrowding that prompted the British government to agree in 2008 to co-fund a $23 billion project to dig a new line, called Crossrail, straight through the heart of its capital.

The project, however, is likely to have another transformative effect on the city: creating new property hot spots and raising prices dramatically in areas that long have been considered second-rate. A report by Jones Lang LaSalle, JLL +0.96% the investment-management firm, forecasts that by 2018, when Crossrail launches, all new apartments across central London will have appreciated by 30%.

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Plans to demolish Croydon Council HQ are revealed



PLANS which would involve the demolition of the council's Taberner House headquarters have been given their first public airing.

The scheme, which is part of the Croydon Urban Regeneration project, run jointly by Croydon Council and John Laing, would result in the 19-storey tower in Fell Road, Croydon, being demolished to make way for four new blocks.

The tallest would have 30 floors, two other buildings would have eight storeys, and the smallest would have six. Together, the new blocks would provide around 440 homes, with 1,600 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor.

New open space would be created in between the buildings, although ten trees in the adjoining Queen's Gardens would be lost as the new buildings encroach further into the present open space.

The main tower is ten storeys higher than originally envisaged but a report to the committee from planning officers suggested that this would have no extra impact on heritage buildings such as the nearby town hall or on views across the site.

A pre-application presentation has been made to the council's strategic planning committee.

Committee chairman Cllr David Osland said after the meeting: "Nobody raised any questions about the height of the main tower."
But he said members were concerned about the loss of trees in Queen's Gardens and wanted to ensure the courtyard was open to the public and not restricted to residents.

There was also concern that the number of three-bedroom homes in the development was, according to developers, not likely to exceed ten per cent; half of the total laid down for developments within the central Croydon Opportunity Area.

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More than 4,500 jobs to be created at Press and Broadcast Centres at Olympic Park



London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation, overseeing the park, revealed this afternoon that the future of the last of the eight permanent venues at the Park has been secured.

Mr Johnson said: “iCITY is the final jewel in the crown of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and as a world class digital hub that will employ thousands of people I’m delighted to welcome them on board.”

iCity, which was set up to transform the Press and Broadcast Centres at Hackney Wick into an enterprise and educational quarter for the digital industry, will invest more than £100million in the project.

Confirmed tenants include BT Sport, which recently challenged rival Sky by launching its new Premier League broadband TV from the Olympic Park, and Infinity, the UK’s fastest growing provider of data centre services. Hackney Community College will also establish a new digital apprenticeship programme at iCITY.

A further 2,000 jobs are expected to be generated in the surrounding area from employees at the centre using buying local goods and services.

Chief Executive of the Legacy Corporation, Dennis Hone, said: “We said from the very beginning there would be no white elephants on the Park - and we’ve kept our promise. Now, by securing high quality tenants in the tech and education sectors, we will be providing thousands of jobs – and we remain firmly on track to deliver a meaningful physical and social legacy for Londoners.”

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