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Old January 23rd, 2014, 03:47 AM   #9241
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SE9 - London development news is one of my favorite threads to follow. thanks for your hardwork. London is one classy city. cheers!

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 11:53 AM   #9242
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http://www.parisrivegauche.com/ not the whole of the Left Bank
I see, but unless you sepcify, people will assume you're referring to the famous area of Paris rather than a relatively obscure development zone.
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I'm speaking of footprint relative to the size of the historic core.

Just compare medieval Paris, roughly of the same size of the City of London, with the base footprint of these two develoments I'm speaking of.
Ok but if base footprint is your measure, then Les Halles and Beaubourg are not larger than the Barbican or Broadgate in the City. Anyway what was your point?
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 12:03 PM   #9243
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I like the look of Earls Court. Very classy design.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 12:04 PM   #9244
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Plans for Office to Residential Scheme in Docklands
22 January, 2014

A prior notice application has been submitted to Tower Hamlets council for the change of use of Anchorage House, Lighterman House and Capstan House near East India, Docklands. The plans will see the current office building being converted into 431 private residential units. Under the Permitted Development Rights introduced last year, the building could be eligible to convert from office to residential without any S106 payments (such as payments for education or health) or affordable housing. The developer is Criterion Capital Limited. See here for the Prior Notice application. LRR subscribers can access the buildings record here.

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 12:06 PM   #9245
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Plans for Whitechapel Residential Scheme
16 January, 2014

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http://planreg.towerhamlets.gov.uk/W...er=PA/13/03049

Plans have been lodged to Tower Hamlets Council for the redevelopment of the land to the rear of 100 Whitechapel Road and the adjoining land near Fieldgate Street and Vine Court. The scheme proposes the demolition of the existing buildings on the site and the erection of a 15 storey building and a 8-12 storey building which will provide a total of 241 residential units. 191 of these units will be for market sale and 50 dedicated to affordable housing. The plans also include a 274 sq m gross extension to the existing prayer hall at the adjoining East London Mosque, as well as a 358 sq m gross restaurant/cafe. Car and cycle spaces will also be provided on the site. The joint developers are Alyjiso Limited/ Fieldgate Limited and the planning consultants are Tyler Parkes.

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 02:54 PM   #9246
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BISHOPSGATE GOODSYARD

http://planreg.towerhamlets.gov.uk/W...df&pageCount=1



5 towers.

1. 46 Storeys
2. 42 Storeys
3. 34 Storeys
4. 30 Storeys
5. In excess 20 Storeys


Plot C:

is located to the immediate east of Shoreditch Station, will contain a podium building, spanning over the East London Line station box, with two towers above. The western tower will be 34 storeys whilst the eastern tower will be 30 storeys high. The buildings will consist of retail element, residential lobby and servicing facilities at ground level. The podium will mainly contain communal amenity space and residential accommodation whilst the towers will contain residential accommodation.

Plots F & G

Plots F&G are to contain two residential towers that are linked at the base by a 2 storey podium that will contain retail, residential lobby, communal amenity space, and residential servicing facilities. Building F will be 46 storeys and Building G will be 42 storeys in height. The majority of the both towers will be residential accommodation


Plot D

Plot D is located adjacent to Plot C, this will provide in excess of 20 storeys of residential accommodation with a retail element at ground level.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 03:42 PM   #9247
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Earls Court - :O - Looks BEAUTIFUL. I love it!

The Leadenhall building looks fantastic. So gorgeous. I cannot wait to see it completed and at night time.

That Real Estate investment is very interesting indeed. It's quite something that London comes #1 everytime.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 04:29 PM   #9248
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 06:08 PM   #9249
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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=415718

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



The visually complete western face of the Leadenhall Building, photo by forumer potto:

I still don't like the decision to change the original design and to leave the triangular bracing uncovered and against a matt black background. It just looks unfinished, cheap and wrong, IMO. Show the steelwork, by all means. But do so in a way that works with the rest of the building. As it is, it just detracts from the whole.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:35 PM   #9250
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I still don't like the decision to change the original design and to leave the triangular bracing uncovered and against a matt black background. It just looks unfinished, cheap and wrong, IMO. Show the steelwork, by all means. But do so in a way that works with the rest of the building. As it is, it just detracts from the whole.
I agree, it doesn't look good.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:48 PM   #9251
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£250m London riverside housing scheme approved



Developers Londonewcastle and Royal London Asset Management have gained planning for almost 250 homes in a riverside scheme in west London. The 2.5 acre site close to the famous Hurlingham Park and Harbour Club is one of the last remaining large, centrally located riverside regeneration sites along the river.

The proposed 500,000 sq ft development next to Wandsworth Bridge will comprise 242 apartments in blocks ranging up to 12 storeys, set around a central landscaped garden, along with 35,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space.

Under present plans the job will be built in four phases, with initial site demolition starting early next year, with construction starting around 2015/2016.

