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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:02 PM   #16481
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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:06 PM   #16482
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117-125 Bayswater Road | Bayswater W2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1874166

Official website: N/A



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  • Address: 117-125 Bayswater Road, London W2
  • London borough: Westminster
  • Developer: Bayswater Road Holdings Ltd
  • Architect: PLP Architecture
  • Floors: 9
  • Homes: 55

Plans for 117-125 Bayswater Road have been submitted for approval, the planning application can be viewed here.





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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:14 PM   #16483
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London Fruit & Wool Exchange | Spitalfields E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1871400

Official website: http://www.exemplar.co.uk/property/l...wool-exchange/



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  • Address: London Fruit & Wool Exchange, Brushfield Street, London E1
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: M&G Real Estate | Exemplar
  • Architect: Bennetts Associates
  • Cost: £200 million ($300m)
  • Floors: 6





Site demolition progress at the London Fruit & Wool Exchange site, photo by David Holt:


London December 14 2015 067 Fruit & Wool Exchange Spitalfields Development by David Holt, on Flickr
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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:25 PM   #16484
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London Dock | Wapping E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1538312

Official website: http://www.berkeleygroup.co.uk/new-h...ng/london-dock



Project facts
  • Address: 1 Virginia Street, London E1
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Homes: 1,800
  • Commercial space: 20,000m²
  • Site area: 15 acres





Residential blocks rising at the London Dock site, photo by David Holt:


London December 14 2015 072 London Dock E1 Development by David Holt, on Flickr
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Old December 15th, 2015, 10:28 PM   #16485
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Edwardian Leicester Square | Leicester Square WC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=236014

Official website: http://www.edwardian.com/development...square-en.html



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  • Address: 40 Leicester Square, London WC2
  • London borough: Westminster
  • Developer: Edwardian Group
  • Architect: Woods Bagot
  • Floors: 10
  • Hotel rooms: 400



Yesterday at the Edwardian Leicester Square site, photo by David Holt:


London December 14 2015 111 Leicester Square Hotel Development by David Holt, on Flickr
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Old December 16th, 2015, 01:50 AM   #16486
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Old December 16th, 2015, 03:33 AM   #16487
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This looks like it could be really good or bad depending on the quality of materials.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 05:51 AM   #16488
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^ As far as the rendering is concerned, it is one of the best I have ever seen! Great project!!!
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Old December 16th, 2015, 11:24 AM   #16489
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Totally agree. Can't we agree at least on this forum that, however good the intrinsic design of a building, we should be aiming for a few beautiful clusters in London, not single buildings raising their heads in unsuitable locations. A building like this in Paddington will just fuel the anger of those who are opposed to ALL tall buildings. We need a beautiful City, a beuautiful Canary Wharf and a beautiful Nine Elms. (And the absurd "gap" which is 22 Bishopsgate needs to be filled quickly.)
I absolutely agree with this. I think the tower will stick out quite badly...

I'm yet to be sold this idea of a skyscraper in Paddington. I thought Stellar was going to develop more towers at London Bridge!
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Old December 16th, 2015, 04:41 PM   #16490
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Old December 16th, 2015, 05:33 PM   #16491
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I absolutely agree with this. I think the tower will stick out quite badly...

I'm yet to be sold this idea of a skyscraper in Paddington. I thought Stellar was going to develop more towers at London Bridge!
However you seem to forget , that this isn't just a tower. It will also feature an;

Expanded Bakerloo ticket hall by 400%
108,000sq ft of office space
Improved public realm
Public viewing platform with an assortment of retail within the tower and at ground level
Demolition of the brick wall on London Street which will enhance the Listed Paddington Station and GWR building
Hundreds of construction jobs and a reduced number of jobs , once the scheme is completed

What more do you want from a tower , please keep in mind this a private developer and consequently it is a profit maximiser.

Its a reluctant yes from me
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Old December 16th, 2015, 06:05 PM   #16492
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I agree that this tower probably isn't best suited to Padington as the area looks at the moment, but the benefits its brings out ways this IMO.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 06:17 PM   #16493
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However you seem to forget , that this isn't just a tower. It will also feature an;

Expanded the bakerloo ticket hall by 200%
108,000sq ft of office space
Improved public realm
Public viewing platform with an assortment of retail within the tower and at ground level
Demolition of the brick wall on London Street which will enhance the Listed Paddington Station and GWR building
Hundreds of construction jobs and a reduced number of jobs , once the scheme is completed

Its a reluctant yes from me.
That's absolutely a fair comment and you're correct. But I don't think that these benefits justify this tower becoming the only real skyscraper in the area. If we let this be built, others will follow.

For the most part I'm pro-skyscraper. However, towers like this belong in the City, Nine Elms, Canary Wharf, Stratford... not Paddington, Westminster etc.

I sort of hope I'm proven wrong, but I can't help but think this.. and you guys know I'm generally positive about most towers lol.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 06:44 PM   #16494
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It's a shame that these nice old buildings will be demolished for the new 117-125 Bayswater Road building[IMG]123 by Arthurstudent, on Flickr[/IMG] Taken from Google Map
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Old December 16th, 2015, 07:20 PM   #16495
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That's absolutely a fair comment and you're correct. But I don't think that these benefits justify this tower becoming the only real skyscraper in the area. If we let this be built, others will follow.

For the most part I'm pro-skyscraper. However, towers like this belong in the City, Nine Elms, Canary Wharf, Stratford... not Paddington, Westminster etc.

I sort of hope I'm proven wrong, but I can't help but think this.. and you guys know I'm generally positive about most towers lol.
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Old December 16th, 2015, 08:06 PM   #16496
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It's a shame that these nice old buildings will be demolished for the new 117-125 Bayswater Road building[IMG]123 by Arthurstudent, on Flickr[/IMG] Taken from Google Map
OH MY GOD! are you serious? this is legitimately a crime! shaking my head at London authorities... I'm praying for this mediocre building not to have its permission granted
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Old December 16th, 2015, 08:08 PM   #16497
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what a crime. this can't be true?


just checked and it is. an unfortunate precedent truth be told. the is cultural vandalism 60s style, and cannot be justified.
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Balfron Tower Refurbishment | Poplar E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1853564

Official website: TBA


Project facts
  • Address: Balfron Tower , St Leonards Road , E14 , Poplar
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: United House Developments
  • Architect: Londonewcastle
  • Height: 84m
  • Floors: 27



Tower Hamlets Planning Committee is now meeting to decide on the future of the Balfron Tower

Update : Tower Hamlets has voted unanimously in favour of this scheme.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 12:03 AM   #16499
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^ Oh dear. They really should tear down this brutalist abomination, finally...


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123 by Arthurstudent, on Flickr[/IMG] Taken from Google Map
WTF LONDON?
And people are telling me I'm exaggerating when I'm warning London is in danger of
sacrificing unique and valuable heritage for non-convincing reasons and bland could-be-anywhere buildings?
Really?

Like it's the darkest stretch of the 1960s again...
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Old December 17th, 2015, 03:07 AM   #16500
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You complain about preserving heritage, and in the same comment, say the Balfron Tower should be demolished?? Really?

Both need to be preserved and renovated. Am I really advocating for more preservation than a classicist?
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