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Old August 1st, 2014, 03:35 PM   #11081
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Canary Wharf could open shops 24hrs a Day:

Link: http://www.retailgazette.co.uk/artic...24-hours-a-day

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Shops and bars in Canary Wharf could be opened for 24 hours a day in response to round the clock tube services to be rolled out next year.
Camille Waxer, Canary Wharf’s chief administrative officer told Retail Gazette that Transport for London’s changes could alter its opening hours significantly.

“It will certainly make us consider 24 hour trading for future retailing at Canary Wharf”, she said. Its bar offering, which currently closes at midnight, allows customers enough time to catch the last tube home before it closes.

She added: “It will definitely provide an opportunity for more people to visit Canary Wharf with the extended hours so in theory it should result in additional sales.”

High streets and shopping centres have struggled in the face of strong competition from online retailers which allow consumers to order products at any time. Retailers such as Next and Asda now give consumers same day delivery for less than the price of a return tube ticket in London.
Canary Wharf currently has over 300 shops and bars and over the past 20 years has grown from a derelict Docklands brownfield site to a financial and increasingly retail-centred hub.

The ‘Night Tube’ will serve Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line and other major lines from 2015 while click and collect lockers could be rolled out to the station soon.

Canary Wharf contains around 14,000,000 sq ft of office and retail space, of which around 7,900,000 sq ft is owned by Canary Wharf Group.
In light of the station being 24hr, shops are probably thinking about the future Crossrail project as well. Either way, CW is becoming a more cultural part of London.

What do you guys think?
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Old August 1st, 2014, 03:55 PM   #11082
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A good initiative! I often meet friends at Smollensky's bar at Reuters Plaza for a late night drink, however, shutting at 12 can be a nuisance especially if your staying near the vicinity of Canary Wharf and don't wish to travel to the West End. The 24hr weekend underground service can't come sooner enough.
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Old August 1st, 2014, 05:21 PM   #11083
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Ruskin Square | Croydon CR0

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=580546

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



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  • Developer: Stanhope and Schroders
  • Architect: Shedkm
  • Cost: £500 million ($860m)
  • Homes: 625
  • Office space: 22,000m²







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Old August 1st, 2014, 05:24 PM   #11084
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South Bank Tower | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=429988

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



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  • Address: South Bank Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1
  • Developer: CIT
  • Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Height: 155m
  • Floors: 41

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Old August 1st, 2014, 05:28 PM   #11085
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New US Embassy | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=728176

Official website: http://london.usembassy.gov/new_embassy.html



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  • Address: 33 Nine Elms Lane, London SW8
  • Cost: $1 billion
  • Architect: Kieran Timberlake
  • Completion: 2017



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Old August 1st, 2014, 05:30 PM   #11086
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Embassy Gardens | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1738434

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



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  • Developer: Ballymore Group
  • Architects: Terry Farrell and Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AHMM and FLACQ
  • Homes: 1,982
  • Site area: 15 acres





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Old August 1st, 2014, 07:16 PM   #11087
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Stunning updates.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 06:34 PM   #11088
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Crossrail 2, underground ring road and estuary airport top Boris's list for London

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a consultation on a long-term infrastructure plan for London that could cost £1.3tn to 2050.

Further Crossrail projects, an underground ring road and a four-runway hub in the Thames estuary are among the infrastructure projects the draft London Infrastructure Plan 2050 says are necessary.

It says Crossrail 2 must be approved and that a series of new river crossings are needed to allow the capital to continue to operate efficiently and successfully.

The plan also calls for a short-term investment of £210m on electricity substations and the formulation of a long-term plan to use energy more efficiently.

Arup estimated that the total investment in London’s infrastructure between 2016 and 2050 could amount to £1.3tn.

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Old August 3rd, 2014, 07:24 PM   #11089
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Boris Johnson may be launching a consultation exercise for his pet megaprojects for London, but its challenging to see if any of these projects really will be supported by central government, whoever is in power. Of all these projects, I would assume Crossrail 2 in some form will happen, perhaps in the 2030s once the national HST project is largely complete.

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Old August 3rd, 2014, 11:30 PM   #11090
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Boris Johnson may be launching a consultation exercise for his pet megaprojects for London, but its challenging to see if any of these projects really will be supported by central government, whoever is in power. Of all these projects, I would assume Crossrail 2 in some form will happen, perhaps in the 2030s once the national HST project is largely complete.
I think the most unlikely is the Thames hub airport. The ring road might be possible because London needs to improve its motorway infrastructure.
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Old August 3rd, 2014, 11:36 PM   #11091
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I can't see the ring road happening. You only have to look at the history of the south circular to see what'll happen.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 11:55 AM   #11092
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I can't see the ring road happening. You only have to look at the history of the south circular to see what'll happen.
Those were different times.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:31 PM   #11093
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Estimations up to 2050?

