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Old September 12th, 2016, 10:43 AM   #18881
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Lendlease Hammersmith office contract confirmed at £103m



Lendlease has confirmed its construction contract is worth £103m to build a new office scheme for Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate London at 245 Hammersmith Road, in West London.

Work will be completed by the first quarter of 2019 on the the 250,000 sq ft scheme which has a development value of £275m.

The building will consist of a basement and 12 storeys with a plaza and a new urban park. Demolition of the existing Bechtel House on the site is already underway.

Neil Martin, Managing Director of Lendlease’s construction business, said: “We are really pleased to be working again with Legal & General and Mitsubishi Estate London – both are longstanding clients of ours and the strong relationships between our companies add great value to the development.

“Lendlease excels at just this kind of high-end scheme, with a high-specification design, mixed-use element, and a tight urban footprint.”

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Old September 12th, 2016, 11:15 AM   #18882
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Is there any news regarding 1 Undershaft? I really like the design of that building.
Still in for planning consideration and wont be decided for a month or so. Even though its doubtful it won't get planning the actual scheme is not likely to start until the next decade as the current tenant lease doesn't expire until then.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 11:54 AM   #18883
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Berkeley blames Government for London housing shortages

Berkeley launched a broadside at the Government today over stamp duty and its housing policy in London.

The country’s leading luxury house builder said it was on track to make another £1.5bn in pre-tax profit by April 2018.

But reservations are down 20% on this time last year despite site visitor levels and enquiries remaining at the same level as 2015.

Berkeley said: ‘What is increasingly clear is that Government policy, which has been helpful outside London, has had a negative effect on the capital.

“Transaction taxes are now too high and this is restricting both mobility in the second hand market and the pace of supply and delivery of new homes in London and the South East.

“There is also a tension between the national policy on Starter Homes and the London Mayor’s ambition to build more affordable housing, while the very high rates of the Community Infrastructure Levy adopted by local authorities now pose a significant threat to development viability.

“While these challenges persist, and the barriers to entry for small builders remain high, London will fall well short of its targets for new homes.

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Old September 12th, 2016, 01:45 PM   #18884
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London's Heathrow sets August record as runway ruling nears



London's Heathrow Airport, which is battling Gatwick for government approval for an extra runway, said it handled a record 7.34 million passengers in August, with more flying to the Middle East and Latin America.

Heathrow operates at about 98 percent capacity and struggles to add new flights. The British government is expected to rule in the coming weeks on whether to build a third runway at Heathrow or its rival Gatwick after a drawn-out process.

Europe's busiest airport said numbers grew by 0.1 percent on the previous year, showing there was no dip in traffic following Britain's June vote to leave the European Union.

Heathrow has argued that Britain's vote to leave the EU makes it more important that it secures approval to expand, enabling it to build more routes with trading nations. Gatwick says it can build a new runway at a lower cost and with less environmental impact.

Heathrow said passenger traffic rose by 9.1 percent to the Middle East, by 5.8 percent to Latin America and 5.1 percent to East Asia year-on-year in August, helped by increased use of larger aircraft.

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Old September 12th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #18885
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Still in for planning consideration and wont be decided for a month or so. Even though its doubtful it won't get planning the actual scheme is not likely to start until the next decade as the current tenant lease doesn't expire until then.
Thank you for the info. I expected the construction much sooner, like in a year, or something. However, it's still a beauty, I'm sure it will grace the skyline of London no matter the year of construction.
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Heathrow revises third runway plan to save £3bn



Heathrow could slash up to £3bn off the cost of its a third runway project in a bid to speed up airport expansion by 12 months.

The airport’s new chairman Lord Deighton has revealed Heathrow is exploring dropping plans to build a 600m long, 14-lane tunnel for the M25 motorway under the runway and a transit system around the airport.

It could also scale-back the proposed Terminal 6 central development area in a bid to deliver needed extra airport capacity earlier so that Britain can be connected to growth quicker and cheaper.

The plan is set to be officially unveiled later this month and would help to cut the cost of the £16bn project by around a fifth.

Programme partners Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend have been involved in drawing up the alternative plan.

The fast-tracked cheaper airport expansion proposal comes as Theresa May is expected to take a decision on whether to go ahead with expansion at Gatwick or Heathrow in October.

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Old September 12th, 2016, 05:45 PM   #18887
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Higgins wins £24m London housing project



Higgins Construction has won the job to build 125 homes for Metropolitan Housing Association in Brent, North London.

