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Old March 14th, 2015, 11:55 AM   #13381
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Old March 14th, 2015, 02:02 PM   #13382
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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/



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



The Sky Gardens starting to rise. Photo taken yesterday by stevekeiretsu:


Vauxhall Skygarden u/c by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old March 14th, 2015, 02:30 PM   #13383
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THE THREE SPIRES:
Proposed to be constructed next to the Shard, soon to be Shard Baby and the suggested 'third' shard.
Finally we will have a cluster on the Shards side of the river to rival the City


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Old March 14th, 2015, 03:12 PM   #13384
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That was proposed years ago.
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Old March 14th, 2015, 05:00 PM   #13385
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Beautiful.
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Old March 14th, 2015, 05:42 PM   #13386
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That would be a terrific project if built.
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Old March 14th, 2015, 06:07 PM   #13387
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Eight firms win £1.6bn London major projects framework

Eight firms are understood to have secured places on a new London major projects framework that will be used to deliver jobs worth more than £10m.

The new framework forms part of the wider umbrella Southern Construction Framework, which aims to draw together a panel of contractors covering public works in the south of England.

The largest of the three panels is the London lot, estimated to be worth up to £1.6bn over four years on past spending records.

Local authority backers expect to call upon the firms to bid for mainly education projects.

Although buildings for the emergency services, health services, civic offices and housing are also within its scope.

The framework has been designed to dovetail with the London construction programme major works frameworks agreement, which covers smaller projects.

An announcement also covering the remaining south east and southern lots is expected shortly.
http://www.constructionenquirer.com/...cts-framework/
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Old March 14th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #13388
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Proposed London plan to turn disused underground lines into a cycle superhighway.
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Source: Dezeen. Architecture firm Gensler wants to repurpose London's abandoned tube tunnels to create a subterranean network of pathways that generate electricity as people walk and cycle through them.

The proposal – named the London Underline, in a kind of mash-up between the London Underground rail network and New York's popular High Line park – suggests that the city's disused tunnels could provide the answer to overcrowding on other transport routes. London's underground network includes a number of old stations and tunnels that have been retired from service and now sit empty.

These neglected spaces could offer cycleways that are safer and less crowded than the roads, but could also host to pop-up shops, cafes and cultural offerings for pedestrians, says Gensler. "Now that London has reached the highest level of population in its history, we need to think creatively about how to maximise the potential of our infrastructure," explained Ian Mulcahey, co-director of Gensler London. "The adaptation of surplus and underutilised tube and rail tunnels could provide a quick and simple addition to our infrastructure network."

The firm proposes using a system called Pavegen instead of conventional paving slabs to line the tunnels. These engineered surfaces convert energy from footsteps into electrical power. More of these slabs could also be integrated into the ground at a well-used train or tube station – the firm suggests Charing Cross or Holborn – to ensure the network produces more energy than it uses. "Gensler's proposal brings back an ignored part of the city through the collective efforts of its citizens," said designer Trevor To. "By harnessing the kinetic energy of everyone's footsteps, a whole new urban space is unlocked underneath the city." "This self-sustaining approach to urban infrastructure is key to a carbon-neutral community, and London could lead the world once again in merging tradition with innovation to create a better future," he added.

The first tunnels under consideration are a series of underground spaces in central London, between the existing stations at Green Park and Holborn, as well as the now-defunct Aldwych, which would act as access points. To link disconnected sections, old reservoir chambers and exchanges would also be surveyed for reuse – part of what the firm describes as "an untapped surplus of disused space in subterranean infrastructure".

Gensler isn't the first firm to propose an alternative to cycling on London's roads, which hit the headlines at the end of 2013 when six cyclists were killed in a two-week period. London mayor Boris Johnson recently approved plans to create Europe's longest segregated cycle lane through the city centre, while a team including London firm Foster + Partners previously unveiled a concept to build a network of elevated pathways above London's railways.


