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Old May 25th, 2010, 10:45 AM   #1781
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You wouldn't be saying that if you either lived in the area/or saw what was there before, a MASSIVE crime ridden estate. Its probably a miracle this is happening.

Fair enough. I'm sure they'll be good places to live in, which is perhaps the most important thing.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 08:18 PM   #1782
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John Sisk win kicks £3.8bn Wembley plan into gear



Quintain’s massive north-west London regeneration scheme accelerates as £89m project is let

UK contractor John Sisk has won an £89m contract to build a Hilton hotel and a 700-home block of student accommodation near Wembley stadium, in the latest sign developer Quintain’s £3.8bn regeneration plan is returning to life.

Construction will start by the summer, after Quintain raised £183.5m for development with a rights issue at the end of last year. In addition, Derbyshire contractor Bowmer & Kirkland has won a £16.3m contract for a 272-unit Holiday Inn Express, being undertaken with Summit Hotels and funded by Royal Bank of Scotland.

Quintain cut staff in 2008, taking the number working on the Wembley scheme down from 28 to 13. The scheme was redesigned in light of the recession, and Quintain has since put in the infrastructure and finished the first 520 homes on the 85-acre north London regeneration project.


Nick Shattock, Quintain’s deputy chief executive, said the move was a signal the scheme was gearing up. He said: “Fundamentally the development never stopped, as urban regeneration is about maintaining momentum. However, we’re starting to see the first signs of a return of funding in the market.”

The Hilton is the first major part of the development to be signed off since the construction of the affordable homes began at the start of 2008. The developer said the hotel, which will contain up to 440 rooms, would be ready in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, for which Wembley is the football venue.

Last year Quintain announced it had agreed heads of terms with a cinema operator for the planned multi-screen cinema, and persuaded Brent council to adopt the post-recession revisions to the masterplan.

The move follows increasing signs of life in the London property market, including at the Greenwich Peninsula, Quintain’s joint venture development with Bovis Lend Lease. The firm completed the office scheme 14 Pier Walk last year and started work on the first of 10,000 new homes on the site.

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Old May 27th, 2010, 07:01 PM   #1783
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Mayor Gives Thumbs Up To New Greenwich Offices



Promising signs that the lean period for new buildings in Greenwich are coming to an end continue to emerge, this time with an office building next to the O2 that has been designed by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands.

With eight floors of offices containing 18,659 square metres of space, and a ground floor with 2,339 square metres of retail space, the scheme located on site N201 is being developed by Ansco Piazza Buildings, a company with links to the Anschutz Entertainment Group who own the neighbouring Dome.

Rising a modest 36 metres in height, the building will extend outwards the development that has already been built next to the Millennium Dome with buildings such as Mitre Passage towards North Greenwich underground station.

The building has been massed to respond tightly to the boundaries of the site as well as relate to Peninsula Square onto which the retail outlets face along with a curving building frontage and full height glazing. Above will be five floors with stainless steel panels and recessed full height windows topped by a double height glazed upper floor with strong vertical lines.

As an alternative to the heavy use of glass is the south-western façade of the building that is almost exclusively steel panels and recessed windows with only a mini atrium running up it to break the façade into two sections and help avoid a monolithic approach.

It's a design that has already proven popular with the planning authorities they have been given the thumbs up by the Mayor of London's office.

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=2544
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Appeal Court Signals Final Doon Street Approval.




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London is booming like hell!!!
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:21 PM   #1785
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Kidbrooke Regeneration looks extremely good and those many roofs are quite cool. I love brick buildings.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 01:16 AM   #1786
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London is booming like hell!!!

And unfortunately, it's the only place that is booming like hell in the UK currently with the only downfall being Crossrail, which is rumored to take a nasty bump with the new coaltion Government's Budget Cuts.

For the rest of us UK forumers however, London may as well be a metropolis in another country or be a country on it's own as most of us probably don't care what happens in the capital as it's that vast anyway.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #1787
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Being the major British city, obviously London gets a lot of investment.

But I've seen many great projects in other cities like Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow and a skyscraper proposed in Birmingham. They may not be as well known as the ones in London but it doesn't mean nothing is being done elsewhere.

Your entitled to your opinion, though.
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Old May 28th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #1788
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The render where it peaks over St. James's trees is really cool. Another tall building right next to the river.

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Old May 29th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #1789
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Pringle Brandon and Wilkinson Eyre reveal east London Siemens Pavilion

Pringle Brandon and Wilkinson Eyre Architects have revealed images of their £30 million exhibition and conference centre for Siemens at the Royal Docks, east London.

The 7,000m² structure aimed for completion by early 2012 will be the focus of London Mayor Boris Johnson’s east London-wide Green Enterprise District launched today (27 May).

In January the AJ revealed the LDA was in discussion on creating a new ‘eco’ development at the former docks.

Hailed as a new East London ‘landmark’, the proposed centre at the western end of the Royal Docks is expected to attract up to 100,000 visitors a year and will house a 300-seat auditorium and a permanent sustainable technologies exhibition.

