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Old January 17th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #9181
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Seen on the news today (I think it was Reuters news) that as predicted London smashed all tourists predictions for this summer and attracted 20% more tourists in 2013 than in 2012. I believe it became number 1 tourist destination again in 2013 after marginally loosing it to Bangkok in 2012. Cannot find that link again...
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Old January 17th, 2014, 01:49 PM   #9182
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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...d-9063988.html
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Old January 17th, 2014, 02:05 PM   #9183
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Thanks. I knew it's going to happen as I've visited London few times during the summer and it was packed as I've never seen before. As I said ealier a lot of people, who wanted to visit London in 2012 delayed their trips due to Olympic but came in 2013 instead.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 04:07 PM   #9184
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Canary Wharf is going to be VERY impressive...

Also, was that news article from today?
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Old January 17th, 2014, 08:01 PM   #9185
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Not really. The Washington metro area has a much bigger population than Birmingham's. And Washington is the capital and political seat of power for the richest and most powerful nation on earth.

Anyway, neither of them are London so this is probably not the thread to be getting too deeply into this discussion!
The argument still remains when it comes to real estate however. Investment is staggering in Washington simply down to its political power. But to be discussed elsewhere definitely.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 08:03 PM   #9186
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London's fun and as a brand pretty unbeatable. No suprise really and even more impressive for an island capital.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 08:43 PM   #9187
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Canary Wharf is going to be VERY impressive...

Also, was that news article from today?
Yesterday, I think.
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Old January 17th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #9188
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London is a very modern city
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Old January 17th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #9189
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Canary Wharf is going to be VERY impressive...

Also, was that news article from today?
Yes it is, and I look forwards to it!
And as already mentioned, the article was from yesterday (16th January 2014).
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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #9190
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One Bank Street | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692912

Planning application: http://planreg.towerhamlets.gov.uk/W...er=PA/13/03159



An outline planning application has been submitted by South Quay Properties to develop One Bank Street (Heron Quays West 2):


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  • Height: 186m
  • Floorspace: 129,857m²
  • Construction: June 2014 to 2018

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Old January 18th, 2014, 02:53 PM   #9191
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20 Fenchurch Street | City of London EC3

London thread:http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=321409

Official website: http://www.20fenchurchstreet.co.uk/



Construction update taken this week by forumer chest:





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Old January 18th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #9192
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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse | South Bank SE1

London forum thread:http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692709

Official website: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692709



The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse has opened this week. The theatre is modelled on 17th century design, including the use of candlelight:

London's new theatre playhouse opens its doors
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Old January 18th, 2014, 10:23 PM   #9193
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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

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



Project facts
  • Cost: £15 billion ($24bn)
  • Stations: 32
  • Route length: 118km


Europe's largest construction project, Crossrail, has reached the halfway stage this week:



The Prime Minister and the Mayor of London viewing construction on 16th January:

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Old January 18th, 2014, 11:00 PM   #9194
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Can't wait for this to be ready and running.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 01:08 AM   #9195
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What progress has been made on Thameslink?
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Old January 19th, 2014, 01:31 AM   #9196
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What progress has been made on Thameslink?
Farringdon remodelling and platform lengthening for 12 car operation, 12 car operation (through the use of 377/5s and 377/2s (from May)), Blackfriars upgrade/rebuild, beginning of London bridge remodelling, first full 700 assembled at Siemens in Germany, mock up 700 due to be displayed on the 29/01 in London, first 319/3 will leave Thameslink in May too! That's to mention a few
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Old January 19th, 2014, 12:09 PM   #9197
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Farringdon remodelling and platform lengthening for 12 car operation, 12 car operation (through the use of 377/5s and 377/2s (from May)), Blackfriars upgrade/rebuild, beginning of London bridge remodelling, first full 700 assembled at Siemens in Germany, mock up 700 due to be displayed on the 29/01 in London, first 319/3 will leave Thameslink in May too! That's to mention a few
Thanks. Some serious stuff going on regarding London's infrastructure. It's what will keep the city growing.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 02:44 PM   #9198
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I've been to London recently and I am amazed by the city. However, coming from Italy, I am always puzzled by London and the City: why do you guys keep on building right in the city center and don't buy outside of it? Almost all Italian cities, except maybe Milan, didn't build new skyscrapers in the historical center, while London is full of it and there are lots of new ones coming. Sadly I see many historical and "typical" buildings with pubs and so on being "rounded" by beautiful skyscrapers that would better be in Canary Wharf, without impacting more the city center.

What do you think about it?
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Old January 19th, 2014, 03:40 PM   #9199
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I've been to London recently and I am amazed by the city. However, coming from Italy, I am always puzzled by London and the City: why do you guys keep on building right in the city center and don't buy outside of it? Almost all Italian cities, except maybe Milan, didn't build new skyscrapers in the historical center, while London is full of it and there are lots of new ones coming. Sadly I see many historical and "typical" buildings with pubs and so on being "rounded" by beautiful skyscrapers that would better be in Canary Wharf, without impacting more the city center. What do you think about it?
The cities historical districts have wide international reputation as cultural or financial centres and makes it more likely for projects to be internationally backed and go ahead. In addition it makes sense to build when there is already the infrastructure to support development rather than having to invest in new areas. However most development over the next 20 years will be in canary wharf
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Old January 19th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #9200
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I've been to London recently and I am amazed by the city. However, coming from Italy, I am always puzzled by London and the City: why do you guys keep on building right in the city center and don't buy outside of it? Almost all Italian cities, except maybe Milan, didn't build new skyscrapers in the historical center, while London is full of it and there are lots of new ones coming. Sadly I see many historical and "typical" buildings with pubs and so on being "rounded" by beautiful skyscrapers that would better be in Canary Wharf, without impacting more the city center.

What do you think about it?
London has always been a city in permanent change. This trend isn't a novelty. It doesn't follow the classic continental mindset where everything that is old has to be kept.
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