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Old February 21st, 2010, 03:46 AM   #1661
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Old February 21st, 2010, 09:48 PM   #1662
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 05:38 PM   #1663
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Cabe backs Viñoly’s Battersea Power Station scheme
22 February, 2010
By Will Hurst

Rafael Viñoly’s design for the £5.5 billion redevelopment of Battersea Power Station has been backed by Cabe’s design review panel.

The panel, chaired by AHMM’s Simon Allford, supported both the outline planning and listed building applications. It praised the “intelligent and well-resolved” design and the fact that the grade II* listed landmark had been made the focus of the entire scheme.

Today’s announcement on the project – which is in for planning at Wandsworth Council – follows praise from London mayor Boris Johnson, despite warning earlier this month that the scheme does not yet comply with the London Plan.

Diane Haigh, director of design review at Cabe, said: “In many ways this has been a model process. The scheme was brought to us at a very early stage, and both the developer and the architect have been very open to the panel’s comments. We have reviewed it six times – which is unusual – but this iterative process has resulted in improvements at each stage and a very strong scheme which Cabe is confident will be a success.”

The panel also claimed the long “sinuous” residential terraces could be architecturally elegant, and supported the idea of them encircling the power station.

It also praised the environmental strategy for the site, and commended developer Treasury Holdings for taking sustainability seriously.

But Cabe also pointed out areas of improvement which it said could be resolved through planning conditions and reserved matters applications.

Issues to be addressed include potential overshadowing, given the density of the development, and ensuring that there is acceptable sunlight and daylight penetration into the apartments at lower levels.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 05:29 PM   #1664
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An interactive London skyline...

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You can drag-and-drop the towers. Interesting to see how LBT and the Pinnacle would look if they swapped places.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:56 PM   #1665
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You put all the options available together and it turns out something to drool for ...
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:57 PM   #1666
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Glass cube design chosen for new US London embassy
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23 February 2010


By Edwin Heathcote

Philadelphia-based architects Kieran Timberlake have won the competition to build a new US Embassy in London, with a design that concentrates on environmental issues, Louis B. Sussman, US ambassador to London, announced on Tuesday.

The victorious design, to be built in Nine Elms on the southern bank of the Thames, combines energy efficiency with improvements to the post-industrial landscape of one of London’s last big undeveloped city-centre sites.

It consists of a glass cube sheathed in a stretched, sculptural membrane embedded with gossamer-fine photovoltaic cells. This crystalline second skin both shades the interior from the sun and converts the sun’s rays into power in one of the multiple measures to make this an exemplary green building.

The glazed box sits atop a colonnade intended to create a feeling of civic engagement and openness which has been pointedly lacking in recent US embassies and which became one of the reasons that the state department took the decision to vacate its existing building in central London’s Grosvenor Square.

Amid the residential setting of Mayfair the concrete blockades and the huge architecture of security had seemed hugely intrusive, a reflection of national fear rather than pride.

At the Nine Elms site the architects have produced what seems a sensible and sensitive landscape strategy which obviates the need for such a strident expression of security while attempting to provide superior safety for those working both within and around the building.

A semi-circular pool protects the building on the side facing the river, which features a new road passing between the embassy and the Thames, while the building itself is slightly elevated atop a mound to avoid the possibility of ramming the structure with the car bombs which became such a favoured terrorist mode of attack in the 1990s.

The pool and the grassy mound combine to create a parkland setting which, it is hoped, will both help provide a green heart for the redevelopment of this long-neglected part of the city but which also subtly protects the embassy without the creating the impression of a walled compound – which was one of the fears about the viability of this building as an anchor for the new Nine Elms.

Kieran Timberlake are arguably surprise winners emerging from a final shortlist of four which comprised Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (the practice of I.M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Pyramid and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha), Richard Meier & Partners (designers of the Los Angeles’ Getty Museum) and Morphosis (architects of the dramatic new Cooper Union building in New York City).

The successful architects have maintained a low profile, eschewing the self-conscious “starchitecture” of many of their contemporaries and have gained a solid reputation as environmentally conscious pragmatists.

