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Old January 25th, 2014, 01:54 PM   #9261
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London Mayor calls in 700-home Royal Mail site plan

London Mayor Boris Johnson has agreed to step in and speed up planning to build almost 700 homes at the Mount Pleasant postal sorting office.

Royal Mail Group called on the Mayor’s help after squabbles over the 1m sq ft residential-led scheme with the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden whose jurisdiction the site straddles.

It hopes to build 683 homes as well as shops, offices, restaurants and public space on half of its site in Farringdon.

If given the go-ahead, the Sir Terry Farrell to designed high rise scheme would transform the area surrounding Farringdon Road and Phoenix Place.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “London is growing at an unprecedented rate and it is absolutely vital that we get on with the important work of building thousands of new homes as quickly as we can.

“By taking over this application it should be possible to speed up the decision making process. My team will be working closely with the local authorities and Royal Mail without further delay.”

The Mayor will now consider all of the planning issues and address the concerns expressed by the boroughs and local residents before taking a decision on the planning application.

The remaining half of the Mount Pleasant site would continue to be a postal sorting office, employing up to 3,000 people.

It is hoped that the planning application will be brought before the Mayor in the summer.

The Mayor used similar powers to ‘call in’ a planning application for up to 3,500 new homes in Lewisham in October.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #9262
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£110m London build to rent schemes approved

Residential developer Grainger has got the green light for 84 homes across two sites in west London. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has given detailed planing for 53 homes on the former car park site at Young Street and 31 homes at Hortensia Road.

Work will start on both developments with a development value of more than £110m within a year.

Grainger, which was selected in September 2012 by the council to develop and manage mixed tenure housing on the council’s land, will deliver a variety of tenure types across the two developments.

Half the homes will be managed by Grainger under a 125 year agreement, for which they will receive a management fee.

The Council will retain the freehold and will share a proportion of the long term rental income stream with Grainger.

A proportion of the development at Hortensia Road will be affordable housing, including six four-bedroom family houses.

Andrew Cunningham, Chief Executive of Grainger, added: “We have been closely involved in the development of the private rented sector.

“This innovative scheme will provide much needed homes for a variety of tenure types in central London, and I believe this could become an appropriate model for other Local Authorities and developers to adopt who are looking to provide homes for the private rented sector.”

The schemes were designed by Assael architects. DP9 were the planning consultants.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:52 PM   #9263
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Old January 26th, 2014, 01:34 PM   #9264
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London. Wow.
Such London. Much projects and construction. Wow.
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Old January 26th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #9265
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Old January 26th, 2014, 08:32 PM   #9266
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Old January 27th, 2014, 12:20 PM   #9267
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Wow, Saffron Square is shooting up nicely.

Lot's of high quality resi towers popping up in London. I can imagine a lot of the commuters buying into these properties.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 01:17 PM   #9268
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Canary wharf is the real future of London. So many quality quality skyscrapers will be built there.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 04:17 PM   #9269
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Old January 27th, 2014, 05:03 PM   #9270
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And still plenty of available land in the Isle of Dogs.
Plenty? It looks mostly built on to me.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 05:15 PM   #9271
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Sorry, I meant Greenwich Peninsula.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #9272
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Skanska scores Land Secs office hat-trick



Skanska has beaten Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine to take another major office scheme for developer Land Securities.

The 1 New Street Square project will see 270,000 sq ft of office space together with new restaurants and shops built on the site of the International Press Centre on Shoe Lane.

It is the third major office win for Skanska over its major London rivals and a major boost for the London project team.

Skanska signed Land Secs’ £260m 1 and 2 New Ludgate scheme and the £500m Scalpel office tower project in Lime Street last year. Both building contracts are worth over £100m.

The New Street Square project involves building two flat-iron or wedged-shaped interlinked buildings rising to 16 and 14 storeys.

AECOM is on board as mechanical and electrical consultant, with Waterman acting as structural consultant in the Mid-town job.
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Old January 27th, 2014, 06:48 PM   #9273
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London property market generated more wealth than New Zealand

London's soaring property market generated more wealth than the entire New Zealand economy last year as the value of homes in the capital surged by more than £100 billion, according to new research.

The astonishing scale of property wealth in the capital means the 10 most upmarket boroughs alone are valued at £609 billion – more than all the houses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland added together.

Booming demand for flats and houses last year added £106 billion to the total worth of London’s increasingly precious property, now estimated to be worth a record £1.24 trillion, a study by estate agents Savills reveals.

The research came amid reports that the last remaining homes in London on the market for less than £100,000 have been snapped up in recent weeks.

According to the capital’s estate agents, rapidly increasing prices are failing to deter buyers who still massively outnumber sellers, a sure sign – they claim – that the city’s property bubble shows no sign of bursting.

The Savills study found that London homes have almost doubled in value in a decade from £662 billion in 2003 to the £1.24 trillion figure last year, when their worth rose by nine per cent.

The £106 billion rise is roughly equivalent to the output of a medium-sized economy such as New Zealand’s, which has a GDP of about £103 billion.

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Silvertown Quays | Silvertown E16

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1637869

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



A public exhibition was held last weekend for the Silvertown Quays project. The developers aim to submit proposals in Spring 2014 with construction commencing in 2015. Exhibition slides can be viewed here.


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  • Cost: £1.5 billion ($2.4bn)
  • Homes: 1,500
  • Jobs: 14,000




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Convoys Wharf | Deptford SE8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=857712

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



The Minister for the Arts and Lewisham Council have both voiced opinion on the Convoys Wharf scheme, which will be decided next month by the Mayor of London:

- Building Design: Vaizey warns on Convoys Wharf heritage issues

- Building Design: Council asks mayor to reject £1bn Convoys Wharf scheme



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  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.6bn)
  • Homes: 3,500



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Old January 27th, 2014, 08:18 PM   #9277
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52 Lime Street | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1528916

Official website: http://52limestreet.co.uk/




An indicative timetable of construction from W.R. Berkley:

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King's Cross | King's Cross N1C

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=505188

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



Project facts
  • Cost: £2.3 billion ($3.9bn)
  • Homes: 2,000
  • Commercial space: 743,000m²



Construction update at King's Cross. Photos by forumer potto:







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Old January 27th, 2014, 09:03 PM   #9279
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Those last few buildings look good!
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