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Old May 21st, 2014, 01:11 PM   #10541
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Love Quay Tower. Canary Wharf is going to be special. If they lift the height level and get some bigger ones there it'll be on it's own one of the best and most attractive skylines in the World. A bit like Toronto. But I agree, it needs to break that ceiling and I think developers easily would go taller if allowed. You only have to look at the number of 200m+ residentials planned for the area. Someone would go to 300m+ if they could.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 01:16 PM   #10542
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Chelsea Barracks | Chelsea SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=577494

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



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  • Developer: Qatari Diar
  • Architect: Squire and Partners
  • Cost: £3 billion ($5bn)
  • Homes: 448

Phase 1 of Chelsea Barracks has been approved by Westminster Council:

- Financial Times: Chelsea Barracks project wins approval for first homes

- Building Design: Squire & Partners bags planning for Chelsea Barracks

- Construction Enquirer: Qataris get go-ahead for £3bn Chelsea Barracks











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Old May 21st, 2014, 01:43 PM   #10543
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Hmm. Chelsea Barracks looks a little timid and generic.

Perhaps inevitable given its location, history and ownership.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 01:51 PM   #10544
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I find it very balanced and elegant, but the façade lacks a distinctive element, probably.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 01:52 PM   #10545
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Woodberry Down | Manor House N4

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1728859

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/new-h...woodberry-down



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  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Fletcher Priest
  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.7bn)
  • Homes: 3,912

Plans for Woodberry Down have been approved by the Mayor of London:

- Property Week: Mayor signs off plans for 3,000 homes at Woodberry Down

- Costar: Berkeley gains Woodberry Down mayoral consent

- Planning Resource: Johnson approves Hackney regeneration masterplan








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Old May 21st, 2014, 02:38 PM   #10546
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I find it very balanced and elegant, but the façade lacks a distinctive element, probably.
Meh. For that fabulous location it needed to be beautiful. As it is, it is merely pleasant.

It looks like a new development for a fairly prosperous suburb like Mill Hill or Clapham Common.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 03:14 PM   #10547
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^ They should do something about the top of Chelsea Barracks. That boxy straight stacked storey looks downright odd. With a mansard or setbacked roof, this could be a really pleasant building.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 03:46 PM   #10548
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What did I say? - greatest skyscraper of the 21st century.

Shame about Strata.
haha you said it mate!
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Old May 21st, 2014, 04:46 PM   #10549
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Wimbledon Masterplan | Wimbledon SW19

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1628237

Official website: http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/about...108904152.html



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  • Developer: All England Lawn Tennis Club
  • Architect: Grimshaw Architects
  • Retractable roof for No. 1 Court
  • Completion: 2020

Revised plans as displayed in the latest round of public consultations. Exhibition material can be downloaded here.













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Old May 21st, 2014, 06:42 PM   #10550
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One Nine Elms | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1549489

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



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  • Developer: Dalian Wanda
  • Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Height: 200m and 161m
  • Floors: 58 and 43

Revised plans for One Nine Elms have been approved by Wandsworth Council and the Mayor of London:



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Old May 21st, 2014, 06:56 PM   #10551
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I wish they stayed with the original design with the skywalk.
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Old May 21st, 2014, 07:14 PM   #10552
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Looking at the Wimbledon project, I can't believe that in a city where a small piece of land costs an arm and a leg they can't build a multistory parking garage, instead they waste space like that. What is the logic behind such decision?
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Old May 21st, 2014, 07:38 PM   #10553
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Looking at the Wimbledon project, I can't believe that in a city where a small piece of land costs an arm and a leg they can't build a multistory parking garage, instead they waste space like that. What is the logic behind such decision?
For two weeks a year, that land is a temporary car park. For 50 weeks a year, it's part of Wimbledon Park and the adjoining golf club.

