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Old August 31st, 2010, 11:24 PM   #1881
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Old September 1st, 2010, 04:27 AM   #1882
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Canary Wharf is the exception to London's otherwise nice architecture.

A collection of 150m to 250m boxes is not pleasant.

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Old September 1st, 2010, 10:33 AM   #1883
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Actually, I find the boxes in Canary Wharf to be pleasant. Definitely nothing special when looking from a distance, the simple boxes do get a bit boring from afar, especially as none of the towers are very high and quite a few are a bit fat. But when in Canary Wharf itself, the quality of the details are quite impressive and it looks really well done.
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Old September 1st, 2010, 11:44 PM   #1884
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Actually, I find the boxes in Canary Wharf to be pleasant. Definitely nothing special when looking from a distance, the simple boxes do get a bit boring from afar, especially as none of the towers are very high and quite a few are a bit fat. But when in Canary Wharf itself, the quality of the details are quite impressive and it looks really well done.
I would add that I also find CW pleasant from far away. What usually happen with boxy clusters is that they look very good from far away but dull and cheap when you are in it. I think CW is good in both aspects, at least the quality of the cladding in the majority of its buildings is top notch.

A boxy cluster is not necessarily boring or dull.
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Old September 2nd, 2010, 02:18 AM   #1885
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Rich overseas buyers keep prime London market aloft

Chinese buyers are expected to replace Russian investors as major players in the prime central London market, says London agent CB Richard Ellis.

The Chinese are among buyers with foreign currency who are enjoying attractive discounts on prime central London property as the pound remains weak.

In parts of central London it means property is essentially 36% cheaper for buyers with Japanese yen. Investors with currencies such as the Hong Kong dollar, American dollar, Saudi riyal and the United Arab Emirates dirham can expect a discount of around 25%.

The firm also forecast that rich bankers are set to return to the market. It estimates that the bonus pool payable early next year currently stands at £6.8bn.

Jennet Siebrits, head of residential research at CB Richard Ellis, said: “The bulk of the London market is trying to dodge the double dip, much like the rest of the UK.

“However, in what is truly emerging as a tale of two cities, the prime central London property continues to defy the downturn thanks to strong interest from international investors.”

Meanwhile, Savills has reported that trophy homes in London are selling at a near record rate, with many sales being made to rich foreigners. The total value of £5m-plus houses sold by Savills in London between April and June was £850m.

It is the second highest quarterly figure ever recorded. The most lucrative three months previously was spring 2008.

In the first seven months of this year, £1.6bn of homes worth £5m-plus were sold in areas including Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

But Lucian Cook, director at Savills Research, said he is expecting prime property prices to drop by up to 4.5% in the last few months of this year, ending up 1% lower than they were at the start.

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Old September 4th, 2010, 09:38 PM   #1886
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The Shard's core has started rising again.

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Old September 5th, 2010, 03:56 PM   #1887
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Canary Wharf is the exception to London's otherwise nice architecture.

A collection of 150m to 250m boxes is not pleasant.
Architecture is subjective though and although Canary Wharf may appear to be function over form a lot of people like it
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Old September 5th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #1889
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CW turns out well as a whole even if people don't like the buildings.

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Old September 6th, 2010, 03:01 AM   #1890
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Kidbrooke Regeneration is going at a fast pace.

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Old September 6th, 2010, 03:54 AM   #1891
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Old September 6th, 2010, 09:41 PM   #1892
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Nash Houses Hulking Replacement



The regeneration of the London borough of Ealing is continuing apace with plans from architecture firm Tate Hindle for the demolition of the existing Nash House office building and the construction of a new more modern mixed-use replacement.

The current building, like many office buildings of its size in the area, is an eight storey affair built in the 1960s, and now obsolete in terms of the office space that it offers. Set parallel to the neighbouring Old Oak Lane, it will be replaced by a new building that varies from six to eight floors in height with the building split clearly into two elements to break up the sprawling site.

On the southern third will be the shorter element complete sert back from the ground floor retail with a recessed upper floor to further reduce its profile. Separating it from the main section of the building will be a service core with exposed glazed staircase acting as a clear visual boundary between it and the longer building that sprawls along Old Oak Lane. This too will have ground floor retail with full height glazing to create animated shop fronts.

Within Nash Houses replacement, the developer BNB Developments is aiming to construct 323 student beds averaging 18 square metres, except for the disabled who get 25 square metres.

These are highly favoured by many developers at the moment who find they provide excellent yields with some operators reporting returns of 9 to 9.5% per year with a stable income, far more than any other sector of property at present.

In addition to this there will also be 2,953 square metres of office space, and 462 square metres of retail space, plus a further 190 square metres of flexible commercial or community space, and 26 parking spaces.

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Old September 6th, 2010, 11:54 PM   #1893
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Seager Distillery Tower

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Old September 7th, 2010, 06:08 PM   #1894
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Howells reveals King’s Cross tower



Plans for the tallest tower on the King’s Cross Central site have been unveiled. It is hoped the building, by Glenn Howells Architects, will become an “urban marker” for the regeneration scheme, visible from across London.

