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Old January 3rd, 2016, 03:46 PM   #16721
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When did Heron Plaza start construction ?
Some pilling rigs were first seen on site in the summer of last year.

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Looks like a bad massing representation?
The massing looks to be as dire as the existing buildings , hopefully it will be a more imaginative.
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 06:21 PM   #16722
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According to the Guardian this is the design and location for London's new concert hall…

Not exactly Sydney Opera House is it?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...s-simon-rattle

I concur with the musicians that the riverside site is much more appropriate than the Museum of London site, however....this initial image does the proposal no favours. Surely London can do something better than an above ground concrete bunker?

Also, the flat lining of the city silhouette to meet height restrictions has also got to stop, just makes the north bank look aweful. Yes we want to see St Pauls, from the South Bank, but the dead hand of height restrictions needs to be softened to allow architectural feature elements to rise higher otherwise dullness is the end result, as illustrated by this article.
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 09:31 PM   #16723
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It's pretty pathetic compared to some of the world's greatest concert venues, but would still be a considerable improvement for the area.

I mean, this is what it would replace...



...but yeah we could do so much better. We have/had a chance to make this side of the river into something special but seem to be settling for mediocrity once again.
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 10:00 PM   #16724
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Looks exactly the same to me! The location is even worse than the current proposal behind St Paul's. They are far too limited for a large cultural building because of St Paul's being in the vicinity. This stretch of the river desperately needs smaller buildings with vertical emphasis. Boutique hotels as an example. It can't handle large floorplate offices or concert halls. The fiasco of the flat lined bloomberg building should be a warning to all to steer a wide berth if you want breathing space for your architecture.
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Old January 3rd, 2016, 11:14 PM   #16725
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Isn't that the building that's on top of an area where they used to be a castle?
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Old January 4th, 2016, 01:11 AM   #16726
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It's pretty pathetic compared to some of the world's greatest concert venues, but would still be a considerable improvement for the area.

I mean, this is what it would replace...



...but yeah we could do so much better. We have/had a chance to make this side of the river into something special but seem to be settling for mediocrity once again.
I loathe that building. London looks like a provincial backwater in that photo (well, apart from a somewhat famous cathedral in the background).
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Old January 4th, 2016, 10:34 AM   #16727
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U.K. Lawmakers Back Heathrow Expansion After Government Delay

Most lawmakers say a third runway at London’s Heathrow is the preferred method of expanding U.K. airport capacity, according to a survey commissioned by Heathrow.

The ComRes poll of 150 of Britain’s 650 members of parliament, conducted as Prime Minister David Cameron again delayed the decision, found 84 percent said the U.K. needed an extra runway in the south east of England.

Two-thirds of those from both the governing Conservative and the opposition Labour parties chose Heathrow as the best place to expand.

Cameron was attacked by business groups last month when he ducked the decision again, putting it off until after London’s Mayoral election in May. The Conservative candidate, Zac Goldsmith, is an opponent of Heathrow expansion.

ComRes interviewed 150 lawmakers online and by paper self-completion questionnaire between Nov. 12 and Dec. 16.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 01:12 PM   #16728
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Not exactly Sydney Opera House is it?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...s-simon-rattle

I concur with the musicians that the riverside site is much more appropriate than the Museum of London site, however....this initial image does the proposal no favours. Surely London can do something better than an above ground concrete bunker?

Also, the flat lining of the city silhouette to meet height restrictions has also got to stop, just makes the north bank look aweful. Yes we want to see St Pauls, from the South Bank, but the dead hand of height restrictions needs to be softened to allow architectural feature elements to rise higher otherwise dullness is the end result, as illustrated by this article.
I would have to agree...In this instance, "starchitects" actually have done a masterful job in creating compelling venues which are unique but not gaudy.

It's a bit shocking, as I've come to associate London's contemporary architecture with rather unconventional designs. This is rather tame and reminds me much more of post-modern halls in the US (e.g. Kennedy Arts Center, Lincoln Center, etc).