The firm secured the job with a £24.3m bid for the residential- led scheme known as “Marvelfairs“ at 255 Ealing Road in the Alperton area of the brough.

A development of varying tenures close to Wembley will be built across a complex of heights stepping up to nine storeys.

The project, which includes community units, will be built to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and BREEAM excellent for the community buildings.

The brick clad building will be fitted with photo voltaic panels to help achieve the energy rating.

Metropolitan, a member of the G15 London housing association group, plans to build around 3,300 new affordable homes in the next five years, investing £730m.
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Old September 12th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #18888
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Old September 13th, 2016, 12:08 AM   #18889
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Still in for planning consideration and wont be decided for a month or so. Even though its doubtful it won't get planning the actual scheme is not likely to start until the next decade as the current tenant lease doesn't expire until then.
I'm surprised that the tenant isn't getting bought out of their lease and relocated, to be honest.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 12:22 AM   #18890
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Southbank Place | South Bank SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showth...627784&page=12

Official website: http://southbank-place.com/


Project facts
  • Address: Shell Centre, London SE1 7NA
  • London borough: Lambeth
  • Developer: Braeburn Estates Limited Partnership
  • Architects : Stanton Williams , Squire & Partners , Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Patel Taylor and GRID Architects
  • Height: 126 | 109 | 104m
  • Floors: 37 | 32 | 30



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Old September 13th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #18891
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Building R7 | King's Cross N1C

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=505188

Official website: http://www.kingscross.co.uk/



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  • Address: Building R7, Handyside Street, London N1C
  • Developer: Argent
  • Architect: Duggan Morris Architects
  • Floors: 11




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Very good. The Southbank Place is huge.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 02:50 PM   #18893
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Mayor hikes Barking Riverside affordable homes to 50%



The Mayor of London has paved the way for up to 10,000 new homes in Barking with up to half affordable after approving the masterplan for the single largest regeneration site in the capital.

Sadiq Khan gave his consent to the masterplan for Barking Riverside – a 180-hectare brownfield site on the northern banks of the River Thames.

A target of 50% affordable housing has been set, including affordable homes to rent and those for first-time buyers, across a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom homes. Under the previous Mayor, the plans included only 28% affordable housing.

The new Mayor has now agreed a scheme that includes a minimum of 35% affordable from the outset, with provisions to raise this to 50% over time through additional investment and viability reviews.

Developers will now submit detailed planning applications to Barking and Dagenham council for different areas of the site, to be built in phases.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’ve made it clear that tackling London’s housing crisis is my number-one priority. Fixing this problem will be a marathon, not a sprint, but developments like this one will play a huge part in our efforts to provide genuinely affordable homes to buy and rent.”

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Old September 13th, 2016, 03:54 PM   #18894
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Is there any news regarding 1 Undershaft? I really like the design of that building.
Most recent article on the project, to be taken with a pinch of salt: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle31696744/
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I'm surprised that the tenant isn't getting bought out of their lease and relocated, to be honest.
BNP Paribas have been advertising office space to be occupied until 2019: https://www.realestate.bnpparibas.co...3a568z503e.pdf
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Most recent article on the project, to be taken with a pinch of salt: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle31696744/
I'm really glad the project is proceeding somehow, I didn't know that there's an agreement with the Museum of London about a public viewing gallery on the 71st and 72nd floors (the highest in London), great.
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Planners and developers have recognised the lack/popularity of high, publicly accessibly vantage points in London. Several new schemes now include high level viewing galleries or bar/restaurant offerings.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 06:24 PM   #18898
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This year's Stirling Prize shortlist, which includes two schemes in London: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/...ontentID=17134
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184 Shepherd's Bush Road | Hammersmith W6

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Architect's project page: http://www.colladocollins.com/projec...rds-bush-road/



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  • Address: 184 Shepherd's Bush Road, London W6
  • London borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Developer: Westerland Real Estate
  • Architect: Collado Collins
  • Floorspsace: 12,327m²
  • Floors: 6



The completed redevelopment of a former Ford Motor Company factory, built in 1915:











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London Fruit & Wool Exchange | Spitalfields E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1871400

Official website: http://www.exemplar.co.uk/property/l...wool-exchange/



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  • Address: London Fruit & Wool Exchange, Brushfield Street, London E1
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: M&G Real Estate | Exemplar
  • Architect: Bennetts Associates
  • Cost: £200 million ($260m)
  • Floors: 6



Construction progress at the London Fruit & Wool Exchange site, photo by No Expert:

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