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Old November 19th, 2013, 10:35 PM   #8641
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Old November 19th, 2013, 10:52 PM   #8642
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:00 AM   #8643
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The public inquiry regarding the expansion of Pinewood Studios has started today. The Mayor of London has thrown his weight behind the scheme
Just as a matter of interest, what has the Mayor of London got to do with it?

Pinewood isn't within his remit.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #8644
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London Lures Billionaires as Mansions Seen as Safe Haven

“We’ve had offers of around 25 million pounds, but they aren’t quite high enough,” says Noel de Keyzer, a veteran broker for Savills Plc, a London-based real estate agency.

We are standing in a surprisingly sunlit subterranean family room beneath the garden of 29 Brompton Square in Knightsbridge, on the market for 27.5 million pounds ($44.3 million). Damien Hirst butterfly prints hang on the earth-tone walls of the recently renovated, fully furnished 1820s house.

“I would say that eight out of 10 buyers will take a house like this lock, stock and barrel, including the contents, and do very little in terms of altering the design,” de Keyzer says. By “a house like this,” de Keyzer means super-prime -- the designation given to properties asking in excess of 10 million pounds, Bloomberg Pursuits magazine will report in its Holiday 2013 issue.

Despite the global financial crisis -- or, more accurately, because of it -- prices in the London neighborhoods of Belgravia, Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge and Mayfair have risen 23 percent from their previous peak in March 2008, according to real estate brokerage Knight Frank LLP.

Since 2009, more super-prime properties have traded hands in London than in any other city, including Hong Kong, New York and Singapore; last year, the city accounted for about a third of the approximately 300 super-prime sales globally, according to research from Savills.

Super-Prime Market

Fear as much as greed drives the super-prime market. Although a third of London’s super-prime buyers are British, safety-seeking internationals predominate. Oil sheiks want an Arab Spring insurance policy. Wealthy French have fled President Francois Hollande’s new tax regime.

Ultra-high-net-worth individuals from the periphery of the euro zone -- Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal -- have sought to shift assets out of the besieged currency and into pounds. For Russians, de Keyzer says, “the Putin factor” -- the fear of a sudden shift in political winds -- cannot be underestimated. Russians and citizens of former Soviet republics indisputably drive the market among international buyers, says Tim Wright, a Knight Frank partner specializing in super-prime housing.

That’s the push. Here’s the pull: For any emerging-markets tycoon, a London house confers “I have arrived” status. And then there’s the prestige of a British education.

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Old November 20th, 2013, 04:34 AM   #8645
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Really hope that this goes through. Pinewood has created some true cinematographic gems over the years.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #8646
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The new LSE building is classic Rogers - said it before ... London is lucky to have him.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 10:57 AM   #8647
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Really hope that this goes through. Pinewood has created some true cinematographic gems over the years.
To be fair, Pinewood hasn't created any films. It isn't a production company!

But some great and / or famous films have been made there.

Not least, the Bond films.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 11:28 AM   #8648
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I work in post production as an editor, in fact, just down the road from Pinewood. And i can tell you that Pinewood does indeed have a great deal of post facilities, not just pre production. So his comment does hold some weight.

In fact, London as a whole is the global centre for post production in movies. The majority of Hollywood films are in fact 'created' (put together, edited, colour treated, SFX, sound mixed)... in London.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 11:59 AM   #8649
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It would be complete madness not to allow Pinewood's expansion, considering they've got the new Avengers movie and Star Wars VII coming up.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:42 PM   #8650
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Why was it rejected in the first place?
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Old November 20th, 2013, 12:56 PM   #8651
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Why was it rejected in the first place?
South Bucks council and baying NIMBYs considered it an unacceptable encroachment onto greenbelt land.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #8652
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I hope this gets approval.

I really see London rivalling Hollywood over the next decade with this expansion, the new paramount theme park and huge investment in the digital and creative sectors across the city.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 03:14 PM   #8653
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I work in post production as an editor, in fact, just down the road from Pinewood. And i can tell you that Pinewood does indeed have a great deal of post facilities, not just pre production. So his comment does hold some weight.

In fact, London as a whole is the global centre for post production in movies. The majority of Hollywood films are in fact 'created' (put together, edited, colour treated, SFX, sound mixed)... in London.
This is very interesting, actually. We don't tend to see them as the actual people who make the films, but just The Studios who "bankroll" it. A lot of the financing is coming from China these days, the actual crews who film the movies often do so abroad, and they've been sending out production work for decades. In the end, viewers win as they get the best product (in terms of where the best/cheapest talent is)...screenplays are another thing altogether, however.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 04:23 PM   #8654
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It is very interesting.

