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Old July 25th, 2013, 02:51 PM   #7201
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^ More than just continuing momentum! The pipeline is so fat that by the end of this decade, London will build as many skyscrapers as all previous years and decades combined. We'll basically double everything we have now.
Very positive news on economy as well:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23446056

Growth this year is already at 0.9% and if continue this way, we can finish this year close to 2% which is very good growth and much higher than any other major economy in EU and even some BRIC countries. And much higher than previously predicted for this year.

Service sector and especially hotel market (London in particular) is booming reaching pre-recession levels (ok, it was short just of 0.2% which should be already covered in July), so more hotels to come as well.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #7202
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Very positive news on economy as well:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23446056

Growth this year is already at 0.9% and if continue this way, we can finish this year close to 2% which is very good growth and much higher than any other major economy in EU and even some BRIC countries. And much higher than previously predicted for this year.

Service sector and especially hotel market (London in particular) is booming reaching pre-recession levels (ok, it was short just of 0.2% which should be already covered in July), so more hotels to come as well.
That's is fantastic news! If anything it's going to help the skyscraper boom!
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Old July 25th, 2013, 04:05 PM   #7203
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That's is fantastic news! If anything it's going to help the skyscraper boom!
Yes, I think more "home grown" money will go into the development sector as well. Plus, less jobs in public sector and more in private comparing with 2008 so more stable growth in the future, I hope.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 05:19 PM   #7204
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Giant £200m snow dome planned for Stratford



A giant snow dome to rival the largest indoor ski resort in the world is to be built next to the Olympic Park site in Stratford.

London’s first indoor ski centre will feature several runs of varying difficulty, snowboard ramps and an ice-skating rink.

It is believed the project, which will cost up to £200 million and is being funded by shopping centre developers Westfield, could be ready to open in 2015.

The longest run will be 300 metres — twice the length of the next biggest one in the UK — recreating Alpine skiing conditions. There will also be toboggan runs and snow-play zones where children and beginners can get used to the sub-zero temperatures.

The east London site is expected to provide about 20,000 square metres of piste which will be covered with thousands of tonnes of “real” snow, all year round. It will be double the size of other British snow centres at Milton Keynes and Hemel Hempstead and on a par with Ski Dubai, the world’s biggest, in the United Arab Emirates.

The Stratford snow dome aims to attract up to three million visitors a year. Westfield Stratford City will submit a planning application to the London Legacy Development Corporation by the end of the summer. Mayor Boris Johnson, announcing the plans today, said: “One year on from London's Olympic and Paralympic Games and we are defying the sceptics who prophesied a herd of white elephants.

“This weekend, elite athletics returns to the magnificent Olympic stadium and major contracts are now in place to transform the venue into a multi-sport arena. In further good news, Stratford’s status as a stunning new destination is confirmed by Westfield’s plans for a world-class indoor ski centre. This underscores the massive confidence in this area from investors which is delivering a real payback for taxpayers in terms of jobs and the regeneration of east London.”

Neale Coleman, the Mayor’s Olympic legacy czar, said the centre is expected to pull in millions of visitors a year. It comes as the Mayor confirmed the legacy development corporation is in talks with University College London to create a postgraduate campus on the Olympic Park. He also announced several multi-million-pound contracts to convert the Olympic stadium, including a £41 million deal with Balfour Beatty to put in a new roof to cover every seat in the ground and improve acoustics for matches and concerts.

This weekend the site will host world-class athletics for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, marking a year since the London 2012 opening ceremony.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...d-8732116.html
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Old July 25th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #7205
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Three towers to come along at once

Not one, not two, but three residential towers, all more than 700 feet tall, look set to be built on the Isle of Dogs. They will be within a few hundred yards of one another, and will in all contain more than 2300 flats. They will be worth a total of between £2.5 billion and £5 billion, if all three get built.

Here is a look at the one most likely: a 715ft tower, of 59 storeys containing 500 flats, which the Canary Wharf Group plans to build at the western end of its estate. The diamond-pattern design by architects Horden Cherry Lee has just been submitted for planning to Tower Hamlets council.

An even taller tower was last week narrowly voted through by the council’s planning committee. A 785ft skyscraper containing 825 flats has been designed by architects Squire and Partners. The 75 storeys will stand where the two-storey City Pride pub now sits.

The developer is Chalegrove Properties, a small but perfectly respectable company which made £1 million profit on turnover of £12 million in 2012. The accounts, which list Tony Bell, Wael Smadi and Karim Azem as directors, say work is due to begin in early 2014 and finish in 2019.

External funding and/or sale of equity is likely to be next on the agenda, given Chalegrove’s size — and given the City Pride tower is going to cost well north of £200 million to build. A project on amber, not green. Before moving on to what might be the tallest tower, a thought may have occurred to mathematical readers.

How come Squire and Partners can squeeze 75 floors into 785 feet but Horden Cherry Lee can only manage 59 floors in 715 feet? Answer: Canary Wharf flats will be 11 feet floor-to-floor, sacrificing eight floors for higher ceilings. The City Pride drawings show the tower will be built using the more normal floor to floor measurement of nine feet eight inches.

How many floors can you squeeze into an 820ft tower? About 80, according to reports suggesting Berkeley Group is to build Britain’s tallest residential tower at South Quay, over the water from Canary Wharf and just a two-minute stroll from the City Pride.