The state department described the building as “a beacon that is a respectful icon representing the strength of the US-UK relationship”. It will provide a huge boost for Nine Elms and a further reinforcement of the cultural and development shift to immediately south of the river exemplified by continuing development at the Tate Modern and the latest set of (perhaps over-)ambitious plans for the hulk of Battersea Power Station.

The cost of construction of the new embassy is estimated to be about $500m (€369m, £324m) entirely financed from the sale of the Eero Saarinen-designed 1960 Grosvenor Square building (Britain’s first modern embassy building) to Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company in 2009.

Outline planning permission for the building has already been granted by Wandsworth Borough Council and groundbreaking on the site is expected to be in 2013 while completion is projected for 2017.

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 10:56 PM   #1667
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I actually really like that. It looks quite welcoming.

Shame the start date is 2013, but there you go..
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 11:43 PM   #1668
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If only boris would grow some balls and not grant planning permission until the US embassy pays it's congestion charge.

He will never have an opportunity like this again

But the design is great, except the awful looking business style park around it. Just another soulless corporate development
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Old February 24th, 2010, 02:39 PM   #1669
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Old February 24th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #1670
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I don't mind that US embassy as well. But I found this statement to be a laugh "The state department described the building as “a beacon that is a respectful icon representing the strength of the US-UK relationship”

Considering that no UK firm was allowed to design the actual building as they couldn't be trusted. Only American firms were permitted.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:56 PM   #1671
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Old February 25th, 2010, 01:28 AM   #1672
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Great projects for a great city! Hope to visit London soon
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Old February 25th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #1673
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New renders of Project Skylines in Canary Wharf. 163m and 137m.

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How the Canary Wharf plans look now:

Columbus Tower 237m
Riverside South T1 236m
1 Canada Square 235m
North Quay T1 216m
The Pride 209m
North Quay T3 203m

Wood Wharf 1 200m
Citi HQ 200m
HSBC HQ 200m
Heron Quays West 198m
Wood Wharf 2 194m
1 Park Place 192m
Riverside South T2 189m
Wood Wharf 3 182m
Skylines T1 163m
1 Churchill Place 156m
Wood Wharf 4 154m
25 Bank Street 153m
40 Bank Street 153m
10 Upper Bank Street 151m
Millharbour West T1 151m
Millharbour East T1 150m*
Baltimore Wharf 150m

Pan Peninsula 147m
Newfoundland 144m
Dollar Bay 143m*
The Landmark T1 140m
Skylines T2 137m
Quebec Building 136m

Cuba Street T1 130m*
Wood Wharf 5 129m
Wood Wharf 6 129m

40 Marsh Wall 128m
Trafalgar Way T1 122m

Pan Peninsula West 122m
Wood Wharf 7 122m
North Quay T2 120m
Millharbour East T2 120m*

Wood Wharf 8 119m
Arrowhead Quay 113m
1 West India Quay 111m
30 Marsh Wall 110m*
Wood Wharf 9 108m
Millharbour West T2 108m

33 Canada Square 105m
Ontario Tower 104m
Trafalgar Way T2 104m


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Could that make Canary Wharf the most dense skyline in Europe? It would be amazing if all those got built. They won't though :-/

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Old February 25th, 2010, 07:38 PM   #1674
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I find those renders much better than the previous ones. With a good height too. Canary Wharf needs more buildings between 150-200 metres to make it denser.

Eagle House. Apparently the core has reached its final height.

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UK firms to design area around US embassy

25 February, 2010

By David Rogers

Farrells to masterplan 6ha site, as Kieran Timberlake wins building

British practices Farrells, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, AHMM and Flacq have all won roles on a huge redevelopment of the area surrounding the new US Embassy in London.

Philadelphia practice Kieran Timberlake was announced as the winner of the competition to design the £1 billion embassy on the River Thames on Tuesday evening but the practice immediately downplayed talk of a British collaborator.

