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Old October 29th, 2013, 12:28 PM   #8261
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Old October 29th, 2013, 12:41 PM   #8262
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Aldgate is becoming quite the hub for these sort of high but-not-quite-as-high-as-to-be-too-noticeable buildings. Was there earlier today and it's astounding how much construction work is going on.

I can't help feel as though the area would have benefited from a master-plan a la Nine Elms though. A lot of the area feels disjointed at street level. How feasible such a plan was/is however is beyond me. I imagine it's easier to formulate one when you're dealing with essentially a blank canvas as opposed to numerous construction sites dotted around a particular area.
What I like about Aldgate is that despite having dozens of 60-100m towers popping up they don't take anything away from the city and it's skyline but are gradually building the density of the skyline outwards and closer from a viewing perspective to CW.

I always enjoy seeing what's next to be planned for the area as I think it will really turn into a fantastic streetscape over the next 5 to 10 years with lots of good height building alongs it's streets.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 02:25 PM   #8263
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I think it will really turn into a fantastic streetscape over the next 5 to 10 years with lots of good height building alongs it's streets.
Have you ever actually been to Aldgate? It's shit and nothing is being done to improve the public realm.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 02:25 AM   #8264
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Yes. And are you oblivious to the fact that all new construction starts at street level? Many of the developments in the area are offering a mix of uses. With development it brings leisure, retail, independents. This area will change significantly and so will its streetscape.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 02:35 AM   #8265
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Aldgate is a wasted oppurtunity, sure the Aldgate tower has good curves and good sheer cladding but the realm and street designs are awful. Add to that the ridiculous height ristrictions and you get fat squat buildings, with traffic dominated streets and railings/subways galore. In 10years time I predict it will be denser but with very little change to the atmosphere/public realm.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 03:04 AM   #8266
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Yes. And are you oblivious to the fact that all new construction starts at street level? Many of the developments in the area are offering a mix of uses. With development it brings leisure, retail, independents. This area will change significantly and so will its streetscape.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 04:20 AM   #8267
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Gents, what's the name of this project? Is it part of Nine Elms development?

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Old October 30th, 2013, 04:28 AM   #8268
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Old October 30th, 2013, 05:09 AM   #8269
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Old October 30th, 2013, 08:05 AM   #8270
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World Federation of Exchanges moving HQ to London from Paris
30.10.2013

The stock exchange has submitted proposals for higher limits on foreign ownership; Step taken ahead of MSCI upgrade next May; Cites increase in account-opening by international investors; Will facilitate listings by firms in Qatar Financial Centre

Qatar Exchange has submitted proposals to the government for higher limits on foreign ownership of listed stocks, which could encourage more companies to make initial public offers of their shares, the exchange›s chief executive said.

With a capitalisation of about $130bn, Qatar’s stock market is thinly traded compared to some other bourses in the region, such as those in the United Arab Emirates.

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Old October 30th, 2013, 08:09 AM   #8271
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London can lead the world as an Islamic finance hub
Financial Times October 28, 2013

This week, more than 1,000 investors from more than 100 countries and 15 global leaders are gathering for the ninth World Islamic Economic Forum.
The forum is not in Dubai, Jakarta or Islamabad, however, but in London.

For the first time, it is being held in a non-Islamic country – and Britain is honoured to play host. This is an example of the UK’s position as the centre for global finance. And we intend to keep it that way....

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Old October 30th, 2013, 08:13 AM   #8272
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£36m Poplar Baths scheme in East London gets nod



The historic Poplar Baths building in East London is set to be refurbished and transformed into a residential tower and new sports centre.

Developer and builder Guildmore has got the green light from planners to start work on the £36m project.

Guildmore will restore this Grade II listed building to its former glory with a modern sports facility, which includes a new 25-metre swimming pool and retains period features.The site will also support a new tower of 60 flats.

The firm is financing the whole scheme and will then lease the buildings back to the council.

Its plan also includes building a new Haileybury Youth centre at Dame Colet along with an extra 40 flats.

