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Old April 17th, 2015, 08:50 PM   #13821
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Does London (UK, in general) tend to rely on conditional zoning to extract below market/affordable units, or does the city employ some kind of inclusionary zoning policy?

Also, on another note, as the city seems to have a better relationship with towns/communities in the region, have these other communities recognized their role in providing increased housing, or do they tend to act to limit development?
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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:10 PM   #13822
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New Project : 51 College Road , former royal mail depot.

London Borough : Harrow
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Involves the redevelopment of a former Post Office site on College Road





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Homes : 318 (267 Market Sale , 51 mix of social rent and intermediate social housing)
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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:43 PM   #13823
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Agree about New York! I still think it is arguably the greatest city in the world. London is a very close second, but it has some catching up to do. As someone mentioned a few posts ago, New York has been attracting far more interesting architects for its big-ticket developments. Why isn't Zaha Hadid doing any luxury residential in London, for example? Her offices are here, she is here, so are the Middle Eastern clientele who could be a captive market, and yet there's nothing. Also, many of the great Japanese archiets like Tadao Ando have numerous NYC commissions and none, none, in London. Japan has some of the world's greatest architects in the world and not a single project in London.

I think there is a certain truth the complaint that London's construction boom is a little lacklustre in terms of quality, if not in quantity and financial value. There are some fantastic lower-rise projects, and lots of great "New London Vernacular" residential popping up all over, but very little in terms of landmark buildings.

The Gehry/Foster buildings at Battersea Power Station are a notable exception, and Herzog & de Meuron tower at Wood Wharf. There are some other Foster and RSH+P developments across the city, of course, but not much in the way of landmarks.

Actually, the tiny city of Oxford has one Zaha building and one Herzog & de Meuron going up at the moment, and recently completed a Viñoly building, as well as some great projects by lesser known British Architects. In a way, it is putting London to shame architecturally, and that's without any of the big bucks provided by luxury residential which are being showered on London.
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Old April 17th, 2015, 11:48 PM   #13824
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London City Island , Construction Update

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Old April 18th, 2015, 12:11 AM   #13825
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Embassy Gardens , Construction Update :

Crane removal

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Wall Unit

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Waiting Area

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Podium left light fitting

Podium level light fitting by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Lounge

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Lounge 2

Lounge 2 by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Library

Library by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Bookshelf

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Lift Lobby

Lift Lobby by ballymore_group, on Flickr

New Union Square

New Union Square by ballymore_group, on Flickr

New Union Square 2

New Union Square 2 by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Grand Foyer

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Entrance Doors

Entrance doors by ballymore_group, on Flickr4

Capital Building

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View on to Block C Ambassador Building

View on to Block C Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

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Embassy Gardens by ballymore_group, on Flickr

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Block C Capital Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Block B Capital Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Block B Capital Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr
The entrance to Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Looking over Blocks D, E and B Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Block B and C Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Block A and B Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

A view on to New Union Square by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Block C Capital Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Looking over the podium level at Block A Ambassador Building and Block C Capital Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Podium level Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Podium level Ambassador Buildinh by ballymore_group, on Flickr

A view of the courtyard by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Courtyard trees are being planted by ballymore_group, on Flickr

Block B Ambassador Building by ballymore_group, on Flickr
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Old April 18th, 2015, 12:15 AM   #13826
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^ Mr Cladding: Could you please limit yourself to compact overviews, like ~5 relevant photos per project and post? Pics are appreciated, but that one was a bit heavy imo. There's specific threads for the Embassy Gardens, where you can upload more.


@Infinite Jest: Imho, London shouldn't care all too much for starchitects. If they do better stuff than others on the same plot, bring 'em on - but if not, forget about them. Starchitects aren't ruling the freaking universe. Names are hollow (and often overpriced), quality counts.

I've seen really crappy buildings by starchitects and phenomenal ones by unknown designers. London gets a lot of high quality "no name" designs, that actually put most places in the world to shame, including a great portion of NYC (minus most of Midtown, admittedly).
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Old April 18th, 2015, 12:28 AM   #13827
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@ Mr Cladding - I appreciate the update but can you please edit your post....:

a) to resize the pictures, if possible, so that they fit the page

and

b) so that there are a maximum of ten pictures per post and not, as at present, in excess of thirty!

Otherwise, this page could soon start loading reeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllyyyyy slowly.

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Old April 18th, 2015, 01:25 AM   #13828
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I think there is a certain truth the complaint that London's construction boom is a little lacklustre in terms of quality, if not in quantity and financial value. There are some fantastic lower-rise projects, and lots of great "New London Vernacular" residential popping up all over, but very little in terms of landmark buildings.

The Gehry/Foster buildings at Battersea Power Station are a notable exception, and Herzog & de Meuron tower at Wood Wharf. There are some other Foster and RSH+P developments across the city, of course, but not much in the way of landmarks.
It's strange because my opinion seems partly very different, almost the opposite of this, but could be expressed with the same examples, the same words reshuffled in a slightly different order.

I feel like london's 'landmark' and/or starchitect buildings are up there in quality with 'the competition', and they're probably as numerous as they really need to be, but the wider mass of projects, including (though not only including) many NLV and/or lower-rise developments, is relatively underwhelming.

