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Old January 2nd, 2014, 04:50 AM   #9061
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Hey the new years eve party of London seemed cool but less trivial Christmas greetings .
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 12:22 AM   #9062
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Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved.

“SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city,” said Norman Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain’s National Byway Trust. ”By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”


“To improve the quality of life for all in London and to encourage a new generation of cyclists, we have to make it safe,” he added. ”However, the greatest barrier to segregating cars and cyclists is the physical constraint of London’s streets, where space is already at a premium.”

The 220-kilometer SkyCycle, which has already received backing from Network Rail and Transport for London, would provide a safer and cheaper alternative to constructing new roads. Nearby residents would access the suspended pathway via 200 entrance points, all connected to the street by ramps and hydraulic platforms.

“It’s about having an eye on the future,” says Sam Martin of Exterior Architecture. “If London keeps growing and spreading itself out, with people forced to commute increasingly longer distances, then in 20 years it’s just going to be a ghetto for people in suits. After rail fare increases this week, a greater percentage of people’s income is being taken up with transport. There has to be another way to allow everyone access to the centre, and stop this doughnut effect.”

Currently, the design team has focused their efforts on obtaining funding for a feasibility study and detailing a 6.5km trial route from Stratford to Liverpool Street Station, which is expected to cost £220 million.

If approved, SkyCycle could become reality within the next 20 years.
Source: http://www.archdaily.com/463363/norm...ycling-utopia/
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 12:31 AM   #9063
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That would be a really avant-garde project if realized. London often being at the forefront of urban innovation, I would not be surprised if it gets approved
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 12:59 AM   #9064
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Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved.
Firstly, I'm surprised we're going to support this entire structure on the OHLE considering parts of it date from the former 1950s 1500 DC system and the original 1960s WCML electrification! £220m to cycle from Stratford to London Liverpool Street taking what 20 minutes, surely it'd be better to provide better cycle storage facilities at stations and on trains than get people to cycle above the train. So were going to encourage people to cycle by getting them to pedal up steep slip roads to then up battle a strong crosswind. I'm all for improving cycling infrastructure but this is very pie in the sky. I hope to god it doesn't get approved, and I can expect I will get 'you live in manchester you're jealous of the London centric spending' I'm not it's just that this is a preposterous proposal
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 03:24 AM   #9065
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Does SSC hire people/ bots to like posts? Tower Verre youve just liked posts for and against the argument .
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 02:44 PM   #9066
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I asked what do you think about that and I got two answers. Everybody can have a different opinion and I accept that and if the opinion is good justified I like the post.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 04:17 PM   #9067
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It's a pretty radical idea to have a cycle lane at this height. I believe it would encourage more people to us the Boris bikes and if including sufficient views could become quite the tourist trap. Akin to a bike version of the high line almost? However Manchester77 is correct about the winds and some sort of wind guards would be needed.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:31 PM   #9068
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I would assume the sides would curve upwards to protect riders from the wind, kind of like a half-pipe.
This would encourage people to cycle rather than drive, which I guess would ease traffic...
However if I knew the roads were going to be clearer I would probably go back to driving again
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 05:50 PM   #9069
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I'm guessing that where it says 'plans' it should read concept
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:24 PM   #9070
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That could work but I don't think it would do the city a lot in terms of beauty.
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:01 PM   #9071
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Commercial property investment in London hits six-year high

Commercial real estate investment in London hit a six-year high of £19.9bn in 2013, according to figures due to be released on Thursday by Cushman & Wakefield, a property consultancy.

Investment increased 47 per cent over the previous year, although it is still below the pre-crisis peak of £20.54bn in 2007.

Overseas investors flocked to London’s central business districts in 2013, drawn by a weak pound and the UK’s status as a safe haven for capital.

Bill Tyser, head of City investment at Cushman & Wakefield, said, “we have to remember 2013 was faced with potential conflict in Korea, Thailand, conflict in Syria, continued fears over Europe’s economy, America’s debt problems and slowing growth among the Brics.”

Most investment came from overseas, especially toward the end of the year – non-UK buyers made up 72 per cent of fourth-quarter transactions in the City of London and Docklands area and 75 per cent in the West End market.

London’s most popular destination for investors were the City and Docklands, which covers Canary Wharf, and Southwark. Together they accounted for just under 60 per cent of total commercial property investment in the capital.

The market was dominated by a few big deals, including the two largest commercial deals the UK has ever seen. The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC acquired a 50 per cent stake in Broadgate, near Liverpool Street station, for £1.7bn and Kuwaiti sovereign fund St Martins purchased More London, by Tower Bridge, for the same amount. Without these two deals commercial real estate investment would have been lower than 2012.

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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:34 PM   #9072
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 10:38 PM   #9073
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Is that the one at Finsbury Park? If so, I pass it everyday...
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Old January 4th, 2014, 12:21 AM   #9074
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Yes, I think so.
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Old January 4th, 2014, 01:41 AM   #9075
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The Tower, One St George Wharf | Vauxhall SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=221585

Official website: http://www.thetower-onestgeorgewharf.co.uk/



The Tower, now practically complete. Photos taken this week by forumer chest:

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Old January 4th, 2014, 01:50 AM   #9076
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Aldgate Tower | Aldgate E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=327538

Official website: http://www.aldgatetower.net/



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Old January 4th, 2014, 01:57 AM   #9077
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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 January 4th, 2014, 02:29 AM   #9078
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Wood Wharf | Tower Hamlets E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=317626

Official website: http://www.woodwharf.com/



Project facts
  • Cost: £2 billion ($3.2bn)
  • Homes: 3,100
  • Retail space: 2.57 million ft²
  • Public space: 8.9 acres


The planning applications for the Wood Wharf project are now available on the Tower Hamlets planning portal: [1] [2]. The building heights (for those above 100m) are confirmed as:

- Building A1: 204m

- Building E4: 189m

- Building F1: 173m

- Building J3: 155m

- Building B1: 155m

- Building A3: 150m

- Building E2: 123m

- Building J1: 106m








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Old January 4th, 2014, 02:46 AM   #9079
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Stratford Plaza | Stratford E15

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=332673

Official website: http://www.telfordhomes.plc.uk/stratfordplaza/





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Old January 4th, 2014, 08:31 AM   #9080
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Love the circular tower at Wood Wharf!
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