David Barnett, CEO of Londonewcastle said: “This is a significant scheme and gives us the opportunity to create a new destination riverside address which will feature a spectacular elevated resident’s garden at its centre and improved public spaces and retail amenities along the revitalised riverside walk.”

The scheme is designed by award-winning architect Hopkins with WSP acting as main consultant and Waterman as M&E consultant.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 07:53 PM   #9252
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http://planreg.towerhamlets.gov.uk/W...df&pageCount=1



5 towers.

1. 46 Storeys
2. 42 Storeys
3. 34 Storeys
4. 30 Storeys
5. In excess 20 Storeys


Plot C:

is located to the immediate east of Shoreditch Station, will contain a podium building, spanning over the East London Line station box, with two towers above. The western tower will be 34 storeys whilst the eastern tower will be 30 storeys high. The buildings will consist of retail element, residential lobby and servicing facilities at ground level. The podium will mainly contain communal amenity space and residential accommodation whilst the towers will contain residential accommodation.

Plots F & G

Plots F&G are to contain two residential towers that are linked at the base by a 2 storey podium that will contain retail, residential lobby, communal amenity space, and residential servicing facilities. Building F will be 46 storeys and Building G will be 42 storeys in height. The majority of the both towers will be residential accommodation


Plot D

Plot D is located adjacent to Plot C, this will provide in excess of 20 storeys of residential accommodation with a retail element at ground level.

Have the proposed design been submitted already? It would be nice to see them.

I work in the city in Bishopsgate and have played football in the old astro turf pitches at the proposed site.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 12:01 AM   #9253
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The Pinnacle: inside the £770m deal to save a skyscraper
By Jack Sidders | Office | 23-01-2014 | 18:30 | Print
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The riddle of The Pinnacle, the City’s most beleaguered skyscraper development, looks set to finally be solved, if its Middle Eastern owners can find a buyer willing to stump up £770m. Estates Gazette takes an exclusive first look at the complex deal that will unlock the project.

Principal owners Sedco, Wafra and Arab Investments have bought out Pramerica and have agreed to sell the freehold interest in the site to an investor willing to commit to speculative construction of a revised scheme, subject to a profit share.

Under the new structure, devised by adviser CBRE, buyers will be required to pay around £220m for the unencumbered freehold site at the junction of Bishopsgate and Threadneedle Street, and be able to finance the £550m build cost for an immediate start on site.

The revised scheme, including reconfigured retail space and a marginally reduced total floorspace with substantially higher occupational density, would be expected to net in the region of £1bn once fully let, assuming a yield of around 5%.

The new owner will be entitled to the first tranche of profit up to an agreed level, with the existing consortium then sharing in any “super” profits.

The exact threshold at which profits are shared will be subject to negotiation together with control over the leisure space at the top of the tower.

CBRE chairman Stephen Hubbard said: “When these building characteristics are combined with the proposed terms of the transaction we believe there is a real opportunity for an incoming investor to generate significant returns and own a truly rare asset.”

The level at which the profit share kicks in will “reflect the required rate of return for investors engaging in speculative development while also reflecting the trophy nature of the asset”, according to CBRE director Peter Coates.

CBRE is already engaged in initial talks with investors to gauge interest in the deal and will soon begin a global marketing campaign. Propcos with development management expertise in the UK have been briefed on the rough structure of the proposed deal on the assumption that any overseas investor will be likely to need on-the- ground expertise.

Khalid Affara’s Arab Investments is likely to sacrifice its role as development manager but will remain a beneficiary to the profit share.

HSH Nordbank, which issued the £145m loan to fund the £210m purchase of the site in 2007, will be repaid as part of the site sale.

Contractor Brookfield Multiplex, which settled a legal dispute over unpaid fees for work already completed early last year, will also receive around £20m from the sale as a second charge behind HSH.
Multiplex, engineer Arup, architect Kohn Pederson Fox and consultant Hilson Moran have costed the revised scheme, a process audited by Aecom, and agreed in principal to a guaranteed maximum price contract to complete the project.

CBRE has been approached by several investors that have drawn up radically revised plans for the tower. But Coates said: “The consortium will only consider parties who will develop the revised scheme.”

Alternatives have been ruled out because the need for a new planning consent would delay the consortium’s divestment and jeopardise viability. The City of London Corporation is satisfied the refined scheme does not require a new planning consent as the majority of changes are within the external envelope of the building.

The minimal external alterations are deemed minor material amendments that can be addressed through a section 73 application.

Were the scheme to go back to planning it would be subject to Crossrail and community infrastructure levies of around £20m.

The City has also firmly ruled out any proposals to incorporate alternative uses into the scheme, including residential.

CBRE hopes to have agreed a deal in principal by the end of March, with a view to work re-starting on site before the end of the year. Completion is anticipated in Q4 2017.

The consortium stands to make a substantial loss on the deal, having already spent between £450m and £500m on buying the site, design, planning, finance, legal fees and initial construction work including demolition, piling, the ground floor slab and core up to level six.

CBRE restructure finds it’s what’s on the inside that counts

At 945ft the revised tower will retain its would-be title as the tallest building in the City, as well as its distinctive helter-skelter design.

