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Old May 31st, 2016, 07:47 PM   #18201
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Old June 1st, 2016, 10:26 AM   #18202
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London now third most expensive city to build in

Only Zurich and New York cost more to build in according to the latest global research by programme managers Turner & Townsend.

The International Construction Market Survey 2016 analyses input costs like labour and materials and charts the average build cost per m2 for both commercial and residential projects in 38 markets around the world.

At nearly $3700 per m2, average construction costs in Zurich are the highest in the world, closely followed by New York ($3650 per m2) and London ($3550 per m2).

Steve McGuckin, Global Managing Director – Real Estate, Turner & Townsend, said: “In overstretched markets both contractors and their clients must take urgent action to improve efficiency and keep cost inflation in check, while those operating in subdued markets should seize the opportunity to strip out waste and get the skills mix right for when demand returns.

“While advances in technology like Building Information Modelling (BIM) and modular construction can help, efficiency improvements of the scale required will only be achieved if the industry evolves – and develops leaner, more collaborative ways of working across the supply chain.”

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Old June 1st, 2016, 10:33 AM   #18203
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Casting starts for £130m film and TV centre builder



The British Film Institute is starting the search for a construction team to build a £130m new home for the film and television industry on London’s South Bank.

The film body has suddenly initiated plans after a mystery funder agreed to put up £87m towards the total project cost, subject to tendering starting immediately.

Under the deal being proposed, the funder will be given naming rights of the building, exclusivity for food and beverage sales in the venue and partial repayment of the funding over a period of time.

The new International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image will include a gallery, three cinema screens and an education centre when it opens in 2022.

It will be built on the Hungerford car park site will be the final piece in the development of London’s South Bank Cultural Quarter.

The BFI is currently working closely with landowners, the South Bank Centre, Braeburn Estates, Jubilee Gardens Trust and Lambeth Council to ensure that the development will be sensitively designed to complement an expanded Jubilee Gardens.

The new Centre will occupy a riverside position and as part of this development Braeburn Estates will also create 70,000 sq ft of new green parkland on Jubilee Gardens, dramatically extending the current space between The London Eye and Hungerford Bridge.
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Old June 1st, 2016, 11:11 AM   #18204
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Class 700 to transform Thameslink travel experience









UK: Prior to the Class 700 electric multiple-unit being brought into service between Bedford and Brighton over the next few weeks, on May 24 Govia Thameslink Railway presented to stakeholders a 12-car variant of the 115 trainsets that are being built by Siemens.

‘These trains have been designed to carry up to 1 750 people in climate-controlled comfort, which is essential to meet the huge growth in passenger numbers that have soared 40% in the past decade’, said GTR CEO Charles Horton.

He also highlighted ‘their wide doors, open interiors and state-of-the-art real-time passenger information systems’, which would help GTR run a high-frequency service on the Thameslink route across London in 2018, offering 80% more seats.

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Bloomberg Place | City of London EC2

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  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Floors: 9
  • Office space: 100,368m²



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Roman tablets discovered during an excavation in London include the oldest hand-written document ever found in Britain, archaeologists have revealed.

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) said it had deciphered a document, from 8 January AD 57, found at the dig at Bloomberg's new headquarters.

The first ever reference to London, financial documents and evidence of schooling have also been translated.



Researchers believe this tablet, is the earliest ever reference to London predating Tacitus' mention of London in his Annals which were produced about 50 years later.

Dated AD 65/70-80, it reads "Londinio Mogontio" which translates to "'In London, to Mogontius".
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 04:47 AM   #18207
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1 Bank Street | Canary Wharf E14

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  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Canary Wharf Group
  • Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox
  • Height: 147m
  • Floors: 28



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Why is TfL so hostile to a Crossrail station at LCY?

London City Airport has questioned why Transport for London is rebuffing its proposals to fund and build a Crossrail station at the Docklands hub.

The newly-named Elizabeth Line has stops at Custom House, to the north of Victoria Dock, and at Woolwich and it is carried in tunnels underneath the airport but the airport itself is not on the initial roster of stations.

Chief executive Declan Collier told Construction News : “We have been proposing to the powers-that-be to build a Crossrail station here. We know we can deliver it but the amount of resistance we are getting to this completely self-funded project is mind-boggling.”

