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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:24 PM   #9321
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One Woolwich | Woolwich SE18

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1695968

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



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  • Cost: £270 million ($440m)
  • Homes: 1,600


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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:38 PM   #9322
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Armourers Court | Woolwich SE18

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1695968

Planning application: http://publicaccess.royalgreenwich.g...NW_DCAPR_76196



Proposals have been submitted to Greenwich Council for Armourers Court, at Woolwich Crossrail station:





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Old February 1st, 2014, 02:18 PM   #9323
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Chobham Manor | Stratford E20

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...96478&page=110

Official website: http://chobhammanor.co.uk/



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  • Homes: 850
  • Hotel floorspace: 14,500m²
  • Office space: 25,987m²
  • Cultural facilities: 31,451m²


Phase 1 of Chobham Manor has been approved by the London Legacy Development Corporation:

- Building: First Olympic homes granted planning permission

- Architects Journal: PRP wins planning for first Olympic legacy housing

- Newham Recorder: Planning application for Newham’s newest neighbourhood gets go-ahead












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Old February 1st, 2014, 03:25 PM   #9324
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I think the Londoners don't even care what skyscraper is approved or rejected as there are too many skyscraper projects being proposed everyday. It's insane to see London is planning to build more than 200 towers in the next years.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:54 PM   #9325
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Potto didn't say anything nasty or libellous, at all.
Oh right, you said it, so it must be right.

How about the fact he claims that all of these very important conservation organisations are driven entirely by surreptitious financial motives? That EH, the Royal Parks, Westminster Council, and wealthy property owners are all in conspiratorial collusion driven by greed. That's not a nasty accusation? Oh no, not a all.

And what about the fact that he turns a blind eye to the financial motives of property developers -- which are clearly the most damaging factor in bad-quality development in London?
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Old February 1st, 2014, 06:40 PM   #9326
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'I said it, so it must be right'? No, but I don't resort to such a hostile tone when rebutting an argument.

Potto isn't speaking from an uninformed viewpoint. Furthermore, we've been following planning in London and the politics behind it for a long time.

If you want to talk conservation, let's talk English Heritage. Those seeking to conserve heritage jewels such as the Odeon West End at Leicester Square, Smithfield Market in Farringdon and Convoys Wharf in Deptford are each highly critical of English Heritage for their lack of interest and half-heartedness. It's especially pertinent in the case of Smithfield Market, where English Heritage are backing the developers.

On the other hand, English heritage have an irrational opposition to every skyscraper proposal in London. They have no interest in the design merits of these structures, their only ambition is to see cancellations or heights cut. Cuts which have a detrimental impact on the aesthetic form of said towers.

English Heritage's woefully hyperbolic rhetoric with regard to tall buildings (has the Shard destroyed the Tower of London yet?) does little to stimulate real debate on their individual merits or faults. Laughable claims such as 'Vauxhall Bondway will destroy views of London' are not responsible conservationism. The Design Council itself stated that English Heritage have a negative 'obsession' with tall buildings, and pay no attention to the quality of architecture.

As potto said, London has extensive planning frameworks in place. With this in mind, it's particularly telling that every expensive and time consuming public inquiry that English Heritage has forced with regard to tall building proposals in London, they have lost. Rehearsing the same tired, woeful rhetoric, meanwhile the Odeon West End quietly gets razed to the ground.
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Chobham Manor | Stratford E20
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 03:33 AM   #9328
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Nice how parts of Chobham Manor look like modern versions of the classic Georgian London terrace. And how building height in that first pic tapers off towards the velo. I hope the final product will look that way, a midrise cluster around (and hiding) the Westfield centre. Is that foreseen by any overall plan anyway?
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 04:32 AM   #9329
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 01:00 PM   #9330
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Wow... very well said SE9. I rarely see you comment on peoples debates but this is obviously something you feel quite passionate about.

Good for you matey.

I completelh agree with you and Potto.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 02:52 PM   #9331
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Loathing has a point, though.

It does swing both ways.

Not every objection that EH makes is frivolous.

Not every proposed project is worthy.

