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Old May 30th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #10601
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Kidbrooke Village | Kidbrooke SE3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=670786

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/prope...brooke-village



Project facts
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Main architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.7bn)
  • Homes: 4,800
  • Site area: 109 hectares




An overview of Phase 1 by architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands:

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Kidbrooke Village Phase 1
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This masterplan for an exciting new area of the existing Ferrier Estate which was completed in 1972 and contained 1900 social housing units in concrete blocks.

Due to bad management and poor connectivity to the surrounding suburbs the estate fell into a state of serious physical and social disrepair. The development consists of 109 hectares of land and is located immediately to the east of Blackheath Park with Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory beyond.

The first phase of housing is located at the south of the site overlooking Sutcliffe Park and the existing community along Eltham Green Road. Four C-shaped apartment blocks front the park, three linear apartment blocks bound the south of the site and the southern portion of the park, and two blocks of 3-storey terraced housing link to the existing suburb.

The C-shaped blocks are arranged around a landscaped podium courtyard that opens out onto the park, creating a visual connection between the private courtyards and the public park.

Phase 1 provides 449 units of mixed-tenure housing, including 80 units of new social housing, designed to sit comfortably between the existing suburban housing of Kidbrooke suburb and the market housing blocks of Phase 1, rehoming many of the families of the Ferrier Estate.

Establishing the masterplan and new homes as an extension to existing neighbourhoods rather than a separate estate renewal programme has been central to the area’s transformation from an isolated estate to a broader, thriving community.

The three-storey terraced houses with traditional pitched roofs are arranged back-to-back, providing secure perimeters to two squares. To provide interest and articulation to the streets houses are paired, with every other pair set back from the street frontage and varied brick.

A break between every fourth house provides a side access to the back gardens. The form presents a recognisable typology, familiar but with modern amenity and comfort. They were immediately popular with residents and neighbours alike.












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Old May 30th, 2014, 04:56 PM   #10602
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The Garden Bridge | Temple-South Bank

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1544376

Official website: http://www.gardenbridgetrust.org/



Project facts
  • Cost: £175m ($295m)
  • Developer: The Garden Bridge Trust
  • Architect: Thomas Heatherwick
  • Engineering and design consultants: Arup




Proposals for The Garden Bridge have been submitted to Westminster Council and Lambeth Council for approval:

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'Exciting time' as plans for £175m Garden Bridge are submitted
Evening Standard
30 May 2014


The team behind the Garden Bridge today said it was an “exciting time” for Londoners as the next stage of the project got under way.

Plans for the £175million “one-of-its-kind” bridge, the brainchild of actress Joanna Lumley, were submitted to Lambeth and Westminster councils yesterday, with a decision due by October.

The 1,214ft pedestrian bridge between Temple and the South Bank will feature pathways between shrubs and trees. It is hoped the project will regenerate the Temple area by boosting footfall.

Bernadette O’Sullivan, Director of Development at the Garden Bridge Trust, said: “This is a unique, one-of-its-kind project and a special garden that everyone is going to be able to come to and enjoy for free.

“When you think of the cost of Kew Gardens of the Shard, people will be able to come here for free for generations to come and so it’s a really exciting time for Londoners that we’ve got to the stage of submitting the plans.”

Just over £90 million has been raised for the bridge, designed by London 2012 Olympic Games cauldron creator Thomas Heatherwick. In total, it will cost up to £175 million.

If given permission, it is hoped construction can begin next year and that the bridge will be ready by 2017.