Pringle Brandon is designing the auditorium, meeting spaces and restaurant while Wilkinson Eyre will work on the exterior and landscaping.

The three-storey scheme features photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, ground source heat pumps and solar water heating.

Boris Johnson said: ‘The Siemens Pavilion is set to sit at the heart of a brand new Green Enterprise District, which will sweep across east of the city.

‘We envisage that the District will be a vibrant, international hub incubating dozens of low carbon businesses to transform what has historically been some of the poorest parts of the capital.’

Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: ‘This new visitor attraction will put the Royal Docks on the national and international stage as a place for supporting new technology and innovation.’

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Old May 30th, 2010, 11:21 PM   #1790
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Allies and Morrison Rejig Crown Wharf



Continuing the prodigious work-rate of Allies and Morrison is Crown Wharf in the London borough of Newham, a new largely residential development to provide 679 apartments.

The proposals for a cluster of six buildings are a modification of previous plans that surfaced in early 2009 with a reduction in the number of apartments on offer and relocation of the live/work units and commercial floorspace to the north-western fringe of the site to help provide with the neighbouring area.

The scheme is set next to the River Lea on a brownfield site to the west of Bidder Street with the East India Dock Road bridge running to its south. Furthermore, the Canning Town Interchange is only a few hundred metres away. As yet very little has been built recently in the area on any scale but number of other large development sites exist in the immediate area including Leamouth Peninsula to the south and Rathbone Market to the east.

The main part of the site has been masterplanned by the architects to have a pocket green area in its centre with the buildings defensively ringing it on three sides acting in a similar manner to a wall that will help absorb the noise from beyond whilst a number of pedestrian routes cut between them connecting to Bidder Street and Wharfside Road.

Unfortunately despite the lack of urban parks in vicinity, the greenery in the site is not set to be a public area but rather private gardens that only residents will be able to enjoy harking back to the days of fenced off squares in Belgravia.

Responding to the urban industrial grain of the surrounding area, the facades of the buildings facing out along Bidder Street are to be clad in brick with set-back windows. Above this will be the three largely glazed tower elements with the tallest rising to almost 100 metres, a similar height to the other proposed projects in this part of Newham.

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=2533
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Old May 31st, 2010, 03:06 PM   #1791
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I really like the Battle of Britain Beacon posted earlier. Though I am somewhat disappointed by it's suburban location. Such a great building doesn't deserve to be built in the middle of a boring suburban housing division surrounded by Victorian terraced houses. There would be nothing else in the area to attract visitors.

If it couldn't be located in central London, I feel they should have chosen a downtown location in another UK city.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 07:03 PM   #1792
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New £16m Hindu temple opens in Wembley


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Wembley's newest looming landmark has opened it doors after 14 years of construction.

It is the £16m Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir, which loosely translates as the all-inclusive temple.

There is none of the metal core most buildings have and, instead, it has been built using ancient techniques based on Hindu scriptures.

The method dates back thousands of years and was used to construct the world famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

Many of the temple's component pieces have been hand carved in limestone in the tiny town of Sola - located in the Indian state of Gujarat - before being flown over and pieced together in the UK.

There were also 41 marble deities made in India especially for the mandir.

The temple covers 2.4 acres (9.7 sq m) on the Ealing Road and, at its highest point, is 66ft (20m) tall.

Its bright sand-coloured walls stand out in stark contrast to the unassuming surroundings.

A ceremony called Pran Prathistha was held to "infuse the spirit of God into the statues" as part of the temple opening.

A VIP opening was then held with donors, sponsors and local dignitaries in attendance.

Ajay Jobanputra is governor of Shri Vallabh Nidhi UK (SVNUK), the charity which raised the funds to build the Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir.

He hopes the temple will provide a place of worship for all Hindus and welcome those of other faiths.

"Famous spiritual leaders and forms of Gods from other religions are featured in the carvings such as Mother Teresa, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (a Sikh Guru), Meerabai, Lord Swaminarayan and many more.

"It's about showcasing the importance of respect, love and compassion for all religions, making the temple dynamic and universal.

"The message being promoted is of Vasudev Kutumbakaum, a Hindu term to describe the world as one big family."

The chief priest at the Shree Sanatan Hindu Mandir is Dr Raj Pandit Sharma, who said the new temple may stand out as a structure but it fits in with the eclectic local community.

"I think it will add to the charm of the area," he explained.

"Ealing Road already has mosques and churches and I think this temple will stand out as something unique that can be seen from some distance.

"I would hope that anybody who comes to the temple would find it a place where they will feel relaxed. It's like a sanctuary of peace amongst the bustling heart of London."

Special events

Each morning there will be prayers at the new temple in line with Hindu tradition.

It will house special events for such occasions as Diwali and Navratri as well as annual religious functions to celebrate the birth of Hindu saints and Gods like Jalaram Jayanti (Saint Jalarambapa) and Janmasthami (Lord Krishna).

