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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:17 PM   #8661
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The Leadenhall Building | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=415718

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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:23 PM   #8662
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20 Fenchurch Street | City of London EC3

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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:27 PM   #8663
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66 Chiltern Street | Marylebone W1

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66 Chiltern Street was approved by the City of Westminster:





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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:44 PM   #8664
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Great updates.easier than liking all your posts.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:45 PM   #8665
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SE9, cheers for the updates. If I remember rightly, this might be the third revamping/reworking of the Chiltern Street building.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 09:53 PM   #8666
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No problem guys.

The original plan was to redevelop 66 Chiltern Street for the second time, the first instance being in the 1980s. The amended plan which was approved now involves the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new one.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 10:46 PM   #8667
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Imperial West | White City W12

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1490127

Official website: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/imperialwest



Imperial College London have this month released a promotional video for their £1 billion ($1.6bn) new campus, Imperial West:

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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:40 AM   #8668
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No problem guys.

The original plan was to redevelop 66 Chiltern Street for the second time, the first instance being in the 1980s. The amended plan which was approved now involves the demolition of the existing building and the construction of a new one.
Thanks for the info - now I think about it - perhaps we discussed this a while back.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:57 AM   #8669
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Old November 21st, 2013, 11:12 AM   #8670
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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!
I'm not sure I would agree with most of that.

The first article highlights London is home to 6 of the top 8 special effects companies in the world.

"The special effects square mile of Soho has six of the eight most successful visual effects companies in the world".

Film London has offered huge cash incentives and tax benefits to attract more investment and it's working.

It doesn't have the vast majority of film stars? One I think that's irrelevant as people travel. Also Britain has a giant pool of actors and actresses where as the best of the rest visit London and film in London on a constant basis.

Yes it doesn't have the weather but you don't film entire films in the sun - even if it is a sun based film you have studio's. That's also irrelevant in most part.

Films like London Fields released in 2014 indicate how money is being thrown at the "London" brand to sell movies and make money.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24675154
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013...or-london-film

But - off topic so we'll leave it.

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Old November 21st, 2013, 11:22 AM   #8671
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Old November 21st, 2013, 11:52 AM   #8672
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I'm not sure I would agree with most of that.

The first article highlights London is home to 6 of the top 8 special effects companies in the world.

"The special effects square mile of Soho has six of the eight most successful visual effects companies in the world".

Film London has offered huge cash incentives and tax benefits to attract more investment and it's working.

It doesn't have the vast majority of film stars? One I think that's irrelevant as people travel. Also Britain has a giant pool of actors and actresses where as the best of the rest visit London and film in London on a constant basis.

Yes it doesn't have the weather but you don't film entire films in the sun - even if it is a sun based film you have studio's. That's also irrelevant in most part.

Films like London Fields released in 2014 indicate how money is being thrown at the "London" brand to sell movies and make money.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24675154
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013...or-london-film

But - off topic so we'll leave it.
Yes. Off topic.

But suffice to say that, as someone who has worked for 25 years in the film industry in both London and LA, there is no chance that London will be overtaking Hollywood as the world's mecca of film production anytime soon. Certainly not in my lifetime.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 12:07 PM   #8673
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It's not necessarily true about London 'not having a film star & acting base', it's actually something that is in quite an abundance. You're quite right about London not being anything like L.A. in terms of being a mecca of cinema, however it probably is second to L.A. and growing. Hollywood stars like working outside of Hollywood because it gives them a fresh perspective on working in a different place, it can be a much needed breathing space, my friend has worked at Pinewood and Warner Bros Leavesden. This is what I've heard from him anyway. London wants to grow and it is often working in conjunction with Hollywood Studios to develop infrastructure and studio space.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 01:39 PM   #8674
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Yes. Off topic.

