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Old April 16th, 2015, 08:22 PM   #13801
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its not the height, i dont think... it just the design! i mean just look at those designs. in london when an exceptional building appears in the renders, everyone goes nuts. in nyc its just every new proposal, high rise or not. pure pure quality architecture.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 10:30 PM   #13802
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New York is also completely reliant on its skyscrapers and architecture for a personality. It has no history, no place in the world. When you think of New York, you think only of highrise buildings. You think of the Statue of Liberty and Empire State and the canyons of cold granite.

I don't think London is as dependent on those things are New York. Perhaps in a landmark sense. Parliament, London Eye perhaps. But they are icons. Nobody thinks of skyscrapers when they think of London. They think of people and music and markets and street-level activity. Which I think is more valuable and enduring.

New York has to constantly build and constantly build high just to define itself. Perhaps that's untenable, and in a way it's soulless. The supertalls in Manhattan are just money in a different shape. Beautiful, yes. Important, maybe. Architecturally satisfying, probably. But as someone who worked in NYC, the most interesting parts of that city are like London. The lowrise fringes of Brooklyn, Queens. Manhattan may be supremely dense, but it feels empty.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 10:36 PM   #13803
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Whitechapel Square | Whitechapel E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1799595

Official website: http://www.j-sainsbury.co.uk/whitechapel



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  • Address: 1 Cambridge Heath Road, London E1
  • Developer: J Sainsbury plc
  • Architect: UNIT Architects
  • Homes: 608
  • Sainsbury's store: 11,028mē
  • Flexible retail space: 871mē

Plans for Whitechapel Square have been submitted for approval, the planning application can be viewed here.



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Old April 16th, 2015, 10:43 PM   #13804
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City Point | Kidbrooke Village SE9

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=670786

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/prope...brooke-village



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  • Project: Kidbrooke Village (Phase 1)
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Homes: 448

Yesterday at City Point, phase 1 of the Kidbrooke Village development. Photos by SE9:


City Point - Kidbrooke Village, London by SE9 London, on Flickr


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Old April 16th, 2015, 10:46 PM   #13805
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Meridian Gate | Kidbrooke Village SE3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=670786

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/prope...brooke-village



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  • Project: Kidbrooke Village (Phase 4)
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: CZWG
  • Homes: 374

Construction progress at Meridian Gate, phase 4 of the Kidbrooke Village development. Photos by SE9:


Meridian Gate - Kidbrooke Village, London by SE9 London, on Flickr


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Old April 16th, 2015, 11:04 PM   #13806
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Phase 3 | Greenwich Millennium Village SE10

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=102443195

Official website: http://gmv.gb.com/



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  • Developer: Taylor Wimpey
  • Architect: Jestico + Whiles
  • Homes: 1,746
  • Site area: 11 acres



Yesterday at phase 3 of the Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV), photos by SE9:


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Old April 16th, 2015, 11:10 PM   #13807
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Upper Riverside | Greenwich Peninsula SE10

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

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



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  • Developer: Knight Dragon Development
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Homes: 990
  • Retail space: 2,100mē



First piling rig now on-site at Upper Riverside, apartments now being marketed. Photos by SE9:


Peninsula Central East - Greenwich Peninsula, London by SE9 London, on Flickr


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Old April 16th, 2015, 11:31 PM   #13808
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Greenwich Peninsula SE10

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

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



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  • Developer: Knight Dragon
  • Cost: Ģ5 billion ($7.5bn)
  • Homes: 12,678
  • Total floorspace: 1,477,311mē



Construction progress at the first phases of the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan, photos by SE9:


Scape Greenwich - Greenwich Peninsula, London by SE9 London, on Flickr


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Old April 16th, 2015, 11:57 PM   #13809
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It's so great to see that London is booming! Along with the rest of the UK. So many great projects going up at the moment and so many more yet to come!
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Old April 17th, 2015, 12:42 AM   #13810
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Sorry, fella, but can we keep politics out of this thread - even if you think that it is relevant? It will only lead to arguments all round and the thread going way off piste.

Plenty of opportunity to discuss the General Election on the Skybar in the UK forums.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 09:37 AM   #13811
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Sorry, fella, but can we keep politics out of this thread - even if you think that it is relevant? It will only lead to arguments all round and the thread going way off piste.

Plenty of opportunity to discuss the General Election on the Skybar in the UK forums.
Ok apologies, I only said it cause it's only 20 days to the general election, and it could have a major effect on London construction. However I will not bring it up again. Sorry.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:10 AM   #13812
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Saffron Square | Croydon CR9

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=520683

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/new-h...saffron-square



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  • Address: Saffron Square, Wellsley Road, Croydon CR9
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Rolfe Judd
  • Height: 134m
  • Floors: 44



Cladding rising at the colourful Saffron Square. Photos by st_hart:


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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #13813
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Going a bit far, I think..........colour coordinating the vans with the skyscrapers in Croydon.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 12:26 PM   #13814
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Old April 17th, 2015, 12:29 PM   #13815
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Ruskin Square | Croydon CR9

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=580546

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



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  • Developer: Stanhope and Schroders
  • Architect: Shedkm
  • Cost: Ģ500 million ($770m)
  • Homes: 625
  • Office space: 22,000mē



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Old April 17th, 2015, 01:29 PM   #13816
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The tower looks a mess. I was really looking forward to it but now I'm a bit disappointed.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #13817
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Those comments regarding new York having no history are pure nonsense-new York has an absolute abundance of gorgeous heritage architecture, from the gilded age to the towering heights of art Deco grandeur. The way you describe it could be apt for Dubai, not NYC. By the way by raising this comparison I don't.mean to denigrate London, which is clearly doing fantastically. I merely wish to admire our main competition
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Old April 17th, 2015, 05:38 PM   #13818
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Those comments regarding new York having no history are pure nonsense-new York has an absolute abundance of gorgeous heritage architecture, from the gilded age to the towering heights of art Deco grandeur. The way you describe it could be apt for Dubai, not NYC. By the way by raising this comparison I don't.mean to denigrate London, which is clearly doing fantastically. I merely wish to admire our main competition
I completely agree, I can't believe that came from SomeKindofBug to be honest.
I could even maybe understand if he were speaking of just midtown manhattan in general (but that's like less than 20 percent of a pretty big island), but to say that Manhattan is soulless is ludicrous.

Look at this soullessness/emptiness.



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Old April 17th, 2015, 05:43 PM   #13819
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Anyway.. both sister cities are absolutely heaving in development at the moment, let's just be happy about that.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #13820
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The tower looks a mess. I was really looking forward to it but now I'm a bit disappointed.
It is so much better in person, I was quite dubious at first before I saw it, but now I think the cladding works well. It also features very prominently on the skyline, Croydon has so much potential!
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