There are plenty of developers out there who are motivated by nothing other than greed. There is a need for a check and balance like EH - if only they didn't cry wolf so often and gratuitously.
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Laing O’Rourke wins £22m Transport for London upgrade deal

Transport for London has awarded a £22m deal to Laing O’Rourke for capacity upgrades of its railway facilities at Willesden, London.

The deal, part of the London Overground capacity improvement programme, will see the contractor carry out capacity upgrades, platform extensions and a major rail junction remodelling.

The contract is Laing O’Rourke’s first UK multi-disciplinary rail infrastructure win and will see the company self-delivering a broad package of track, overhead line and third rail electrification, depot M&E and signalling upgrades.

“Our various rail discipline teams worked together seamlessly during the Willesden bid to ensure the project challenges were thoroughly understood and most appropriate delivery solutions developed,” said Laing O’Rourke project leader Paul Taylor.

“This project, like many rail projects, has specific challenges associated with the limited access to the tracks, amplified further at Willesden with upgrades works being delivered in and around an operational maintenance depot.

“Our construction smarts and approach to staging that minimises schedule risks were key attributes to securing this important project.”

Laing O’Rourke recently began pre-construction development work with Network Rail as part of the £250m Staffordshire Alliance, which will deliver significant upgrades to the UK’s West Coast Main Line between Stafford and Crewe.

This was the first major rail infrastructure to be awarded under Network Rail’s revised procurement model, with partners Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Network Rail all working together in an integrated single-team structure.
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Old February 2nd, 2014, 09:26 PM   #9333
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Looking up: boom in construction of high rises, luxury homes to alter London's historic look

The face of London is about to change. Dozens of buildings of 20 stories or more are under construction or planned along the south bank of the River Thames just upstream from Big Ben and the majestic dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.

The development surge, fueled by wealthy foreigners looking for a safe place to invest, has spawned concern that the city is sacrificing its heritage for the sake of luxury homes.

"London is in danger of becoming a sort of Abu Dhabi, a sort of Hong Kong," warned Nigel Barker of English Heritage, a body devoted to protecting the nation's inheritance.

LONDON GROWS UP

It's not that London lacks distinctive tall buildings: the 87-story Shard stabs the sky south of London Bridge, the 41-story Gherkin rises above the financial district, and soon there will be the 38-story Walkie Talkie, all of which earned their nicknames because of their unique shapes.

But critics are concerned about the sheer number of new projects — some 200 in various stages of consideration or construction, according to New London Architecture, an independent group studying development. Many of them are residential properties clustered along the south side of the Thames with views of the water and the architectural treasures across the river.

Unease about tall buildings in this city, which prides itself in having risen from the ashes of the Great Fire in 1666, isn't new. Architectural purists like Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, have long warned against skyscrapers.

But economic forces following the 2008 economic crisis have rekindled the conflict between development and conservation. While the government seeks to rein in the financial services industry, London continues to attract foreign money and wealthy expatriates, straining the city's Victorian-era infrastructure and widening the wealth gap.

The independent Smith Institute estimated in 2012 that investment in luxury homes was 5 billion pounds ($8.3 billion) a year. In the two years through June 2013, foreign nationals bought 69 percent of the newly built homes that sold for more than 1 million pounds in central London, according to an October report by Knight Frank, a London property adviser.

"It is a honeypot for global capital," said Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture. "So we're seeing pressures we've never experienced before. The movement of global capital is having a dramatic effect on how we plan the city."

ROOMS WITH A VIEW

As governments poured money into banks to save them during the financial crisis, rich people around the world sought safe places to park their money. Investors flocked to London because of the stability of Britain's government, the city's vibrancy and its tolerance for newcomers.

"We didn't know that the U.K. in general, and London in particular, would be seen as a safe haven for people all over the world," said Tony Travers, an expert on issues facing the capital at the London School of Economics. "Property in London was treated as an asset class that was safer than say, banks in Cyprus."

From 2007, just before the crisis, to October 2013, house prices in London's most desirable neighborhoods rose sharply. In Kensington & Chelsea, home to Kensington Palace and Notting Hill, average prices rose 42 percent to 1.2 million pounds, according to the Smith Institute. In the City of Westminster, which hosts the Houses of Parliament, prices jumped 43 percent to 863,000 pounds.

