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Old October 3rd, 2015, 10:59 AM   #15641
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Also throw in the short, sharp postwar boom that saw 3000 tower blocks erected around the capital as height restrictions were temporarily eased and rehousing was quickly built for 1.5 million bombed out residents. Of course what followed was notoriety and dislike of these estates that lasted for 4 decades as the city began surburbanising, ultimately losing 2 million in population - over 500 towers were torn down by the noughties and replaced with high density housing.

London is only now re-entering this difficult relationship, not so much courting again the highrise but being dragged kicking and screaming back by astronomical land prices and huge population pressure (growing by over 100,000 a year).



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Old October 3rd, 2015, 11:23 AM   #15642
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Old October 3rd, 2015, 03:10 PM   #15643
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Novotel Canary Wharf | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=573332

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  • Address: 40 Marsh Wall, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Accor
  • Architect: Leach Rhodes Walker Architects
  • Height: 124m
  • Floors: 39

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Old October 3rd, 2015, 03:19 PM   #15644
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The Madison | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692078

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


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  • Address: 199-207 Marsh Wall, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: LBS Properties
  • Architect: Make Architects
  • Height: 182m
  • Floors: 54



Demolition is now complete at the Madison site. The core of Dollar Bay is visible in the background. Photo by chest:

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Old October 3rd, 2015, 03:44 PM   #15645
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Crossrail Place | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

Official website: http://canarywharf.com/arts-events/e...ossrail-place/



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  • Address: Canary Wharf Station, Upper Bank Street, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Canary Wharf Group and Crossrail
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Cost: £500 million ($760m)



Construction at Canary Wharf station is now complete, with the station handed over to Crossrail for its fit-out:

- The Wharf: Work complete on Canary Wharf Crossrail station

- Architects Journal: Foster + Partners’ Canary Wharf Crossrail station handed over

- The Construction Index: Crossrail takes possession of completed Canary Wharf station






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Old October 3rd, 2015, 07:22 PM   #15646
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Lexicon | Islington EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=449694

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



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  • Address: 261 City Road, London EC1
  • Developer: Mount Anvil
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Height: 115m
  • Floors: 35



Lexicon has topped out

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Old October 3rd, 2015, 09:24 PM   #15647
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I've been at the viewing today at Lexicon. Both interior and outside are incredible. The view is not restricted at the moment and is probably one of the prime ones in London. Above 15th floor south side you can easily see The City, The Shard, London Eye, Westminster, Centre Point.
Also, there are 4 other skyscrapers that are either finished or under construction in the close neighbourhood (2 Foster+Partners towers among others on the other side of the road).

As of today, Lexicon is my favourite tower in London.
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Old October 3rd, 2015, 10:41 PM   #15648
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Ealing Filmworks | Ealing Broadway W3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1687259

Official website: [URL="http://www.ealingfilmworks.com//[/URL]


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  • Address: 49-44 and 59-63 New Broadway , 14-16 and 18-22 Bond Street and 1 Mattock Lane , W5 5BG , London
  • London borough: Ealing
  • Developer: Land Securities
  • Architect: TP Bennett
  • Homes: 161
  • 4,934m² of commercial floorspace and Multiscreen cinema



Hoardings are being erected around the site , i reckon prep works will start some time this year.

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Old October 4th, 2015, 12:01 AM   #15649
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Regarding the population growth tables, its important to be careful when making comparisons with NYC and Toronto that the stats reflect the whole metro/conurbation and not just the population of the legal boundaries of the municipality as this is very much smaller. Greater Toronto/Greater Golden Horseshoe has been experiencing growth of approx 100,00 per year for at least 20 years if not longer. From what I have been reading on other threads the New Jersey side of the Hudson River has also been experiencing considerable development and growth - its not within the jurisdiction of NYC but it is unquestionably part of the metro area.
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Old October 4th, 2015, 12:01 AM   #15650
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Old Vinyl Factory | Hayes UB3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1618383

Official website: [URL="http://www.theoldvinylfactory.com/[/URL]


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  • Address: Old Vinyl Factory , Blyth Road , Hayes , UB3 1HA
  • London borough: Hillingdon
  • Developer: Cathedral Group and Development Securities
  • Architect: Studio Egret West , Allford Hall Monaghan Morris , Duggan Morris Architects
  • Homes: 642
  • Offices: 550,000 sq ft
  • Museum and Multi-Screen Cinema



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Old October 4th, 2015, 12:28 AM   #15651
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I thought George Osborne wanted that in the north. JK.
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Old October 4th, 2015, 01:33 AM   #15652
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Regarding the population growth tables, its important to be careful when making comparisons with NYC and Toronto that the stats reflect the whole metro/conurbation and not just the population of the legal boundaries of the municipality as this is very much smaller. Greater Toronto/Greater Golden Horseshoe has been experiencing growth of approx 100,00 per year for at least 20 years if not longer. From what I have been reading on other threads the New Jersey side of the Hudson River has also been experiencing considerable development and growth - its not within the jurisdiction of NYC but it is unquestionably part of the metro area.
Sure but also bear in mind if one were to take in the London metro too the green levels would more than double in height - the only region to grow more than London in those years were SE England and E England, which together form the London metro. Those initial graphs are comparable as Inner London + 'Outer' London really just means London city proper as defined by the legal boundaries of its municipality (check out the areas) - not the contiguous conurbation nor the metro (sorry, misleading terminology I know but it's historical).

