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Old October 7th, 2014, 03:55 PM   #11501
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Go-ahead for 700-home London Royal Mail scheme



London’s mayor has approved plans to build almost 700 homes on part of the capital’s Mount Pleasant postal sorting site.

Boris Johnson gave the go-ahead after the amount of affordable housing originally proposed was doubled.

Royal Mail Group called on the Mayor’s help after squabbles over the 1m sq ft residential-led scheme with the London Boroughs of Islington and Camden whose jurisdiction the site straddles.

The high rise scheme will transform the area surrounding Farringdon Road and Phoenix Place.

In total, 681 homes will be built, 163 of which will be affordable. There will also be shops, offices, restaurants and public space on half of the site.

Johnson, said: “London is growing at a record rate and within a few years there will be more people living here than at any time in the city’s history.

“Building new homes is absolutely crucial and by working closely with the local authorities and Royal Mail we have been able to bring forward a scheme that had been in serious danger of stalling while doubling the amount of affordable homes.”

Martin Gafsen, Royal Mail Group Property Director, said: “The next step for Royal Mail is to complete the design of the pre-development works at Mount Pleasant, which are vital to separate our mail operations from the planned residential areas.

“Royal Mail will continue to work with the GLA, local authorities, businesses and the community as we progress with our development.”

The remaining half of the Mount Pleasant site will continue to be a postal sorting office, employing up to 3,200 people.

Since 2009, the Mayor has called in 12 planning applications to speed up the decision-making process so that it is possible to reach a verdict on these vitally-important applications in a timely fashion.

Planning permission is subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement. The architects for the scheme are AHMM, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Allies and Morrison and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...l-mail-scheme/
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Old October 7th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #11502
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The phrase 'affordable housing' is so offensively political that I'm actually amazed at how sinister Boris has been with it all. The renaming of social housing for no other reason than to increase rates, and then to use it in this marketing spiel, as though: 'no look guys, this massively expensive and exclusive new property scheme has ~15% affordable housing, it's good for society' was a valid excuse. It's all so cartoonishly evil.

Anyone who understands anything at all about what 'affordable housing' actually means would see right through the entire thing. It's just squeezing undesirable people out of large areas of London, masking the whole deal as some crusade of support for the poor when in fact it's the literal opposite.

Look at how he uses the fight for an increased number of affordable homes as political cachet. It's so unbelievably Orwellian.
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Old October 7th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #11503
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They should have to also publish the number of 'social housing' homes, in addition to 'affordable housing'. 'Affordable housing' in London only needs to be 80% of market rate. Since London prices are so high, this means the name has little meaning. Example: if a two bed flat is £900,000 (as they are in some zone 2 and many zone 1 boroughs) then an affordable flat could still be £720,000.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:08 AM   #11504
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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 Viρoly
  • Cost: £8 billion ($13bn)
  • Area: 39 acres
  • Homes: 3,400


New images of the Frank Gehry and Norman Foster designed phase 3 have been released today. The phase will include 1,305 homes, with the price list also released today:

- Building Design: Gehry and Foster's Battersea flats revealed

- Architects Journal: New images of Foster and Gehry's Battersea flats revealed

- Arch Daily: New Images Released of Foster and Gehry’s Battersea Power Station Designs
















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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #11505
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The Ram Quarter | Wandsworth SW18

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=498957

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



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  • Address: Ram Street, London SW18
  • Developer: Greenland Group
  • Architect: EPR Architects
  • Cost: £1 billion ($1.6bn)
  • Homes: 661




Demolition has commenced at the Ram Brewery site, making way for the Ram Quarter development. Photos taken today by stevekeiretsu:


Ram brewery demolition by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ram Quarter marketing suite by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


Ram Quarter marketing suite by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:27 AM   #11506
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SE9, has phase 3 been put in for planning yet or have they already been given planning permission? .
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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #11507
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Phase 3 has been approved.

Developers don't start marketing homes and publishing price lists if their project hasn't received final approval.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:34 AM   #11508
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One Blackfriars | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=400279

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



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  • Address: 1 Blackfriars Road, London SE1
  • Developer: St George
  • Architect: Ian Simpson Architects
  • Height: 163m
  • Floors: 52



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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:36 AM   #11509
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I know you like to match render and photo closely where possible, so to go with your River Wandle render, I'll offer this. Unfortunately taken in the opposite direction since the vantage point in the render would require me to be flattened by a bus. Imagine the tower sitting foreground right-hand-side, with the red brick mid-rises on the left

Wandle through the brewery site by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old October 8th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #11510
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this looks nice but I can't help thinking it's a bigger, slightly untidier version of this previous, a couple of miles away

Albion Riverside by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

wonder if it was intentional.

can't wait to see how the Gehry turns out in reality.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 01:20 AM   #11511
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Good riddance to that section of the River Wandle. Looks similar to what's happening to the River Ravensbourne through Lewisham at the moment, albeit at a less advanced stage.