But suffice to say that, as someone who has worked for 25 years in the film industry in both London and LA, there is no chance that London will be overtaking Hollywood as the world's mecca of film production anytime soon. Certainly not in my lifetime.
Nobody said "overtake" - "rival" was the word used.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 02:07 PM   #8675
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It's not necessarily true about London 'not having a film star & acting base', it's actually something that is in quite an abundance. You're quite right about London not being anything like L.A. in terms of being a mecca of cinema, however it probably is second to L.A. and growing. Hollywood stars like working outside of Hollywood because it gives them a fresh perspective on working in a different place, it can be a much needed breathing space, my friend has worked at Pinewood and Warner Bros Leavesden. This is what I've heard from him anyway. London wants to grow and it is often working in conjunction with Hollywood Studios to develop infrastructure and studio space.
I didn't say that London doesn't have a base. Clearly it does.

But it has nothing like the numbers of A, B or even C and D listers that LA has.

As to working in conjunction with Hollywood studios, that's something that has been happening since the 70's, when the pound was weak, the dollar strong, working in Britain was therefore comparatively cheap and Lucas and Spielberg brought the likes of Star Wars and Indiana Jones to these shores.

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Nobody said "overtake" - "rival" was the word used.
It won't rival LA either.

Not in terms of scale. There is a vast difference between the number of people working in film in LA and London and a vast difference between the amount of film production ongoing at any one time.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:28 PM   #8676
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It won't rival LA either.

Not in terms of scale. There is a vast difference between the number of people working in film in LA and London and a vast difference between the amount of film production ongoing at any one time.
I disagree. London, Hertfordshire, the entire South West of England has a massive film industry already and is growing by the year.

Less and less movies are being made in Hollywood and LA area by the year. It has the name but it is not keeping the money and productions that it once held.

London is arguably 2nd to LA/Hollywood now which makes it a rival. A rival who compete for work as a location, sets, where offices and pre/post production companies in both cities compete for work.

In 2012 California only has 5,900 production days compared to London's 11,000. In 1996 California had 14,000 production days. London barely 2,000.

Can you see the growth and change in those figures??

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Why Hollywood’s Biggest Films Are Leaving L.A. for London

From "Guardians of the Galaxy" to the next "Star Wars" film, the hottest blockbusters are being lured abroad by London's lucrative tax credit

Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Vin Diesel and J.J. Abrams call Los Angeles home, but for the world premieres of their latest films like "Iron Man 3" and "World War Z," they all decamped for the new hub of Hollywood’s biggest productions — London.

It is a testament to how the U.K. city is attracting filmmakers in droves because of lucrative tax incentives that make one of the most expensive cities in the world cheaper to shoot films in than Los Angeles.

More than 1,000 films have used the country's film tax credit in the five years since they were established, with the U.K. doling out an estimated £800 million (about $1.2 billion) in rebates.
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"It's completely stacked the business in favor of London, even if I say I can do a movie for cheaper and do the work in Canada," one visual-effects executive, who declined to be identified because it could jeopardize relationships with studios, told TheWrap.

In addition, while Los Angeles previously maintained its hold on productions because of its base of actors and post-production facilities, all that is changing.

Though London is more expensive to live in and also charges a higher income tax, most actors are willing to take a small hit to work on these productions.

More important, though, is that many special effects houses and post-production facilities have moved to London as part of a mass migration outside of California in pursuit of post-production incentives.

Some of those who have remained behind, like the Oscar-winning Rhythm & Hues Studios, have been forced into bankruptcy.

Also read: After Rhythm & Hues, Visual-Effects Community Asks: What Now?

"Over the last decade, London has emerged as a center of excellence," said Will Cohen, the CEO of Milk, a new 100-person visual-effects studio that launched in London this week. "We have experienced crews, great facilities, and because of our history of stage work, there's a wealth of acting talent. That means studios don't have to transport and house talent."

For generations, Los Angeles and moviemaking have been deeply entwined, but as the business becomes more globalized and as tax incentives grow more generous, Hollywood's position as the center of the industry has been threatened. Decisions on what movies get produced and what stars get cast may still be made in the board rooms that overlook the studio lots, but more often than not, shooting will take place an ocean and several time zones away.