The external revisions have focused on simplifying the snakeskin cladding to standardise the size and shape of each panel to make it possible to mass produce them.


The more radical internal revisions include a new layout which effectively splits the building into two distinct offices, both accessed from Bishopsgate and Undershaft, but with separate entrances in the north and south cores, offering EC2 or EC3 postcodes to suit tenants’ preferences.

The first boasts 209,000 sq ft of office space over floors two to nine, with floorplates of 19,300 sq ft to 27,600 sq ft and enhanced heights to accommodate trading floors.

The occupational density of the space has been slashed to just one person per 6m² – half the original design.

The space will be marketed to a single large corporate occupier with conservative estimated rental values of around £55 per sq ft.

The tower floors will be accessed by a separate entrance to the south, with lifts leading to a double-height “sky lobby” on floors 10 and 11 (pictured), which could provide meeting, retail and restaurant space.
Office floors 12-53 will all be accessible from the sky lobby, in contrast to the previous design, which envisaged two lift changes to access the higher floors.

Its floorplates will range from around 21,000 sq ft to 6,000 sq ft, with floors 44-53 all boasting private balconies.

ERVs for the tower floors range up to £75 per sq ft.

CBRE director Peter Coates said: “We have adopted current day rents in our financial analysis, with ERVs included at a discount to rents being achieved today on equivalent floors in the Cheesegrater and the Walkie Talkie.”

The tower floors will boast an occupational density of 1:8 up to and including the 48th floor and 1:10 on floors 49-53.

To accommodate the increased density the building will require additional plant and around 50,000 sq ft of lettable space has therefore been sacrificed from the original design. Three floors of plant will sit above the office space.

“The original scheme envisaged a restaurant on floors 57-62, however, initial conversations with the City Corporation have indicated there is a broadly supportive view for conversion to a viewing gallery,” Coates said.

The consortium hopes to agree a long lease on the viewing gallery as part of the deal.

In total, the scheme will boast 974,135 sq ft of accommodation, of which 949,908 sq ft will be offices.

The viewing gallery will be reached via a double-decker lift, accessed from the ground and mezzanine floors of a self-contained lobby off the northern core by Bishopsgate.
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If that story about the Pinnacle is accurate (let's face it, there have been quite a few false dawns!), then it's fantastic news that work might start again by the end of the year.
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If that story about the Pinnacle is accurate (let's face it, there have been quite a few false dawns!), then it's fantastic news that work might start again by the end of the year.
My only worry is the "revised scheme" thing. That usually means a shorter tower.
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Wow... FANTASTIC news!!!!! It'll be great to see The Pinnacle and the Lime Street tower rise at similar times!
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Wow... FANTASTIC news!!!!! It'll be great to see The Pinnacle and the Lime Street tower rise at similar times!
We can then hope CW follows up with more daring projects.
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My only worry is the "revised scheme" thing. That usually means a shorter tower.
If the article is accurate, the revised scheme will see the Pinnacle rise to 945 feet (288 metres), which is the same height that was proposed when construction began.

The article also suggests that all the changes are to the interior of the building. There will be no external alterations (beyond the earlier dumbing down / cost engineering of the glass panels) and, consequently, no further planning permission will be required.

So, in terms of eventual height, there's hopefully nothing to fear!
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If the article is accurate, the revised scheme will see the Pinnacle rise to 945 feet (288 metres), which is the same height that was proposed when construction began.

The article also suggests that all the changes are to the interior of the building. There will be no external alterations (beyond the earlier dumbing down / cost engineering of the glass panels) and, consequently, no further planning permission will be required.

So, in terms of eventual height, there's hopefully nothing to fear!
If so, that's excellent news.
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The first step of the re-opening of the 2012 Olympic Park will happen on the 5th of April this year. Opening first will be the southern end of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which includes the area around the stadium and Zaha Hadid designed aquatics centre that has now had its extra stands removed.

This marks the point at which the park will become London's first major public park to have opened in decades. During the games the area was controversially the first Olympic site to simply charge visitors who wanted to walk around in it.

Further to the parkland, the ArcelorMittal Orbit will finally be re-opened to the public. Named after the London steel magnate who contributed much of the cost, and his firm which provided the steel for the structure, the 115 metre tall observation tower was the brainchild of artist Anish Kapoor, who had his ideas realised by engineer Cecil Balmond.

Other openings planned include the aquatics centre that will be opening to the public on the first of March finally providing the locals with the much anticipated swimming facilities they have been waiting for.

The jewel of the crown, the Olympic Stadium, is being overhauled in a £154 million project that will see it open for the 2016-2017 football season, with the exception of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Construction on the scheme has been planned to reach a natural break in time for that event so that five matches can take place there.

The final stage will be the 6,800 additional homes that are planned around the park, largely on land that was used by temporary Olympic structures. The hope is that the much trumpeted word, legacy, can actually turn the land used in the 2012 games into a fully functioning city quarter rather than the sort of white elephant that the Olympics usually result in.
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