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Old February 5th, 2010, 03:42 PM   #1641
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British Land secures Macquarie at Ropemaker Place

09:20 | 05.02.10

British Land has tied up a huge City of London letting to Australian bank Macquarie Group.

The REIT said this morning that it had agreed non-binding of terms with Macquarie, which has agreed to occupy 217,000 sq ft of space at its 595,000 sq ft Ropemaker Place.

The letting continues British Land’s leasing success in the building – nearly 80% is now let - following deals with Bank Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, Liberum Capital and Mint Equities.

“Ropemaker Place is a highly attractive and sustainable building that allows us to bring all our London operations together into one location,” said Andrew Hunter, senior managing director and head of Macquarie in Europe said.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #1642
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Thanks for keeping us updated PortoNuts. I hadn't realised NeoBankside was so far advanced. It's a great project. There are loads of other smaller (but cool) projects on here that have slipped under my radar.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 05:55 PM   #1643
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Thanks . I think everyone is very focused on the major projects like the Shard, RS, Bishopgate, forgetting that there are a lot of midrise projects and smaller regenaration works going ahead all around the city, and they do make a difference! A city is not only made up of highrises and skyscrapers.
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Old February 7th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #1644
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Eagle House now clearly visible on the skyline, it will have 27 floors, it was about time.



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Old February 9th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #1645
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Go ahead given for hotel in one of London's most fashionable boroughs

An Allies and Morrison/Conran and Partners collaboration of a new boutique hotel in the fashionable London Borough of Islington has been granted consent. Frogmore will develop the 72,000 sq ft, 80-bedroom, boutique hotel in EC3 which will be occupied and run by London based restaurant and hotel specialist D&D London.


As well as the rooms the hotel will provide private dining and conference facilities, restaurants and bars. These will include a brasserie and bar on the ground floor and a 7th floor rooftop restaurant with an outdoor terrace, overlooking the City skyline. Conran and Partners are to deliver the interiors.

Located at 3 & 4 South Place, near Liverpool Street station, the consented plan by Allies and Morrison absorbs the site’s irregular geometries and creates a very simple, U-shaped building that completes the city block. Echoing the tripartite division of the surrounding buildings, the design creates a crisp and truncated form. Rising vertically through five and a half storeys, before folding inwards along each of its three elevations, the form also establishes a datum line, again similar to the building’s neighbours.

The facade is conceived as two layers. The inner layer, with its thermal insulation and waterproofing duties, is composed of glass and a dark, warm coloured metal. The interplay between glass and metal within this layer is responsive to the function behind. Free from technical requirements, the reflective metal outer layer is delicate and lively. It acts as a counterpoint to the simplicity of the inner layer and articulates the building’s underlying structure as it traces the lines of the columns, walls and slabs behind in a composition of slender verticals and horizontals.

Vicky Thornton, Allies and Morrison, comments: “We have designed the facades to strengthen and elaborate the building’s basic composition and to respond to its immediate context. We hope the hotel will, as a result, be not only a sustainable addition to the neighbourhood but also improve the unity of the streetscape.”

Across the typical room floors, vertical metal fins are ‘folded’ out of the outer layer within each of the repeating room bays, casting deep shadows onto the back layer of metal and glass and distinguishing the steady rhythm of the middle section from the informality of the top and base.

The ground floor plan has been arranged in order to maximize the frontage that is active at street level. The consent allows an 80-person brasserie and bar to be developed along the entirety of the glazed frontage. A widened pavement on Wilson Street will allow the brasserie seating to spill out onto the pavement.

Demolition of the existing buildings on site and construction work on the new hotel is scheduled to start later this year. The hotel is due to open to the public in summer 2012.

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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:22 PM   #1646
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PortoNuts -

You're the hardest-working man in show business! Thanks for all the updates.
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Old February 9th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #1647
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Thanks .

Like I previously said above, the smaller projects are also extremely important.
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Old February 11th, 2010, 02:04 AM   #1648
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Pumps fired up at London's Canary Wharf Crossrail Station site

Work at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station took a major step forward today as UK Transport Minister Sadiq Khan flicked the switch on pumps to drain nearly 100 million litres - the equivalent to 40 Olympic swimming pools - from the worksite over the next six weeks.

