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Old September 9th, 2014, 02:27 PM   #11301
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The Peninsula Tower | Greenwich Peninsula SE10

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=632984

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



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  • Address: The Peninsula Tower, Tunnel Avenue, London SE10
  • Developer: Grove Developments
  • Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Floors: 24
  • Homes: 100



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Old September 9th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #11302
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Riverwalk | Westminster SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1679244

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



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  • Address: 157-161 Millbank, London SW1
  • Developer: Ronson Capital Partners
  • Architect: Stanton Williams
  • Floors: 17
  • Homes: 113



Riverwalk rising, photo by opayek:

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Old September 9th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #11303
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New Ludgate | City of London EC4

London forum thread:http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1427840

Official website: http://newludgate.com/



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  • Address: 1 & 2 New Ludgate, London EC4
  • Developer: Land Securities
  • Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Cost: £260 million ($435m)
  • Total floorspace: 35,000m²



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Old September 9th, 2014, 03:24 PM   #11304
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Battersea Power Station | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=650929

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



Project facts
  • Developer: Sime Darby and SP Setia
  • Masterplan architect: Rafael Viñoly
  • Cost: £8 billion ($13bn)
  • Area: 39 acres
  • Homes: 3,400



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Battersea Power Station, Londres - London by blafond, on Flickr


Battersea Power Station by Eugene Regis, on Flickr
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Old September 9th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #11305
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London Cycle Superhighways

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1544490

Official website: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/...-superhighways



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  • North-South route: Elephant & Castle to King’s Cross (5km)
  • East-West route: Barking to Acton (29km)
  • Cost: £900 million

Plans for Europe's longest segregated urban cycle routes have been unveiled by Transport for London:

- ITV News: Plans unveiled for 18 mile cycling super highway across London

- Evening Standard: World-leading cycle route for London is unveiled

- Cycling Weekly: New Cycle Superhighways unveiled for London






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Old September 9th, 2014, 04:41 PM   #11306
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Old September 9th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #11307
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It's nice to see alot of new building in London, it's so sad that two great (and evil) events happened in 1666 and 1940, The Two Great Fires, well you know, life's like that and what better way to relive the past than building a great future with cutting edge structures!
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Old September 9th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #11308
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Baltimore Tower | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=105569479

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



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  • Address: Baltimore Tower, Baltimore Wharf, London E14
  • Developer: Galliard Developments
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Height: 150m
  • Floors: 44



The core has reached level 44. Photos by chest:



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Old September 10th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #11309
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Two Fifty One | Elephant & Castle SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=103511326

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



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  • Address: 251 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1
  • Developer: Oakmayne
  • Architect: Allies & Morrison
  • Height: 134m
  • Floors: 41



The site of Two Fifty One following the demolition of Eileen House. Construction imminent, photo by geogregor:

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Old September 10th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #11310
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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:51 AM   #11311
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Elephant Park | Elephant & Castle SE17

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=113026237

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



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  • Address: Heygate Street, London SE17
  • Developer: Lend Lease
  • Main architect: MAKE Architects
  • Cost: £1.5 billion ($2.3bn)
  • Homes: 5,300





Piles of rubble following the demolition of the Heygate Estate's slab blocks. Photo by geogregor:

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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:57 AM   #11312
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Nova Victoria | Victoria SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=430049

Official website: http://www.novasw1.com/



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  • Developer: Land Securities
  • Architect: PLP Architecture
  • Cost: £2.2 billion ($3.6bn)
  • Floorspace: 1,057,000 ft²





Construction progress today at Nova Victoria. Photos by geogregor:





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Old September 11th, 2014, 01:29 AM   #11313
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190 Strand | Aldwych WC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1743102

Official website: http://www.190strand.co.uk/



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  • Address: 190 Strand, London WC2
  • Developer: St Edward
  • Architect: Grid Architects
  • Floors: 8
  • Homes: 206





Crane up at the 190 Strand site today. Photos by geogregor:



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Old September 11th, 2014, 01:30 AM   #11314
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Hey SE9 ! great job !

Do you know when Nova Victoria will be finished ? and Baltimore tower ?
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Old September 11th, 2014, 01:35 AM   #11315
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Hey SE9 ! great job !

Do you know when Nova Victoria will be finished ? and Baltimore tower ?
Cheers.

