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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #6921
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Baltimore Tower | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=335477

Official website: http://www.baltimorewharf.com/


Baltimore Tower has officially started construction: O’Shea starts construction of twisted tower



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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #6922
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One The Elephant | Elephant & Castle SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1645608

Official website: http://www.onetheelephant.com/


One The Elephant has officially started construction: Construction starts on first new homes in Elephant & Castle



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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:16 AM   #6923
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Wow that's very exciting E&C is gonna be one hell of an area
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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:24 AM   #6924
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Although it's nice to see some traction in the E&C area regarding projects, it'll always be tinged with the disappointment of what could have been.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:24 AM   #6925
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6 Bevis Marks | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=977150

Official website: http://www.6bevismarks.com/




The roof structure for 6 Bevis Marks is currently being installed. The space will be used as an enclosed rooftop garden. Photo by forumer chest:

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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:33 AM   #6926
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Tate Modern extension | Bankside SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=377117

Official website: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/project...modern-project




Construction continues at the Tate Modern project, which recently received a £10 million donation from the Eyal Ofer Family Foundation. Photo by forumer potto:

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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #6927
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The Tower, One St. George Wharf | Vauxhall SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=221585

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The Tower at St. George Wharf is virtually complete. Photos taken in the past week by forumer chest:



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Old July 17th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #6928
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Hampton House | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=497918

Official website: http://www.hamptonhouseconsultation.co.uk/





The current building on the Hampton House site has started demolition:

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Nine Elms Regeneration | South Bank SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1623494

Official website: http://www.nineelmslondon.com/


A public exhibition for the £15 billion ($23bn) Nine Elms regeneration was held in the past week. A detailed model of the developments was shown:

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Quite the cluster.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 02:46 AM   #6931
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Quite the cluster.
What's the general mood in London about these new massive developments?

I know there's quite an undersupply of good (or affordable, i guess) space in the city. So are these seen as good trends overall? Either that 1) it's a massive addition to the housing stock or 2) will free up older space?

It's interesting to see the different policy, and outcomes, between London and NYC.

Though, it definitely seems like London has had suppressed demand a lot longer than in NYC. Their problem on this side is trying to figure out how to avoid gentrification.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 10:54 AM   #6932
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What's the general mood in London about these new massive developments?

I know there's quite an undersupply of good (or affordable, i guess) space in the city. So are these seen as good trends overall? Either that 1) it's a massive addition to the housing stock or 2) will free up older space?

It's interesting to see the different policy, and outcomes, between London and NYC.

Though, it definitely seems like London has had suppressed demand a lot longer than in NYC. Their problem on this side is trying to figure out how to avoid gentrification.
The general mood is positive. The multi-billion projects like Nine Elms, Greenwich Peninsula, Earls Court, Elephant & Castle, Kidbrooke, King's Cross (etc) all have public and political support.

The necessity for more housing is widely acknowledged as one of the city's most pressing issues. Most of these schemes regenerate previously underutilised land so the developments are seen as a positive step.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:07 AM   #6933
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Smithfield Market redevelopment | Farringdon EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=474214

Official website: http://www.smithfieldmarket.com/


The £160 million ($240m) redevelopment of Smithfield Market was approved yesterday: Henderson Wins Approval for London Smithfield Market Renovation

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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:28 AM   #6934
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Thames Estuary Airport | County of Kent

UK forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=741868

The Mayor of London has thrown his support behind building a new London airport in the Thames Estuary, east of London. He has put forward the case to a commission set up to plan airport expansion in the London area:

- Financial Times: Boris Johnson favours inner Thames estuary site for hub airport

- The Telegraph: New Thames Estuary airport 'easily affordable'


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Old July 17th, 2013, 11:42 AM   #6935
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brilliant work as usual SE9
by the way do you know if the Garden Embassy in UC now ?
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Old July 17th, 2013, 01:46 PM   #6936
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What's the general mood in London about these new massive developments?

