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Old August 18th, 2015, 02:37 PM   #15201
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okay so to get this straight, the high rises/skyscrapers which we're going to see erected in the City in the relatively near future are Heron Plaza, 52 Lime Street and 100 Bishopsgate, right?
Plus 13-14 Appold Street and 22 Bishopsgate.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 02:54 PM   #15202
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The vast majority of buildings knocked down after the war were already badly bomb or fire damaged - to the point of being unsafe and beyond repair.

Those that were intact, or at least structurally sound, but still knocked down were comparatively few and not, mostly, of great architectural or historical importance. They were generally perceived to be slum housing - or nigh on. Not that that's to excuse the appalling mess that post war planners and architects made of the rebuilding job.
This is basically it. The country was also utterly bankrupt, and urgently needed to house about 1.4million homeless people amongst all the other problems that needed sorting out. The possibilities of mass produced housing promised by modernist thinking seemed to offer the answer, and you can see how the temptation of visions turning your back on the past and seeking a brave new future stuck a chord given the preceding years.

Of course, it was by and large done on the cheap, but there are some good examples that show what might have been. There were areas that were needlessly cleared (Brixton for example springs to mind) and the cheapness meant that it is almost all well past it's shelf life, but arguably it did its job during a time of pressing need.

Many of the exciting new schemes on this thread are replacing this generation of buildings. Most of the others are on old industrial sites, abandoned docks etc, so very few if any historic buildings are building removed or harmed in the making of these projects. Sadly there are a few exceptions, but they are not the norm. Indeed there have been a few recent high-profile cases that demonstrate quite clearly that London's heritage is not being thoughtlessly cast away. The Norton Folgate proposals, Smithfield market, the Imperial College project on the Strand, even two London pubs in the last 6 months that were demolished without permission are having to be rebuilt brick by brick by developers who thought no-one would notice - all good recent examples of this.

Of course, what is different about the schemes on this thread is the step up in scale. There is no doubt that this will change the feel of parts of London, but as others have posted, all the beautiful spaces and neighbourhoods will still be there. New neighbourhoods are emerging. Some of the new buildings will be great, some will not. Which is which will of course vary from person to person - it was ever thus. Personally, I hate 20 Fenchurch Street and am quite worried about 1 Blackfriars. I love 122LH and the Shard. There are others who would vehemently disagree with me on both.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 02:59 PM   #15203
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Plus 13-14 Appold Street and 22 Bishopsgate.
Is there movement on Appold Street then? I must admit, I quite like it - good filler tower in a good location. I wasn't expecting anything to rise until 2017 though
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Old August 18th, 2015, 04:53 PM   #15204
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One Park Place | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=573330

Official website: http://group.canarywharf.com/future-...-developments/



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  • Address: 1 Park Place, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Canary Wharf Group
  • Architect: Squire and Partners
  • Height: 162m
  • Floors: 32



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Old August 18th, 2015, 04:56 PM   #15205
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City Pride | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=613565

Official website: http://www.chalegrove.co.uk/featured...ity-pride,-e14



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  • Address: 15 Westferry, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Chalegrove Properties
  • Architect: Squire and Partners
  • Height: 233m
  • Floors: 75



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Old August 18th, 2015, 05:10 PM   #15206
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I can imagine it been easy to get City Pride and Newfoundland confused.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 05:34 PM   #15207
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okay so to get this straight, the high rises/skyscrapers which we're going to see erected in the City in the relatively near future are Heron Plaza, 52 Lime Street and 100 Bishopsgate, right?
Following what others have said

Heron Plaza, 100BG & 52LS are all in the dull, but important below ground/pilling phases at the moment so all should see cores substantially above ground during the first half of 2016.

22BG is a bit of a wild card , if the developers stick to timetable and it passes planning to schedule could also see a core rise in 2016 as all the substantial below groundwork’s , barring some remediation for the new plans.

On the immediate City fringe Principal place resi tower should be above ground by 2016 as works have been ongoing for some months now.

Looking further afield ,time wise, the next door Stage tower will probably be late 16/early17 above ground as demo is only starting now. Other potentials but not confirmed by signed construction contracts or visible signs of activity include Crown Place and Appold St Towers.

So all in all The City and its immediate fringe could bulk up significantly next year with a number of proper cores piercing the skyline which will be quite exciting to follow.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 05:57 PM   #15208
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The Bishopsgate goodsyard is a bit of a lost cause atm. Hackney looks like it may reject the scheme and with Nimbys successfully getting Blossom street in tower hamlets rejected they will look to do the same with the goodsyard scheme. Hopefully Bojo will approve it before he is thrown out in May 2016.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 06:44 PM   #15209
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There is no doubt that this will change the feel of parts of London, but as others have posted, all the beautiful spaces and neighbourhoods will still be there. New neighbourhoods are emerging.
I was in Central London last week with friends on a Photography night. Our last destination was Southwark and the Southbank - specifically the 'MoreLondon' section (near City Hall/Tower Bridge). I friend of mine remembered what the area was like before City Hall, The MoreLondon Development, and of course The Shard.

