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Old July 31st, 2013, 05:57 PM   #7301
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What the hell's economy is England based on?
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Old July 31st, 2013, 05:58 PM   #7302
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London has the worlds 5th largest city economy behind - New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Seoul - (Its catching up with Seoul and LA).

If it were a country it would be the worlds 18th largest economy roughly... just ahead of Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:01 PM   #7303
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London will not overgrow NYC in highrises even if it does in population or importance at some stage. There are 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the capital, 3 castles, 6 palaces, 5-8 cathedrals if youre counting the built up area - and all this adds up to 14 protected 'viewing corridors' across the city and much of the centre that tall buildings are not allowed to impinge upon. So despite all the demand for space and new building all this has equated to decades of midrise building (groundscrapers), even in the world's premier financial district. And when tall towers do poke out, they're only in designated areas and with difficult footprints - some such as the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater are leaning or curved in order to move out of the way of the protected corridors. For starters the largest cathedral, St Paul's is smack in the middle of the financial district, and the viewpoints of its distinctive dome from several miles away effects all building work in-between. On top of all this there's something like 40,000 protected buildings, and growing by each decade.

In short, no, London is not allowed to go as highrise.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:02 PM   #7304
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London has the worlds 5th largest city economy behind - New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Seoul - (Its catching up with Seoul and LA).

If it were a country it would be the worlds 18th largest economy roughly... just ahead of Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
I saw a video called the houston texaplex and it says if it was its own country it would be... I can't remember which one exactly but its either 16 or 17 largest economy. Houston's Ih-10 corridor is suppose to end up being like Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Rd by 2020.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:09 PM   #7305
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One such viewing corridor in effect, the view from Parliament Hill to the dome of St Paul's - everything in between is not allowed to go higher than a short building. Other corridors to the building - by then a speck on the horizon- stretch to 10 miles/ 16km. Two new corridors were added in the last few years:

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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:10 PM   #7306
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Well by 2030 the state of Texas will surpass Saudi Arabia with exporting oil so its going to be a fun ride for all the Texan Cities.
so we might see these places opening up again



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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:11 PM   #7307
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so we might see these places opening up again



Wow I had no Idea Texas had an Embassy there
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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:14 PM   #7308
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first one was just a theme grill (now closed) that was in quite a prestigious location popular with embassies, 2nd photo is a plaque from the original embassy building close by in Pickering Place in Mayfair

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^it's also a very popular Texan BBQ and grill place.

***edit - they closed it???? .


PS Potto, could you make that pic a bit bigger, my screen is as big as a wall.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:16 PM   #7310
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I have a projector too!

yeah it closed last year... interesting the building used to be the offices for White Star Line who ran the Titanic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Legation
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Old July 31st, 2013, 06:25 PM   #7311
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Canaletto's view of St Paul's


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Old July 31st, 2013, 07:11 PM   #7312
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London has the worlds 5th largest city economy behind - New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Seoul - (Its catching up with Seoul and LA).

If it were a country it would be the worlds 18th largest economy roughly... just ahead of Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
And so what? I dont get this obsession some have with these pointless lists.
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Old July 31st, 2013, 07:43 PM   #7313
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360 London | Elephant and Castle SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=457708

Official website: http://www.360-london.com/home/


Construction company Mace and developer Essential Living has been awarded the contract to build 360 London: Mace jv wins 44-storey Elephant & Castle residential tower

Another tower looks set to rise in Elephant & Castle

Great news for E&C!
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Old July 31st, 2013, 08:00 PM   #7314
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London office construction reaches five year peak

The amount of office space currently under construction in the capital has reached its highest level since the third quarter of 2008 according to property consultants CBRE.

Figures in CBRE's latest quarterly Central London Property Market Review (32-page / 6.63MB PDF) show that there is currently 11 million square feet of office space under construction in central London, of which 5.4m sq ft is in the City and 2m sq ft in the West End. The figure is a 13% rise from the previous quarter and the highest number since 2008, the report said.

Around 60% of the space under construction is speculative. CBRE said that this was an increase of 139% since the first quarter of 2010, indicating improved developer confidence. "We expect the volume of space under construction to continue rising as the recovery in the occupier market strengthens and demand for new space increases," it said.

The report also noted that employment within office-based industries in central London has grown by 4.4% in the year to March 2013, the largest annual increase since 2005. It said that office based employment was forecast to grow by around 2% per year between 2013 and 2017.

"Our expectation for the second half of 2013 is for more of the same, with the positive employment data and improving business confidence filtering through to the occupier market," said CBRE central London managing director Adam Hetherington in the report. "This will help support office take-up levels and lead to renewed, if unspectacular, rental growth".
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Old August 1st, 2013, 01:52 AM   #7315
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The London skyline looks like a State capital in US

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Old August 1st, 2013, 04:23 AM   #7316
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London has the worlds 5th largest city economy behind - New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Seoul - (Its catching up with Seoul and LA).

If it were a country it would be the worlds 18th largest economy roughly... just ahead of Saudi Arabia and Argentina.
Excuse me to correct a mistake you made:

London wasn't even the largest region economy in Europe till 2009.

GDB Mio Euros
Greater London: 335 641
Ile-de-France: 561 957

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Ile-de-France is the 4th largest region economy in the world behind: NYC, Tokyo and Los Angeles. May be you know it, but you just forgot it.

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Old August 1st, 2013, 07:48 AM   #7317
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Excuse me to correct a mistake you made:

London wasn't even the largest region economy in Europe till 2009.

GDB Mio Euros
London: 335 641
Ile-de-France: 561 957

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Ile-de-France is the 4th largest region economy in the world behind: NYC, Tokyo and Los Angeles. May be you know it, but you just forgot it.

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Old August 1st, 2013, 09:07 AM   #7318
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The London skyline looks like a State capital in US
Because London has several UNESCO world heritage sites and landmarks of historic importance that can't be compromised by towers.

That said, this is more substantial than most 'state capitals':

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Old August 1st, 2013, 09:15 AM   #7319
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Excuse me to correct a mistake you made:

London wasn't even the largest region economy in Europe till 2009.

GDB Mio Euros
London: 335 641
Ile-de-France: 561 957

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Ile-de-France is the 4th largest region economy in the world behind: NYC, Tokyo and Los Angeles. May be you know it, but you just forgot it.

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Not here please... let's keep the City GDP vs Region GDP debates elsewhere.
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Old August 1st, 2013, 09:17 AM   #7320
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Welcome news. A 4.4% increase is massive.
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