However, Farrells revealed it was meeting with Kieran Timberlake on Wednesday, as BD went to press, because it is masterplanning a 6ha site within the Nine Elms area, which is owned by developer Ballymore and encircles the embassy building itself.

The first phase will feature 800 units across three blocks ranging from six to 11 storeys and designed by Feilden Clegg, AHMM and Flacq, and boasting other features including retail and a health club.

Plans for the second phase include a further 1,000 homes along with office space and a large entrance square to the new embassy.

Farrells partner John Letherland said collaboration with Kieran Timberlake would now be vital.

“It’s essential that we interface with them,” he said. “It’s important to get it [the masterplan] right.”

As part of the embassy bidding process, the shortlisted US firms — which also included Morphosis, Pei Cobb Freed and Richard Meier — flew over to London last autumn to meet Letherland.

Letherland added: “The big thing about the US embassy is that it will trigger regeneration. It will change a swathe of land in that area.”

Two other British firms, Arup and cost consultant Davis Langdon, are already working on Kieran Timberlake’s winning plans for the embassy. But when asked on Tuesday whether local practices would be needed to work on designs, practice co-founder James Timberlake said: “We haven’t got that far yet. We’ll need to speak to our client.”

Kieran Timberlake expects to have another 18 months of design work to complete before main construction work starts in 2013. Building work, which will also go to a US contractor, will last four years, with the embassy’s 1,000 staff due to move into the new building in 2017.

The total cost of the 12-storey building is expected to be as high as the US embassies in Baghdad and Islamabad, Pakistan — with security features including bollards and crash barriers being hidden in surrounding trees and bushes and a 30m-long “anti-climbing” wall.

Farrells expects to submit a masterplan application for the site along with detailed design for the first phase by June.

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It's a nice height and the shape is great too. Only that colored glass .....Get rid of it and its perfect.
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I think Canary Wharf needs something different other than the typical blue glass.

More of Greenwich Peninsula, a whole new area taking shape.

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I think Canary Wharf needs something different other than the typical blue glass.
You got a point there! But colored glass feels cheap in my opinion. It's a cheap way to make a building sort of interesting.
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Interesting building.
I saw this project in Best Projects 2010 Contest http://www.constructionfamily.com/ga...3&image_id=117
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Old March 1st, 2010, 09:59 AM   #1680
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Wow... London is booming like never before !!!






Other news...

Breaking the silence.


Land Securities restart talks for building 20 Fenchurch Street ‘Walkie Talkie’ tower.


Land Securities restart talks for building 20 Fenchurch Street ‘Walkie Talkie’ tower.

Shelved for 18 months, the provocative plans for an office tower at 20 Fenchurch street in London, penned by Rafael Viñoly, are now being ‘dusted down’ in the hope of a possible restart, according to a spokesperson for property giants Land Securities. Part of the ‘dusting down’ process is the request for construction quotes from various companies which will help decide whether the so nicknamed ‘Walkie Talkie’ tower can go ahead.

“We said in January that we were planning on dusting it down,” Director of Corporate Communications Donal McCabe said, noting that now seemed a sensible time to do so with construction costs notably reduced.

While estimates are being collated, McCabe was careful to advise that nothing is certain under present circumstances. Asked whether construction would likely commence by the end of the year, he said: “I don’t think we can take it as a given…

“We have said before that it is very unlikely that we would speculatively build without a partner. There are a chain of things we would have to consider.”

20 Fenchurch was a controversial project to begin with. The 509ft tall building was nicknamed the Walkie Talkie due to its unconventional widening at both head and foot of the tower. Planning has been approved twice for the structure, the second time following a recall by Secretary of State Ruth Kelly for public enquiry. English Heritage had called the tower ‘oppressive and overwhelming’. Viñoly however feels the building is fitting in its surroundings: “London today is one of the most interesting architectural laboratories in recent history,” he said. “We designed 20 Fenchurch Street to respect the city’s historic character, following the contour of the river and the medieval streets that bound the site, while further contributing to the evolution of the high-rise building type.”


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So... we will see.
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