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Old April 18th, 2010, 07:44 PM   #1741
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STANTON WILLIAMS TO DESIGN KING’S CROSS SQUARE

Stanton Williams has won the international competition to design what will become one of London’s biggest public squares, in front of King’s Cross Station in London.

The practice beat competition from more than 100 architects and urban designers from around the world to scoop the prestigious project.

The 7,000sq m King’s Cross Square will be the final piece in the jigsaw of Network Rail’s £500 million redevelopment of the station, and will bring its grade I listed facade back into public view for the first time in 30 years.

The plans will improve the public realm along the busy Euston Road and create more space for the millions of people who use the station every year.

Alan Stanton, of Stanton Williams Architects, said: “We are very excited to have been selected to work on this project at the heart of the city.

“This is a unique opportunity to create a new public square as part of one of London’s busiest transport interchanges.

“The design will address the challenge of integrating the legacy of existing structures on the site to create an environment which functions seamlessly for the public and makes an important contribution to the regeneration of the surrounding area.”


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I think the list is only for those within the City of London. The Shard is located in Southwark.
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Old April 24th, 2010, 10:56 PM   #1746
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Kidbrooke regeneration continues.

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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:00 PM   #1747
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East London Line officially opened by Boris Johnson



The new East London Line has been opened to the public, forming part of the London Overground network.

A "preview" service of eight trains an hour will run between New Cross Gate and Dalston Junction, between 0700 BST and 2000 BST, from Monday to Friday.

Full evening and weekend services will begin on 23 May, when 12 trains will run each hour.

Trains will travel through Whitechapel station and Shoreditch High Street, a flagship Zone 1 station.

Further extension work

London Mayor Boris Johnson, who officially opened the route, said: "This new railway will bring jobs and opportunities to communities up and down the line, massively improving access for hundreds of thousands of people.

"This type of investment is essential if London, throwing off the shackles of recession, is to emerge with the ability to grow, prosper, and secure its position at the summit of world cities, to the benefit of all Londoners."

Oyster cards can be used on the new trains which have no doors separating the carriages, allowing passengers to walk the length of the train.

The opening is the first phase of a £1bn extension of the line.

Labour London Assembly Member Val Shawcross said: "This is a vital rail link that will be welcomed across London.

"But it's a bit rich for Boris Johnson to try and take credit for it in the middle of the election campaign when it was in fact funded and started by a Labour mayor thanks to Labour government funding."

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat member of the London Assembly, also criticised Mr Johnson.

"Right in the middle of a general election campaign, the mayor is desperate to claim credit for something he didn't initiate," she said.

Engineering works are continuing to extend the East London Line to Highbury and Islington by Spring 2011. An extension of the line to Clapham Junction, in south-west London, is planned by 2012.

The line will form part of a planned wider London Overground orbital network, which will allow passengers to travel around London on the line without having to enter central areas of the city.

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East London line’s opening puts Hackney on rail map

Millions of Londoners will be able to cross the river by rail from Hackney to New Cross when the revamped East London line reopens today.

The railway will operate a limited service of eight trains per hour from 7am to 8pm on weekdays from Dalston Junction to New Cross. A full service to West Croydon will open on May 23.

Campaigners welcomed the £1 billion extension of the old East London line but warned that it should be in addition to existing rail services in south London, which are facing cutbacks.

Commuters in south-east London, which is not on the Tube, are particularly poorly served by the public transport network.

The South London line, which runs in a U-shape between Victoria and London Bridge, is under threat from the second phase of the East London line, which will extend to Clapham Junction by 2012.

Jo deBank, from London Travelwatch, said: “The East London line is great news and will go into areas which are transport poor.

“But there's still more to be done in south London. We need to make sure that there's still enough transport for people. South London still suffers from not having as much transport as other parts of the capital.”

Lib-Dem transport spokesman Caroline Pidgeon said: “Phase two is wonderful but ultimately the problem is people were promised it in addition to the South London line, not instead.

“It will give great connections out to Clapham Junction but people want that as well as routes into Victoria and London Bridge.” The new East London line will operate a fleet of 20 walk-through air-conditioned trains from Dalston Junction in the north via the City and Docklands to New Cross, Crystal Palace and West Croydon in the south.

Four new stations opened today at Dalston Junction, Haggerston, Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street, putting Hackney on the Tube map for the first time. A further 14 stations have been refurbished.