When it says 'Inner London' it means something like Manhattan+ Brooklyn. 'Outer London' would refer only to the other remaining (3) boroughs, but wouldn't mean the rest of the city/ metro/region that extends far beyond. Just like the other city propers in that comparison.

Anyhoo, my point was London city proper is growing very fast (actually much faster than those stats nowadays) - accelerated to 100-120,000 a year, but with only a fraction of the new housing to show for it. It's metro is growing equally as fast (if not more so). It's a growing housing crisis - that may even wipe out the very popularity it's trying to build on in the first place.

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Old October 4th, 2015, 07:15 AM   #15653
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Anyhoo, my point was London city proper is growing very fast (actually much faster than those stats nowadays) - accelerated to 100-120,000 a year, but with only a fraction of the new housing to show for it. It's metro is growing equally as fast (if not more so). It's a growing housing crisis - that may even wipe out the very popularity it's trying to build on in the first place.
I certainly concur with the point you are making, London continues to grow, no signs of a slow down, but affordable residential construction does not keep up. Population forecasts for the UK suggest that the national population is going to rise from 65M to 70-80M in a couple of decades - where are those people going to live? Certainly a few milliion will be added to London's population, a few more million will live in the SE and the rest will no doubt be in the UK's other metropolitan cities and regions. Essentially London will grow by at least 1M+ per decade with another 1M+ in the SE, so some serious large scale planning and development of every type needs to happen to accommodate the expanding population.
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Old October 4th, 2015, 10:12 AM   #15654
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Yep, they need to make things faster and cheaper to build - by all accounts the new $24 billion, 118 km Crossrail they've been building for the last decade (and planning for for 15 years), designed to release the mass overcrowding on the tube network will be obsolete by completion, insofar as the population will have grown so much by then Crossrail 2 will need to be built.


And incentivise the house builders too, the current scheme sees local councils rewarded in funds if they fill their building quotas, but the whole market is built on a certain percentile built in accordance to prices so many developers still hold off to reap the optimal profits. The city needs an estimated 57,000 new homes built each year to accommodate the growth and not turn away the most valuable generation. With all the incentives, schemes and publicity it broke records last year - but that was still only 28,000.

All in all London looks to become so priced up it will defeat itself, turning away the new generation and wrecking all growth. Another example of short term profits blindly eating the long term.

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Given the growth issues and need for large numbers of residential units to built annually for the coming decades, London may best look at NYC's projects from the interwar and post war period, or at East Asian and SE Asian approaches. I could well imagine that comprehensive redevelopment with repetitive tower blocks in regimented rows (the Corb model) as found across China will not be acceptable under any circumstances, but an approach as found in Hong Kong, the inner city areas of Shanghai or Singapore of clusters of tall and dense residential projects at key public transport hubs, stations and arteries may likely be needed, not just in inner London but in outer London as well.

As said, the capacity of transport infrastructure will need to increase significantly in the next 25 years, while an outer ring road beyond the M25 will need to be built (which can be formed using existing stretches of highway type roadway as well as building new roads). This again will push London's need for airport expansion - I have long said its not a matter of choosing which airport needs an extra runway, Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted ALL need an extra runway, or more. The UK govt together with London and the SE region need to work together to address these needs, and to think big.
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Old October 4th, 2015, 09:30 PM   #15656
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Earls Court Regeneration | Earls Court SW5

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1323805

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


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  • Borough: Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Developer: Capital and Counties
  • Masterplan architect: Terry Farrell and Partners
  • Cost: £8 billion ($12.bn)
  • Homes: 7,500
  • Floorspace: 938,000m²



Demolition of Earl's Court 2 is almost complete , with Earl's Court 1 not far behind. Demolition of both exhibition center's are due for completion in August 2016.

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Old October 5th, 2015, 01:03 PM   #15657
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It's hard to believe how quick the Novotel in Canary Wharf has risen! I didn't even know there was cladding on the tower!

Great updates SE9 & Mr_Cladding.
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Crane Removal at Riverlight , Nine Elms

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When are new residents expected to start moving in?
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Old October 5th, 2015, 04:30 PM   #15660
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It's hard to believe how quick the Novotel in Canary Wharf has risen! I didn't even know there was cladding on the tower!

Great updates SE9 & Mr_Cladding.
It's not so hard to believe when you actually look at it though...
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