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Old January 14th, 2010, 07:20 PM   #1601
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Devereux Architects, working with Allies and Morrison, has won the green light for this £45 million Neuroscience research facility for King’s College London in South East London.

The new 8,400m² building at the college’s Denmark Hill campus will house the Wohl Neuroscience Institute, and provide enough space for 250 researchers.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 04:08 AM   #1603
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The Mayor of London has launched a vision for the re-development of the Bishopsgate Goods Yard in Shoreditch, which could see up to 2,000 new homes built on the site.

Local authorities and landowners Tower Hamlets and Hackney councils worked with the Mayor of London alongside future developers Ballymore Group and Hammerson, and with architects Terry Farrell and Partners, to produce the planning guidance document.

A high-level public park above the Braithwaite Viaduct could provide up to 1.7 hectares of open space linking to existing green spaces such as Allen Gardens – creating a Shoreditch version of the famous New York High Line park (pictured right).

Tower Hamlets’ council lead member for Housing and Development, councillor Marc Francis, said: ‘The planning guidance has been designed to demonstrate how the site can be connected with its surrounding area.

‘We particularly want to make sure any development integrates the Grade-II listed Braithwaite viaduct and former entrance gates in a creative way.

‘After sitting there unused for 40 years, it really is time to see this site brought back to life. The new Shoreditch high Street station will open on the East London Line extension next summer and it’s the perfect catalyst for the site’s regeneration’.

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Old January 15th, 2010, 08:51 AM   #1605
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Old January 15th, 2010, 06:05 PM   #1606
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The floating isle of Physalia: Floating eco-garden
15 January 2010

French architect Vincent Callebaut has designed a whale-shaped floating garden to drift up the Thames while purifying its waters

The exterior of the Physalia would have a layer of titanium dioxide, which reacts with ultraviolet rays to clean the river, and water is also pumped through the gardens, which biologically filter out pollutants. The craft would generate all the power it needs from the sun.
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The Thames is already one of cleanest urban rivers in the world.
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Old January 15th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #1608
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^except during extremely heavy downpours (read: near to flooding), when the sewers are forced to discharge into the river. During the drought of the 90s (when precipitation never got that heavy) it was said you could take a glass of naturally brown river water (the Thames is a tidal, estuarine waterway, hence alot of silt), wait for the sediment to sink to the bottom, and be able to drink that clear water.

Nowadays, with the drought over, and erratic weather, that would be a big risk. Even though it's said to be the cleanest urban river, the fact remains it is only intermittently. The govt though has now a solution - currently building a massive 'supertunnel' for rain discharge that will run under the city and is costing $4 billion.
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Laing O'Rourke set to bring 'robotic' housing to UK

15 January 2010

By Tom Bill

Contractor moves closer to launching division to deliver Japanese innovation after winning HCA deals

Laing O’Rourke is hatching plans to launch a housing manufacturing business that will use Japanese robotic technology.

The firm has been examining the use of modular housing for several years, but any decision to invest in a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will depend on Laing O’Rourke’s confidence in demand for the products.

This was given a boost last week by an announcement by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) that the £4bn-turnover firm had won a place on all three of its regional frameworks for the delivery of 1,350 homes.

A source close to the firm’s talks with the HCA said plans for robotic systems, allied to the fact Laing O’Rourke already had an off-site plant in Nottinghamshire, had boosted its case with the HCA, which wants to reduce build costs through off-site manufacture.

He said he was confident there would be enough orders in the next year through the HCA framework to justify the investment in the multimillion-pound technology.

Steve Carr, head of new business and economics at the HCA, added: “We’ve been talking to Laing O’Rourke about using system-build housing and the research it’s been doing worldwide.”

“We’ve been talking to Laing O’Rourke about the research it’s been doing worldwide”

Steve Carr, HCA


It is understood that Ray O’Rourke, the firm’s chair, was impressed by the output of a plant run by Sekisui Heim when he visited Japan in 2006. This employs about 450 people, generates sales of 30bn yen (£2.1bn), and is the system he wants to bring to the UK.

It is based on a timber and steel-frame system that produces actual rooms, rather than flat-pack kits, and is a more highly automated production method than any presently in production. It is only used on a tiny scale in the UK.

One UK modular boss said:

“The Japanese are on a different page.”

It is understood that former chief operating officer Tony Douglas had been lined up to look after the new business before he left the company in November.

Barry Dye, head of the London and South-east region, is understood to be leading the project, which will be overseen by O’Rourke.


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Not sure if this has been posted before. A redevelopment for a site in Hoxton.

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http://idox.hackney.gov.uk/WAM/showC...mber=2009/2405

Plans have been submitted to Hackney Council for a new development at 84-86 Great Eastern Street, a prominent corner site at the junction with Old Street.

The state of the site at the moment is partially the result of WWII bombing- being occupied by a car-park and a couple of weakly designed 1980's buildings.

The plan is to construct a part-eighteen storey and part-six storey building for use as a Hotel, plus retail, bar and restaurant, art gallery and art cinema as well as a roof top bar and restaurant.

The architects are Squire and Partners; http://www.squireandpartners.com/
and the design with its metallic cloloured pierced cladding represents something of a design departure for the firm better known for their cool-white modernism.

