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Old November 20th, 2014, 03:51 PM   #11921
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What are you rambling on about? It has nothing to do with the Blitz. It has everything to do with the fact that most of these enormous London developments are actually redevelopments of previously used land or brownsites. The poor urban planning after the war lead to London being filled up with awful high rises that were not fit for purpose and an embarrassment to the city. Now we've finally gotten around to tearing them down.

Battersea power station is at the centre of one of the largest urban developments in Europe, and it was decommissioned thirty years ago. It has sat unused since then.
I think that the gent was talking about your '30 years' comment which seemed to imply that no decent towers were being designed/built at that time.

The reason for this acutally is somewhat The War and indeed the Blitz. London didn't have much money circulating in terms of mass business... if there was it was likely sucked into something else such as the public sector and what not. It still retained it's status as a financial world powerhouse - but literally it just did retain, it didn't grow; thus there was not a need for large skyscrapers only to have empty floors - a great example of this being Centre Point. What we have seen from the 90's - 10's is a mass expansion, and now there is a need and a large profit in office space and development.

Quite frankly, from the 50's to the 70's London's and indeed Britain's main priority was certainly not building un-needed office space.


Comparing post-war NYC to post-war London is literally pointless. I could explain... but I think it takes mostly common sense to figure that one out.
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Old November 20th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #11922
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Aldgate Place | Aldgate E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1646861

Official website: http://www.aldgate-place.com/



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  • Address: 35 Whitechapel High Street, London SE1
  • Developer: Barratt London and British Land
  • Architect: Allies & Morrison
  • Floors: 26 | 25 | 22
  • Homes: 463





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Old November 20th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #11923
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Sky Gardens | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=724626

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



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  • Address: Sky Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8
  • Developer: Fraser Properties
  • Architect: Carey Jones Architects
  • Height: 120m
  • Floors: 35



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Old November 20th, 2014, 11:54 PM   #11924
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City Forum | Islington EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=834722

Official website: http://www.250cityroad.co.uk/



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  • Address: 250 City Road, London EC1
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Height: 155m | 137m
  • Floors: 41 | 36



Fresh hoardings up at the City Forum site, construction anticipated to start soon. Photo by potto:

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Old November 21st, 2014, 12:19 AM   #11925
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I don't want to admit though
london building each one of them creative and individual design
elegance and simple but beauty

My city must learn from them
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Old November 21st, 2014, 11:09 AM   #11926
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Old November 21st, 2014, 01:32 PM   #11927
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There are lots of exciting projects happening at the moment, makes me wish i was rich enough to live in London! Regardless of how it got to where it is London seems to be the number 1 city in the world at the moment, perhaps a new golden age for the city

Big thanks to you guys who update this thread, it is much appreciated
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Old November 21st, 2014, 03:16 PM   #11928
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I think that the gent was talking about your '30 years' comment which seemed to imply that no decent towers were being designed/built at that time.

The reason for this acutally is somewhat The War and indeed the Blitz. London didn't have much money circulating in terms of mass business... if there was it was likely sucked into something else such as the public sector and what not. It still retained it's status as a financial world powerhouse - but literally it just did retain, it didn't grow; thus there was not a need for large skyscrapers only to have empty floors - a great example of this being Centre Point. What we have seen from the 90's - 10's is a mass expansion, and now there is a need and a large profit in office space and development.

Quite frankly, from the 50's to the 70's London's and indeed Britain's main priority was certainly not building un-needed office space.


Comparing post-war NYC to post-war London is literally pointless. I could explain... but I think it takes mostly common sense to figure that one out.
I was talking about overall skyscraper space, not the quality of individual buildings. That was pretty clear, I think. Of course decent towers have been built. But not a lot of them - there are more skyscrapers over 150m under construction right now than were built in the whole of the 60s, 70s, and 80s. And for the same cutoff, there are more approved designs for future projects than existing buildings already finished.

Noone is doubting the economic reasons for this change. Nor the reasons for London's retardation of skyscraper construction. As I said in my original post, the quality of London's skyscrapers is undisputed. And a lot of them are being built for the reasons you just outlined - a rapid expansion of London's economy after decades of stunted growth (ie, prior to the 90s). But many of these projects are filling vacuums that don't exist in other global cities. Many of them are regenerative projects; many utilize existing neglect in their designs. That's different than the same kind of skyscraper elsewhere. It's a different economic reality.

So when someone says that London has the best skyscrapers in the world, or the biggest boom of new construction of any city - which it does - one needs to remember that, as you said, the reasons for this current trend are particular to London, and taken out of context can distort the truth about the city and its economic strength.
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Old November 21st, 2014, 07:34 PM   #11929
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It's the most interesting take on NLV I've seen thus far!

I wasn't aware that construction was so advanced.
Move in date for residents set to be April from what I've heard from a neighbour moving in there.

The building next to it really needs to go though!
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Old November 21st, 2014, 09:04 PM   #11930
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Move in date for residents set to be April from what I've heard from a neighbour moving in there.

The building next to it really needs to go though!
Agreed, along with several other buildings in that vicinity.
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Old November 21st, 2014, 09:04 PM   #11931
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Novotel Canary Wharf | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=573332

Official website: N/A



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  • Address: 40 Marsh Wall, London E14
  • Developer: Accor
  • Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker Architects
  • Height: 124m
  • Floors: 39



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Old November 21st, 2014, 09:53 PM   #11932
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Sprouting up all over the place aren't they now. Next year will be quite interesting then 2016
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 01:36 PM   #11933
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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



The One Blackfriars site yesterday, photo by stevekeiretsu:


One Blackfriars worksite from South Bank Tower by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 03:41 PM   #11934
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What about Tottenham Court Road, any recent pics...? I haven't seen the constructions happening next to Centrepoint for months and I'd love to see their progress...
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 03:55 PM   #11935
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There's currently scaffolding climbing up the face of Centre Point. I'll post Crossrail progress there as the photos come!
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Old November 22nd, 2014, 11:28 PM   #11936
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Can't wait for Blackfriars to rise.
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 12:28 AM   #11937
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One Angel Court | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1373611

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



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  • Address: 1 Angel Court, London EC2
  • Developer: Stanhope
  • Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Height: 101m
  • Floors: 24



Demolition at One Angel Court close to reaching its conclusion. The core is being retained for use in the new development. Photo by John80:

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Old November 23rd, 2014, 01:00 AM   #11938
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One The Elephant | Elephant & Castle SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=105441658

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



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  • Address: One The Elephant, Churchyard Row, London SE1
  • Developer: Lend Lease
  • Architect: Squire and Partners
  • Height: 123m
  • Floors: 37



One The Elephant viewed from the City of London, photo by John80:

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Old November 23rd, 2014, 12:03 PM   #11939
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I remember a project looking like a rocket...what happened to it?
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Old November 23rd, 2014, 05:24 PM   #11940
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With all the new projects being confirmed and proposed in London, it's a bit weird not seeing something else when visiting this forum for a few days lol.
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