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Old January 16th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #1381
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Herzog & de Meuron plans London towers
16 January 2009
By Will Hurst

Swiss practice is working with Shard developer on UK’s tallest residential development

Herzog & de Meuron is working with the developer behind the Shard, Sellar Property Group, on credit crunch-defying designs for the tallest residential development in the country.



In an extraordinary move given Britain’s worsening recession, the Swiss-based practice is proposing three slender and snaking towers with respective heights of 100m, 200m and 250m, close to the 310m-high Renzo Piano-designed Shard and soon-to-be-redeveloped London Bridge station.

If successful, the glazed scheme, dubbed the Three Houses project and masterminded by Sellar managing director James Sellar, who also commissioned Herzog & de Meuron for the proposed new Portsmouth FC stadium, would signal the emergence of a long proposed cluster of skyscrapers at London Bridge to rival those of Canary Wharf and the City.

The towers, which would dwarf Ian Simpson’s proposed 175m-high Beetham Tower at Blackfriars, would boast 380 apartments, along with a hotel, and retail and cinema space. But the sheer scale of the project is already dividing opinion among the select few who have seen it.

Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, whose home and studio would be overshadowed by the proposed skyscrapers, has seen early plans and backs the scheme, but said it needed modification before being submitted for planning.

“This would fit in with the Shard,” she said. “These blocks would be good for the area and will tie in with other things going on. At the moment, this area is only car parks and needs reworking.”

But Rhodes also called for the scheme to include parkland, and for the tower nearest to the Bermondsey Street conservation area to be modified to lessen its impact. “You don’t need blocks annihilating Bermondsey Street,” she said.

New London Architecture director Peter Murray also gave the scheme his support.

“It’s quite a brave thing to be proposing at the moment,” he said.

“But they are looking at a very long-term plan, which is always a good thing.”

However, officers at Southwark Council are believed to have serious reservations about the height of the towers, a view echoed by local developer and conservation specialist Russell Gray.

“High-rise buildings have a place,” he said. “But this is slap bang next to buildings of consistent character and scale. I’m not impressed by this brash, brazen, in-your-face approach.

“If it got permission, it would establish a precedent… and you could do something a lot cheaper and nastier.”

The tallest tower, which would be 65 storeys, would include 121 flats along with the hotel, while the shortest, at 31 storeys, will boast 144 flats. The other tower will have a total of 115 flats contained within 51 storeys.

Sellar Property Group declined to comment, but is due to unveil the project officially with Herzog & de Meuron in mid-February.

The Shard itself is set to be the tallest tower in Europe. Work on the skyscraper — part of a wider £1.4 billion complex — is due to begin this month after a vital investment was made last month by Middle Eastern developer Qatari Diar.

JAMES SELLAR
The 35-year-old managing director of Sellar Property Group has emerged from his father Irvine’s shadow as a patron of high-quality architecture. He has commissioned Herzog& de Meuron for a stadium for Portsmouth FC and appointed David Chipperfield to work up plans for a major office scheme in the City of London.
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:05 AM   #1382
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 01:08 AM   #1383
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And here's a video I made yesterday in the City of London. It's about 7 minutes / 100 megabytes:

http://www.willfox.com/videos/skyscr...rt2jan2009.wmv


If you prefer, you can watch a low-res version on my YouTube channel:

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Old January 28th, 2009, 10:59 AM   #1384
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Demolition work has started on the site of Castle House (147m/43 storeys).


I love the distinctive roof on this building, very nice, just a shame the design wasn't a good 100-200 feet taller. Is it still being built?
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Old January 28th, 2009, 12:35 PM   #1385
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Is it still being built?

It's already under construction

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Old January 28th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #1386
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great, i love so much London with his wonderful projects and constructions
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Old January 28th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #1387
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Woww London is coming really freaking awsome!!!!



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Old January 28th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #1388
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Is this real? Or They exeggerated the height? Any source?
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Old January 28th, 2009, 02:11 PM   #1389
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LONDON: best ever 2012 skyline in Europe i wanna be part of this stunning city
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Old January 28th, 2009, 02:32 PM   #1390
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Is this real? Or They exeggerated the height? Any source?
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It's a vision project, an idea of vertical cities. If it was real, they'd be the tallest buildings in the world, and you'd no doubt have heard of them by now. It's a prime example of why London doesn't need Dubai height skyscrapers to be a great city. They would look ******* stupid
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Old January 28th, 2009, 09:40 PM   #1391
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[IMG]http://i39.************/dnj1ci.jpg[/IMG]

The Bishopsgate tower according to the developers is now 25% let with a law firm taking 100,000sq ft, Regus Office Services taking 3 floors & all the retail & the upper floor restaurant signed up.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 07:06 PM   #1392
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Pics of 22 Marsh Wall in Canary Wharf, taken by Smarty:


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Old February 2nd, 2009, 04:56 PM   #1393
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Very cold in London today.


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Old February 2nd, 2009, 05:06 PM   #1394
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your tellin me it's brass monkeys weather
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Old February 8th, 2009, 01:28 PM   #1395
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Victoria Transport Interchange is approved!



Land Securities has secured planning permission for their Victoria Transport Interchange 2 (VTI2) development in the west end of London near Victoria Station.

The site lies on an area that is bounded by Buckingham Palace road, Victoria Street, Alington Street, and Bressenden Place and previously included the redevelopment of Portland House, something that has now been dropped.

This time around VTI2 is made up of five buildings in total, three of which are designed by KPF, with another by Benson and Forsyth and the last block one by Lynch Architects.

Office accommodation makes up the main part of the VTI2 project and stars a trio by architects KPF who have designed them in a triangular manner with five sloping roofs creating a complicated visual arrangement that rises to a maximum of 86 metres in height.



The two shorter buildings by the other architects are intended to make up a residential element to the aspect, whilst the project will also have the area around it remodeled from its current hostile urban wasteland, and new pedestrian routes running through it improving access to and from Victoria Station that will be improved as part of the planning gain.

The approval marks the latest stage of long-term plans by Land Securities for the area that also include the independent redevelopment of some of their other holdings including Selborne House and Wellington House.

Buildings 5a and 6b of VTI2 are set to go ahead first with construction scheduled for the middle of 2010 and the last part of the project due for completion in 2017.



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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:14 PM   #1396
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oh my god,
london is proving to be a skyscraper city...
London, is way way way better than Beijing/Singapore.
I really, have been wanting to be part of this beautiful city......
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any updates on the construction of the olympic park?
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Old February 10th, 2009, 12:17 PM   #1398
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London..is such a beautiful city...
wish I was living there...
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Old February 11th, 2009, 04:57 PM   #1399
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London..is such a beautiful city...
wish I was living there...
London is like any other Alpha world city, if you have plenty of money, its fantastic.

If you have very little, its miserable.
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