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Old March 18th, 2009, 05:28 PM   #1421
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A couple of screenshots from this video, showing the 196m Heron Quays West Tower(s?)




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Old March 26th, 2009, 06:38 PM   #1422
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Blackfriars Skyscrapers Approved.

Two major projects in London overlooking Blackfriars Road have been approved following a long public inquiry that saw two individual hearings merged together into one.

The schemes are the 163 metre tall Beetham Mirax Tower designed by Ian Simpson Architects which sits on One Blackfriars Road directly overlooking the bridge and will be a mixture of residential and hotel space. The unusual shape the skyscraper features has seen it nicknamed "the Boomerang".

20 Blackfriars Road is by Wilkinson Eyre who penned them for Land Securities. It's a twin tower proposal with the tallest building being a 141 metre tall residential tower and the shorter building being a 98 metre tall office block.

The main reason for the call in was that the buildings could be seen over the tip of the trees from certain viewpoints in St James Park. Beetham had even negotiated down in height their building prior to this winning over English Heritage with the compromises made on the scheme.

20 Blackfriars had been planned by the design team to appear from St James Park at the treeline and thus be barely perceptible to those enjoying the views causing much confusion for those working on the project as to why it had been called in in the first place.

But for the delays caused by the public inquiry Beetham's tower would already be under construction and they now aim on beginning their tower immediately once they can get financing in place, but as one would expect from the current economic climate there's no development dates yet for Land Securities project.

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Old March 26th, 2009, 07:45 PM   #1423
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Excellent news - yet more money wasted by English Heritage trying to halt high rise developments in London.

I can't wait to spend a day in the Tate Modern then go up to the 150m (ish?) viewing gallery and look out on London...
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Old March 27th, 2009, 06:53 AM   #1424
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Old March 30th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #1425
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Blackfriars towers approved.

Hazel Blears gives nod to two major projects on banks of the Thames
Two schemes poised for construction at the popular tourist and culture spot of London’s South Bank have been given the go ahead by Communities Secretary Hazel Blears after their planning applications were taken in for review. Matters were taken over the heads of the Southwark Council planning committee in March last year following fears that they may conflict with national and regional policies on issues including height restrictions and landmark significance.



1 Blackfriars Road by Ian Simpson Architects and 20 Blackfriars Road by Wilkinson Eyre Architects were both found to be compliant with the London Plan, English Heritage guidelines and the commanding planning guidelines for the City of London. Being outside of viewing corridors towards the Westminster heritage site and St James Park it was found that “both proposals would satisfy the policy framework relating to the location of tall buildings, including that they would have excellent accessibility to public transport facilities and be at a point of landmark significance,” said the inspector.

Ian Simpson Architects’ project will provide a landmark, sail-shaped, luxury hotel and residential tower with 96 apartments and 261 hotel rooms. An undulating public landscape is formed at the base and a public observation deck will be accessible at the top of the building.

Wilkinson Eyre’s scheme at 20 Blackfriars Road consists of two towers of 23 and 42 storeys and a public square. The smaller of the two towers will be used for commercial space and the larger for residential.



The inspector praised the potential of both schemes: “One of the proposals would bring a hotel; the other would bring offices; both would bring housing, shops/cafes/restaurants and open space,” reads the inspectors report, “Whether individually or jointly, it is difficult to see how the two proposals could not, by consolidating and adding to what is there, ‘help to provide a coherent location for economic clusters of related activities’.”

Jim Eyre, Director of Wilkinson Eyre, said of the news: “We are very pleased for our client, Circleplane and, of course, for the team at No. 1 Blackfriars. We are absolutely delighted with the Inspector’s ringing endorsement of the quality of our design and his clear and positive position on both the impact of our scheme from the Blue Bridge in St. James’ Park and on the beneficial contribution in urban design terms to London and in particular Southwark.

“We look forward to further discussions with Circleplane on how the project is taken forward in what we all recognize is an exceptionally difficult market.”

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Old March 30th, 2009, 06:28 PM   #1426
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no quality at all. UGLY..........
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Old March 30th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #1427
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In your opinion. I don't share it..........
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Old March 30th, 2009, 08:16 PM   #1428
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anyway... Im very happy that these can go ahead. I think that they will look very picturesque in that location.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 01:22 AM   #1429
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The revised plans for the Arcadia Centre in Ealing, West London, have been approved by the local council despite much howling from residents who oppose the scheme.



http://www.ealinggazette.co.uk/ealin...4767-22505087/
This is a very elegant and classy design. I like this far more than the old version.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 01:28 AM   #1430
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I dislike this whole cluster. They're going to spoil the view towards the Shard and Canary Wharf from Waterloo Bridge. I wish the towers were much further back, in Elephant & Castle for instance. They'd look great keeping the Strata tower company.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 02:39 AM   #1431
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I'm completely indiferent about these towers. I walked past this site when I was in London last year and wasn't sure then if the towers would look good... and I still have no opinion! I agree that they are too close to the river (not that this can be changed/matters) but they'll drawn some attention away from the shit horrid groundscrapers in the area... They'll also block views of the city from the London Eye, I believe.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1432
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The views from the millennium bridge make this development look great, it wouldnt work without the other smaller towers and really makes the shit architecture around it look ok. Im not sure however how it will affect the feel of the river as there arnt any really tall buildings for quite a large stretch of the river (between the city and past westminster).
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Old April 1st, 2009, 10:39 AM   #1433
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Some other little projects.