The line, which is expected to carry 100,000 a day, will be connected to the wider London Overground network — in the north by next spring and in the south by mid-2012 — making an orbital route around the capital.

The old East London line ran from Shoreditch to New Cross. Shoreditch station closed in 2006 and the rest of the line in December 2007.

The rail-link was due to open two weeks ago but the event was called off at the last minute with Transport for London citing technical difficulties. Experts have cast doubt on the reason for the delay.

Opponents have criticised Boris Johnson for going ahead with the opening during the election campaign and trying to take the credit for a Labour-initiated project.

The Mayor said: “This new railway will bring jobs and opportunities to communities up and down the line, massively improving access for hundreds of thousands of people.

“In this £1 billion upgrade, the old has been fused with the best of the new — the Victorian genius of Brunel's tunnel now comprises part of a network of almost space-age stations.

“This type of investment is essential if London, throwing off the shackles of recession, is to grow and prosper.”

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Ardmore re-wins £110m shelved Stratford tower job

Ardmore is understood to have re-won a £110 million contract it first picked up nearly two years ago - to build one of London’s tallest residential buildings on a site next to the 2012 Olympic Park.

It is understood that it was a two-horse race between the Enfield-based contractor and Sisk for the job, which covers the construction of seven residential blocks at the 150 High Street site in Stratford, including a 43-storey tower.

The project - being procured by Genesis Housing subsidiary Paddington Churches Housing Association - was originally won under a £150m contract by Ardmore in spring 2008 but has been on hold amid rumours of funding difficulties since March 2009.

A number of high profile contractors are said to have shown interest in the re-tendered contract but several sources told Construction News that the job was not viable given the timescale for completion, which is tied in to the Olympic Park.

As well as the tower, the scheme comprises the construction of six other blocks - five of which are ten storeys high.

The OJEU contract notice for the project, issued in November, stated: “Due to the site’s proximity to the Olympic Park, all external elevations and external works will be required to be completed a minimum of four weeks before the commencement of the Olympic Games.”

Work is expected to start on site in May and be completed in just 32 months.

Foundation works, including the construction of a basement, have in the main been completed, as has the concrete superstructure up to level four of two of the blocks.

Genesis shelved the scheme last March, citing planning and design issues, but widespread reports of funding problems emerged after work stopped on site.

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Old April 30th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #1750
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Updates from Canada Water sites.

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A new set of updates from the various Canada Water sites.

Library: First-floor slab pour now, steel/concrete columns to follow. Starting to look quite chunky.

[IMG]http://i39.************/2iayelc.jpg[/IMG]

Barratt's: Montreal House nearing external completion (as you can see in the library pic above), interior fit-out has started.

Most interesting thing is perhaps the progress on Site A -

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Here's the site A map as a reminder:

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Plaza: they're finishing the bus station area today, and they're starting now on the area in front of Montreal House - will happen over the next six weeks.
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Office shortage sees developers dust off plans for 15 new skyscrapers in London
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30.04.10

The London skyline is to be transformed by the revival of more than a dozen “mothballed” skyscraper plans.

Developers are pushing forward with schemes worth a total of more than £9 billion because of the shortage of new office space.

The severity of the recession meant that nearly all building came to a halt from 2008 but the return of the skyscrapers will dismay traditionalists who fear that the capital's historic appearance will be damaged.

Rising rents and demand for offices mean 15 new towers are scheduled to be completed in the next five years. The tallest, The Shard, near London Bridge station, will be the highest in Europe at 310 metres.

The most advanced is a trio of buildings in the city: the Heron Tower, the Shard and the Pinnacle, which will be completed next year, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

But there is evidence of a string of other projects being revived, including the “Walkie Talkie” in Fenchurch Street, with developer Land Securities in talks with potential contractors.

The Beetham Organisation has confirmed it will start work at two towers — Trinity in the City and The Beetham Tower (nicknamed the Boomerang) in Blackfriars — next year. A spokesman cited improving “market demand and conditions” for the decision.

This time last year Peter Rees, planning officer at the Corporation of London, was predicting there would be no more skyscrapers in the City for a decade, other than the Shard.

He said: “There has been an amazing change in the last three months in the Square Mile. We now only have one project mothballed, and that is the Cheesegrater. All the others are now live, either because they have acquired a development partner or because they have basically pressed the button. I can envisage that everything with a planning permission will now be built. There has been a tidal wave of foreign money coming into the City.

