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Old January 19th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #9201
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Sellar plans 27-storey London Bridge resi tower

The Sellar Group has launched new plans for the next phase of the London Bridge Quarter at a public consultation and exhibition. This latest phase after building the Shard and The Place building will comprise a 160,000 sq ft, 27 storey, residential block of 150 apartments.

James Sellar said: “This exciting project continues the regeneration of the area around London Bridge Station, building on the success of both The Shard and The Place as well as the significant improvements we have already made to the station concourse and bus station.

“We believe the proposed development will not only further enhance LBQ in its present form but will substantially elevate the public realm surrounding the transport hub and complement the redevelopment of the station which is due to complete in 2018.”

The development will also offer new public space and a new multi-level retail space.

Renzo Piano, who designed The Shard and The Place for Sellar, is architect for the plans, which are being developed in partnership with the State of Qatar. WSP is the engineer for the job.

It will be built on the site of Fielden House, a 1970s, 4 storey office building on London Bridge Street (pictured below beside the Shard).

The new tower will be located between The Shard and The Place, and 21-27 St Thomas Street below. A planning application will be submitted shortly, following feedback from the public at this week’s consultation.
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Old January 19th, 2014, 07:49 PM   #9202
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Sisk wins first phase of €144m London housing project



Building group Sisk has won the contract for the first phase of a €144 million housing construction project in Clapham in south London.

The UK capital’s oldest housing association, Peabody, announced that it has awarded the contract for the first phase of the redevelopment of an estate at St John’s Hill, Clapham Junction, London, to John Sisk & Son, part of the Irish construction group.

The St John’s Hill project will be completed over three phases between this year and 2020, and the project has a total value of £120 million (€144m). It will involve the construction of 528 new homes, 279 affordable properties and 249 for private sale, as well as some commercial space.

Sisk will begin work on the first stage in the spring, and is due to finish in the summer of 2016. Neither side has given a breakdown of the value of the contracts for each phase of the project.

Britain is increasingly important for Sisk, and was responsible for 48 per cent of its €824 million turnover in 2012, making it the Irish group’s single biggest market that year.

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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:35 AM   #9203
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Prime London property rises with world’s political turmoil

House prices in London’s most desirable neighbourhoods have risen in direct correlation with political turmoil overseas, according to new research into the “safe haven” status of property investments in the capital.

The influx of wealthy foreign property investors in London has fuelled a 10 per cent annual increase in house price growth, but new research into the “safe haven” effect by Oxford University’s Saïd Business School suggests the phenomenon operates independently within small zones of the city and across a range of income levels.

Tarun Ramadorai, professor of financial economics, and Cristian Badarinza, a research fellow, mapped areas of London associated with foreign countries using census data from the Office for National Statistics and compared them with house price transaction data from the Land Registry and Nationwide Building Society, as well as information on political and economic risk.

In local wards with a higher proportion of residents from a particular country (a difference of one standard deviation), house prices rose by nearly half a per cent in the months following an increase of one standard deviation in that country’s political risk.

Prof Ramadorai said: “The granular level at which we have analysed the data allows us to confirm that safe-haven demand effects from southern Europe, China, the Middle East, Russia, and South Asia are indeed important factors in explaining the dynamics of London house prices.”

The effect went beyond the market for prime central London property, he said, although it was most pronounced in that segment.

Wealthy Middle Eastern residents, for instance, favoured expensive properties in Little Venice in west London; but volatility at home also made an impact on the housing market in less fashionable areas popular with such groups, such as Edgware Road or Wood Green.

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Old January 20th, 2014, 01:50 AM   #9204
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And yet that chart shows a spike in 2009 (quite possibly in the wake of Obama's election as President) and a marked decline in Washington's relative popularity with real estate investors ever since.

Strange. Maybe it's just that even more growth is taking place in other cities.
Developers are pulling way back on new DC office space since austerity measures kicked in. Residential development still strong in DC.

On topic: Wowza at London!
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Old January 20th, 2014, 08:05 AM   #9205
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Old January 20th, 2014, 06:59 PM   #9206
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Network Rail is pressing ahead with plans to redevelop Peckham Rye station in south east London. Plans drawn up by Weston Williamson and Partners for the £25m project have gone out to public consultation.

The station gateway project will also include developing space around the station area for commercial use and creating a new square in front of the Grade 2 listed building, which has been hidden for many years.

Arcade buildings around the station will be demolished to make way for two new buildings sat above existing railway arches.

Network Rail’s director of planning and land services, Tom Higginson, said: “With improved services to Peckham Rye station now running, we’ve got the perfect opportunity to invest in the station area with Southwark Council.