TfL denies that it is hostile to the idea.

Howard Smith, operations director for the Elizabeth line, said “We are always open to hearing feedback on the future Elizabeth line service. We have not had a formal feasibility study from London City Airport and we are focused on delivering the current project on time and to budget.”

Mr Collier said the station would generate the £3million a year operational costs and another station would add just under three minutes to overall journey times according to the airport’s calculations.

The airport is currently awaiting the outcome of its planning appeal against the decision to block its £300million expansion plans with the new Mayor, Sadiq Khan, more receptive to the idea than his predecessor.
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why waterloo is renovated? to host which trains?
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 07:29 PM   #18212
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why waterloo is renovated? to host which trains?
They want to convert the platforms used by the eurostar for domestic train use.
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 09:46 PM   #18213
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They want to convert the platforms used by the eurostar for domestic train use.
There are plans to turn the former departures lounge into retail units , although it's a short term solution until Crossrail 2 arrives in the early 2030s.
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Old June 2nd, 2016, 10:45 PM   #18214
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Crossrail 2 isn't going through Waterloo, is it?
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No, it isn't.

I had a crossrail2 rant here that belonged in this thread so I'm removing it to avoid derailing this thread

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Platforms 20-24 (former Eurostar platforms) will be reopened, I think initially taking 10-coach trains on the Reading lines.

This will also allow them to close platforms 1-4 to extend those to 10-coach length, too.

No new services per se, just the ability to handle more trains and longer trains on the existing Waterloo routes.

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Ruskin Square | Croydon CR9

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=580546

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  • Address: Ruskin Square, Wellesley Road, Croydon CR9
  • London borough: Croydon
  • Developer: Stanhope and Schroders
  • Architect: Shedkm
  • Cost: £500 million ($750m)
  • Homes: 625
  • Office space: 22,000m²



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Bidders day for £160m London hospital upgrade

Springfield University Hospital NHS Trust is planning a bidders day for contractors and developers to set out plans to expand and upgrade its hospital care estate.

The trust aims to build two new mental health facilities, one at its main Tooting hospital site in Wandsworth and the other at its Tolworth Hospital site in Surbiton.

The new psychiatric hospitals will be funded mostly by the redevelopment of surplus land at the 80-acre Springfield University Hospital site in south London.

Parts of the existing hospital estate date back to 1840, facing out onto open land that, amongst other things, is currently home to a 9 hole golf course and other sporting facilities.

Existing planning permission exists for up to 839 homes on the Springfield site, including up to 262 homes within two existing Grade II listed hospital buildings.

Construction of the 270,000 sq ft hospital accommodation at Springfield is anticipated to begin in 2017 and complete in 2019.

The trust wants to appoint a development partner or consortium to design, build and commission the new mental health hospitals, deliver associated infrastructure, and redevelop the Springfield site.

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Tower Bridge to close for three months for repair work

Tower Bridge will be closed to vehicles for three months from October to allow structural repair and maintenance works to take place.

Tower Bridge Road will close to vehicles but a crossing for pedestrians will be maintained by contractor Bam Nuttall.

The pedestrian part will be closed for three weekends during the work when a free replacement ferry service will be provided.

The City of London Corporation said it will be working closely with TfL and the London Boroughs of Southwark and Tower Hamlets to minimise disruption with “comprehensive traffic management plans”.

More than 40,000 people cross over Tower Bridge every day including 21,000 vehicles.

This daily heavy use has had an effect on the timber decking of the bridge which was last refurbished in the 1970s.

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One The Elephant | Elephant & Castle SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1645608

Official website: http://www.onetheelephant.com/



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  • Address: One The Elephant, Churchyard Row, London SE1
  • London borough: Southwark
  • Developer: Lend Lease
  • Architect: Squire and Partners
  • Height: 123m
  • Floors: 37



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One The Elephant, Elephant & Castle SE1, June 2016


One The Elephant, Elephant & Castle SE1, June 2016
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Wardian London | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=324062

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  • Address: Arrowhead Quay, Marsh Wall, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Ballymore
  • Architect: Glen Howells Architects
  • Height: 183m | 170m
  • Floors: 55 | 50



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