Reports that are a little over-excited say Berkeley, which frankly has excited these comments by producing a “scoping report” for the council suggesting the sky, in the shape of the 1000ft Civil Aviation Authority ceiling, is the limit for a tower that could hold perhaps 1000 flats.

“Our current proposals are well below 80 storeys,” said a spokesman. “The tower will be lower than One Canada Square, which will remain the tallest building in Canary Wharf.” One Canada Square is the HQ of the Canary Wharf Group — and stands 800 feet tall.

No point in annoying your powerful neighbour — and now rival.

http://www.standard.co.uk/business/m...e-8731517.html
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Old July 25th, 2013, 10:20 PM   #7206
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Metropolitan Line extension | Croxley to Watford Junction

UK forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=440547

The extension of the Metropolitan Line to Watford Junction has been approved. The £118m project will be complete in 2016: Watford Metropolitan line Tube extension gets go-ahead




The Metropolitan Line is the world's oldest metro line, with a current annual ridership of 66.8 million:

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Old July 25th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #7207
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Woolwich Station | Woolwich SE18

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

The Crossrail station at Woolwich has had its funding secured, finally paving the way for full construction: Funding secured to fit out Woolwich Crossrail station



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Old July 25th, 2013, 10:53 PM   #7208
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Baltimore Tower | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=105569479

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




Construction equipment is currently being moved on-site. Photo by forumer chest:

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Old July 25th, 2013, 10:54 PM   #7209
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The recovery and restructuring of the economy is still a bit iffy. I'd like to see more projects like the 'medical city' a few pages back, where we can start to innovate again.
Centres of research where we can do what we do best, invent things.
Tall new offices are all well and good but we need more thriving companies to fill them.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 11:26 PM   #7210
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Tech City is doing well:


London's Tech City tops UK new business chart with 15,000 new startups last year
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London's Tech City has topped the chart for new business generation in the UK, launching over 15,000 startups in the last year alone.

Accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young, which carried out the research, largely attributes the growth to the area's reputation as the UK's technology hub, as well as regeneration and investment in new infrastructure.

The results show that between March 2012 and March 2013, 15,720 new businesses were set up in the EC1V Silicon Roundabout area.

5,190 startup businesses were launched in the same period across the SE1 postcode - Borough and Bermondsey - the next most prolific area in the UK for new business generation.

Colin Jones, Partner at UHY Hacker Young, said, "Clusters of expertise can be highly effective in driving new business creation. The area around Old Street has been an emerging business destination for some time thanks to relatively cheap rents, but since the internet and app industries started to colonise the area, new business creation has really taken off."

Successful Tech City startups identified by the firm include: Hailo, the international taxi app; Mind Candy, the creators of Moshi Monsters; and Stylist Pick, the online fashion boutique.

Other popular areas in the capital were Bishopsgate (E1) and Canary Wharf (E14) which between them attracted 4,900 new businesses and St. James's (SW1Y), which attracted 1,830 startups.

"It's also interesting to see how influential the City and finance still are in driving new business creation, despite the battering they took during the financial crisis. St. James's is no longer the preserve of gentlemen's clubs, it is now the backyard of the international super-rich and many former City bankers are setting up shop in the area to service that community," commented Jones.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 10:59 AM   #7211
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Lincoln Plaza | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1505132



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Old July 26th, 2013, 11:24 AM   #7212
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Blackfriars Station | Blackfriars EC2/SE1

UK forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=759502

Blackfriars Station has officially become the world's largest solar bridge. The roof of the station, which spans the River Thames, is entirely composed of solar panels: Blackfriars Station becomes world's largest solar bridge

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Old July 26th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #7213
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Amazing projects!
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Old July 26th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #7214
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South Kilburn regeneration | Kilburn NW6

Regeneration site: http://www.brent.gov.uk/regeneration...ion-programme/

Brent Council has selected its development partners for the next phase of the South Kilburn regeneration:

- Housing Excellence: Bouygues Development and Londonewcastle to develop mixed-use development in South Kilburn

- Construction Enquirer: Developers picked for £65m North London housing scheme



The South Kilburn regeneration is a £700m ($1.1 billion) residential project currently under construction in Kilburn, north London:

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Old July 26th, 2013, 01:25 PM   #7215
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It appears that Watford is finally being absorbed into Greater London then.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 02:02 PM   #7216
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Nice development. Found this development called Roden Court in North London as well, by the same photo author:

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Old July 26th, 2013, 04:04 PM   #7217
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It appears that Watford is finally being absorbed into Greater London then.
I don't know why it wasn't originally incorporated as a London borough as it falls inside the M25 which must have been planned / underway at the time of the local govt reorganisation.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:19 PM   #7218
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The Crystal Palace reconstruction | Crystal Palace SE19

Billionaire Chinese developers have launched an ambitious scheme to rebuild the Crystal Palace:

- The Guardian: Raising the glass: Crystal Palace to come back from the dead

- The Evening Standard: Crystal Palace could be rebuilt by billionaire Chinese developers

- Daily Mail: Crystal Palace ‘to be reconstructed by billionaire Chinese property developer’ nearly 80 years after it was destroyed by fire



The original Crystal Palace was constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Hyde Park, before being moved to its permanent location in Sydenham (now Crystal Palace) and expanded in 1854. The building was destroyed by fire in 1936:



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It would be incredible if they rebuilt the Crystal Palace. But what would they put inside it?
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Old July 26th, 2013, 09:05 PM   #7220
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Cannabis plants.

Just imagine the size of the crop...
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