I prefer Foster's building to Albion Riverside, but it'll be totally eclipsed in terms of attention by Gehry's buildings when complete.
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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

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



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  • Cost: £15 billion ($24bn)
  • Stations: 34
  • Route length: 136km


A look at London's new Crossrail project
CNN | 7 October 2014



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Old October 8th, 2014, 01:38 AM   #11513
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An example of the demand which is helping drive London's real estate market:


Decoding Global Talent
The Boston Consulting Group | October 2014








Release: Decoding Global Talent 2014






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London trumps New York as the most desirable city for international job seekers
Sydney Morning Herald | 6 October 2014

London has trumped New York and Paris as the most desirable city for job seekers to relocate to.

Nearly two-thirds of the 200,000 people in 189 countries surveyed by Boston Consulting Group, the consultancy, and The *Network (a group of 50 recruitment websites) were willing to move to another city or country for work *purposes.

"It is a world in which the geographic barriers to employment are coming down, including in the minds of some of the most talented and highly educated workers," said Rainer Strack, a senior partner at BCG.

The researchers found the most *preferred destination was London, *followed by New York and Paris.

The foreign-born worker population in both London and New York is about 3 million. Of the top 15 cities that job seekers said they would most like to move to, the US had the highest number with three, followed by Germany and Spain, both with two.

"If you ask a young person in this country, 'where do you want to go in the UK?' they will never say Liverpool or Manchester," said Ali Aslan Gumus, a 45-year-old quoted in the report who had worked in Brussels and was now back in his native Turkey.

"They all say 'London' because of the Turkish population over there, and the cultural harmonisation."
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Good riddance to that section of the River Wandle. Looks similar to what's happening to the River Ravensbourne through Lewisham at the moment, albeit at a less advanced stage.
(Fingers crossed) the river will be such a huge asset to Wandsworth Town centre in future.

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I prefer Foster's building to Albion Riverside, but it'll be totally eclipsed in terms of attention by Gehry's buildings when complete.
They're both Foster's!

But yes, good point. It does rather well at being 'interesting' / non-linear enough to look like a fitting 'reflection' to Gehry's unusual surfaces across the pedestrian way, without being zany and fighting for attention.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 01:43 AM   #11515
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My bad! You can tell Albion Riverside barely registers on the radar of this south-easterner.
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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: 151m
  • Floors: 41

The core of the South Bank Tower has now topped out. Photo by chest:

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Old October 8th, 2014, 11:17 AM   #11517
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Olympic Stadium | Stratford E20

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=694556

Official website: http://www.olympicstadium.whufc.com/



Project facts
  • Home ground: West Ham United
  • Capacity: 54,000
  • UEFA category: 4



Work on the new roof structure has commenced:


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Old October 8th, 2014, 03:24 PM   #11518
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NYC based real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield have released their annual report on global real estate investment volumes. London ranks #2 for total investment volumes and #1 for international investment volumes:



Winning in Growth Cities 2014-2015
Cushman & Wakefield | October 2014








Release: Winning in Growth Cities 2014-2015








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These are the top cities for property investment
CNBC | 7 October 2014

The global property investment market grew to $788 billion in the year to June 2014, with New York hanging on to its title as the top city for investment, a new report shows.

According to Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), global real estate investment volumes rose 17.2 percent in the twelve months to June 2014, as cross-border and domestic investments increased 38.8 and 11.3 percent respectively.

For the fourth consecutive year, New York has claimed the top spot with volumes growing 12.6 percent year-on-year to $55.4 billion, capturing 7 percent of global market share.

But second-placed London is hot on the heels of the Big Apple, with a 40 percent surge in investment activity to $47.2 billion fueled by cross-border investors. The U.K. capital remains "by far" the most favored market among international players, attracting a 14.1 percent share of international capital ahead of Paris -5.5 percent – and New York's 4.9 percent.
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Old October 8th, 2014, 04:04 PM   #11519
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I like the Battersea Power Station project, but I doubt most Londoners could ever afford to live there.
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Phase 3 has been approved.

Developers don't start marketing homes and publishing price lists if their project hasn't received final approval.
When are they looking to have all the phases complete ?.
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