CZWG's Wembley student housing passes planning consent kick starting regeneration.

A £25m student accommodation project for Victoria Hall Ltd which was initially refused planning permission has passed on appeal and will soon join the landscape near London's Wembley Stadium.





link: http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com...pload_id=11376





Caspian Wharf To Get Highrise Neighbour.

Continuing the redevelopment of the east London area of Devon's Road just south of Bow is plans for a new 20 storey tower and numerous other associated blocks that will form part of an emerging urban quarter.



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Old April 1st, 2009, 10:53 AM   #1434
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Tower Hamlets council's next planning committee meeting on April the 2nd promises to be a veritable feast of reviewed planning applications for skyscraper aficionados.

The committee will be meeting to decide the fates of the following buildings -
Angel House. Designed by Jacobs Webber it will be 43 floors and 131.69 metres tall. It will contain 1,038 square metres of office space, 18 serviced luxury apartments, retail on the ground floor and 225 apartments with the private portion in the tower and the affordable units housed next to the eastern side of the tower in an 11 floor wing.

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The tower is particularly distinctive for its "head" and the stainless steel and metallic screen panels that clad it adding colour.

Trafalgar Way is two towers of 29 and 35 storey towers with 395 apartments are planned by Make Architects to rise above a drive-through McDonalds in Blackwall on a site surrounded by traffic on all sides.



The scheme had previously been refused by the council because they felt there were too many apartments for families and the site was unsuitable for children due to the large amounts of traffic that circle it.



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The Pride will sit on the City Pride pub next to Canary Wharf. At over 200 metres tall and penned by Foster and Partners it is the tallest residential tower ever proposed for the United Kingdom. The skyscraper will have 410 apartments and 8 penthouse apartments on the upper floors standing above a 200 room hotel.



Holland Estate redevelopment is a project by Eastend Homes and Jestico + Whiles architects to renovate the council estate of the same name that includes Denning Point, the 22 storey tower. 43 of the apartments in the current estate will demolished and five new buildings with 209 housing units constructed to the west of Commercial Street.


Denning Point will remain although its appearance, along with those of the other surviving buildings on the estate will be updated with new cladding.

Tower Hamlets planning offices have recommended all the schemes be approved, but whether councillors listen or do their own thing is another matter entirely.

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Old April 1st, 2009, 10:56 AM   #1435
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JP Morgan's new Riverside South design cleared.

JP Morgan's changes to its future Riverside South home have been green-lit by Tower Hamlets Council.

The Strategic Development Committee has unanimously rubber-stamped the banking giant's amendments to the scheme, which it secured for an initial £237million in November.

When completed, Riverside South will become home to one of the Wharf's biggest tenants, with up to 20,000 staff set to move into the flagship headquarters.

Canary Wharf Group had already secured planning permission for the development in February last year, but was happy to allow JP Morgan to make changes at its own pace. But it has moved quickly in working up a revised plan which removes the proposed 2,367 square metre ground floor retail provision in favour of extra office space. This floorspace will now rise from 330,963 sq m to 341,924 sq m.

Work will also begin on new signalling and highway alterations at Westferry Road and Heron Quays roundabout, while a new pedestrian bridge with access stairs and lift will be constructed over Westferry Road. Public access across the site between the river walkway and Westferry Road has also been removed.

The towers rise to 241.1m and 191.34m, while the central link building has been slightly reduced in size from 89.25m to 80.05m.

JP Morgan appeared to have snubbed the Wharf in its search for a new European headquarters when it opted to enter negotations for a City home in Fore Street in May 2007. But it agreed a 999-year leasehold interest on the Riverside South site last winter, and will pay for the construction and associated costs of the development. It is liable to pay £76million plus accrued costs to Canary Wharf Group should it pull out of the deal at any point.



Work on the foundations of the site has already been completed, and the development itself could be finished as early as 2013.


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Old April 1st, 2009, 11:08 AM   #1436
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Here's a larger version of a rendering we've seen before.

I photographed this at the New London Architecture Exhibition (took a load of other pics too, which I'll post later...)






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How is the construction progress of that tower complex?
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 03:48 AM   #1437
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like the Canary Wharf developement
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 11:00 AM   #1438
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Old April 2nd, 2009, 08:57 PM   #1439
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How is the construction progress of that tower complex?
Crossrail needs to be built first, and hopefully by then this will be redesigned. I think it would be better if the towers were more like that curved/sloped bit that sticks out. Oh, and the middle building needs to be made smaller... It's fecking huge!
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Good to hear that Tate Modern II will be built!
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