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Old January 4th, 2008, 07:17 PM   #1081
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This was approved today. It will have a public restaurant at the top.











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Old January 5th, 2008, 07:02 PM   #1082
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John Seifert Architects City Fringe Tower
Published on 2008-01-03 by Skyscrapernews.com


A revised planning application has been filed at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets council for the United Standard House site on the eastern edge of the City of London.

Featuring two buildings, one an 11 floor hotel with 272 rooms and the other a 76 metre tall office building with 44,970 square metres of space spread over 27 floors, it is the culmination of several years worth of gradual design changes into the current form.

The development by the Cromlech Property Co Ltd stands on land between 4-6 And 16-22 Middlesex Street And 3-11 Goulston Street just off Aldgate and almost adjacent to the site of the shelved Minerva Tower in the heartland of a morass of similarly tall buildings that wrestle with the height restrictions placed on the area by their relative location to protected views of the Tower of London World Heritage Site.

The taller building in particular responds strongly to this sloping down from its northern pinnacle to 48 metres tall on the southern end. This roof-line is continued by the hotel that slopes from 32.3 to 19.8 metres and allows it to slot in at the lowest point with the existing streetscape.

Original designs by the John Seifert Architects were for a proper tower option with a visually separate hotel that the planners considered too blocky, lacked a contemporary feel and overdeveloped the site.

It was felt that the current inclined massing with a maximum height of 91 metres AOD dealt better with this not only as it mitigated the previously dominating impact the scheme had, but also had the potential to host a series of roof gardens and terraces.

Largely clad in light double-skinned glazing, the upper floors will be appear particularly transparent with a large landscaped atrium on display on the 14th floor. At ground level is a two storey cut away which creates the impression of the mass of the building hovering above the entrance.

Tower Hamlets will be deciding if the scheme can go ahead or not in March although with three years of compromises behind it they are unlikely to oppose it at this late stage.





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Old January 5th, 2008, 11:23 PM   #1083
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This was approved today. It will have a public restaurant at the top.
It looks very interesting. Another incredible project to London. Thanks

I love this thread.

PD: And the Grcic's chairs at the restaurant...
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Old January 10th, 2008, 07:03 PM   #1084
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An article in yesterday's Financial Times suggests that at least one of the top 5 London skyscraper projects will be abandonned, and that Bishopsgate Tower and the London Bridge Tower (Shard) are the most vulnerable projects. Any recent news on this?
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[...] if the current credit squeeze develops into a full-blown recession, will there be anyone to fill them?

If completed, the five biggest projects would create 3.8m square feet of new office space, enough for up to 50,000 desk-jockeys. In itself that would only add about 5 per cent to the City's total stock. But combined with the wider picture it does begin to look scary.

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All of which suggests that some of the planned new supply is not going to be built. As long-term projects still at an early stage, the five big towers are vulnerable. The two biggest, the 'Helter Skelter' on Bishopsgate and the Shard at London Bridge, are backed by less experienced, and less well connected developers. A collapse in the commercial property market is by no means a given. The abandonment of at least one of the big five projects is.
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Old January 11th, 2008, 09:50 PM   #1085
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An article in yesterday's Financial Times suggests that at least one of the top 5 London skyscraper projects will be abandonned,
I bet you'd love for that to happen, wouldn't you Brisavoine.

Leadenhall and Heron Tower are already beginning foundation/piling works -
http://www.britishland.com/controlwebcam.htm
http://www.skanska.co.uk/skanska/tem...e.asp?id=10888

The Shard is being bought by new owners -
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=602

Bishopsgate Tower's construction contract has yet to be finalised, but it has all the funding it needs, demolition is well underway, and foundation/piling works are said to be starting in March.
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That leaves 20 Fenchurch Street, which is probably the most likely to be affected, but even then it will just be delayed for a year or two, not cancelled (IMO).
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Old January 11th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #1086
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Old January 12th, 2008, 12:30 AM   #1087
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Old January 12th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #1088
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Project Bankside Shows Micro Markets In Action

In the second of a series of stories Skyscrapernews.com look at why the much hyped credit crunch you've seen on the news isn't quite the world destroying experience some in the media are hyping it to be and examine one of the things that will be driving development over the next few years.

The Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners designed Project Bankside to stand behind the Tate Modern in the London Borough of Southwark has received from Bank of Scotland Corporate £170 million in funding so that the developers of the joint venture, Native Land and Grosvenor can proceed with the scheme.

Despite the five buildings, the tallest of which will be 24 floors, containing 370 flats in such a prestigious and sought after position in London, surely there should be struggles for any investor to get financing for property?

In this case however the development is impervious thanks to one small thing - the location. Southwark and most specifically Bankside have become classic examples of property micro-markets in action.

The area is being driven partly by the prestige that the Tate Modern has conferred on it, not to mention the easy walking distance to the City of London, and the general cultured feel it has.

There's also the small matter of property prices which compared to other areas such as Knightsbridge are substantially lower per square foot meaning that as an "super prime" location, that is somewhere with £5 million+ properties, the area is still gentrifying on the extreme luxury end of the scale giving it plenty of scope for future property prices and making it attractive to other developers wanting to get in on this.

With such area it's perfectly possible that it can buck the trend, even if there is falling property prices on the whole in London. This has been reflected already by the price increases in developments like Bankside Lofts of 25% in a single year as those with money compete against each other to live there.

Even if the average house price in London does fall the prices on Bankside are going up by so much above the average that the fall will have to be catastrophic to see a decline here.

Conveniently for the developers, Project Bankside is located almost adjacent Bankside Lofts giving the financiers at the Bank of Scotland a good idea of what the properties could be worth once complete showing the importance of a perfect location for the site.

As long as the area continues to be as fashionable as it currently is, supply will outstrip demand making future developments all the more possible too. The micro market of Bankside, and those other hot-spots scattered throughout the country, will weather a storm much easier than the average apartment block in London meaning that although we could have house price problems it doesn't mean the end to all development, simply more clustering.





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Old January 12th, 2008, 04:04 AM   #1089
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Old January 12th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #1090
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That's a Ground skyscrapers, even I like the design this building is a way too massive and not enouth tall.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 02:16 PM   #1091
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It was proposed taller originally, but they had to reduce it because it's near the Tower of London.
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Old January 12th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #1092
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Old January 12th, 2008, 06:22 PM   #1093
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The transformation London has gone through over the last 25 years is astounding. It's certainly not the impoverished run down place of my youth. When you see the place day in day out, the gradual improvements aren't as noticeable. When you leave then come back 2 and a half decades later, the changes are monumental. I barely recognize the place.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #1094
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Money in the Bankside
2008 Issue 1

By Karolin Schaps

Developers Native Land and Grosvenor have secured £170m of funding for Project Bankside, their residential scheme on London’s South Bank.

Bank of Scotland Corporate put up the money for the project, which will comprise 370 apartments in five buildings ranging from five to 24 storeys. Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is leading the design team on the scheme, which is expected to be finished in summer 2011. Hoare Lea is the services engineer and WT Partnership is cost consultant.

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Old January 13th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #1095
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Old January 19th, 2008, 11:40 AM   #1096
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London’s Clapham Junction station is to undergo a £400m transformation with ‘twisting’ towers and its own version of Kensington Roof Gardens.

The Metro Shopping Fund, a joint venture between Delancey and Land Securities, plans a 530,000 sq ft scheme with 180,000 sq ft of retail and 350,000 sq ft of flats.

The scheme features two 127 metre-high residential towers, containing 550 flats, which have been given a ‘knee bend’ by adjusting the width of the buildings by 8 inches on each floor. The residential element will also have roof gardens, inspired by those at Kensington.
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The plans, which go to public consultation next week, also include around 30 shops over two storeys, which will border a new public street. Part of the retail will be covered by a ‘butterfly wing’-shaped roof, which is designed to capture and use sunlight.

Metro will also refurbish the existing railway station. It has given land to Network Rail to widen platforms and will pay £15.5m to upgrade rail infrastructure.

Metro hopes to submit a planning application before Easter and aims to complete the redevelopment in early 2012

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This Residential tower in Stratford at 133m(41storeys) recently got planning permission.


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Old January 21st, 2008, 11:16 PM   #1098
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That's a Ground skyscrapers, even I like the design this building is a way too massive and not enouth tall.
I bloody love this building I allways wanted it to be approved I don't see why your so uncertain,personal taste i guess.
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Old January 21st, 2008, 11:57 PM   #1099
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will this all be done when the olympics come in 2012
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good news, london really needs all the new highrises
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