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Old October 30th, 2013, 08:15 AM   #8273
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Bid race for £55m London Paddington tunnel link



Transport for London has started the hunt for a contractor to excavate a new underground pedestrian tunnel at Paddington Station.

The 100m long passenger tunnel will link the new Crossrail station to the London Underground Bakerloo Line station at Paddington.

London Underground has estimated the Paddington Bakerloo Line Link Project will cost £30-£55m to build.

Initially a shallow pedestrian walkway was planned but this carried the risk of damaging the railway station building.

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Old October 30th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #8274
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Aldgate is a wasted oppurtunity, sure the Aldgate tower has good curves and good sheer cladding but the realm and street designs are awful. Add to that the ridiculous height ristrictions and you get fat squat buildings, with traffic dominated streets and railings/subways galore. In 10years time I predict it will be denser but with very little change to the atmosphere/public realm.
Each to their own but with any major regeneration in an area brings increased opportunity for a large spectrum of ammenities and professions. You see this throughout London, in my city Birmingham, up in Manchester and across all cities in the world. What you need to do is visualise the future characteristics, the opportunities new developments will bring, the dominoe effect.

The more money there is in an area, the more apartments there is, the more people that are working there - more restaurants, high profile shops, bars, etc are needed to supply the increased populas and work force.

In an area so close to the City this will become one of the hottest tickets in towen locate and open up in.

Property doesn't come cheap in Aldgate, prices will raise also, ones to move into the area will have huge financial backing, shop frontages will improve drastically, the public realm will improve with increased footfall, more benches, tress, new pavings etc will be required. Traffic flow will be looked into in terms of H&S.

Once you have development you have improvements - once you have massive regeneration you have a domino effect. Masterplan or not, the amount of development in this area reflects a masterplan, and masterplan brings much more direct and indirect investment then a singular one of building like many streets and areas get, thats why Aldgate I believe will change beyond recognition over the next 5-10 years.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #8275
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I know NWTS has already posted about this but here is a good link:
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/1...0IJ2II20131029

I am not too sure what the current HQ in Paris is like - but I cannot help but wonder if this will be a potential tennant for any of our new Towers - Leadenhall, 20 Fenchurch?

Maybe any existing towers? Its almost certain that the HQ will be in the Square Mile.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 01:16 PM   #8276
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Birmingham, I appreciate your optimism but the far more likely future scenario is that the lack of masterplan - and the local authority's short-sighted attitude towards development and urban planning - will doom Aldgate to years more of the same.

It's inexcusable that so central an area should have such a dire streetscape. And some of the newest buildings going up are some of the very worst large newbuilds in London.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 02:59 PM   #8277
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Agreed, facades may have become glass instead of concrete but the area is still an absolute congested and ugly mess that displays nothing but contempt for humans.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #8278
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You're talking about now. 5-10 years time this area will change beyond recognition. When you have organic growth of such scale the public become alot more apparent when local budgets come out and funding is allocated.

Also if you think Aldgate is a shit hole you should visit 80% of areas in Birmingham, Manchester and other major British cities. You guys don't know how good you have it.
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You're talking about now.
For what you're talking about to happen you'd need to get rid of the gyratory, the lorry-filled roads, provide some open spaces and generally sort out public realm - none of that is happening or going to happen, all they are doing is building some pretty ugly buildings.
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Old October 30th, 2013, 06:48 PM   #8280
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For what you're talking about to happen you'd need to get rid of the gyratory, the lorry-filled roads, provide some open spaces and generally sort out public realm - none of that is happening or going to happen, all they are doing is building some pretty ugly buildings.
A streetscape can still be asthetically pleasing without changing large amount of those things. But again, more open spaces might derive, I know in Birmingham out of the blue a new square was proposed in an originally congested area. When the populas increases, offices are developed etc there becomes more of a requirement for these things. When there becomes a requirement more people start discussing, more plans are put on the table and a increasing public realm always happens at some point or another.

And I think the problem you guys have are the fact you think these are ugly in comparison to major projects in London, anywhere else in the UK and they would be raved about. Maybe you just expect to much.

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