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Old December 20th, 2013, 01:53 PM   #9001
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Boris Johnson Wants Olympic Park To Test Tech For Smart London



The Mayor of London Boris Johnson hopes to turn the Olympic Park into a testing ground for new smart city initiatives as part of a new ‘Smart London plan’ that will attempt to use technology to solve future challenges created by the capital’s expected growth.



Businesses, residents and universities have been invited to give their thoughts on the plans, which have been formulated by a panel of “digital experts”, tasked with finding digital solutions that will help ease the anticipated strain on London’s resources as its population reaches an estimated ten million by 2030.

Smart London

“London is blessed with an extraordinary array of digital expertise,” boasts the Mayor. “We have more tech firms than any other European city and this plan is about using that talent to ensure that we are able to spur new jobs, encourage growth and respond to the amazing increase in population that is happening here.

“I want to harness the extraordinary creativity and technical prowess of our IT wizards to ensure we miss no opportunity to use intelligent technology to maintain London’s claim as the world’s number one city.”

The Smart London plans outlines plans to establish an innovation network that will bring together entrepreneurs and innovators with organisations that already deliver and finance London’s infrastructure and services, while an innovation challenge would be launched, calling for creative solutions to the anticipated challenges.

Education proposals include the increased uptake of computer science in schools and double the number of technology apprenticeships offered by businesses, while it also wants one of the fastestw wireless networks in the world and wants London boroughs to release more local data – a proposal supported by the Open Data Institute.

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The ultimate goal is for London to establish itself as a leading smart city and to sell its expertise through the world through an export programme. The Olympic Park would showcase many of these innovations, such as those in the fields of transport and energy services, and demonstrate how they can improve te life of residents.

“There can be no better place to seek to showcase the Smart London Plan than on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,” claims Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation. “It is home to the iCITY technology and creative cluster which will create thousands of jobs in the digital and creative industries and boost east London’s economy.”

iCITY revealed its final plans for its technology hub to TechWeekEurope in October and already houses BT Sport’s studios. It eventually hopes to offer office space to startups, alongside a data centre operated by Infinity SDC, as well as educational facilities operated by Loughborough University and Hackney Community College.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:13 PM   #9002
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Old December 20th, 2013, 03:48 PM   #9003
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Television Centre | White City W12

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1398684

Official website: http://www.television-centre.com/



The Television Centre project was approved last night by Hammersmith & Fulham council:

- Planning Resource: Green light for BBC TV centre plans

- Get West London: BBC Television Centre plans given approval



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  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.6bn)
  • Homes: 1025
  • Hotel, cinema, leisure club and retail
  • Developer: Stanhope

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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...19524&page=551

Official website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/29172.aspx



Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled a new cycling strategy for London, including the creation of segregated cycle routes across the city:

- Greater London Authority: Sixty miles of backstreet cycle routes in new “Central London Grid”

- BBC News: London cycle network map published



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Terminal 2 | London Heathrow Airport

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=403697

Official website: http://www.heathrowairport.com/about...new-terminal-2



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  • Airlines: Star Alliance members
  • Passengers: 30 million per year




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Old December 21st, 2013, 07:46 PM   #9007
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Old December 21st, 2013, 08:26 PM   #9008
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Old December 21st, 2013, 08:56 PM   #9009
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Postcode data show London housing boom

There is more mortgage debt in one corner of London than the whole of Wales, lending data compiled by the Council for Mortgage Lenders show.

The postcode-specific data, published on Tuesday, revealed homeowners of properties in southwest London owed £29.2bn on their mortgages, compared with £28.5bn for borrowers in Wales.

The figures were published as data from the Office for National Statistics showed house prices in London had risen 12 per cent over the 12 months to October, with the average house price at £437,000, compared with £257,000 across England.

Across the country, house prices increased 5.5 per cent.

The CML data, which cover all of the big high street banks and building societies and account for 73 per cent of the total mortgage market, show 44 per cent of all mortgage debt in Great Britain is held by buyers in London and the southeast. The areas account for 38.6 per cent of GDP in Great Britain.