The scheme is arranged as a 14-storey “shoulder” element, rising up at one end to a 27-storey tower standing just over 100m tall, planned around a landscape courtyard

It will contain 657 student bedrooms with communal amenities, and is scheduled to be ready in time for the 2013/14 academic year – by which time the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design will have relocated to the site.

Cabe has described the proposals as a “valued addition” to King’s Cross even though the tower is significantly higher than the 67m envisaged in the original 2006 masterplan. Camden Council will rule on the proposal later this year.

The design uses a neutral palette, including reconstituted stone panels, bronze coloured window frames and glazing.

Howells’ tower was unveiled in the same week that the two key public realm elements of King’s Cross Central faced the planners.

Townshend Landscape Architects’ scheme for The Boulevard - the main north south spine road - and Station Square, between King’s Cross and St Pancras, were due be considered by Camden Council’s development control committee as BD went to press.

English Heritage has complained that the “random” positioning of trees in Station Square will obscure views of St Pancras Station and the German Gym.

The King’s Cross Conservation Area Advisory Committee described the scheme as “uninspiring”.

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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:45 AM   #1895
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Bird and swine flu ‘super-lab’ at St Pancras site


Action stations: the new lab, next to St Pancras, will employ 1,250 scientists

A maximum security laboratory next to St Pancras station will be at the front line of Britain's fight against the next flu pandemic.

The £600 million “super lab” will be one of the largest in Europe and employ 1,250 scientists, many of whom will work in a bunker to prevent the spread of airborne disease.

The UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, the body behind the Somers Town building, claims the site will be totally secure with no risk of virus particles escaping into nearby homes.

But campaigners are angry that no housing is planned for the site, and are concerned the huge building could become a terrorist target and the focal point for protests against animal testing.

The glass, brick and metal lab will be secured to “biosafety level three-plus”, that is capable of containing bacteria including malaria and tuberculosis. Along with cancer, they will be some of the many deadly diseases studied at the “global centre of research excellence”.

John Cooper, chief operating officer and interim chief executive of UKCMRI, said: “UKCMRI is planning to study different strains of flu, including H5N1 (bird) flu.

“Some of these viruses need to be studied in special, secure laboratories. The founders' scientists and technicians are extremely experienced in ensuring these viruses are studied safely.”

UKCMRI is a conglomerate of the Medical Research Council, University College London, Cancer Research UK and The Wellcome Trust.

About one third of the building, which is up to 154 feet high in places, will be underground.

Opponents of the scheme, including the local MP and former Labour health secretary Frank Dobson, are angry that no social housing has been included on the 3.6 acre site.

A pressure group called Stop Camden Lab has been formed to oppose the plans, which were formally lodged last week.

Councillor Roger Robinson, Labour representative for St Pancras and Somers Town, said: “Why they want to put a lab in the middle of a built-up area is beyond my comprehension.”

The building will replace the ageing Medical Research Council laboratory in Mill Hill, which led Britain's bird and swine flu research.

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Barratt ups targets for new blocks in the capital

Barratt Developments, the country's biggest housebuilder by volume, said today it planned to virtually double its activity in the capital in the year ahead, beginning work on new homes worth more £700 million.

The group will open 20 sites in London, up from 11 previously, and build 2600 units, mostly flats.

The new schemes - with a total development value of £710 million - include the St Andrews regeneration scheme in Tower Hamlets and the latest phase of its Maple Quays project in Canada Water.

Overall, Barratt plans to open up to 50 new sites this year - bringing its total to nearly 400 - but London and the south-east accounts for the majority of the activity, chief executive Mark Clare said.

He called a "two-speed" recovery for the market across the country as London defies a shift towards houses from flats seen elsewhere.

"In the north it is more a question of affordability, but in the south it is about under-supply," he said.

Houses are likely to account for almost two-thirds of Barratt's volumes this year, raising average prices and fattening margins.

Clare played down fears of a double-dip recession but the group is cautious over a "challenging" market where mortgage supply is still a key hurdle despite a shortage of homes.

He said: "I don't think there is any evidence that we are going to see a double-dip on the detailed figures which we are seeing."

But he added: "We are delivering less homes as an industry than we have for the last 50 to 70 years."

The group showed signs of turning the corner in annual results with operating profits of £90.1 million for the year to June 30 against £34.2 million a year earlier. Barratt also turned a pre-tax profit of £15.5 million in the second half, stripping out the costs of last year's fundraising.

Barratt shares fell 4% to 100.4p following the figures.

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Finally the setback at the Shard's core.

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Old September 9th, 2010, 05:45 PM   #1898
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A new 149m tower by SOM, for a site near the Olympic Park:

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SOM has submitted a planning application to the Olympic Development Authority for this 42-storey, mixed-use development by Stratford Station, near the Olympic Park in east London.

The scheme features a 150-bedroom hotel, 253 residential units and 300m² of retail or office space.

A planning committee date has yet to be confirmed.

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Old September 10th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #1899
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Great project!

It has a contemporary style, something that could be built in Asian cities and a great way to boost East London.
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Old September 10th, 2010, 05:32 PM   #1900
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GREAT thread.

I like how this thread has updates about projects of all sizes, smaller as well as massive. If we see a name of a project we are interested in, we can simply find its thread in the London section. These concise little updates are perfect

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