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Old September 10th, 2010, 09:01 PM   #1901
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A new 149m tower by SOM, for a site near the Olympic Park:
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Imperial and UCL in top 10 of the world’s best universities

Two London universities have been ranked among the top 10 in the world.

University College, London, and Imperial are fourth and seventh respectively in today's QS world university rankings.

King's College, London, made it to number 21, while Cambridge was named as the best. It is the first time in seven years that Harvard in the United States has been beaten into second position.

The list is based on research quality, graduate employability, teaching and how international the faculties and student bodies are. It comes after a report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said that Britain was lagging behind other countries in public spending on higher education. Poland, Slovenia, Germany, the US and Canada have all overtaken the UK.

John O'Leary, executive member of the QS academic advisory board, said Harvard lost its place at the top because of a hiring freeze.

The QS list features 31 American universities as well as 15 Asian ones, led by the University of Hong Kong at 23.

Mr O'Leary said so many British and US universities are ranked highly because English is the favoured language of academia.

He said: “In general terms, if you're publishing in a language most researchers aren't using you're not going to be picked up and cited in the mainstream journals.”
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Population boom is real threat to London’s future, claims MP

David Cameron was today urged to set up a Royal Commission on the future of London.

The independent inquiry would investigate the capital's rising population, the housing crisis, the pressure on schools, GP surgeries and hospitals, as well as the modernisation of the Tube, train, bus and road network.

The threat from climate change which could send temperatures in London spiralling to almost unbearable levels, the City and the huge wealth divides would also be examined.

Former minister Gareth Thomas will table a Commons motion on Monday to bring in a Bill to set up the Royal Commission on London.

He said London's population was set to increase by 1.5 million over the next 20 years to 9.2 million, that homes are far less affordable, relative to wages, in the capital than in other regions, and the City is under threat from the economic challenges from Asia.

The Harrow West Labour MP said: “London is one of Britain's greatest assets — the doorway to the rest of the UK. With huge challenges facing London, now is the time to consider what the long-term response should be to those issues.

“An independent Royal Commission would galvanise thinking at a time when the Mayoral and Assembly elections and the Olympics will keep attention on more immediate issues.”

He warned that failing to plan properly for London could lead to growing housing shortages, greater inequality and difficulties getting access to health services and schools.

“London already has a housing crisis, with the highest number of temporary households in the UK,” Mr Thomas added. “It is the least affordable place to buy a home in the UK. The likelihood of those born in London now being able to live in a home they own in the capital in 40 years from now, is becoming ever more unlikely.”

Business chiefs say demand on London's transport network, even with Crossrail, is expected to exceed supply by as much as three  million trips by 2031.

Mr Thomas said: “Unless there is long-term action, that raises the prospect of increased congestion on London roads and more overcrowding on public transport.”

He also emphasised the challenges from India, China and other emerging economies faced by the Square Mile, universities in the capital, cutting-edge industry and knowledge businesses.

The Commons motion is highly unlikely to lead to a Bill but it puts the issue on the agenda.
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Pinnacle Tower Developer Said to Be Talking With Schroders for First Lease

The developer of the City of London’s tallest skyscraper is in talks to lease as much as a quarter of the tower to UK fund manager Schroders Plc, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.

Schroders may rent as much as 250,000 square feet (23,000 square meters) in the 64-story Pinnacle, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information isn’t public. Project manager Arab Investments Ltd. said a lease that big would allow the company to secure a loan of 750 million pounds ($1.2 billion) to proceed with the tower’s construction.

“We’re going out there saying we will be aggressive because we need the development finance,” said Khalid Affara, managing director of London-based Arab Investments. “I’m confident I will sign a tenant to enable this project to continue.”

Yemen-born Affara, 43, is vying with the UK’s largest developers to secure tenants for towers being built in London’s main financial district. British Land Co., Land Securities Group Plc and Great Portland Estates Plc plan to build almost 2 million square feet of skyscrapers in the district over the next three to five years. Most need to get tenants in place before they can get loans for construction.