“We, and our partners, will be listening to the people of Peckham in drawing up a plan to benefit the area and help boost existing and new business.”

Cllr Fiona Colley, Southwark Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Corporate Strategy, said: “This long-awaited redevelopment has the potential to dramatically improve people’s experience of visiting or doing business in Peckham town centre, and I hope lots of local people will take advantage of the opportunity to influence these exciting plans.”

Weston Williamson’s architect said: “We very much look forward to presenting and discussing the design with the community at the forthcoming consultation events and receiving feedback on the proposals for this significant project at the very heart of Peckham.”
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Old January 20th, 2014, 10:48 PM   #9207
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:42 PM   #9208
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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.
This is a myth that is repeated over and over again, often to justify problematic architectural changes in London. While I appreciate the architectural diversity of London, the city is by no means unique. There is no "continental mindset" to save everything old, though I do agree most European cities have more respect for their architectural heritage. Historically London hasn't changed or "constantly reinvented itself" on any greater scale than other European cities. If you truly believe all cities in Europe are "old" you clearly haven't seen that much.
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London historically has re-created itself more than others, that's not to say others haven't/ Its saying that London has done so more and on a larger scale. It's quite simple really Bricks.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 11:22 AM   #9210
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I think London and many other places in the UK respect their old buildings and architecture and much is spent on the restoration of them and to look after their maintenance. However London will be always looking for ways to make itself better and develop IMO.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 12:46 PM   #9211
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Old January 21st, 2014, 03:39 PM   #9212
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20 FS looks fantastic! Especially at those ground level pictures. Awesome news.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 04:25 PM   #9213
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Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=110701047

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



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  • Cost: $15 billion ($23bn)
  • Area: 195 hectares
  • Homes: 18,000


Nine Elms: London's Great Transformation
International Business Times
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It's been called by Mayor Boris Johnson, "the last and greatest single prospect for regeneration in central London".

In one of the most ambitious plans for the capital, work has already begun on a 15 year project to transform 195 hectares of space stretching along the South Bank from Battersea to Vauxhall in to a cluster of new apartments, business sites and leisure areas, a £15bn regeneration programme providing 18,000 new homes and 25,000 new jobs.

And at its heart, the redevelopment of the industrial cathedral that is Battersea Power Station, and the building of a new £650m US Embassy in Nine Elms.

IBTimes UK spoke with the councillors, developers and agencies involved to find out their vision for the area, and how locals and Londoners, will benefit.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 04:39 PM   #9214
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Cutty Sark Theatre | Greenwich SE10

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=110701047

Official website: http://www.rmg.co.uk/cuttysark/studio-theatre



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  • Launched: November 1869
  • Retired: December 1957
  • Final restoration: 2012
  • Theatre opening: 29 January 2014


Cutty Sark's hold is unveiled as London's newest theatre venue
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London’s newest theatre was today unveiled in the hold of the Cutty Sark.

Comedians Alan Davies and Ross Noble, round-the-world yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and sailing enthusiast Griff Rhys Jones are among the inaugural line-up of performers in the 100-seat venue at King William Walk, Greenwich.

Ross Noble said: "It is very exciting to be performing improv comedy on board the Cutty Sark just as the sailors would have done when she sailed the seven seas exporting entertainment to the world."

Richard Doughty, the Cutty Sark’s director, said the project was designed to maximise the 19th century tea-clipper’s potential and attract new audiences who might not otherwise consider visiting.

“What we’re looking to do is to ensure that the ship is earning its keep,” he said. “What this enables us to do is to reach out to audiences who might not necessarily come to visit the ship as an historic structure.”

The idea stemmed from the use of costumed actors to represent characters associated with the ship’s past. But when trustee Michael Edwards, a producer of theatre shows such as the black comedy Barking in Essex, saw the plans, he suggested that the lower hold could be designed for swift transformation into a small theatre at night with the addition of seating.

The timber and wrought iron hold, which contains displays of tea chests and other artefacts during normal opening hours, is set for a new life in the evenings hosting cabaret, comedy, music and lectures.

The venue, which is being named the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, will also be available for local groups, such as students from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance, and for hire.

The producer said: “The theatre does not get in the way of being on the ship during the day.” Performers were not appearing for the kind of fees they would command normally but “out of sheer interest”, he added.

The ship, which was severely damaged by fire but re-opened two years ago, has a history of re-invention. After its days transporting cargo came to a close, it was used for naval cadet training.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 04:51 PM   #9215
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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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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



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  • 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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It looks even more imposing from the inside.
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30 Marsh Wall | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=110710143

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Plans have been submitted for a new 185m tower at 30 Marsh Wall. The planning application is available to view here.





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Will it be solely residential?
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