Wales accounts for 3.5 per cent of GDP and 3.2 per cent of mortgage debt in Great Britain.

The British Bankers’ Association on Tuesday published a similar breakdown of lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises and personal loans by postcode.

Though London accounts for just over a fifth of lending, official data for turnover suggest just under 30 per cent of SME business activity occurs in the capital.
Anthony Browne, chief executive of the BBA, said: “Lenders are supplying vital funding to SMEs across the country – proportionately, they are lending more to businesses across Britain than to those in London and the southeast, though borrowing generally reflects the geographic distribution of businesses in the country.”

The data break down lending by 9,000 postcodes. The postcodes where personal loan rates are highest per capita are parts of the outskirts of Leeds, central Manchester and the outskirts of Preston. Three of the top five postcodes for personal loan levels are in the northwest.

The banks that participated in the compilation of both data sets are Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, Santander UK, RBS, and Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank.

The lenders account for 60 per cent of bank lending to SMEs and 60 per cent of unsecured personal loan markets.
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Old December 21st, 2013, 09:02 PM   #9010
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Tech City boom: Number of technology and digital firms in London doubles within three years

A report will tomorrow show London’s technology and digital sector is mushrooming with the number of firms having doubled in the last three years. The study reveals the sector now employs more than half a million people - accounting for almost a third of employment growth in the capital.

It is being released to coincide with the third anniversary Tech City UK in East London where Prime Minister David Cameron will give a speech tomorrow.

A string of announcements from the government and big tech firms is expected to boost investment in the sector.

The news was welcomed by Meg Hillier MP in whose constituency Tech City UK sits, but she also said ministers should do more to ensure East London’s tech hub improved its local community.

A Tech City UK spokesman said: “Three years since the Prime Minister launched what began as a local initiative.

“Tech City has now become the nucleus of a new era of tech and digital growth which has seen clusters emerge and thrive all across London.”

Firms opening in the tech hub have enjoyed tax breaks, industry advice and opportunities to form partnerships with other companies.

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Bouygues set for £65m London resi job

Joint developers Bouygues and Londonewcastle have sealed a land deal in North London paving the way for a £65m residential-led scheme. The South Kilburn 144-home project located next to Queen’s Park station will be built by Bouygues UK.

Following the 1.7-acre site purchase demolition of the existing buildings will get underway early 2014, with construction to start in March.

The development forms part of the £400m regeneration of South Kilburn, London, a project which aims to deliver 2,400 homes and turn the area into a new urban landmark, enhancing the vision set out by the London Borough of Brent.

Cllr George Crane Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects said: “This is another milestone in the creation of a new South Kilburn.

“With the support of our partners we are making this part of Brent a fantastic place to live and work. Brent Council and the residents of this area have a lot to look forward to in the New Year and plenty to celebrate.
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Old December 21st, 2013, 11:38 PM   #9012
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New Covent Garden Market | Nine Elms SW11

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=993667

Official website: http://www.vsm-ncgm.co.uk/



The Covent Garden Market Authority have unveiled plans for the New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms:


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  • Homes: 2,250
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Old December 21st, 2013, 11:47 PM   #9014
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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=109912768

Official website: http://www.galliardhomes.com/galliar...Capital-Towers



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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1020221

Official website: http://www.crick.ac.uk/



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  • Cost: £600 million ($930m)
  • Floorspace: 79,000m²
  • Largest centre for biomedical research and innovation in Europe
  • 1,250 scientists, with an annual budget of over £100 million




Construction of the roof is currently ongoing. Visible in this aerial taken today, and on the right-hand side of the photo below:

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Old December 22nd, 2013, 02:11 AM   #9016
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A time lapse of site-demolition has been uploaded this week:

Extremely satisfying to watch!
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 03:59 PM   #9017
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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=993667

Official website: http://www.vsm-ncgm.co.uk/



The Covent Garden Market Authority have unveiled plans for the New Covent Garden Market in Nine Elms:


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  • Homes: 2,250
  • Various towers, up to 170m in height


it looks like somewhere in new york.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 11:07 PM   #9018
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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/



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







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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1679244

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