Mr Jobanputra says the temple is expected to draw crowds from across London and visitors from much further afield.

"We're estimating around 400 to 500 local people will visit us during the weekdays and double that on weekends.

"We also expect visitors from other parts of the UK and Europe.

"We have already had visit requests from Spain, Portugal and Switzerland."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...on/8709575.stm
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Old June 1st, 2010, 10:15 AM   #1793
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That's fantastic. How about making the whole of Wembley look like that...
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It's amazing indeed. And the interiors ...
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Vauxhall towers reborn



Designs for two £170 million towers on a vacant site beside Vauxhall roundabout in London have been unveiled by Squire & Partners, which hopes to submit a planning application this summer.

The plans, for two residential blocks of 41 and 31 storeys, are a revision of an earlier scheme the architect drew up five years ago but which foundered on affordable housing issues.

The new scheme, for developer Kylun and privately funded by the chief executive of UAE oil company FAL Oil, is a few storeys lower than the abandoned scheme for London & Regional. It contains 291 flats, a 180-bed hotel, a public “skybar” halfway up, and shops and restaurants at ground level.

The work, on the so-called Vauxhall Cross Island site between Wandsworth Road and Vauxhall bus station, would also involve new pavements and pedestrian crossings, which the practice says would integrate the buildings into the Vauxhall Cross gyratory. A new entrance to the tube station would also be added.

Practice partner Michael Squire said: “Our proposals are designed to deliver a new focal point for Vauxhall. By focusing on improving the ground-level environment and providing new retail and restaurant frontage, we intend to make Vauxhall Cross more pedestrian friendly.”

Vauxhall has been earmarked by London mayor Boris Johnson as suitable for a “cluster” of tall buildings stretching from Lambeth Bridge to Nine Elms, where the new US embassy is to be built.

Fosters is designing three towers for the New Covent Garden site of between 25 and 46 storeys.

Lambeth Council has given planning permission for the 34-storey Sky Gardens building by Carey Jones on Vauxhall Cross, and for Broadway Malyan’s 50-storey tower at St George’s Wharf, which is destined to be the UK’s tallest residential tower.

But in March, Lambeth rejected a 42-storey tower by Make after English Heritage and Westminster Council claimed it would destroy views across London.

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Alberta House, a great addition to the Docklands's density.

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Lol..Albert house....

It's Alberta House...., as in Alberta, Canada....
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Another render of the Vauxhall Cross Island Towers.



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Located next to London's Canary Wharf, Prime Avenue at Baltimore Wharf is developer Ballymore's newest addition to the Docklands skyline.

A vibrant new quarter centered around a tranquil water garden, Prime Avenue boasts iconic architecture and extensive leisure facilities, making it a fine residential investment opportunity.

Featuring superbly designed penthouses with elegant roof gardens and smart high-spec duplex suites with spectacular views, the development offers a modern lifestyle in a famous area.

The complex is designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, one of Europe's leading architectural firms.

A seven-story arch - the stunning centerpiece of the development - leads to a dramatic waterside garden boulevard.

Most apartments feature full-height windows, with balconies overlooking Millwall Dock and the Canary Wharf skyline. The garden views and the glass facade elegantly blend the interior and exterior, maximizing light and opening up the horizon.

Baltimore Wharf offers a range of units, from 110 to 351 square meters. They include studio suites, two- bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses.

Good use of light and space combined with high-spec, high-tech interior design offer prime living space.

One and two-bedroom apartments are fitted with spacious designer wardrobes, while studio apartments are fitted with Bianco Assoluto stone flooring.

The kitchens also feature custom- designed modular Alpi veneered cabinets, durable Zodiac Quartz wor
k surfaces and amenities like ultra- modern temperature control chrome mixer taps. In the larger one to two- bedroom units, kitchens have a separate utility area.

Bathrooms are fitted with electric under-floor heating and heated stone towel rails.

More than just a place to stay, the development provides residents with state-of-the-art facilities and services, including boulevard gardens, satellite TV and concierge service.

The Baltimore Club offers a wide range of facilities such as virtual golf and shooting, a private cinema and a fitness club.

Excellent transport links make Baltimore Wharf easily accessible.

With the nearby Crossharbour Docklands Light Railway station, it takes only 10 minutes to reach Canary Wharf Estate, the City and London City Airport.

The development is a 10-minute walk from the Canary Wharf Underground station, which connects via the Jubilee Line to many key destinations in the capital.

Transport will be even better when Crossrail opens in 2017.

This stunning development, due for completion next year, is now on sale in Hong Kong through Colliers International.

An exhibition will be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Central. For details, contact Colliers International at 2822-0743.

Prime Avenue
Address Baltimore Wharf, London E14
Unit sizes 110 to 351 square meters
Layouts studios, 1-2 bedrooms, duplexes and penthouses
Developer Ballymore

http://www.baltimorewharf.com/
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