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Old August 13th, 2014, 09:51 PM   #11141
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We've had two extensions to Crossrail seriously considered, reading and onto the WCML. Only Reading has been approved and that's because of the amount of provision left for it in the rebuilding of Reading. The project is running under budget and on time so I'm not too sure where you've got that idea from.

HS2 actually is beneficial to the north because it will mean freight and passenger traffic will actually be able to be added to the WCML in the 2030s rather than slow it down because the line would be at capacity.
Im a strong supporter of HS2 and Crossrail. But a lot of things are being hung from Crossrail and it's a worrying expansion of the original scheme. I think at least one phase should be finished and ran for a while before we start talking about expansions.

The Estuary Airport is a whole other matter. I think it's a fool's errand.

Plus, on all three of these projects, I like to imagine there's some John Hammon guy in an office somewhere saying 'we spared no expense'.

Yeah, that's right John. But when the Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down the pirates don't eat the tourists.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 11:22 AM   #11142
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Galliford Try to start £141m London Royal Docks scheme



Developer Notting Hill Housing has signed up Galliford Try Partnerships to deliver the first phase of a major housing scheme at east London’s historic Royal Docks.

Phase one of the £141m the Great Eastern Quay project will include construction of 350 one to four bedroom homes, nearly half of which will be affordable housing.

The design of the new housing will reflect existing dockside buildings and see a 100-year-old impounded pumping station preserved onsite.

The completed project include 819 new homes, riverside restaurants and bars and retail and business space.

The project marks the largest single contract for Notting Hill Housing.

The Royal Docks collectively form the largest enclosed docks in the world with a water area of nearly 250 acres.

GEQ represents a major step in the wider regeneration and growth of the Royal Docks, which has been identified by London’s Mayor as the capital’s next business district and is set for over 9,000 new homes by 2027.
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...-docks-scheme/
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Old August 14th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #11143
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What is the threshold to be defined as 'affordable housing'?
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Old August 14th, 2014, 12:18 PM   #11144
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What is the threshold to be defined as 'affordable housing'?
If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 03:38 PM   #11145
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Inside the Cheesegrater - Video // The Leadenhall Building:

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/business/...l-cheesegrater

Absolutely brilliant video by The Guardian about London's latest addition. Great insight into the interior of the tower.

Certainly one of the greatest designed towers of the decade - internationally.

What do you guys think?
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Old August 14th, 2014, 10:56 PM   #11146
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Beautiful building. Cheers for posting.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 11:26 PM   #11147
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Is SE9 on holiday or something as this forum is dead quiet ?.
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Old August 15th, 2014, 12:09 AM   #11148
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Is SE9 on holiday or something as this forum is dead quiet ?.
Geezer certainly deserves a break....
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Old August 15th, 2014, 08:58 AM   #11149
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What is the threshold to be defined as 'affordable housing'?
Well as mortgages have been limited to 4.5 times your salary.
4.5 x the average salary £22k = 99k, so no affordable housing for anyone with an average salary or below in London. Any other definition is hyperbole.
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Old August 15th, 2014, 01:19 PM   #11150
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Beautiful building. Cheers for posting.
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Old August 15th, 2014, 01:25 PM   #11151
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Tours of Canary Wharf's new Crossrail Station Announced:

Link: http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.u...nced_1_3724493

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If you’ve ever wanted to see behind the scenes at the Crossrail works, the doors are being thrown open for one weekend

As part of the Open House London weekend on September 20 and 21, members of the public can enjoy tours of three of the network’s sites, including the new Canary Wharf station.
Built in a former dock, visitors can see the new ticket hall and platforms which will pass thousands of people every day when it opens in 2018.
There will also be the chance to see the retail development and roof garden above the station, which are due to be completed next year.
Farringdon Station and Moorgate construction sites will also be open to the public as part of the weekend, which will see more than 800 buildings and sites open for public viewing.

Crossrail tours can be booked via eventbrite.co.uk from September 1.
Great news for Train and Crossrail enthusiasts - not forgetting Photographers too! Beautiful bit of design and engineering.

Will any be attending?
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Old August 16th, 2014, 05:55 PM   #11152
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I spotted this news article. Seems like a good idea?

http://www.theweek.co.uk/uk-news/599...central-london

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Old August 16th, 2014, 07:41 PM   #11153
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Floating pools in the Thames gets a thumbs up from me - London has few good recreational pools and good sites are not always available. By all means begin with one such pool though ultimately I'd suggest building a series of them which could be anchored at a points along the Thames.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 12:25 PM   #11154
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I don't know if being that close to the Thames is a good plan. I mean, there are days where you can practically walk across the river on a thin crust of slime and effluence. Do I really want to be swimming that close to that level of mess?

Point of fact: the disgusting nature of the Thames actually makes up a part of my national pride. I think all great civilizations have to have their own horrendous cesspool right in the middle of their capital. It's a rite of passage.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 02:42 PM   #11155
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I was under the impression the Thames is actually quite clean.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 02:45 PM   #11156
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I was under the impression the Thames is actually quite clean.
It's cleaner now than it has been for centuries but I still wouldn't want to swim in it.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 02:53 PM   #11157
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I was under the impression the Thames is actually quite clean.
It's cleaner than it has been but at least once a month the sewerage system still overflows into the Thames because we still use the original Victorian system.
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Old August 18th, 2014, 03:45 PM   #11158
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It's cleaner than it has been but at least once a month the sewerage system still overflows into the Thames because we still use the original Victorian system.
cooorrr lovely.


In other news, does anyone know where SE9 is?
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Old August 18th, 2014, 03:56 PM   #11159
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It may interest you to know, the River Thames is actually regarded as the cleanest river (flowing through a major city) in the world. More than half of London's sewage waste is treated/compressed into pellet size and shaped objects and sold on as agriculture fertiliser. It is also home to over 130 species of marine creature.. fish/shrimp/shellfish etc etc.. just FYI.
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It may interest you to know, the River Thames is actually regarded as the cleanest river (flowing through a major city) in the world. More than half of London's sewage waste is treated/compressed into pellet size and shaped objects and sold on as agriculture fertiliser. It is also home to over 130 species of marine creature.. fish/shrimp/shellfish etc etc.. just FYI.

All very true...but I still wouldn't want to swim in it.
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