Prices for newly built homes on the south bank of the river are even higher. A four-bedroom, 6,600 square-foot apartment in the 50-story Tower at St. George Wharf is being offered for 19.5 million pounds.

THE PLACE TO BE

The boom is also a reflection of London's attractiveness as one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. With a population of 8.2 million, London boasts not just people from all corners of the former Empire, but everywhere else, too. There are more French citizens living in London, for example, than in Bordeaux. Then there are some 250,000 Americans.

Demand for housing has spurred development, with a dozen construction cranes jutting into the sky along the south bank of the river west of Westminster Bridge. The work is part of a 15 billion-pound collection of projects known as Nine Elms, which promoters say will create 16,000 new homes, 25,000 jobs and an "internationally significant business district" in the boroughs of Lambeth and Wandsworth.

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Economic forecasters call for measures to cool down London's property market

Wealthy foreign buyers' desire for high-end London property is creating a real risk of a housing bubble in the capital, a highly-regarded group of economic forecasters has warned as it calls for measures to cool down the market.

In a special report published on Monday into the impact of rising house prices, the EY Item Club said the influx of super wealthy buyers has created bubble-like conditions in London.

The EY Item Club's senior economic adviser, Andrew Goodwin, said: "House prices across most of the country remain well below their pre-crisis peaks and there seems little danger of a bubble developing.

"But London, which is suffering from a combination of strong demand and a lack of supply, is increasingly giving us cause for concern."

The Item Club's warning is important because it is the only independent economic group to use the same forecasting model as the Treasury. Item stands for Independent Treasury Economic Model.

Estate agents, politicians and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors have all raised fears that the UK is risking a repeat of the 2008 property crash.

The business secretary, Vince Cable, has repeatedly warned of the dangers of another housing bubble. Last week he said: "We cannot risk another property-linked boom-bust cycle which has done so much damage before, notably in the financial crash in 2008."

The Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, has played down fears of a bubble. He said that while prices are rising quickly the acceleration is "from quite a low level".

The Item Club study shows average UK house prices are rising at a rate of 8.4% this year, and predicted them to rise by 7.3% next year and about 5.5% a year thereafter.

Prices are growing even faster in London. Office for National Statistics data shows average prices in the capital increased by 11% in the year to November 2013. This increases dragged the national average up from 3.5% to 5.4%.

The strongest growth is among the most luxurious homes, as rich foreigners take advantage of the fall in the value of sterling. The prices of prime London property – defined as homes that cost more than £1,000 per sq ft – are now 27% above their 2007 peak, according to estate agent Savills.

The Item Club study said soaring prices at the top end are trickling down throughout the market and predicted the average London home will cost more than £600,000 by 2018. That would be 3.5 times the average in Northern Ireland and 3.3 times the average in the north-east of England.

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Old February 3rd, 2014, 03:27 AM   #9335
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Nova Victoria | Victoria SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=430049

Official website: http://www.novasw1.com/



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  • Cost: £2.2 billion ($3.6bn)
  • Total floorspace: 1,057,000 ft²
  • Office floorspace: 604,000 ft²
  • Residential floorspace: 201,000 ft²
















Construction has commenced at Nova Victoria. Photos taken on Saturday by forumer nrm the 2nd:

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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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I LOVE that Victoria Development. Very nice. Such a range of architecture in London.

Also, the picture of The Tate with the Shard in the background is great.
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5 Broadgate | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1186395

Official website: http://www.5broadgate.com/



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  • Floors: 13
  • Floorspace: 111,000m²
  • Trading floors: 4 (each accommodate 750 traders)
  • New UBS London headquarters
  • Completion: 2016




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Three Quays | City of London EC3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1522091

Official website: http://www.chevalresidences.com/our-...al-three-quays



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  • Homes: 161
  • Retail space: 930m²
  • Architect: 3D Reid Architects

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65 Davies Street | Mayfair W1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

Official website: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/sta...-davies-street







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