He looks back and remembers the neighbourhood that was known for 'London Bridge Station', Guys Hospital, and the Market. Now, it has all of those things AND The Shard, MoreLondon, City Hall and more. The vibrancy has changed for the better. It's an absolute success!

New developments aren't always good nor positive. However, London has a long list of successful developments that have positively changed areas of London for the better.
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Old August 18th, 2015, 06:45 PM   #15210
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Keybridge | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=110919748

Official website: http://keybridgelondon.com/



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  • Address: 80 South Lambeth Road, London SW8
  • London borough: Lambeth
  • Developer: Mount Anvil and Fabrica
  • Architect: Allies and Morrison
  • Height: 125m
  • Floors: 36



Demolition ongoing at Keybridge House, making way for the Keybridge development. Photo by stevekeiretsu:


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Old August 18th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #15211
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Aykon | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=886862

Official website: http://www.aykonproperties.com/en/pr...ykon-nine-elms



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  • Address: 69-71 Bondway, London SW8
  • London borough: Lambeth
  • Developer: DAMAC
  • Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Height: 170m
  • Floors: 50



Hoardings being installed today at the Aykon site, photo by stevekeiretsu:


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Old August 18th, 2015, 10:35 PM   #15212
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Has there been a press release, stating that one park place is to start construction ?.
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Old August 19th, 2015, 10:02 AM   #15213
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Has there been a press release, stating that one park place is to start construction ?.
No, and unless they have secured an unknown pre-let that has yet to be announced, there won't be.

Park Place is very low on their priority list to build, they have plenty in their construction pipeline that needs to be finished before they even think about starting it.

They may just be laying down concrete to cap the site off until needed.
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Old August 19th, 2015, 11:06 AM   #15214
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Would make sense to do some of the groundwork here whilst they have the plant and doing the adjacent site next door.

Newfoundland, SocGen BankSt, Wood Wharf reclamation works and proceeding into construction a number of buildings in phase 1 is more than enough to keep CWG busy and is probably the biggest amount of activity since they built most of the Bank St towers around 2001-2003.

If CWG does take a punt with a spec build it will probably be the 2nd Bank St tower. 1 Park Place will require a pre-let of some sort before CWG think about building that out.
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Old August 19th, 2015, 11:33 AM   #15215
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One Park Place is by far the best thing that's happening to Canary Wharf and Aykon and Keybridge to Nine Elms!!! so excited!!!
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Old August 19th, 2015, 03:52 PM   #15216
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Tolworth Tower Redevelopment | Surbiton , KT6

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...#post126428839

Official website: http://www.cnmestates.com/TolworthTower


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Proposals involve the retention of the existing Tolworth tower an office block designed by George Marsh of R. Seifert and Partners as well as the construction of three additional high-rises of; 19 , 15 and 12 floors. A decision target date has been set for August 20th.
  • Address: Tolworth Tower , Tolworth Broadway , Surbiton , KT6 7EL
  • London borough: Kingston Upon Thames
  • Developer: CNM Estates
  • Floors: 22 | 19 | 15 | 12 | 5
  • Residential Units: 311
  • Commercial Floorspace: 962sqm





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classic 81 metre tall modernist tower by seifert from 1964







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Old August 19th, 2015, 04:30 PM   #15217
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Victoria Square | North Acton , W3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...hp?p=126245018

Official website: [URL="http://www.hubresidential.co.uk/proj...ictoria-square/[/URL]


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  • Address: North Acton Square, Victoria Road W3 6UP
  • London borough: Ealing
  • Developer: Hub Residential and M&G Real Estate
  • Architect: Newground Architects
  • Floors: 17 | 10 | 5
  • Apartments: 152





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Old August 19th, 2015, 09:44 PM   #15218
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Great to see the Tolworth Tower get a new lease of life - and the additional proposed buildings.
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Great to see the Tolworth Tower get a new lease of life - and the additional proposed buildings.
Agreed

Its great to see a seifert building building being retained with little or no alternations. I hope it gets the coverage it deserves , if only it wasn't in Zone 5.
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Nine Elms 'sky pool': Luxury London flat owners will be able to swim while literally looking down on everyone else



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Owners will have the use of a "world-first" concept pool, resembling a giant aquarium in the sky, that acts as a bridge between two blocks of apartments. The developers said that the pool would measure 90 feet by 19 feet, with a water depth of 4 feet. Eight inches of glass will keep swimmers from crashing down to Earth.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk...-10461850.html
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