People don't realise this about films. They just assume that every Hollywood film is made in the US. Not the case.. roughly 95% of Hollywood films are actually post produced in London at some level, wether its sound mixing, editing, visual effects, foley, grading etc...

London has an unrivalled collection of post production companies and professional working base.

Here is one of the larger ones based in Soho - Double Negative.

One of their many showreels


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Old November 20th, 2013, 04:44 PM   #8655
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I found out about London's post-production industry when I was working in the courier industry. Throughout the day and even late into the night, these firms are sending out and receiving hundreds of drives and reels all over the place. Couriers on motorbikes and bicycles flying in and out of soho picking up and delivering stuff, sometimes as far as pinewood, and sometimes just a 5 minute walk away from somewhere around Oxford Circus to 20th Century Fox in Soho Square! I got a real sense that the industry was absolutely buzzing, very alive and well with the sheer amount of work going in and out every day. Also interesting how a lot of the big companies are all located so close to each other as well.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 05:21 PM   #8656
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I work in post production as an editor, in fact, just down the road from Pinewood. And i can tell you that Pinewood does indeed have a great deal of post facilities, not just pre production. So his comment does hold some weight.

In fact, London as a whole is the global centre for post production in movies. The majority of Hollywood films are in fact 'created' (put together, edited, colour treated, SFX, sound mixed)... in London.
I also work in the film industry.

And you're right that Pinewood does have post production facilities.

But, to be pedantic, it's still wrong to say that Pinewood "created" any movie. It is merely a facility which creators can use.
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I hope this gets approval.

I really see London rivalling Hollywood over the next decade with this expansion, the new paramount theme park and huge investment in the digital and creative sectors across the city.
Will never happen.

We have very skilled artists and technicians.

We even have good facilities (though on nothing like the same scale as LA).

But London doesn't have film money.

It doesn't have the vast majority of film stars.

And it doesn't have the weather.

EDIT: that's probably enough off topic chat from me!
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Old November 20th, 2013, 05:44 PM   #8658
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Cyclists and pedestrians would share the first new Thames footbridge built in a decade





A bridge over the Thames which would be shared by pedestrians and cyclists is set to be given planning permission today.

The white steel Diamond Jubilee Footbridge with its arched gull shape would link Battersea and Chelsea Harbour. It has been given the go-ahead by Wandsworth council. Hammersmith & Fulham councillors are due to approve the plans for the north side. The Greater London Authority must give final consent, but if it goes through and funding is secured, construction could begin next winter.

The bridge, by architect Chris Medland of local firm One-World Design, would be built “at no cost to the taxpayer,” according to the design statement. Instead the £22 million cost would be met by corporate sponsorship paying for “naming rights”.

To get the project off the ground, initial funding has been raised by a consortium of Palace Investments and Hotel Rafayel, who are working with Mr Medland’s practice. The last footbridges built in London were the Golden Jubilee Bridges in 2002 — either side of Hungerford Bridge linking Charing Cross and Southbank — and the Millennium Bridge in 2000, between St Paul’s and Tate Modern.

An even more ambitious £150 million “garden bridge” by Thomas Heatherwick is planned up-river at Temple and is under public consultation. It is proposed that the Diamond Jubilee Footbridge would run alongside the existing Battersea Railway Bridge. The new structure, made of steel on top of concrete pillars, would be painted white to “convey a sense of elegance and lightness”.

The bridge would be illuminated at night with extra safety features, including lighting tracking people’s movement using sensors.

Mr Medland said he hoped the bridge would give commuters good access to Imperial Wharf station in Fulham and ease pressure on Clapham Junction station.

There will be no segregated cycle lanes. The design brief states: “As with the Thames Path, cyclists and pedestrians share the same surface, encouraging cyclist to slow down. Mutual consideration and awareness of each other is emphasised over segregation.”

Mr Medland envisages a similar corporate deal to those struck for bicycle hire and the Thames cablecar, possibly with branded decking.

It is predicted that the bridge would be used by “at least one million” people a year.

Mr Medland said: “It will join together two riverside areas that are burgeoning with bars, restaurants and hotels, so people can come up here to visit this area rather than it just be somewhere to live.”

Nicholas Botterill, leader of Hammersmith & Fulham council, said: “A new bridge has the potential to give the south of our borough a real boost by improving the local economy, bringing jobs to the area and making transport links better and faster.”

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A crane has been installed on site. Photos taken today by forumer chest:



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Old November 20th, 2013, 06:11 PM   #8660
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Marble Arch Tower redevelopment | Marylebone W1

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


Plans have been announced to demolish Marble Arch Tower and construct a £520 million development in its place:

- Evening Standard: Ageing Marble Arch Tower to be replaced with flats worth up to £18million

- Construction Enquirer: £520m London Marble Arch scheme unveiled



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