Projects Shelved

The Pinnacle is the only new City office building in the works that’s scheduled to open after 2011. Most office projects were shelved in the financial crisis, resulting in a squeeze on prime London office space that has pushed up rents.

UK commercial property development fell at the sharpest rate for fourteen months in August, Savills Plc said today in a statement. The property broker cited concerns about the market’s prospects and the rate of bank lending.

Affara confirmed that Arab Investments is in talks with a potential tenant. Schroders is one of about five companies seeking more than 200,000 square feet of space in the City, said Rupert Perkins, a leasing agent at real estate broker King Sturge.

Schroders, the UK’s second-largest publicly traded fund manager by assets, has asked real-estate broker Knight Frank LLP to “undertake a preliminary assessment of the City market as part of our longer-term planning process,” spokeswoman Georgina Robertson said in an e-mail. The company has no “active requirement” for space, she said.

Banks Wary

Banks are reluctant to lend money for developments like the 1 million square-foot Pinnacle unless an adequate amount of space is secured in advance. That wasn’t the case before the financial crisis, when lenders funded projects with no tenants.

The Pinnacle Ltd., a group of Middle East investors backing the tower, has only enough money now to build a core four stories high, Affara said. The group has until November 2011 to repay a 140 million-pound loan from HSH Nordbank AG that it took out to purchase the site near the tower known as the Gherkin.

“It’s a complicated build by a developer who has a limited track record in this field,” Perkins said. “Any potential tenant would have to bear that in mind when considering the other towers.”

Affara has overseen three office developments in the City of London. The largest was a 156,000-square-foot building at 36 Gracechurch Street and the others were about 70,000 square feet each. British Land and Land Securities, which are both planning skyscrapers near the Pinnacle site, together own or manage more than 5 million square feet of offices in the area.

High Rents

One bank is about to agree to terms on being the lead arranger of the Pinnacle’s funding package, depending on a major letting, Affara said. The Independent on Sunday newspaper identified that bank as HSBC Holdings Plc in a July 25 report. Robert Baker, a spokesman for HSBC, declined to comment.

Arab Investments wants one company to take as much as 250,000 square feet of space on the third to 10th floors, Affara said. The developer, based in London’s Mayfair district, plans to charge about 60 pounds a square foot in rent for those floors, he said. The average cost of renting the best City offices was about 50 pounds at the end of the second quarter, Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. estimates.

The tower’s highest floors will be the last offered and may cost as much as 90 pounds a square foot, he said. That would be a record price in the City of London, where average prime rents have never exceeded 70 pounds a square foot.

The Pinnacle was commissioned in 2005 by Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG, the German fund manager now known as Union Investment Real Estate GmbH, which owned the Bishopsgate site. Arab Investments bought the project for about 200 million pounds in 2007.

Tallest Building

“As we began to look at the site’s potential within the cluster of tall buildings that was evolving, we began to realize that it was the site for the tallest building in the City,” Lee Polisano, the architect who designed the Pinnacle, said in a telephone interview.

The tower’s spiral design tapers into a pinnacle, and will stand at the centre of most of the City’s planned towers.

Four blue cranes rise 84 meters over the Pinnacle site on Bishopsgate as the tower’s construction nears ground level. The cranes, more commonly used on oil rigs, will grow to 290 meters during the development, according to Affara. The section of street, a two-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, would collapse if not for a row of 20-meter struts propping it up from below.

The tower will be 288 meters (945 feet) high when it’s completed. It’s not allowed to exceed 1,000 feet because that would interfere with air traffic, Affara said.

No Takers Yet

No company has formally committed to renting space in the Pinnacle since development started two years ago. Davies Arnold Cooper, a London-based legal firm, is in negotiations to rent about 60,000 square feet, Affara said. Rachael Davison, a spokeswoman for the firm, declined to comment. The company is currently providing Arab Investments with legal advice, Affara said.

Leases on about 15 million square feet of central London office space are due to expire over the next five years, according to Knight Frank. City of London expirations will peak over 2014 and 2015, when leases on about 7.2 million square feet will end.