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The current design;





The main report in the planning app shows the initial designs had the same form of circular corner tower and lower block forming two wings behind but the cladding has gone through a number of design changes. Great thought has been put into the design of the external cladding;

"the decision was made to develop a bespoke system. Working closely alongside Hoare Lea, Adams Kara Taylor, Ian Sharland Limited and façade manufacturers, a unique twin skin cladding system was developed.
Though more expensive than traditional cladding, this proposal is entirely suitable for the application required. An inner skin of traditional curtain walling provides a water, thermal and acoustic seal, whilst an outer skin acts as a rainscreen and canbe designed primarily with aesthetics in mind, concealing the window pattern. The gap between the two skins can allow for regular maintenance, such as window cleaning, as well as repairs and replacement".



"Precedent for the design of the perforations was established from historical
research into the local area, and the role of the textile industry in particular. The punch cards used to program the power-looms were taken as the inspiration for the panels."

Early cladding designs now superceeded;







"it is proposed that the skin is formed from aluminium, which is more
sustainable as it can be recycled after use. Not only is this a light material thereby helping to achieve the detailed nature required in places, but can also be finished in a wide variety of colours. From analysis of samples and visualisations, a bronze is proposed which will subtly echo the brick of the historic building stock, with a metallic polyester powder coated finish".





according to the website, "art'otels are located in key cultural hot-spots throughout Europe in cities where guests can enjoy the vibrancy of local art, music and theatrical heritage that complements a lifestyle enjoyed at home".

http://www.artotels.com/londonhoxton
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City's financial sector to grow by 100,000 new jobs within 10 years, predicts hedge fund

London's role as a financial centre is set to be boosted by the economic growth of emerging market countries, according to a top City hedge fund.

"The idea that London is going to full of tumbleweed in 10 years is not credible," Savvas Savouri, chief economist at Tosca, told the Financial Times – contradicting many bankers' gloomy predictions about the demise of the City due to the Government's perceived hostility to the financial sector.

Instead, Mr Savouri predicts that London will attract at least 100,000 new financial jobs in the next 10 years, as the growth of the Bric economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – works in the City's advantage.

"There are too many aspirational economies that don't have infrastructures of their own. We have an affinity with India, with the Gulf, even with China – via Hong Kong. These markets will want a western hub," he said.

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Land Secs hires contractors to restart three major jobs

19 January, 2010

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Developer to press ahead with construction on three London projects put on hold due to the recession.

Mace, Sir Robert McAlpine and Wates have won three major jobs to be restarted this year by Land Securities.

It is understood that Mace will build Park House, off Oxford street, worth around £120m. Sir Robert McAlpine has won Selborne House in Victoria, worth around £100m, while Wates will build a second Victoria scheme, Wellington House, in a deal worth £18m.

Land Securities’ decision to press ahead with the projects, previously on hold due to the recession, is a sign of return to confidence in the London commercial market. None of the schemes have tenants lined up.

In a statement this morning Land Securities confirmed it was in the process of placing construction contracts on three major developments, and would be the first developer to start large-scale development in the West End office market.

The largest scheme, Park House, is a mixed-use development covering an entire city block of just over an acre in Mayfair with frontage onto Oxford Street. It will provide 165,000 sq ft of offices, 90,000 sq ft of retail and 60,000 sq ft of residential in 39 units, with Land Secs estimating the development’s final value to be £415m. Construction is set to start in May 2010 for completion at the end of 2012.

Wellington House is a 59-apartment residential scheme, estimated to be worth £55m when complete, with demolition of the existing building to begin in April 2010. The scheme is set to complete in mid 2012.

Selbourne house is an office and retail project on Victoria street aiming to provide 250,000 sq ft of office accommodation, together with street-level shops and restaurants, worth £185m. Land Securities said it hoped to finish the scheme in 2013.
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Kapoor set to build Olympic tower as mega-mosque flounders

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Anish Kapoor is understood to have landed a project to build a huge tower in the Olympic Park just days after another proposed East London landmark – the £300 million mega-mosque – hit the buffers

According to AJ sources, the Turner Prize-winning artist has scooped the Boris Johnson-backed contest to build a massive sculpture on the 2012 site. Kapoor’s scheme, which would tower above the Olympic stadium and has the support of steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, saw off competition from Antony Gormley (see AJ 26.10.10).

Although neither the Greater London Authority nor the artist was willing to confirm the news, it is believed the ‘dramatic’ winning structure will incorporate lifts for visitors and offer ‘unrivalled’ views over London.

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East London line enters crucial final stage

Written by Pauline Lockwood Lead Stories, Uncategorized Jan 19, 2010

The East London Line is nearing completion.

The East London line extension is one step closer to being operational after the line’s construction site was handed over to Transport for London yesterday.

TfL will now begin to train staff, install ticket machines in stations and run a series of tests to ensure that the service is fully functional by the time it opens to the public.

The tests include emergency drills with personnel and stress testing, where large real-life scenarios are enacted as if passengers were on board.

TfL are hoping the line will be open no later than June of this year and are working to beat that deadline.

A spokesman from TfL said: “We have now entered the final stages in the development. Stations along the line require finishing touches”.

Once opened, the East London line will stretch from Dalston Junction to West Croydon, connecting communities left out by a route that previously ran from Shoreditch to New Cross Gate.

Travel times have been already calculated and it is estimated that it will take 47 minutes to travel from Dalston Junction to West Croydon, and 37 minutes from Dalston Junction to Crystal Palace.

Though most of the building had been completed, construction companies Balfour Beatty and Carillion, will still be working on the site to complete the final touches. The two companies started the extension project in October 2006 when they were awarded £363 million to undertake the building works.

The expansion of the East London line is part of TfL’s £10 billion Investment Programme, aimed at improving public transport in time for the 2012 Olympics, mainly held in east London.
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