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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:10 PM   #10603
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Westfield London | Shepherd's Bush W12

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1490127

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


Project facts
  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.6bn)
  • Homes: 1,522
  • Office space: 2,065m²
  • Retail space: 205,000m²
  • Restaurant/cafe space: 8,170m²

Expansion of the Westfield London shopping centre has been approved by the Mayor of London:

- BBC News: Green light for £1bn Westfield London expansion

- Get West London: Boris gives Westfield London expansion thumbs up

- Construction News: John Lewis to anchor £1bn Westfield London expansion


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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:31 PM   #10604
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I love the houses with the pointed roof in Kidbrooke Village. They look much nicer than the usual boxes.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:34 PM   #10605
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As social housing, they're a world of improvement compared to what it replaced.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:35 PM   #10606
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Meridian Gate | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692078

Official website: http://meridiangate-redevelopment.co.uk/


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  • Developer: LBS Properties
  • Architect: Make Architects
  • Height: 180m
  • Floors: 50

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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:45 PM   #10607
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Social housing? OMG. Wonder where they safe the money.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 06:41 PM   #10608
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SE9, Kidbrooke Village has made me curious. If I'm not mistaken, this has previously been an area with residential highrises from the 1960s. Do you have any information about what led to the decision to redevelop the whole area? Did the city council own the site and did it initiate the process? Surely it would have been much cheaper to just renovate the existing buildings so why didn't they? I also assume, that the density had been higher before. Last but not least, the quality of the designs and materials look quite good. Is that a regular standard for social housing? I'm amazed at how much money and creativity they are willing to spend in social housing. So does the city council pay for all this? Is London just that rich?
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Old May 30th, 2014, 07:30 PM   #10609
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The new development will be more populous than what it replaced. The answers you're looking for are discussed in this video:

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Old May 30th, 2014, 11:58 PM   #10610
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Hope Garden Bridge gets approved.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:13 AM   #10611
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Westfield London | Shepherd's Bush W12

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1490127

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


Project facts
  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.6bn)
  • Homes: 1,522
  • Office space: 2,065m²
  • Retail space: 205,000m²
  • Restaurant/cafe space: 8,170m²

Expansion of the Westfield London shopping centre has been approved by the Mayor of London:

- BBC News: Green light for £1bn Westfield London expansion

- Get West London: Boris gives Westfield London expansion thumbs up

- Construction News: John Lewis to anchor £1bn Westfield London expansion


Great news. I just checked it's current size of retail space and it is 150,000m² and additional retail/restaurant/office space of 215,235m² will be added, right?
So, the total retail space would be 365,235m². Does it mean it will be (by far) the biggest shopping centre in Europe? Can you clarify on this? Thanks.
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Not quite sure about the Garden Bridge. My worry is that it might mess up skyline views from Waterloo Bridge. I guess it all depends on how tall it is compared to WB. That thinning of vegetation in the middle section is perhaps intended to address the issue.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:28 AM   #10613
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I guess the premier vantage point of the City skyline would shift from Waterloo Bridge to the Garden Bridge.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:40 AM   #10614
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As for Kidbrooke, you can still look at it in its former glory on Google Earth. Stretches of Street View still date back to 2009, for example in Ebdon Way. Definitely a huge improvement there, love the crisp sober look of the new development.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 09:36 AM   #10615
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Great news. I just checked it's current size of retail space and it is 150,000m² and additional retail/restaurant/office space of 215,235m² will be added, right?
So, the total retail space would be 365,235m². Does it mean it will be (by far) the biggest shopping centre in Europe? Can you clarify on this? Thanks.
The total retail space will be 150,000 + 55,000 = 205,000m² as stated above.
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OK. Is it safe to say Westfield (White City, London) will become the biggest largest urban shopping centre in Europe when it takeover the current record holder Westfield (Stratford, London) with 175,000m²?
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OK. Is it safe to say Westfield (White City, London) will become the biggest largest urban shopping centre in Europe when it takeover the current record holder Westfield (Stratford, London) with 175,000m²?
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The sixth largest overall in Europe, according to this list.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 02:28 PM   #10619
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Westfield London will become the largest mall in Europe by gross leasable area.

Mediterranean Cosmos (Thessaloniki) is listed as the largest mall in Europe in that link, but it only has a retail area of around 46,000m²
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Old May 31st, 2014, 04:18 PM   #10620
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It's Istanbul Cevahir with 420 000 m² of total floor area, but it has actually only 110 000 m² or retail space, you're right.
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