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Old June 14th, 2013, 06:36 AM   #6701
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Rathbone Market | Newham | 74m | 22 fl

The regeneration of Rathbone Market in Canning Town by developer English Cities Fund (ECf) has entered its second phase, with the first homes set to be released for sale by the end of 2013. Main contractor Sisk has started construction on the next phase after demolition of existing buildings at the site was completed.

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Old June 14th, 2013, 11:01 AM   #6702
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People just cant seem to get enough of London.

The Saudi's now want to add another 5 floors on top of the 6 they are already constructing at King's reach tower taking the towers height over 150m.

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Location: KINGS REACH TOWER, STAMFORD STREET, LONDON, SE1 9LS
Proposal: The erection of an 11 storey roof extension to South Bank Tower (formerly King's Reach Tower), rising to a maximum of 42 storeys, comprising 36 residential units [maximum 154.490m AOD].

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Another 5 floor extension. They want to add another 18 Apartments.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #6703
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Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge could link South Bank to Embankment
Thursday 13 June 2013

Plans have been unveiled for a Thomas Heatherwick-designed pedestrian bridge across the Thames between Victoria Embankment and the South Bank.







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The designer behind the stunning Olympic cauldron is planning a giant £60 million floating garden to bridge the Thames.

Thomas Heatherwick’s design would be the first new crossing since the Millennium Bridge opened to the public in 2002 and would create a new route from Covent Garden to the South Bank.

It is being developed after Mr Heatherwick won a Transport for London tender for ideas to improve pedestrian access across the river.

The proposed bridge – to be funded by private sponsorship – could be completed as soon as 2016 and would span the Thames between ITV's London Television Centre and HQS Wellington on the Embankment.

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That is such a cool project!!!!
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Old June 14th, 2013, 01:40 PM   #6704
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yes it is!!
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Old June 14th, 2013, 01:42 PM   #6705
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no funding currently though
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Old June 14th, 2013, 01:48 PM   #6706
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That garden bridge project is maybe the most stunning London project I've seen, even out of all the avant garde architecture. It doesn't use bombast or gimmickry, just the beauty of nature. Reminds me of the humble Bridge of Flowers in Massachusetts, which is small but sublimely lovely. A park over the Thames would be incredible.
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Old June 14th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #6707
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Foster & Partners have been asked to develop a cluster of towers in Canary Wharf.

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Old June 14th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #6708
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Old June 14th, 2013, 03:13 PM   #6709
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This bridge project is amazing !
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Old June 14th, 2013, 04:24 PM   #6710
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boris just needs to give the arab a phone call then this project will be fully funded
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David Walker Pens Albert Embankment Tower

The Albert Embankment, named after a former Prince Consort, could soon be due to get a new residential tower called Prince Consort House.




It's a tower by David Walker Architects for a site between the Fosters-penned Hampton House and Rogers-designed Eastbury House on the Albert Embankment. Standing at 87.25 metres in height, the development will have 47 apartments plus the predictable ground floor retail space in the form a 160 square metre riverside café and 688 square metres of office space on the two levels immediately above the ground.

The design, at first glance, one would assume to be another work from Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners thanks to its look. If anything it blends in so well its nobly designed neighbour that one would think it part of the same scheme thanks to the visual impact and massing of the southern half being reduced in height and the northern part set back from the southern part. Dividing it further in half vertical blocks of ten storeys are then set around a central core, appearing almost the same width as next door.

Both the Rogers and Foster designs either side have a light look to them and again the architect has gone for that here using Portland Stone, a material that has long been popular in London.

Unfortunately, given its height it smack of over-development to some. Part of the problem of this part of Albert Embankment, as identified ironically enough by the consultation for Prince Consort House, is that this stretch has what is effectively a wall of sixties buildings and this, plus redevelopment of the final of the four blocks, promises a modern equivalent of the same rather than the dramatic height differences of having Hampton House and Eastbury House separated by low-rise buildings. Critics who want the Thames to be given space to breathe will not be so happy.

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Old June 14th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #6712
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This bridge is one of the most amazing projects ever, fingers crossed!
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Old June 15th, 2013, 02:38 AM   #6713
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leadenhall building (also known as the cheesegrater) has become the tallest skyscraper in the world's most powerful financial centre "the city"

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Old June 15th, 2013, 03:34 AM   #6714
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High-rise holds the key to London’s housing crisis

While I broadly agree that London needs buildings crafted to respond to their particular location, I do have some fundamental differences with his viewpoints.