I know there's quite an undersupply of good (or affordable, i guess) space in the city. So are these seen as good trends overall? Either that 1) it's a massive addition to the housing stock or 2) will free up older space?

It's interesting to see the different policy, and outcomes, between London and NYC.

Though, it definitely seems like London has had suppressed demand a lot longer than in NYC. Their problem on this side is trying to figure out how to avoid gentrification.
In 2011 they realised how much London had grown since the last census a decade before, having underestimated by a few hundred thousand. In short an average 85,000 growth a year (and even higher in the metro), or 5-6x the growth of NYC in the same period. Neither did this count the estimated 604,000 illegal immigrants in the city, nor the thousands more who do not have to register whether EU 'visitors' or the new foreign millionaire class.

Adding to all this is the housing market where people hold on as long as they can to their city house now to make a profit, rather than the traditional pattern of retiring or moving to the suburbs anytime on having kids, or getting a good enough job to afford the commute. Housing will only go onto the market in masses after a first initial dip before the periodic bubble bursts, and before it starts reforming. In other words more people staying, and more kids being born within the city rather than in the 'burbs (it needs to add 88,000 new primary school places each year, and demand will still outstrip supply by 2016 with an estimated 188,000 children unable to find a school place by then).

Compounding this rising population is the relatively lowrise cityscape, a protected Green Belt - and at first, seemingly low density stats. Look closer though and you'll notice residents suffer the smallest homes in the West (25% smaller than Japan even), and that every building, even if it's one of the thousands of small terraced houses is often made up of bedsits, houseshares and subdivided apartments. The rest of the land tends to get devoted to green space (a whopping 37% parkland, the highest rate of any city of its size), and a further 1/8 is ex-industrial docklands, now being colonised. In other words London is traditionally high density (residentially), along the lines of a New York urban area - even without a Manhattan style highrise and residential centre. It has little choice but to go highrise, and to build on brownfield sites.

The increasing densification of London 2000-2011

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Since the 2011 census what Ive noticed in so short a time are high density residential plans akin to HK style highrises, here in Vauxhall, upgraded to in North Greenwich and Wembley, and a new one for Woolwich. It's likely we'll see much more of them to come, probably Stratford and Lambeth next, well out of sight of the 14 protected viewing corridors of the UNESCO sites that's kept the centre lowrise. If HS2 gets approved Old Oak and a whole bunch of stuff out west too.
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Old July 17th, 2013, 01:58 PM   #6937
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brilliant work as usual SE9
by the way do you know if the Garden Embassy in UC now ?
Embassy Gardens is indeed under construction. Posted yesterday by PortoNuts: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=6917
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Old July 17th, 2013, 02:24 PM   #6938
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New legislation put through is now allowing the Green Belt to be built on. It's controversial whether the Green Belts have saved the cities and towns from vast blankets of LA-style suburbia, or made an even larger half-high density urban, half-rural fabric that stretches across the country. If you imagine the NYC CSA at 3/4 its population density, then multiply it 3x in size and youve got a good picture of much of England, which would count as the world's fourth densest (sizeable) country if it was one, and the densest in the West. Take away the large expanses in the north and west and England manages to fit near 50 million in an area the size of Maine.

Note the light pink peppering of postwar and new developments that's created the endless rural-urban patchwork (it's not really 'green' or a 'belt' at all). These immediate exurbs count 20.3 million in 10,500 sq miles, with the central built up area at 9.6 million. While the city proper grew by 850,000 the CSA outside it grew by 1,050,000. The demographics of these people will ensure their children will be sent into London for years to come - and why it'll need to be perpetually building in the next few decades.

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Old July 17th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #6940
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Over the last 20 years, and especially the last 10, population growth has been phenomenal. Within the city limits alone:

1991: 6,829,300

+7%

2001: 7,322,400

+12%

2011: 8,174,100
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