Better that way than building an intrusive multi-storey car park that only gets used for two weeks per year.
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 03:45 PM   #10554
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Nine Elms is going to look really good... St.Georges Wharf needs a few friends..
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 09:19 PM   #10555
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Nine Elms is going to look really good... St.Georges Wharf needs a few friends..
It DESPERATELY needs friends. I wonder if it will benefit from the clustering effect that has turned Tower 42 from ugly isolate to part-of a-happy-crowd.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 01:08 AM   #10556
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Bloomberg Place | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=351887

Official website: http://www.bbp-walbrooksquare.co.uk/



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  • Floorspace: 100,368m²
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 01:16 AM   #10557
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100 Cheapside | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1646923

Official website: http://100cheapside.com/




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Old May 23rd, 2014, 01:20 AM   #10558
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Putney Plaza | Putney SW15

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=113704152

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




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Old May 23rd, 2014, 10:32 AM   #10559
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GoVia have won the TSGN franchise:
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Three new state-of-the-art electric train fleets will mean more services and seats, faster journeys and better connections across many of the busiest rail routes in London and the south east after the government announced today (23 May 2014) its intention to award the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise to Govia Thameslink Railway Limited.
The 7 year franchise – the largest ever let in terms of passenger numbers – will help deliver the government’s multi-billion pound investment in the region’s rail network, opening up new routes across London and improving services to scores of destinations, including:
Brighton
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Nearly 1,400 new electric carriages will be rolled out across the new franchise, providing 50% more capacity and 10,000 extra seats every weekday into central London during the morning peak by the end of 2018, and delivering quicker, cleaner and more reliable journeys for passengers and businesses.
In addition, the new franchise will see millions invested in improving stations and staffing, a simplified ticketing structure and tough new targets for Govia to improve punctuality by reducing delays by around a fifth and improve cleanliness.
Rail Minister Stephen Hammond said:
A world class railway is a vital part of our long-term economic plan. New state-of-the-art trains, more seats, better connections and improved stations will transform travel across London and the south east. That’s great news for businesses and the hundreds of thousands of passengers who use these vital services every day.
The TSGN franchise will play a crucial role in delivering the government’s £6.5 billion Thameslink programme – a major programme of infrastructure work that is helping create 8,000 jobs and will allow 24 trains per hour to travel in each direction from Blackfriars to St Pancras. New tunnels will link Peterborough and Cambridge to the existing Thameslink route providing easy access across London via St Pancras to Gatwick and Brighton.
The franchise will introduce 1,140 new carriages – already under construction - on the Thameslink network, improving services to scores of destinations, including the introduction of new cross capital services and a connection at Farringdon to London’s newest railway - Crossrail.
In addition, Govia will order a new fleet of 108 carriages for the Gatwick Express service, replacing the current 25-year-old trains with a fleet better suited to the needs of airport passengers. It will also secure 150 new carriages to replace the 40-year-old trains currently operating on the route between Moorgate, north London and Hertfordshire.
That means the total number of carriages in service will grow to 2,631 by 2019 – an increase of 27%. It will also release some existing electric carriages to be used elsewhere in the country.
Govia will invest significantly in improving stations, including free wi-fi at more than 100 stations, better retail and catering facilities and improvements to customer information systems. Staffing hours will also be extended so that at more than 100 of the largest stations there will be staff available from the first train in the morning to the last train at night.
Demanding contractual obligations on the operator will deliver cleaner and more spacious trains and improve passenger satisfaction. Tough new benchmarks for performance, train and station cleanliness and customer service information have also been agreed.
The operator will also develop website, smartphone and tablet apps that will make door-to-door travel easier for customers, including planning journeys, buying tickets and booking onward taxis.
The TSGN franchise will replace the existing Thameslink and Great Northern franchise (operated as First Capital Connect) from 14 September 2014 and will include the South Central franchise (operated as Southern and Gatwick Express) when it expires on 26 July 2015. A small number of services and stations will also transfer from the South Eastern franchise by 21 December 2014. The current franchises provide around 273 million passenger journeys annually.
Following the announcement, and in accordance with usual procurement practice, there will be a standstill period of 10 days before the department will be a position to enter into, and complete, the formal contractual documentation and make the award to the successful tenderer.
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Old May 23rd, 2014, 04:39 PM   #10560
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