We can trade Gehry's and Fosters all day, it's the 'second tier' or 'infill' projects that sway me to agree with AUTOTHRILL, admittedly the extent of my NYC knowledge is popping in their summary thread/forum occasionally but it seems like their 'non-landmark' projects often maintain most of the care and craft and quality of their landmark ones, whereas our non-landmark ones... look like stratford.
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Old April 18th, 2015, 01:50 AM   #13829
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... whereas our non-landmark ones... look like stratford.
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Old April 18th, 2015, 01:56 AM   #13830
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Old April 18th, 2015, 02:25 AM   #13831
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Ouch!
well, ok, I'm being provocative, I should in fairness note that sometimes our non-landmark infill looks like Kings Cross. from the renders I feel like the likes of Nine Elms, E&C and the Greenwich Peninsula are likely to end up somewhere between the two. It's... ok, and the apparent usurpment of generic plasticcy midrise by clone-stamp NLV is an improvement, if you're going to have some sort of clone-stamp architecture either way. but I still feel our 'median' architecture is below par compred to our heights
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Old April 18th, 2015, 02:28 AM   #13832
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It's strange because my opinion seems partly very different, almost the opposite of this, but could be expressed with the same examples, the same words reshuffled in a slightly different order.

I feel like london's 'landmark' and/or starchitect buildings are up there in quality with 'the competition', and they're probably as numerous as they really need to be, but the wider mass of projects, including (though not only including) many NLV and/or lower-rise developments, is relatively underwhelming.

We can trade Gehry's and Fosters all day, it's the 'second tier' or 'infill' projects that sway me to agree with AUTOTHRILL, admittedly the extent of my NYC knowledge is popping in their summary thread/forum occasionally but it seems like their 'non-landmark' projects often maintain most of the care and craft and quality of their landmark ones, whereas our non-landmark ones... look like stratford.
I agree with this. London may not have as many starchitect buildings, but the build and design quality of what's going up in London far exceeds cities such as New York. The urban realm, material finishing and integration and contrast with existing structures and infrastructure is among the best globally. I'd rather that then a few newsworthy projects but largely thrown together infill you see elsewhere.
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Old April 18th, 2015, 10:35 AM   #13833
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I've got exactly same opinion from my architect friend who just finished his Masters in AA School in London and as part of his studies made a trip to NY to visit master classes of some famous architects based there. He said that overall London by far exceed NY in terms of quality and design. Yes, NY has a lot of famous buildings but when it comes to new projects London is way ahead.
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Old April 18th, 2015, 10:38 AM   #13834
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Agree about New York! I still think it is arguably the greatest city in the world. London is a very close second, but it has some catching up to do. As someone mentioned a few posts ago, New York has been attracting far more interesting architects for its big-ticket developments. Why isn't Zaha Hadid doing any luxury residential in London, for example? Her offices are here, she is here, so are the Middle Eastern clientele who could be a captive market, and yet there's nothing. Also, many of the great Japanese archiets like Tadao Ando have numerous NYC commissions and none, none, in London. Japan has some of the world's greatest architects in the world and not a single project in London.

I think there is a certain truth the complaint that London's construction boom is a little lacklustre in terms of quality, if not in quantity and financial value. There are some fantastic lower-rise projects, and lots of great "New London Vernacular" residential popping up all over, but very little in terms of landmark buildings.

The Gehry/Foster buildings at Battersea Power Station are a notable exception, and Herzog & de Meuron tower at Wood Wharf. There are some other Foster and RSH+P developments across the city, of course, but not much in the way of landmarks.

Actually, the tiny city of Oxford has one Zaha building and one Herzog & de Meuron going up at the moment, and recently completed a Viñoly building, as well as some great projects by lesser known British Architects. In a way, it is putting London to shame architecturally, and that's without any of the big bucks provided by luxury residential which are being showered on London.
I wonder if there's been a bit of a wobble in terms of innovative architectural design in London. The likes of 122 Leadenhall and Foster's Principal Place are as good as architecture gets - but maybe it's too early to say whether the feeling that the UK had turned a corner in terms of definitive exceptional architecture, is correct, or whether the last few years have been some kind of outlier.
Re New York, in the same way that London has to some extent embraced the new, for the good, Gotham too has only improved with age. I know there's some debate about the new generation of high rises going up - particularly the thin super tall residentials (Vinoly a contributor), but I reckon it's now useful to think of New York as a new 'old world' city - and the fact that it's better for it. The layering, from Federal town houses to Beaux Arts to the International style and into the present century is probably unmatched anywhere, though London would certainly be a contender.
Re Japanese architects - it's not current - and is perhaps more 'sculpture' than structure, but there's Ando's 'Silence' fountain in Mayfair.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 12:54 AM   #13835
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Earl's Court demo & construction update from today

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Imperial West by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

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Work shift workout by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

Imperial West u,c by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

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Westfield White City has commenced , starting with the demo of the existing buildings.

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Soon to be demolished Network House

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Network House , White City by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

Soon to be cleared by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

Demolished warehouses by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

Ariel Road by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

We're open as usual by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

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We're looking at you kid by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

Warehouses & Imperial West by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

Soon to be Demolished by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

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TV Center and WWCE by Mr Cladding, on Flickr

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Ardmore lands £48m resi deal in Lewisham

Ardmore has won the latest £48m phase of Family Mosaic’s Heathside and Lethbridge regeneration scheme in south London.

The latest award will see Ardmore start on site this summer on Phase 4 of the Lewisham scheme after completing phase 2 and the ongoing delivery of phase 3.

Ardmore will build 236 new homes under the latest deal alongside extensive external works to create new roads and external landscaping in the area surrounding the homes.

Construction on phase 4 is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.
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Brookfield Multiplex lands £125m Saatchi building deal

Developer Derwent London has selected Brookfield Multiplex as its preferred bidder to deliver its most ambitious London development project later this year.

Sources close to the project told the Enquirer that Brookfield Multiplex has beaten rivals Bam Construct and Mace to the 367,000 st ft mixed-use development at 80 Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia.

The building contract is expected to be worth around £125m when finalised before work starts during the second half of the year.
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