Though, so long as it serves its function, one can't complain too much.
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Old January 4th, 2016, 02:14 PM   #16729
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Not exactly Sydney Opera House is it?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...s-simon-rattle

I concur with the musicians that the riverside site is much more appropriate than the Museum of London site, however....this initial image does the proposal no favours. Surely London can do something better than an above ground concrete bunker?

Also, the flat lining of the city silhouette to meet height restrictions has also got to stop, just makes the north bank look aweful. Yes we want to see St Pauls, from the South Bank, but the dead hand of height restrictions needs to be softened to allow architectural feature elements to rise higher otherwise dullness is the end result, as illustrated by this article.
This is very 'generic international concert hall' isn't it. Hopefully there will be a design competition although god knows who would be on the panel and what would be influencing their decision. That kind of process would almost certainly end up with the generic modern box approach winning.
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Old January 5th, 2016, 12:08 AM   #16730
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1 Bank Street | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1692912

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  • Address: 1 Bank Street, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Canary Wharf Group
  • Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Height: 147m
  • Floors: 28



Draining of the docks continues to make way for 1 Bank Street photo by Koolduct

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Old January 5th, 2016, 12:38 AM   #16731
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Looks exactly the same to me! The location is even worse than the current proposal behind St Paul's. They are far too limited for a large cultural building because of St Paul's being in the vicinity. This stretch of the river desperately needs smaller buildings with vertical emphasis. Boutique hotels as an example. It can't handle large floorplate offices or concert halls. The fiasco of the flat lined bloomberg building should be a warning to all to steer a wide berth if you want breathing space for your architecture.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 03:06 PM   #16732
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Good to see 1 Bank Street going on.
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Old January 6th, 2016, 04:08 PM   #16733
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Central Somers Town | Somers Town NW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1884548

Official website: http://www.camden.gov.uk/centralsomerstown



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  • Location: Central Somers Town, London NW1
  • London borough: Camden
  • Architect: DSDHA | dRMM | Duggan Morris | Adam Khan
  • Homes: 136
  • Public open space: 11,765m²

Plans for Central Somers Town have been submitted for approval, the planning application can be viewed here.











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Old January 7th, 2016, 02:40 PM   #16734
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Very good development here in London! Really love it!
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Old January 7th, 2016, 04:35 PM   #16735
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Chiswick Curve | Chiswick W4

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1026217

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  • Address: Land at Chiswick Roundabout, Great West Road, London W4
  • London borough: Hounslow
  • Developer: Starbones Limited
  • Architect: Studio Egret West
  • Floors: 32
  • Homes: 320

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Old January 7th, 2016, 05:05 PM   #16736
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Oh that green car is nice! oh right yeah building is nice too.
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Old January 8th, 2016, 12:09 PM   #16737
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looks like a TVR, I think. always wanted one as a wee lad, before I moved to london and stopped wanting anything as silly as a car at all
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Old January 8th, 2016, 12:09 PM   #16738
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Locals aren't warming to the proposals in the same manner
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Old January 8th, 2016, 12:09 PM   #16739
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Rail bosses cut ribbon on thousands of extra London Overground seats

Thousands of extra London Overground seats every hour will help ease overcrowding on the service’s packed trains, rail bosses have announced.

Trains running on the north, west and east London lines and the Euston to Watford service, all of which were previously covered by four-carriage trains, have been lengthened by one extra carriage apiece – meaning every train will take 170 more passengers.

Work to boost capacity has been taking place since last year but as of this week all trains are running with the extra carriages.
Continued: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/trans...-a3151461.html
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Old January 8th, 2016, 12:14 PM   #16740
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South Bank Tower | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=429988

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  • Address: South Bank Tower, Stamford Street, London SE1
  • London borough: Southwark
  • Developer: CIT
  • Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Height: 151m
  • Floors: 41



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