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Old March 14th, 2015, 10:14 PM   #13389
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Already debunked as too conservative and not feasible.
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Old March 14th, 2015, 10:18 PM   #13390
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Yeah but of all the proposed cycle 'superhighways' this is by far the most feasible and cost effective. The scheme that Foster & Partners suggested was damn-right ridiculous. So was the one suggested to be built floating on the Thames. Even the one currently being built in a conventional style has caused traffic and logistical chaos.
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London's derelict tube tunnels reimagined as a pedestrian and cycle network
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Architecture firm Gensler wants to repurpose London's abandoned tube tunnels to create a subterranean network of pathways that generate electricity as people walk and cycle through them.

The proposal – named the London Underline, in a kind of mash-up between the London Underground rail network and New York's popular High Line park – suggests that the city's disused tunnels could provide the answer to overcrowding on other transport routes.

London's underground network includes a number of old stations and tunnels that have been retired from service and now sit empty. These neglected spaces could offer cycleways that are safer and less crowded than the roads, but could also host to pop-up shops, cafes and cultural offerings for pedestrians, says Gensler.

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Gensler and Foster's visions will both stay on the drawing board.

No substitute for the development of London's cycle infrastructure at surface level.
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Old March 14th, 2015, 11:08 PM   #13392
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Gensler and Foster's visions will both stay on the drawing board.

No substitute for the development of London's cycle infrastructure at surface level.
But even at surface level it is still impractical, since all current ground level cycle lanes under construction are causing traffic and logistical chaos. The main problem is that unlike modern cities London was built over thousands of years rather than being planned for modern transport needs. If only we could build a time machine.........
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Old March 15th, 2015, 04:26 AM   #13393
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I also thought that SkyCycle thing looked ridiculous.
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Old March 15th, 2015, 10:02 AM   #13394
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But even at surface level it is still impractical, since all current ground level cycle lanes under construction are causing traffic and logistical chaos. The main problem is that unlike modern cities London was built over thousands of years rather than being planned for modern transport needs. If only we could build a time machine.........
The problem with disused tunnels is that they only cover a finite number of routes. None of note here south of the river, for example.
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I also thought that SkyCycle thing looked ridiculous.
A good piece on its absurdity: http://www.copenhagenize.com/2014/01...by-norman.html
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Old March 15th, 2015, 10:32 AM   #13396
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London airports’ PR battle heats up ahead of runway verdict
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London’s two main airports are fighting to win public support ahead of an imminent decision on whether Heathrow or Gatwick should benefit from extra capacity to solve the southeast’s capacity crunch.

John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow, has even raised the possibility that Gatwick may be promoting a second runway simply to stymie his own plans for a third.

“Some people I talk to would say, of course, they [Gatwick] never mean to do anything anyway; they just want to stop us expanding,” he said. “I have no idea.”

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Old March 15th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #13397
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Flying a drone through Crossrail tunnels
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Old March 15th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #13398
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But even at surface level it is still impractical, since all current ground level cycle lanes under construction are causing traffic and logistical chaos. The main problem is that unlike modern cities London was built over thousands of years rather than being planned for modern transport needs. If only we could build a time machine.........
Still, London is perfectly capable of handling mass cycling, I assure you.

Segregated cycle paths are all it takes.
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Old March 15th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #13399
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WHY!!!! Why can't the government just build a runway at Heathrow and one at Gatwick. We need extra capacity right now, not in 2020 when the government suggested. Already Heathrow(operating at 99% capacity) and Gatwick(also at a similar level) are losing out to European rivals. Heathrow needs to regain its crown from Dubai International and sort itself out. Stop Quarrelling!
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Old March 15th, 2015, 02:34 PM   #13400
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WHY!!!! Why can't the government just build a runway at Heathrow and one at Gatwick. We need extra capacity right now, not in 2020 when the government suggested. Already Heathrow(operating at 99% capacity) and Gatwick(also at a similar level) are losing out to European rivals. Heathrow needs to regain its crown from Dubai International and sort itself out. Stop Quarrelling!
You'd have a different opinion on the issue if you lived near either of these airports, true story. I live in near Gatwick takes me 5 minutes to get there by car. Its not exactly pleasant choking up on the smoke. Airline pollution is bad and now we have cracking near too, can it get any worse, apparently soo.
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