They have to be really lucky to guess that. No one in 1914 knew what the world was going to become in 1950.

Anyway, Crossrail is the only realistic project, in my opinion. The other ones are too expensive.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:49 PM   #11094
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Estimations up to 2050?

They have to be really lucky to guess that. No one in 1914 knew what the world was going to become in 1950.

Anyway, Crossrail is the only realistic project, in my opinion. The other ones are too expensive.
Would be very naïve not to calculate estimates for the future, to better adapt a fast changing city for many scenarios. Plus 2050 is 36 years away, putting it like that shows in the grand scheme of things it is not that far away.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 04:09 PM   #11095
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Estimations up to 2050?

They have to be really lucky to guess that. No one in 1914 knew what the world was going to become in 1950.

Anyway, Crossrail is the only realistic project, in my opinion. The other ones are too expensive.
Expanding Heathrow and/or Gatwick is going to get an insane amount of pushback from locals. It always has and always will.

Nobody lives in the Thames Estuary. There are no back yards for the NIMBYs to protect. That alone makes the Estuary nonsense feasible in my mind.

Never calculate the likelihood of a government project based on cost. Always base it on political ramifications. Are we in trying financial times? Absolutely. But we're also one of the wealthiest countries on Earth and that means our government really does have 30 billion to blow on some Boris Johnson vanity project.

The sad truth is there were a shitload of people against HS2. Locals and interested parties. And the thing is still going to get built. Imagine how easy it will be to push some mega airport through the system if closing/scaling down Heathrow is part of the package. Along with thousands of new homes and businesses etc.

Plus, anything in the estuary, even a massively scaled back single or double runway airport, is going to accelerate the closure of London City, which frees up literally billions of valuable central London real estate and appeases prestige developers desperate to break the flight ceiling in Canary Wharf.

I'm not saying it's a dead cert. I don't even think it is odds on likely. I'm just saying, expense is way way down on the checklist of things that need to get done for these megaprojects to receive the go-ahead.

Which is to say nothing of the support a lot of them would have. An inner city ring road is probably favoured by a majority of Londoners, especially if some east-London river crossings get packaged in as some sort of 'city infrastructure scheme', which I can see them doing.

Plus, I know plenty of people for whom an expanded Heathrow would be a massive grievance. If that's the preferred alternative to an Estuary thing, then it's going to be the hardest project to get approved since ever.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 04:54 PM   #11096
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Estimations up to 2050?

They have to be really lucky to guess that. No one in 1914 knew what the world was going to become in 1950.

Anyway, Crossrail is the only realistic project, in my opinion. The other ones are too expensive.
Nothing like planning ahead. Your post is wishful thinking.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:12 PM   #11097
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As US embassies go, this one is a little better than most. Normally they look like big, hulking bunkers, which no doubt this one is under the cladding, but at least there's some effort here to make it look palatable. They've even given an aesthetic appeal to the practical. For example, the real purpose of the "moat" is to keep vehicles from getting close, but it actually looks good, and the roundness softens the effect of the square tower.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:35 PM   #11098
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As US embassies go, this one is a little better than most. Normally they look like big, hulking bunkers, which no doubt this one is under the cladding, but at least there's some effort here to make it look palatable. They've even given an aesthetic appeal to the practical. For example, the real purpose of the "moat" is to keep vehicles from getting close, but it actually looks good, and the roundness softens the effect of the square tower.
The current one is not bad looking but most of the building is underground anyway.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:48 PM   #11099
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The South Bank tower is probably the most interesting project in all of London since the Shard, in my opinion. How they could add an extra 1/3 of the original height to a 40-something year old skyscraper is amazing.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 06:40 PM   #11100
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Those were different times.
It's far more difficult today.

Those were times when it was possible to get some major road projects through but even then the plans to expand the south circular and put it underground were scuppered. It'd be virtually impossible nowadays for many reasons. Residents and environmental campaigners would kill any major London road building project stone dead before it got off the drawing board and it's fantasy to pretend otherwise. It's a shame because London could do with some new thinking on road development but it ain't gonna happen.

If anything we're more likely to see plans to reduce demand through road and congestion pricing than we are to see any major increase to capacity.
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