Nova Victoria is due for completion in Q3 2016. Baltimore Tower is due to be complete in Q4 2016.

In both instances, 'complete' means ready for occupation.
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Old September 11th, 2014, 12:23 PM   #11316
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The Zig Zag Building | Victoria SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1427764

Official website: http://thezigzagbuilding.com/



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  • Address: 66-74 Victoria Street, London SW1
  • Developer: Land Securities
  • Architect: Lynch Architects
  • Floors: 7



Yesterday at the Zig Zag Building, photo by geogregor:

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SE9 => Aww.. and any news from the Pinnacle ?
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Old September 11th, 2014, 04:31 PM   #11318
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Love Nova Victoria.
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SE9 => Aww.. and any news from the Pinnacle ?
Not yet. When there is, it'll be posted here.
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Old September 12th, 2014, 12:17 AM   #11320
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‘Cheesegrater’ melts into cluster of City’s tall buildings
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It is the tallest office building in the City of London, it has the fastest panoramic lifts in Europe and, when the landscape around it is finished, it will create one of the biggest public spaces in the City.

The curious thing though is that, until you are right up against it, you do not really see it. It sounds absurd, but the City’s newest skyscraper, 122 Leadenhall Street, keeps a remarkably low profile.

The 225-metre, £268m tower, dubbed the “Cheesegrater”, slopes back to preserve citywide views of St Paul’s Cathedral and is carved out at street level to create a plaza. It is the latest instalment in what is increasingly looking like the Rogers & Foster show at the heart of London’s historic centre.

The new tower stands opposite Richard Rogers’ Lloyd's Building. Behind that looms the glass scallops of Norman Foster’s Willis Faber building. Behind the tower itself, Foster’s Gherkin pokes up its pickled head. The cluster of buildings underlines the changes in the City since the Post Big Bang completion of Lloyd’s in 1986 when, with the exception of the pinstriped NatWest Tower (Now Tower 42), it was the biggest thing around.

The architecture of the City was, not long ago, bland and anonymous and almost no one could have named the architects behind any of its postwar buildings. Yet now Lords Foster and Rogers have become ubiquitous, albeit Rogers is attempting to put his own personality more into the background with his rebranding of the practice Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners.

The Cheesegrater is the work of Graham Stirk. The spiky haired architect cuts a very different figure to Rogers. But both architects are keen to point out the public space below the building, how the structure has been cut back to create a plaza that allows a route through the site and a link-up with the neighbouring St Helens’ Square. “Building tall,” said Mr Stirk “has allowed us to make a fantastic, seven-storey, sunlit public space below.”

But the new square itself is problematic. There is an astonishing array of defensive measures to make it clear that while it may be open to the public, it is still OURS. There are stone benches-cum-barriers pocked with the biggest and ugliest anti-skateboard studs I’ve ever seen. Then there are Rogers’ characteristic nautical-looking tubular vents, as first seen on Paris’s Centre Pompidou, appropriating the pavement as a huge service duct. Add to this another row of glass screens and then the escalators which descend into the plaza and the whole thing looks extraordinarily defensive.

The building itself, however, is impressive. It stands on spindly steel legs which hit the pavement at an angle and a glass canopy appears to protect the pedestrian area from rain but is actually an apron to deflect the mighty downdraft deflected by the tower’s sloping front. Everywhere the tower’s diagonal grid structure has been made visible. Colour has been subtly used to pick out steels and differentiate between functions. Compared even to Renzo Piano’s massive but elegantly ethereal Shard, the Cheesegrater is impressive, finely detailed and less clumsy as it meets the ground.

The building is 53 per cent let with US insurance broker Aon relocating their HQ from Chicago and taking out such a big chuck they get their own dedicated escalator and lobby.

The City’s intention was always to develop a cluster of towers at its heart, a grouping of skyscrapers that express the intensity of the financial activity on the ground and the Cheesegrater is very much part of that conception. The mass of the so called Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street), which stands apart from this cluster can now be seen to be doing real damage to the City’s profile. The Leadenhall tower though is a genuinely elegant and thoughtful addition to the City’s skyline, a spike in the cluster, an angular riposte to Foster’s curvaceous Gherkin and a landmark that, despite its height, has the dignity to not shout too loud.
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