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Old October 18th, 2013, 12:49 PM   #8121
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We were talking about this the other day. The UK and especially London have been able to position themself so well that all new emerging markets see it as the best and safest place to do business and invest.

Effectively London is turning into the Garden of Eden.

An Atlantis.

I just hope we see some of it up here in the Midlands.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 12:57 PM   #8122
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South Bank tower is one of my favourite projects in London. I know it's only a refurb and height extension but it will make such an improvement to London's skyline.

Thanks for the update.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 05:09 PM   #8123
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£130m Abbey Wood station gets green light

Plans for a £130m new Abbey Wood station have been approved by the London Borough of Bexley and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.



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Old October 18th, 2013, 05:16 PM   #8124
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iCity London | Stratford City E20

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=798922

Official website: http://icitylondon.com/



Detailed plans for the iCity tech hub have been unveiled:

- Stratford Renaissance Partnership: iCITY unveils new architectural designs for creative hub on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

- Tech Week Europe: iCITY Unveils Designs For Olympic Park Tech Hub







iCity London seeks to build on London's growing status as a leading tech hub:


Bloomberg Says London, Not Silicon Valley, Is New York City's Top Tech Competitor
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he spends more time eyeing London than he does Silicon Valley in the battle to be the champion city for the tech industry.

"Our competition is only going to be in other cities that have similar kinds of characteristics. And the city that comes to mind is London," Bloomberg said at a seminar held at the law firm Proskauer's New York City office on Friday.

Bloomberg, whose term ends in 81 days, said U.S. immigration laws are "mashugana" – a Yiddish word for "crazy" – and are driving tech talent to international cities. London has the advantage of being a family-friendly city that speaks "the business language of the world," he said.

Bloomberg has been outspoken about his support of immigration reform. Last year, he joined several other prominent business leaders in pushing for reform in an online March on Washington. While the Obama administration has outlined broad plans for reform, including a provision to offer startup visas, the legislation is languishing in Congress. In the meantime, entrepreneurs and top tech talent are being forced to leave the U.S. because of issues with their visas.

As for cities within U.S. borders, Bloomberg argues San Francisco and the surrounding area is too much of a "vacuum" to be competitive.

"If you play golf, it's ok. If you ride a bicycle, it's great. If you live in front of a mirror, I guess that's where you do it," he said. "If you are going to build product, and you are going to sell stuff around the world... you don't want those kinds of people. And you don't want people who don't have other interests. You want well-rounded people."
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Old October 18th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #8125
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Abbey Wood station looks so cool.

Gotta love London! <3
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Old October 18th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #8126
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Kingston Riverside

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Old October 18th, 2013, 07:29 PM   #8127
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McLaren continues London surge with £22m Resolution deal

McLaren has continued its winning streak in London with a £22m mixed-use development deal for Resolution Property. The contractor has been appointed to Resolution Property’s Ampersand scheme at 180 Wardour Street. The Ampersand project is a refurbishment of an existing mixed-use office block and will include four storeys of office space, aimed at occupiers from London’s creative sector, with an additional two floors of high-specification residential space, including a combination of duplex and single-storey apartments, each with terraces providing views over Oxford Street.

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Old October 18th, 2013, 07:41 PM   #8128
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Can you also post the renders to keep us informed about what project it is? Thanks mate.
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Old October 18th, 2013, 08:29 PM   #8129
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That Bloomberg video is hilarious.

That guy says, Europe could never create Facebook type businesses like the US does...

Sometimes I feel they need reminding just how much the UK and other European nations have contributed to the online world.

One Brit springs to mind... as the inventor of the World Wide Web... slightly more impressive than FB.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #8130
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"Blackfriars" The world's largest solar bridge nears completion.

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Old October 19th, 2013, 01:24 AM   #8131
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That guy says, Europe could never create Facebook type businesses like the US does...
Sometimes I feel they need reminding just how much the UK and other European nations have contributed to the online world.
True... but then we still haven't created anything in the same league as Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon, Paypal, YouTube or Facebook. Hopefully that will change, soon.

Here are some renders of that Kingston Riverside development that was posted a few posts back.

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Old October 19th, 2013, 02:55 AM   #8132
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^ Thanks. Those buildings look quite similar to Marco Polo House.

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Old October 19th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #8133
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BARKING RIVERSIDE DEVELOPMENT MADE VIABLE BY OVERGROUND EXTENSION

An ambitious brownfield development in Barking will receive (some of) the transport connections it needs to attract residents. Barking Riverside, an 11,000 home neighbourhood on the site of the original Barking Power Station and part of the broader London Riverside and Thames Gateway redevelopment zones, will likely win connection to the Gospel Oak to Barking Line (GOBLIN) on the London Overground. John Biggs, London Assembly member for East London, confirmed that City Hall was lobbying for the £150 million the extension would cost and believe it will be granted in the Treasury’s autumn statement.

http://hovelled.com/barking-riversid...und-extension/





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Old October 19th, 2013, 03:14 AM   #8134
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Plans for the redevelopment of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard between Shoreditch, Spitalfields and the City have just been released.

The proposals includes two residential towers of between 50 and 55 storeys towards the western end of the site, estimated to be between 190m-205m (based on a comparison diagram provided in the masterplan showing them slightly taller than the 180m Gherkin, but smaller the the 224m Cheesegrater). The site also includes two residential towers of between 28 and 35 storeys, a further two between 20 and 24 floors and one between 8 and 15 storeys, with heights declining towards the east of the site. Further two commercial spaces of between 10 and 15 floors are planned towards the north west over the Shoreditch Overground station.

http://hovelled.com/bishopsgate-good...plan-released/



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Old October 19th, 2013, 03:36 AM   #8135
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Sea Containers House £100m redevelopment | South Bank | U/C

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Old October 19th, 2013, 03:44 AM   #8136
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Parliament House | Lambeth | 73m | 24 fl | U/C

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Old October 19th, 2013, 04:24 PM   #8137
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The Sea Containers is still a bad building but looks so much better now.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 04:33 PM   #8138
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True... but then we still haven't created anything in the same league as Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Amazon, Paypal, YouTube or Facebook. Hopefully that will change, soon.
Didn't Tim Burners Lee create the WWW without which there would be none of the above.
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Old October 19th, 2013, 06:45 PM   #8139
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Wasn't Last.fm started in Whitechapel?

By no means in the same league as those mentioned above but it's something
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Old October 19th, 2013, 07:01 PM   #8140
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It's all about money. Silicon Valley and the US have had lots to invest in tech start up's, something the UK hasn't had before but this is changing.

I mean the Ipod for instance is a British invention but it had no financial backing so Steve Jobs pinched the patent and developed it in the US.

For instance - The British created not only the Internet but the Television, We all know Bell invented the telephone and patented before that of American Elisha Gray. Stereo, Modern Photography are others.

Infact the computer reading up on it was actually British but lack of funding meant it went on the back burners. The British created the first electronic mechanical computer during the war.

All in all money speaks. You have to say as a Super power, Britain did more for the world on the technology front then America ever has since it's take Britains crown as the most powerful nation.

Creating things like Facebook and Google are so, so insignificant when it comes to the likes of the Industrial Revolution I pity what that man actually said.

If anything it shows money talks. When the UK was the wealthiest nation in the world it had it's hand in a lot more pies and created things alot more worthwhile then what the States have with the wealth they've now got.

Nations that had an impact on the world.

UK 10 out of 10
US 5 out of 10
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