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Old April 27th, 2007, 05:11 PM   #841
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20 Blackfriars Road

Yet another residential tower being planned. This one's 42 storeys and will go opposite the Beetham Tower.

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Old April 27th, 2007, 06:20 PM   #842
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Looks like Front de Seine in Paris.
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Old April 27th, 2007, 06:57 PM   #843
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I have the same impression

But you haven't a better rendering because the proposed tower look a bit old in this ?
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Old May 5th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #844
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The City of London - May 2007


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Old May 6th, 2007, 07:25 AM   #845
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Beautiful photo.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 04:54 PM   #846
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It is reported that Halabi is considering the demolition or refurbishment of the Aviva Tower.



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Old May 11th, 2007, 09:02 PM   #847
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I worried this would turn into a fully fledged trend. Developers realise that there existing mid-rises/hi-rises if redeveloped would be more likely to be approved as they already have an impact on the skyline.

I want developers to start building on other new sites, rather than simply destroying what was before. I know these buildings aren't necessarily masterpieces, but they still represent a stage in architectural history and all add to the fabric of urban London.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 09:12 PM   #848
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I worried this would turn into a fully fledged trend. Developers realise that there existing mid-rises/hi-rises if redeveloped would be more likely to be approved as they already have an impact on the skyline.

I want developers to start building on other new sites, rather than simply destroying what was before. I know these buildings aren't necessarily masterpieces, but they still represent a stage in architectural history and all add to the fabric of urban London.
Hear hear

The Stock Exchange Tower was a bit of an eyesore, but to also lose the simple but effective Aviva / St Helens after already losing Draper's Gardens would be a travesty. Even 20 Fenchurch Street is of its era and has its merits... I'd like to see a lot of the lower-rise 1960's crap demolished and redeveloped and the actual remaining towers left well alone.
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Old May 11th, 2007, 10:12 PM   #849
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I actually quite like 20FC, as it is. It doesn't need to be replaced by an overbearing monolit, that arouses the attention of UNESCO. 20FC was the project EH were waiting for to pounce and destroy serious and good developments.

I agree SET was awful and needed to go, equally, if they demolish 2/3 of te Barbican towers, I would be happy. But all the developers are doing is replacing the existing skyline, rather than looking for new opportunities.

Anyway, I hope the rises in interest rates will start to cool off some of the more speculative projects.
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Old May 13th, 2007, 02:55 PM   #850
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The story in full, from London Lad:

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Demolition and refurbishment among options at tower cluster site

By Dan Thomas

property entrepreneur Simon Halabi is working up plans to redevelop the famous Aviva Tower in the City of London with a huge skyscraper.

City planning sources have told Property Week that architect Hamiltons has been appointed to come up with designs for the 23-storey building.

DP9 and BH2 are advising Halabi on planning and strategy.

It is thought that Halabi’s Buckingham Securities has several options for the 316,000 sq ft tower, including demolition and developing a new tower on the site.

The building occupies a large site in an area that City planners have earmarked as home to a cluster of towers. It is thought that the Hamiltons-designed scheme is much taller than the existing tower.

The site at 1 Undershaft faces the Lloyds building and is next to Swiss Re’s headquarters, 30 St Mary Axe.

Halabi could also refurbish the building. The Aviva Tower was designed by the architectural firm GMW and completed in 1969, but was reglazed and reclad in the 1990s following damage from the Bishopsgate bombings by the IRA.

The buildings open on to a large piazza. While City planners are unlikely to want this open space to be lost, it is understood that they would be happy for enhancements to be made in the area, which could be home to leisure and retail.
The building formed part of Halabi’s Protractor portfolio, which went on the market for nearly £2bn last year. He also considered putting the portfolio into a REIT.

The entrepreneur could encounter objections from conservationists such as English Heritage, which has already been asked by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to identify 1960s and 1970s buildings in the City that are worthy of preservation. Few office buildings of the post-war period have been listed, however, and English Heritage has not singled out the Aviva Tower for particular praise for its architecture in the past.

Syrian investor Halabi bought the tower in 2003 for £260m from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, advised by Aberdeen Property Investors and Morley Fund Management.


How a taller tower would look, by Eastender, using the current tower as an example.

