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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:13 AM   #14381
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Photos from the Lord Mayor's Appeal Balloon Regatta, which saw dozens of hot air balloons fly over London this June:


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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:14 AM   #14382
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Al Jazeera Broadcasting Hub | The Shard SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=407549

Official website: http://www.the-shard.com/



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  • Broadcasting centre for the Al Jazeera English channel
  • Architect: Veech x Veech
  • Floorspace: 400m²
  • Employees: 200

The Al Jazeera English broadcasting centre has been unveiled:

- Architects Journal: Al Jazeera begins filming in new Shard studio

- World Architecture News: Al Jazeera unveils new studio and UK HQ

- Live Green: Newsroom and TV broadcasting studio for Al Jazeera Media Network in London










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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:15 AM   #14383
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Wedge House | Southwark SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=123786358

Official website: N/A



Project facts
  • Address: 32-40 Blackfriars Road, London SE1
  • London borough: Southwark
  • Developer: Derwent and The Hoxton
  • Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Floors: 14
  • Hotel rooms: 192
  • Office space: 5,848m²

Plans for Wedge House have been approved tonight by Southwark Council:



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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:24 AM   #14384
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Canaletto | Islington EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=101348567

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



Project facts
  • Address: 259 City Road, London EC1
  • Developer: Groveworld
  • Architect: UNStudio
  • Floors: 28
  • Homes: 190



Cladding progress at Canaletto, photos by chest:



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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:28 AM   #14385
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250 City Road | Islington EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=834722

Official website: http://www.250cityroad.co.uk/



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  • Address: 250 City Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Islington
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Height: 155m | 137m
  • Floors: 41 | 36



Piling is under way at the 250 City Road site, photos by chest:



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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:28 AM   #14386
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Was able to find that place on google street view and it looks like it needs the face lift. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.52...1lxLsvDwmA!2e0
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Old June 10th, 2015, 02:38 AM   #14387
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That Canaletto balcony cladding looks very disappointing in its current state. Not half as good as in the render.

Is there more to be done to it or is this as good as it gets?
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Old June 10th, 2015, 01:46 PM   #14388
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^I like it more without the metalic shine from the render tbh
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Old June 10th, 2015, 07:02 PM   #14389
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V&A Museum extension | South Kensington SW7

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1334539

Official website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/f/futureplan/



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  • Address: V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7
  • London borough: Kensington & Chelsea
  • Architect: Amanda Levete
  • Cost: £50 million





Construction progress at the V&A Museum, photo by cnplus:

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Old June 10th, 2015, 10:37 PM   #14390
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That Canaletto balcony cladding looks very disappointing in its current state. Not half as good as in the render.

Is there more to be done to it or is this as good as it gets?
It doesn't look the same, does it? Shinier in the render, and the surface is all continuous.

Did a bit of googling, and there's a Telegraph property section article that mentions that describes the facade as being "aluminium and glass". Also found this: http://www.afauk.co.uk/page.asp?node...ws_Desk&page=1

... suggesting the finish is going to be sprayed on? Not sure what that involves really. Hope they close up the gaps between the cladding sections before doing so, because the continuity of the feature is the key to the whole design, surely.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 10:39 PM   #14391
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the museum extensions are really amazing ...the design of the stairs is unbelievable like a dream
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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #14392
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One Blackfriars | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=400279

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



Project facts
  • Address: 1 Blackfriars Road, London SE1
  • London borough: Southwark
  • Developer: St George
  • Architect: Ian Simpson Architects
  • Height: 163m
  • Floors: 52



Today at One Blackfriars, photos by The Shard Baby:


CIMG9928 by The Shard Baby 2006-2015, on Flickr


One Blackfriars Road - First Columns by The Shard Baby 2006-2015, on Flickr
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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:09 AM   #14393
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^I like it more without the metalic shine from the render tbh
Fair enough. I feel the opposite!

But it's not just the balcony cladding material that disappoints me. It's also the the way it has been fitted. The renders show a seamless flow. The reality appears to be a succession of panels.

Doesn't do what it said on the tin!
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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:11 AM   #14394
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It doesn't look the same, does it? Shinier in the render, and the surface is all continuous.

Did a bit of googling, and there's a Telegraph property section article that mentions that describes the facade as being "aluminium and glass". Also found this: http://www.afauk.co.uk/page.asp?node...ws_Desk&page=1

... suggesting the finish is going to be sprayed on? Not sure what that involves really. Hope they close up the gaps between the cladding sections before doing so, because the continuity of the feature is the key to the whole design, surely.
Ah.....thanks for that.

There is hope yet!

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Old June 11th, 2015, 12:17 AM   #14395
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the museum extensions are really amazing ...the design of the stairs is unbelievable like a dream
Agreed.

It's Escher-esque.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 11:26 AM   #14396
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I have to say both London and Paris have some of the coolest projects of all.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 01:27 AM   #14397
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Knock down London council estates, says housing minister
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10 June 2015
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Housing minister Brandon Lewis has called for the demolition and redevelopment of council estates across London in a move which he said would help boost the supply of new homes in the capital.

In his first official speech since being reappointed as a minister at the communities department after the election, Mr Lewis said that politicians “cannot overlook the need to regenerate inner city areas” which are “dominated by high rise concrete blocks from the 1960s and 70s”.

The recent redevelopment of London’s Haggerston estate in Hackney — now called City Mills — and Packington estate in Islington are “fantastic examples of how these concrete blocks can be torn down and replaced with streets”, he said.

Mr Lewis’s call echoes that of senior Labour figure Lord Adonis, who before the general election published a research paper arguing that councils are some of the biggest land owners in London and should be encouraged to make more efficient use of their holdings.

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Old June 12th, 2015, 01:49 AM   #14398
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I'm sure those redevelopments will be totally affordable and a real long-term solution to the housing crisis.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 02:36 AM   #14399
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Is it me, or is it a little bit worrying that the Housing Minister is calling for the redevelopment of London's large concrete estates, about 10 years after that process started on a pretty big scale? Kidbrooke, Heygate, etc. You'd think he might be up to speed on such matters? What other bright ideas for the capital does he have, perhaps an orbital suburban railway, or a cycle hire scheme, they seem like a nice idea right?

I can't read the full thing behind the paywall so perhaps I'm being unfair and he actually acknowledged that and called for more please.
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Fair enough. I feel the opposite!

But it's not just the balcony cladding material that disappoints me. It's also the the way it has been fitted. The renders show a seamless flow. The reality appears to be a succession of panels.

Doesn't do what it said on the tin!
Surprised you guys haven't realised this yet. Generally all metallic cladding is installed with its protective film on until project completion when it is removed. It will be just like the renders. See 5 Broadgate as an example of this.
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