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Old January 15th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #12501
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I think people here make the classic mistake of only equaling London office development/take up with skyscrapers. London's office market always has and always will be blocks of around 8 floors. Every year millions of sq ft of Grade A ( The top level) office space is developed and let across London. The City and CW are only 2 sub markets of which there also include large parts of the West End and places like, Victoria, Waterloo and the Southbank, City Fringes, Kings X, Paddington and now places like Stratford. Almost without exception this are going to be office blocks. Even in the City it is only a small area that is for skyscrapers with the remainder lower rise blocks.

Whilst there is a demand and market for tall buildings they are only really in parts of the City,CW and one offs like the Shard. The London office pipeline has always had millions of sq ft approved, not everything gets built and new schemes are constantly worked up whatever the size. There was a massive amount of offices let with 2014 being one of the most active in a very long time it was just the vast majority of lettings and pre-lets were office blocks although its not to say lettings in skyscrapers have been weak with both 122LH & 20FC doing very well last year. 20FC in particular was 90% let before it officially opened.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 07:13 PM   #12502
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Providence Tower | Blackwall E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=395444

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



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  • Address: Providence Tower, Fairmont Avenue, London E14
  • Developer: Ballymore Group
  • Architect: SOM
  • Height: 136m
  • Floors: 44



New Providence Wharf viewed from East India station, balcony installation ongoing at Providence Tower and its lowrise neighbour. Photos by chest:



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Old January 15th, 2015, 07:28 PM   #12503
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I cant believe the building next door is being demolished, it looks great.
They do? What the heck?
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Old January 15th, 2015, 08:36 PM   #12504
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1 Undershaft | City of London

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1791935

Official website: N/A



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  • Address: 1, Undershaft, London EC3
  • Architect: Avery Associates
  • Height: 270m
  • Floors: 56

Early plans for the demolition and redevelopment of the Aviva Tower:





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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #12505
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I don't like it. I mean, it's okay (at least its main façade), but I think it is too close to the Leadenhall Building.
His back is ugly indeed.
(By the way, sorry if my english is bad )
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #12506
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Quick question? You think they'll let anyone absail down the building?
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:23 PM   #12507
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Argh, all that freaking geometry, a gherkin, a walkie talkie, twisters, pyramids... Please stop the madness! It's screaming out for attention in a bad taste way. Poor London.

It could be good for Canary Wharf though, which rather lacks of interesting shapes (too many boxes). The City skyline needs more balance and harmony, less freaky shapes and designs.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:03 PM   #12508
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Skyscrapers are needed to get the economy running.

Their purpose is to serve their function, first and foremost.

The City needs money, not beauty.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:09 PM   #12509
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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:13 PM   #12510
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I love this proposal it is High-tech architecture, straight out of the Rogers / Foster school and it suits the City cluster very well indeed. Please build!

I also appreciate the different clusters forming in London with their own prominent (although not exclusive) styles:

City Cluster - High Tech
Canary Wharf - North American, Modern, Post modern
Vauxhall / Nine Elms - New London Vernacular

The multiple clusters will create an epic skyline over the next 30 years, exciting times!

Keep up the good work SE9 - best thread on this forum!
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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:14 PM   #12511
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Argh, all that freaking geometry, a gherkin, a walkie talkie, twisters, pyramids... Please stop the madness! It's screaming out for attention in a bad taste way.
As buildings, only four towers (1 Undershaft, The Pinnacle, 52 Lime Street and 30 St Mary Axe) are geometrically unusual. The rest are relatively conventional.

The impact of 1 Undershaft is lessened by following the form of the Leadenhall Building on its southern face. Lessened still when it's viewed with all the City's proposed/approved/uc towers.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #12512
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Love your irony on this one, Stravinsky!
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Old January 16th, 2015, 12:30 AM   #12513
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I actually really like it and hope it gets built.
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Old January 16th, 2015, 03:23 AM   #12514
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I am 100% opposed to it. It's also replacing very nice Miesian skyscraper.
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Old January 16th, 2015, 03:33 AM   #12515
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I am 100% opposed to it. It's also replacing very nice Miesian skyscraper.
What is it with Torontonians and Mies ?
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Old January 16th, 2015, 05:59 AM   #12516
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The tower it is replacing is incredibly boring and bland. So this is definitely an upgrade. I just wish it weren't so....Leadenhall 2.0 in appearance
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Old January 16th, 2015, 08:18 AM   #12517
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^ So much for plaudits for modernism, the international style, now I know, it was just bland.
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Old January 16th, 2015, 08:21 AM   #12518
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^ So much for plaudits for modernism, the international style, now I know, it was just bland.
I don't know what's with this impulse to just ignore one of the greatest movements of architectural history as nothing, just tearing its buildings down without a second thought. Especially when it comes to one of the greatest towers in all of Europe from that movement. They repeat the exact mistakes they condemned about it.

Are people really that historically blind? Or what, historic value just suddenly ends in and right before their lifetimes?
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Old January 16th, 2015, 12:13 PM   #12519
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since i had to google it i might aswell post it. this is the tower supposed to be replaced. i like both, the new and the old one

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Old January 16th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #12520
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Argh, all that freaking geometry, a gherkin, a walkie talkie, twisters, pyramids... Please stop the madness! It's screaming out for attention in a bad taste way. Poor London.
Nice bit of hyperbole there
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