He says development should be “street-based” rather than high-rise; but just because the 1950s and 1960s produced examples of cheap housing in tower blocks which were poorly managed and maintained, that doesn’t mean towers cannot be magnificent places in which to live. They can also become a valuable part of the city where the context allows, such as Canary Wharf and sections of the South Bank. In these circumstances the key issue is the provision of amenity space, and developing a sustainable community of residents and businesses.

If we accept that density in cities is crucial to accommodate a growing population and avoid carpeting the countryside, the delivery of medium-rise solutions as opposed to towers is an issue of footprint.

Over large areas of the city, significant density can be achieved in relatively low-rise accommodation — as is demonstrated by Mayfair, which is extremely dense. The problem for architects in trying to achieve this kind of low-rise density is that the proximity of buildings in historic cities is now considered unacceptable in terms of overlooking, sunlight and daylight criteria. The arbitrary planning mantra that suggests a minimum of 18m between buildings has led to finger blocks lined up and down the Thames with a relentless 18m dimension between them. This has prevented the richness of narrow spaces and wider streets implicit in many historic city layouts.

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Bush House to get £52m revamp

The former home of the BBC World Service, Bush House, is to be transformed under a £52 million refurbishment deal awarded today.

Fit-out firm Interior Services Group has claimed the contract, one of the largest commercial office refurbishment schemes to be awarded this year, for the historic building at the bottom of Kingsway, to be renamed the Aldwych Quarter.

The BBC ceased broadcasting from Bush House in July last year and handed the keys over to Japanese investor Kato Kagaku — owner of the building since 1989 — in December.

Panmure Gordon analyst Andy Brown said: “This is an iconic building, so a nice high-profile win for the group. Clearly the market remains tough but London is witnessing a growing improvement in activity.

“With new buildings such as the Walkie-Talkie and Cheesegrater filling the skyline and attracting tenants, we expect further news over the coming months.

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Old June 15th, 2013, 05:09 PM   #6716
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Firms in fight to save £250m upgrade of Holborn station

West End business leaders have launched a campaign to protect a £250 million upgrade of a key Tube interchange from cuts.

They say Holborn, which links the Piccadilly and Central lines, must be renovated to cope with a 50 per cent rise in demand in the past 10 years, with 180,000 passenger journeys a day at the station.

The campaign is being organised by the inmidtown group, which represents 600 businesses in the area.

Transport for London wants to protect investment in capital projects, which could be threatened by next month’s Government spending review for 2015/16 onwards.

The Holborn upgrade would include a new passageway between the Central and Piccadilly lines, with more escalators; lifts to all four platforms; and an expanded ticket hall and entrance.

Funding is allocated in the TfL Business Plan. But the project is already in a queue behind upgrades at Bank and Victoria — both costing £700 million — and Tottenham Court Road, leaving it potentially more vulnerable to cuts.

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Heathrow announces £3bn of new private sector investment in UK infrastructure ($22bn)

Heathrow has announced £3bn of investment in Heathrow airport in addition to the £11bn that has been invested since 2003.

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The announcement forms part of the airport’s business plan for ‘Q6’, the regulatory period which covers 2014-2019, and it represents one of the largest private sector investments in UK infrastructure.

The plans include the completion of Terminal 2 and the early works on extending the building; the development of a new integrated baggage system; and the construction of new taxiways and stands which will allow Heathrow to accommodate more of the most modern aircraft. Heathrow is the UK’s only hub airport, accounting for 78% of all long haul flights from the UK.

Like much UK infrastructure Heathrow historically suffered from outdated facilities and decades of under investment. Since 2003, Heathrow has invested £11Bn in the airport, one of the UK’s largest private sector investments. Investment includes the construction of Terminal 5, a new Terminal 2 due to open in 2014, new baggage tunnels, and the refurbishment of Terminals 3 & 4.

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Old June 15th, 2013, 07:59 PM   #6718
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leadenhall building (also known as the cheesegrater) has become the tallest skyscraper in the world's most powerful financial centre "the city"

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London's not even the number 2 financial center anymore. If the EU has its way, it won't even be in the top 5.
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Old June 15th, 2013, 08:17 PM   #6719
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London might not be the financial centre anymore, but skylinewise it's definitely n.1
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Old June 15th, 2013, 08:25 PM   #6720
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London's not even the number 2 financial center anymore. If the EU has its way, it won't even be in the top 5.
As of 2013, the top ten financial centres according to the Global Financial Centres Index in the world are:

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