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Old December 17th, 2013, 02:53 PM   #8961
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Airports Commission | Interim Report

Official website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...rts-commission


This morning, the commission for airport expansion in the wider London region has made a shortlist of options to be taken forward. The interim report shortlists plans for Heathrow and Gatwick, as well as calling for more detailed proposals for the Thames Hub airport:

- BBC: Airports Commission reveals expansion shortlist

- Financial Times: Heathrow and Gatwick make short list for expansion



Heathrow Airport | 3rd and 4th Runways
  • 3rd runway, with option for a 4th
  • Current PAX: 70 million
  • Project PAX: 130 million





Gatwick Airport | 2nd Runway
  • 2nd runway
  • Current PAX: 34 million
  • Project PAX: 66 million





Thames Hub | Isle of Grain
  • New 4 runway airport
  • Project PAX: 150 million

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Old December 17th, 2013, 04:18 PM   #8962
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lol..new hub airport.

When will they learn that there are too many vested interests and too much money tied up in Heathrow for it to ever happen.

..of course, if the Chinese want to roll up and pay the £50 billion to build it, let them, competition will then decide which one wins.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 04:37 PM   #8963
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The Thames Hub will mean the closure of Heathrow and London City.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 04:40 PM   #8964
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The Thames Hub will mean the closure of Heathrow and London City.
Which is why it won't happen for the reasons I gave.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 05:56 PM   #8965
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Wouldn't rule out the Chinese paying for it, or at least investing heavily in it.....
and if London city does close will that mean Canary Wharf can build taller?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #8966
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Who gives a s**t is London City closes?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 06:10 PM   #8967
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Who gives a s**t is London City closes?
Plenty of people. It's a fantastic little airport with a 20 minute check in for some flights - that's with luggage. It's 15 minutes without. It's easy to get to by DLR and when you land, you're off the plane and out within 10 minutes. When I go to Europe I'll always try and fly via City if possible.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 07:00 PM   #8968
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I like it too for all the reasons you cite.

But the closure of London City will not seem such a bad thing if in return a hub on the Isle of Grain opens.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 07:13 PM   #8969
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Of course I know that. There are square, rectangular, and triangular lots, but I'm rather positive you won't find a circular lot anywhere in London.
Why does lot size have anything to do with building dimensions? Hope you're not an architect because with that mindset everything must be square or triangular or rectangular. Blah. People are organic and so are many things in the world which include things circular. Now it would be pretty cool to have a square tree.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #8970
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Wouldn't rule out the Chinese paying for it, or at least investing heavily in it.....
and if London city does close will that mean Canary Wharf can build taller?
Yes, potentially.

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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:10 PM   #8971
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How long would it be before we would have to expand heathrow for a 5th runway?
Long term surely thames estuary is the only way?
What would become of heathrow, sold off for housing?
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Old December 17th, 2013, 09:55 PM   #8972
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How long would it be before we would have to expand heathrow for a 5th runway?
Long term surely thames estuary is the only way?
What would become of heathrow, sold off for housing?

Answer to question 1: Probably wouldn't be a while if a fourth runway would were built.

Answer to question 2: Long term thinking is for wimps. This is Britain and the British don't do long term thinking.

Answer to question 3: Heathrow would become a very pleasant new area of West London, with houses, ponds and cats.
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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:04 AM   #8973
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Canary Wharf Station | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

Official website: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/canary-wharf/



Project facts
  • Cost: £500 million ($800m)
  • Architect: Norman Foster
  • Line: Crossrail (Abbey Wood branch)
  • Completion: 2018






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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:13 AM   #8974
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Tate Modern extension | Bankside SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=377117

Official website: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/project...modern-project



Project facts
  • Extension to the world's most visited gallery of modern art
  • Cost: £215 million ($350m)
  • Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Completion: 2016





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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:30 AM   #8975
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3-5 Great Scotland Yard | Whitehall SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1558667


Plans have been announced for the £100m conversion of Great Scotland Yard, the former headquarters of the Metropolitan Police, into a boutique hotel:

- Property Week: Galliard Group buys original Scotland Yard station for £100m five-star hotel

- International Meetings Review: Luxury Hotel to Open in Former Scotland

- Big Hospital: Great Scotland Yard to become £100m 'super-luxury' hotel



Project facts
  • Cost: £100 million ($160m)
  • Floorspace: 92,000 ft²
  • Rooms: 235
  • Completion: 2016


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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:47 AM   #8976
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One Tower Bridge | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=212552

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/prope...e-tower-bridge



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  • Developer: Berkeley Homes
  • Homes: 396
  • Completion: 2016






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Old December 18th, 2013, 02:13 AM   #8977
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Chinese investment in London real estate up over 1500% since 2010
Property Magazine International
16 December 2013


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Research released today by Jones Lang LaSalle shows that Chinese investment in London real estate has risen over 1500% since 2010, increasing from £54million to over £1billion at the end of quarter three 2013.

This increase means that Chinese investment in London real estate now accounts for more than 50% of the total figure for Chinese investment in Europe, which currently stands at £1.9billion in 2013 YTD.

The increase in investment has repositioned China as the third-largest non-domestic purchaser in the UK, behind Germany and the USA which invested £1.2billion and £1.1billion respectively.

Damian Corbett, Head of Central London Office Investment at Jones Lang LaSalle said: “The rapid rate of growth demonstrates both the desire for Chinese investors to increase exposure to property assets and the high quality of stock here in London.

“Chinese sovereign wealth, insurance companies and high net worth individuals have been keen to place capital into buoyant overseas markets, with London very high on the priority list. We expect the pool of investors from China targeting London to grow significantly in the coming years. They will consider everything from urban regeneration sites through to trophy assets.”

Offices, retail and industrial units, hotels and mixed developments prove to be the most attractive asset classes to Chinese buyers. Key deals from 2013 include the sale of Lloyds building to insurance company Ping An for £261million, the sale of an Oxford Street retail unit to a private investor for £45million and significant investment in development sites such as Royal Docks and One Nine Elms.

Jon Neale, Head of UK Research at Jones Lang LaSalle said: “It seems likely that the role of Chinese investors will grow substantially over the coming years. Not only is the population enormous, but the pace of economic development – while slower than over the past decade – will still be unparalleled in human history. Coupled with high rates of savings and personal investment among the burgeoning middle class, this suggests that the assets and appetite of Chinese funds will increase accordingly. Most importantly, though, China is a rapidly ageing country, which suggests the tendency to invest will only increase. Given the huge amount of capital that is likely to be seeking a home over the next few years, and concerns over the performance of equities and gilts in the developed world, property in cities such as London is an obvious case. Our transparent market, the strength of our legal system and the lack of barriers to overseas investment are further benefits.”
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Old December 18th, 2013, 11:43 AM   #8978
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11-19 Monument Street | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=474129

Official website: http://www.11-19monumentstreet.com/



Skanska Construction has got the green light to start construction of 11-19 Monument Street: Skanksa wins £33m London Monument office job


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  • Architect: Make
  • Office space: 7,896m²



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Old December 18th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #8979
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Not sure if this has been put in here before but it could be good news for office space take up...


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World Federation of Exchanges moving HQ to London from Paris

Oct 29 (Reuters) - The World Federation of Exchanges, the trade association for the operators of regulated financial exchanges, said on Tuesday it will move its headquarters to London from Paris by year-end to help it better engage with the global financial community.

The WFE includes members from 62 exchanges, and delegates of the organization approved the relocation to London at a meeting in Mexico City.

"London is a world class financial center," Andreas Preuss, Chairman of the WFE Board of Directors, told the group's members at the opening of the meeting.

He said the move would bring the WFE closer to many of its important customers and stake holders, including institutional investors and brokers.

London would also give the WFE better access to the major financial media, and many WFE members already have offices and/or operations in London, said Preuss, who is also deputy CEO of Deutsche Boerse AG.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...0IJ2II20131029
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Old December 18th, 2013, 01:25 PM   #8980
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Yes, posted on 30th October: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=8289
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