The pumps will transfer water from inside the site's specially constructed coffer dam to the North Dock at a maximum rate of 13,500 litres per minute. A station ‘box’ will then be constructed in a dry environment - a similar technique to that used in the construction of the nearby Canary Wharf tube station. Sadiq Khan said: "I'm delighted Crossrail has passed another milestone. Draining this coffer dam marks an important new phase in the construction of the first Crossrail station that will be completed.

"When it is finished, Crossrail will boost the British economy by at least £20bn, creating and supporting thousands of jobs and adding 10 per cent extra capacity to London's public transport network."
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Old February 11th, 2010, 05:31 PM   #1650
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Farrells Project Skylines Revealed.

Published on 10-02-2010 by Skyscrapernews.com


A planning application has been filed with the London borough of Tower Hamlets for the Project Skyline development designed by Farrells for a site adjacent to Marsh Wall and Limeharbour.

The development features a number of blocks on its triangular site lining the northern and western sides in two groups and stepping up in height to the north-western corner where a public square is planned that will extend out past the site further to the north-west. The rest of the southern portion of the site is largely filled by a pavilion block with a large green roof. whilst a new public throughfare will be created going from east to north and west.

The main towers on the site consist of four buildings with a number of uses that will accommodate 2,020 square metres of retail and 6,900 square metres of office space, 806 apartments, and a 123 bedroom hotel.

Lining the western elevation of Limeharbour is Block A which will be 23 storeys and 90.4 metres AOD, and connected to it is Block B that will be 40 storeys and 141.6metres AOD. Along the northern side at Marsh Wall will be Block B1 rising to 50 storeys with a height of 168.2m AOD making it taller than Pen Peninsula, and Block C reaching 23 storeys and 85.4m AOD.

Each of the two lines of buildings has a different approach to the facades. The Limeharbour towers will have precast concrete panels and clear glazing with reddish terracotta cladding on its sides and a void between the buildings at ground level. Interestingly the southern end of Block A will be covered in a huge green wall, the tallest in London.

Bounding Marsh Wall, the buildings will have a selection of glazing using both blue and neutral shades. There will also be aluminium cladding, both light and dark, with the overall forms of the buildings being that of interlocking geometry with a strong vertical emphasis. Peppering its sides is a collection of protruding but enclosed glass balconies with dashes of colour, whilst again green roofs feature heavily.

Despite the fun approach that the architecture takes visually, the creation of what appears to be a red skyscraper thanks to the terracotta, an unusual façade colour anywhere but particularly in the staid area of Canary Wharf, will raise some more conservative observers to ask just what Farrell's has been smoking. It will be interesting to see if, as the project proceeds through the planning system, it has its character gradually removed and we're left with something as sensible as other nearby buildings.



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Old February 11th, 2010, 07:50 PM   #1651
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Interestingly the southern end of Block A will be covered in a huge green wall, the tallest in London.
Not very practical, on a nice cold windy day like today an unprotected exposed green wall will just get wind-burnt and frozen to death; the North - Easterly wind certainly does blast up the river and acorss the Isle of Dogs. In the summer, south facing, it'd need a waterfall to stay green and lush ...

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Old February 12th, 2010, 02:59 PM   #1653
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Who's the desginer of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station?
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Foster & Partners I believe.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 06:59 PM   #1655
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Foster & Partners I believe.
Ha! I thought so, because Foster + Partners made a similar one in Florence earlier - http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Pro...4/Default.aspx
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Shaftesbury: West End property 'flourishing'

London landlord Shaftesbury today said business was booming in the West End despite the fragility of the economy's recovery.

The firm, which owns shops and restaurants in Carnaby Street, Chinatown and Covent Garden, said it benefited from “excellent trading” over Christmas and New Year when an “unprecedented” number of visitors flocked to the capital and record takings at theatres, cinemas and museums boosted trading for tenants in its three “villages”.

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London Development Agency scraps 5.3m sq ft Silvertown Quays


17 February, 2010 | By Nick Whitten

The London Development Agency has terminated an agreement to develop 5.3 million sq ft of London’s docklands including 4,900 homes, offices, shops, leisure facilities and an aquarium.
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