“There has been a marked interest by Canadian investors. If people are going to do anything they are going to want to do it in the place that is the most vibrant and the most certain.”

Ed Lewis, director of Savills' London new homes department, said housing developers were being encouraged by a shortage of available property.

“There is really strong demand in the residential market from international buyers,” he said. “They are still seeing good value and sterling is still on its knees. We are just selling heaps off-plan.”
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That's all well with 20 Fenchurch Street and the Beetham Tower (happy about that too), but what of the 237m Columbus Tower @ Canary Wharf and 122 Leadenhall?
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Columbus Tower has already been given the go-ahead as far as I know.
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BBC to beam general election results on to Big Ben ´



The results of the general election are to be projected on to Big Ben for the first time, as part of an initiative between the BBC and Parliament.

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Squire Plans Major Residential Development



Another of the recent big developments in the London borough of Brent to surface is this new 441 apartment project penned by Squire and Partners.

Also containing 1,568 square metres of commercial floor-space, the development stands on a site at 243 Ealing round which is the site of a former B&Q warehouse, and is bounded by the Grand Union Canal to the north.

Squire and Partners has designed the project so that it reaches a height of 14 storeys and 43 metres on the tallest block which is roughly in scale with neighbouring tall buildings such as Middlesex House. It will stand on a prominent position on the far north eastern side of the site working as a gateway to those crossing the Grand Union Canal via Ealing Road.

Set out along a broadly triangular site, the project will have the ground floors of buildings 1, 2 and 7 given over to commercial space with a collection of new green spaces between the buildings. The canalside will be restored with a new public footpath running along it and tree planting to add some greenery.

The look of the project will be dominated by glass and steel frames, a look the practise often employs, with the tallest building having a strong vertical emphasis to its cladding. Throughout, residents will be able to have their own outdoor space via projecting balconies that should animate the faces of the building during the warmer months.

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Loampit Vale construction underway



Work has begun on Loampit Vale, one of the most ambitious regeneration projects in Lewisham.

The project will involve the construction of eight buildings ranging from five to 24 storeys, creating 788 new homes in Lewisham town centre, as well as a new swimming pool and nearly 2,000 square metres of commercial floorspace. Loampit Vale is the smaller and less controversial sibling of the Lewisham Gateway project.

Piling rigs are on site and advertising hoardings for the new homes have appeared by the roadside.

A spokesperson for the project confirmed:

"The necessary finance and planning agreements are in place and work has begun. The first phase to be completed will be the leisure centre, with the goal of opening in 2013. The following phases are currently expected to be completed in 2014 - 15."

The project's future was secured with the help of £20.5m from central government.

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This one would be a winner to join the Shard in Southwark. Two clusters facing each other on both banks of the Thames.

This needs proper funding though, it's no small project.
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Tesco store, Bromley-by-Bow

A new district centre including a replacement Tesco store together with other shops or community uses; a hotel; a primary school; 460 new homes; a new public park and riverside footpath; and connections across the A12 motorway. Designed by Collado Collins.




Summary

We applaud the brief for the project, including large and small-scale retail, residential and hotel, community uses and public space, that proposes an appropriate mixture of uses for a successful regeneration project. We also welcome the aspiration to create an exemplar store design. In our view, any large and complex superstore-led regeneration project should be genuinely plan-led. However, whilst we acknowledge the planning and design guidance underpinning this scheme (Land Use and Design Brief), the project is driven primarily by the Tesco-led investment opportunity. We are concerned that the size and positioning of the superstore proposed on this site compromises the chances of this development integrating with the surrounding community and regenerating the area.

If the supermarket is driving the redevelopment of the area, we think it is essential that it is based on a convincing masterplan. Regrettably, this scheme lacks a clear masterplan idea to inform the location and character of the different elements; as currently proposed, they do not work well together to create a convincing new district centre and residential community. The site layout lacks coherence and is problematic at its edges. The conflict between traffic and the character of the residential streets and public spaces is also unresolved. We support the aspiration to create east-west connections through the site, but further work is needed to integrate the development into the existing neighbourhood. The architectural approach is disjointed and divides the scheme into distinct quarters which, at times, conflict with one another. A convincing case has not been made for the tall building, in terms of its location, uses or the quality of the architecture; this can only be made in the form of a detailed planning application.

We are therefore unable to support the current hybrid planning application. It is disappointing that CABE was not consulted at an earlier stage when we could have contributed more constructively to the design development process.

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