"You don’t make movies in L.A.," Marty Bowen, producer of "Dear John," said. "No one is shooting movies there unless they're micro-budget things."
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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:40 PM   #8677
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Hounslow Town Centre | Hounslow TW3

Official website: http://www.hounslow.gov.uk/index/cou...plan_may13.htm


Barratt Developments has been chosen as the developer for the Hounslow Town Centre project. Hounslow is a district in west London, situated 17km from the centre of the city:

- Construction Enquirer: Barratt named for £100m Hounslow town centre revamp

- Get West London: Cinema, shops and 400 homes planned for Hounslow town centre



Project facts
  • Cost: £100 million ($160m)
  • Homes: 400
  • Retail/restaurant space: 10,000m²


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Old November 21st, 2013, 03:52 PM   #8678
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Night Tube | London Underground

Official website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/proj...mes/28868.aspx


From Autumn 2015, the Northern, Jubilee, Central, Victoria and Piccadilly lines will run 24 hour on weekends:

- Evening Standard: Tube to run 24 hours a day at weekends from autumn 2015, London Underground announces

- LBC: Tube To Run 24-Hours At Weekends



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I disagree. London, Hertfordshire, the entire South West of England has a massive film industry already and is growing by the year.

Less and less movies are being made in Hollywood and LA area by the year. It has the name but it is not keeping the money and productions that it once held.

London is arguably 2nd to LA/Hollywood now which makes it a rival. A rival who compete for work as a location, sets, where offices and pre/post production companies in both cities compete for work.

In 2012 California only has 5,900 production days compared to London's 11,000. In 1996 California had 14,000 production days. London barely 2,000.

Can you see the growth and change in those figures??
The film industry isn't restricted to movies. In fact, movie making accounts for only a small proportion of all film production. Not to mention that it would take exceptional naivety to believe that LA won't fight back if it feels its hegemony threatened. Not to mention, too, that more weight ought to be given to where the centre of power and finance within the movie industry really lies. And that is indubitably LA.

Believe me, as someone who has lived in both London and LA, working in the film industry for 25 years, there is no comparison.

I don't want to continue to take this thread off topic so I've said all I'm going to say on the matter.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 06:39 PM   #8680
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First look at Earls Court's £8bn regeneration





The developers behind the £8 billion Earls Court regeneration plan today laid out their vision of a “best of London” classical landscape of crescents, squares and parks.

The detailed design of the first phase of the scheme - requiring the demolition of the famous exhibition centre - were revealed today for the first time ahead of submissions to Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham councils.

A new “lost river park” covering five acres will run through the middle of the site and follow the line of the submerged Counters Creek stream. Just over three acres of the park will be open to the public.

Landscaping will be carried out by top gardener Andy Sturgeon who was awarded “Best in Show” at the RHS Chelea Flower Show in 2010. He will oversee planting of 450 new trees and 20,000 new flowers and shrubs.

There will also be two crescents, garden squares and a new public space the size of Sloane Square.

Gary Yardley, development director at developers Capco said: “We are trying to create the quality of the best green spaces you find in London, it is a modern interpretation of the best parts of local areas in Kensington, Chelsea and Fulham.”

There will also be a new high street running east to west through the 77 acre site.

The details were revealed after Capco said it would contribute more than £450 million to a package of “Section 106” community facilities including a primary school, a leisure centre, health facilities and 750 affordable homes.

Capco has already started work on one part of the project called Lillie Square where more than 800 new homews on what was a car park will go on sale in the New Year. It is expected to started knocking down the art deco Earls Court concert and exhibition venue in 2015.

The scheme, which is expected to take at least 15 years to complete, has proved hugely controversial with residents on two council estates that will have to be demolished, with residents rehoused in new blocks.

Campaigner Jos Bell said: “These extra hanging baskets and trees are just a figleaf to make the whole scheme appear green. But the fact remains that it will destroy community infrastructure and is already destroying key elements of the local economy.”

Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter said: “Boris Johnson and the Conservative-controlled Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea Councils are destroying communities, skilled jobs and historic sites to please their developer friends and speed up the social cleansing of west London. An integrated community that includes people from every walk of life will be replaced with a soulless development.”

A legal challenge to the scheme brought by residents failed last month but more court attempts to block it are thought likely.

Cllr Andrew Johnson, H&F Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "All council tenants and resident home owners on the estates are being offered new homes in the redevelopment. Many people tell us that they are looking forward to this and the other neighbourhood improvements. Talk of 'social cleansing' is ludicrous."

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