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Keep in mind it would not look the same lol
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:46 AM   #851
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doesn't look like a good idea to me, too close to Swiss Re. Why do they have to demolish everything in that area? What are they gonna do in 50 years? Replace all of the towers being built today?
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Old May 14th, 2007, 04:16 AM   #852
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Although I like the current building - I'd be in favour of something taller. That artists impression looks very monolithic and a bit like the Citic Tower in Guangzhou. (excuse this old pic - GZ skyline is much more impressive now).
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Old May 14th, 2007, 01:27 PM   #853
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am compiling an up to date list of all the highrise buildings in London. I will mark estimated heights with an 'e' and class demolition and enabeling as 'Work on site'

South Quay Square Phase 2 - Proposed - 100m
Vauxhall Cross Island Tower 2 - Proposed - 100m
Creekside Industrial Building B - Proposed - 100m

Chelsea Harbour - Pre Planning - 100m
Exchange Tower - Renovation - 100m
Royal London Hospital Tower 2 - Proposed - 101m
Eagle House - Approved - 104m
99 Bishopsgate - Complete - 104m
Ontario Tower - Complete - 104m
33 Canada Square - Complete -105m

Walbrook Square - Proposed - 107m
The Upstream Building - Complete - 107m
1 West India Quay - Complete - 111m

100 Middlesex Street - Proposed - 112m to spire
Arrowhead Quay - Work on site - 113m
City Road Basin A - Approved - 115m
Convoys Wharf Tower 1 - Approved - 116m

Centre Point - Complete - 117m
Empress State Building - Complete - 117m
St Helens AVIVA - Complete - 118m
Millbank Tower - Complete - 119m

North Quay Tower 2 - Approved - 120m
Pan Peninsula West - Under Construction - 122m
Lotts Road Tower 1 - Approved - 122m
Cromwell Tower - Complete - 124m
Lauderdale Tower - Complete - 124m
Shakespear Tower - Complete - 124m
Euston Tower - Complete - 124m
The Willis Building - Complete - 125m
City Point - Complete - 127m

Kings Reach Redevelopment - Proposed - 128m
100 City Road - Proposed - 131m

Baltimore Wharf Tower - Under Construction - 131m
150 Stratford High Street - Proposed - 133m
London Park Hotel - Pre Planning - 134m
Wellesley Square - Proposed - 134m
New Providance Wharf C - Proposed - 136m

22 Marshwall Tower 2 - Under Construction - 140m
20 Blackfriars Road Residential - Proposed - 140m
151 City Road - Proposed - 140m

Wood Wharf 1 - Pre Planning- 140m
Wood Wharf 2 - Pre Planning - 140m

Milton Court - Proposed - 140m
Guys Hospital - Complete - 143m
Multiplex Living Tower - Work on site - 147m
Pan Peninsula East - Under Construction - 147m

Merchant Square - Proposed -150m
10 Upper Bank Street - Complete - 151m
25 Bank Street - Complete - 153m
40 Bank Street - Complete - 153m

Heron Quays West Tower 2 - Pre Planning - 155m
Croydon Gateway - Approved - 155m
Churchill Place - Complete - 156m
20 Fenchurch Street - Approved - 160m
Broadgate Tower - Under Construction - 165m
100 Bishopsgate - Approved - 165m
Doon Street - Proposed - 168m
Vauxhall Cross Island Tower 1 - Proposed - 170m
Beetham London - 175m - Proposed

Swiss Re - Complete - 180m
Vauxhall Bondway Tower - Pre Planning - 180m
Northgate - Pre Planning - 181m

St Georges Wharf - Approved - 181m
Tower 42 - Complete - 183m
Riverside South Tower 2 - Work on site - 189m
Citigroup HQ - Complete - 200m
HSBC HQ - Complete - 200m

Bishopsgate Goodsyard - Pre Planning - 200m e
AVIVA Tower redevelopment - Pre Planning - 200m e

North Quay Tower 3 - Approved - 209m
Heron Quays West Tower 1 - Pre Planning - 214m
North Quay Tower 1 - Approved - 221m
122 Leadenhall - Work on site - 225m
Glengall Bridge - Proposed - 230m
One Canada Square - Complete - 235m
Riverside South Tower 1 - Work on site - 236m
Heron Tower - Approved - 242m to spire
Bishopsgate Tower - Work on site - 288m
Shard/London Bridge - Work on Site - 310m


So the number of highrises will go from 25 to a possible 78 ( I added St Helens twice in the list, as it is not clear wether it will be redeveloped but plans are being drawn up for it)
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:15 PM   #854
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Thanks for the info, Newcastle Guy, but I'm curious with the difference of the color, what it marks?
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:43 PM   #855
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Black = Built

Green
= Being built

Blue
= Probably going to be built

Red = Proposed

Orange = Being planned.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:52 PM   #856
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Bishopsgate Goods Yard won't be 200m.

Glengall Bridge is more like a vision than a proposal.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 07:14 PM   #857
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It appeared very tall n the model, but keep in mind that was just an estimate, we don't know anything about the height other than the massing model we saw. And regarding Glengall, it may (sadly) not come to fruition, but IT IS going through the planning system at the moment. So in that sense it is proposed
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Old May 15th, 2007, 03:33 AM   #858
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Old May 16th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #859
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From Jef:

20 Fenchurch, providing it wins it's enquiry, will not be built until after 2012, and another city highrise is to be put on hold after site clearance, but he won't tell us which one sadly.
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Old May 17th, 2007, 01:04 AM   #860
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The newly-completed Ontario Tower, the latest residential tower for Canary Wharf.

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