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Old October 9th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #8061
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King's Cross Central | King's Cross N1C

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=505188

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




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UK - London - Kings Cross - Granary Square - Felice Varini art installation at the Granary by JulesFoto, on Flickr

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Old October 9th, 2013, 12:29 AM   #8062
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We'll just overlook the fact that the developers bought off the council with a £100m to build homes for the great unwashed elsewhere rather than within the development shall we, as is currently the requirement under planning rules?

Everyone knows what went on here....
Section 106 agreements are very flexible, and rightly so. It makes economic and social sense to build good spacious flats here, where they are needed, rather than arbitrarily stick 50 pseudo-"affordable" shoe-boxes onto the back of the scheme where there's no sunlight. Much better to build the affordable element on a different site within the borough. Or in this case I think the council are just taking £100m cash from the developer, which will be spent on off-site affordable housing at a location where decent and genuinely affordable homes can be built for quite a large number of people. The on-site alternative would have been worse for everyone.

The scheme also makes massive contributions to the public realm and permeability of the area. The whole ground level is extremely animated with shops, cafés, restaurants, gardens, and even apparently a "cultural pavilion".

Look, for example, at just this diagram and how significant the improvements to permeability are:

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Old October 9th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #8063
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London City Island (LCI) is going to look really cute.

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Old October 9th, 2013, 12:02 PM   #8064
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..nice, even has a built in moat to protect you during the coming zombie apocalypse...that single footbridge would be an ideal choke point to funnel them into thus allowing for easy target practice.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:10 PM   #8065
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Now imagine it encircled by steaming smelly mudflats when the tide is out on a hot summers day.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:19 PM   #8066
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Now imagine it encircled by steaming smelly mudflats when the tide is out on a hot summers day.
so...the residents will just give their servants some buckets to go and fill it back up every day.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 04:23 PM   #8067
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Ludgate and Sampson House | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1541515

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



High quality renders of the project, which was recommended for approval last week:


..anyway, this won planning approval last night by 5 votes to 1.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 08:32 PM   #8068
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Plans Unveiled For Crystal Palace Rebuild



UPDATE: Following ongoing discussions between the city of London and the Chinese ZhongRong Group, the plans for the Crystal Palace replica have finally been unveiled. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “Today’s announcement marks an exciting new chapter for Crystal Palace Park,” adding, “Paxton’s stunning Crystal Palace was a beacon of innovation in the 19th century, encapsulating a spirit of invention which was to shape London and the world for generations to come. Since the iconic building was destroyed, the conundrum of what to do with the crumbling site has not been successfully resolved.” Until now.

ZhongRong Group’s design proposal includes an exact rebuilding of the Crystal Palace, to contain international exhibitions spaces, hotel facilities, and art galleries, as well as the conservation of the park’s unique Victorian heritage. Johnson is convinced that the development “could not only see a world-class landmark building reinstated, [...] but the restoration of the entire surrounding park, bringing jobs and growth.”


Chairman of the ZhongRong Group, Ni Zhaoxing, agrees: “London is renowned across the world for its history and culture and the former Crystal Palace is celebrated in China as a magnificent achievement. This project is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring its spirit back to life by recreating The Crystal Palace and restoring the park to its former glory to create a new and exciting destination for local people and international visitors.” Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2015


The glass and cast iron structure of the Crystal Palace was built in 1851; it was the largest glass structure in the world until its destruction in a fire in 1936. The prefabricated modular design by Sir Joseph Paxton, an architect and a gardner, was completed in Hyde Park by 5,000 workers in a mere five months. Paxton’s simple and brilliant design paved the way for more sophisticated pre-fabricated design, while creating an unprecedented exhibition facility, maximizing interior space and natural daylight.











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Old October 10th, 2013, 01:46 AM   #8069
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All the new skyscrapers/developments are all very nice. But I find myself being most excited by this now
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Old October 10th, 2013, 07:40 AM   #8070
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Old October 10th, 2013, 12:39 PM   #8071
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London City Island (LCI) is going to look really cute.

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This looks awesome! So much development in London <3
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Old October 10th, 2013, 07:23 PM   #8072
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Nice, but what's with the minecraft trees??
So that explains why it burned down in the first place: Creepers!
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Old October 10th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #8073
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video for city island

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Old October 10th, 2013, 08:04 PM   #8074
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Transformation of east london is incredible. Its changing so fast.
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Old October 11th, 2013, 02:50 AM   #8075
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Is there not a better name than "London City Island"?
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Old October 11th, 2013, 02:52 AM   #8076
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lonely floating village?
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Old October 11th, 2013, 01:55 PM   #8077
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Hackney Fashion Hub | Hackney Central E8

Official website: http://hackneyfashionhub.co.uk/


Plans for the Hackney Fashion Hub in east London have been approved by Hackney Council this week:

- BBC: Hackney 'fashion hub' approved by council

- Evening Standard: Hackney to get £100m fashion 'hub'

- Hackney Gazette: Hackney fashion hub gets green light



Project facts
  • Cost: £100 million ($160m)
  • Floorspace: 7,000m²
  • Use: fashion incubator




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Old October 11th, 2013, 02:03 PM   #8078
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Brent Civic Centre | Wembley City HA0

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=975450

Official website: http://www.brent.gov.uk/your-council...-civic-centre/



Brent Civic Centre has opened this week. The Civic Centre consolidates all public council facilities for the residents of the Borough of Brent in north west London:

- Building Design: Hopkins' Brent civic centre opens

- Brent & Kilburn Times: Brent Council officially open £90m civic centre



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  • Cost: £90 million ($1.5m)
  • Staff: 2,000




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Old October 11th, 2013, 02:31 PM   #8079
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The London Octopus | Chiswick W4

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1026217

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



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  • Floorspace: 4,000m²
  • LED screen: 2,600m²
  • Floors: 10




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Old October 12th, 2013, 04:19 AM   #8080
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I've been looking through this forum for a while and decided to finally join up. London is certainly doing very well, I think there are like 20 100m+ towers u/c if I'm right.
122 leaden hall 225m u/c
St George's tower 181m u/c
20 fenchurch street 160m u/c
One blackfriars 163m u/c
Riverside south 236m u/c
Riverside south tower two 189m u/c
Southbank tower 155m u/c
Baltimore wharf 150m u/c
Saffron square 150m u/c
One the elephant 133m u/c
Providence tower 136m u/c
25 Churchill place 130m u/c
Lots road towers 122m/85m u/c
Milton court 112 t/o
That's impressive
Kings cross lands plot t6 102m t/o
Lexicon 120m u/c
Stratford tower 133m t/o
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