“Availability in the City is heading down fast,” said Mark Slim, a leasing agent at broker CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. “There’s not a lot of choice for tenants in terms of big floor plates and big buildings.” Arab Investments last week appointed CB Richard Ellis as joint leasing agent on the tower, along with its existing broker, Savills Plc.

“Two or three” providers of serviced offices are waiting to sign lease agreements on the Pinnacle, said Affara, without naming them.

Mideast Backers

The investment group backing the tower includes Saudi Arabia-based wealth manager Sedco and fund manager Pramerica Real Estate Investors Ltd. The Pinnacle Ltd. has invested 350 million pounds in the project, according to Affara.

“Their pockets aren’t deep like the Qataris, to build the whole thing out of cash,” said Affara, referring to the Shard, a rival project half a mile from the City that will be the UK’s tallest building. The developer of the 72-story tower being built near the river Thames is a venture between Sellar Property Group and the Qatar Central Bank. It’s due to be completed in 2012.

“We understand we’re going through a very hard time,” Affara said, referring to the global economy. “But these are very strong investors behind this transaction and they will not allow it to go under.”

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Herzog & de Meuron’s £215 million Tate Modern extension could still be completed in time for the Olympics after nearly half the funds needed were raised, bosses claimed today.

Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, Tate director Nicholas Serota said an additional £25 million had been raised from private benefactors in Britain and abroad over recent months.

Added to the £76 million already raised, this would equal just over £100 million.

The pyramid-like structure, which is due to be clad in perforated brick, began on site in January with lids to the subterranean oil tanks intended for gallery use already removed and piling work now under way to strengthen the existing Turbine Hall foundations and support the new building.

BD broke the news in April that the Tate was facing a shortfall of £140 million for the project, leading many to doubt whether it would be built in time for the 2012 games.

Serota said he was cautiously optimistic that the plans remain on track. “I continue to believe that there are many individuals who have the capacity to help and we are in discussions with them,” he said.

Tate has also secured two-thirds of the £45million required for Caruso St John’s transformation of Tate Britain, which is due to start in the spring in time for completion in 2013. This project is entirely funded by private donations.

Serota, who complained that government cuts could severely affect the programmes of institutions like the Tate, added: “We remain confident in spite of the recession that we will deliver both the new building at Tate Modern and a totally transformed and renovated building here at Tate Britain.”
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Olympic spirit behind East End’s new hotels


Luxury living: The hotel's penthouse suites will become the area's first £1 million flats

A 42-storey luxury hotel with unrivalled views of the Olympic stadium is to be built in Stratford in a further sign of 2012-Games regeneration in the East End.

The development is by the Manhattan Loft Corporation, which is credited with importing New York-style loft living to the UK.

It proposes 253 high-rise apartments — with penthouse suites set to become the East End's first £1 million flats — on top of a seven-storey, 150-bed hotel to be completed in time for the Games.

According to Estates Gazette, Manhattan Loft Corporation has signed a deal with land owners London & Continental Railways.

To be built on land directly to the north east of Stratford International station opposite the Olympic stadium, the development is awaiting planning permission.

In a further boost to the East End, Australian shopping centre giant Westfield has teamed up with InterContinental Hotels Group to submit plans for a second, 350-bedroom hotel at its £1.95 billion Stratford City shopping centre.

The 11-storey hotel would be built close to the Manhattan Lofts Corporation scheme above one of the retail buildings on Stratford City's Southern Boulevard.It will feature a 188-room Holiday Inn and 162 serviced apartments run under the Staybridge Suites brand.

Westfield is already pressing ahead with a 267-bedroom Premier Inn hotel next to Stratford International Station.
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2012 Official Count Down Clock

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Plans for a giant clock in Trafalgar Square counting down the time until the start of the 2012 Games are set to be approved by the City of Westminster.

The proposals do not specify who designed the clock, which is set to be approved on Thursday, just days before the start of London Design Festival.

The 6.5m-high structure, developed by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) and sponsored by Omega, will have a concrete base and will be clad in brushed stainless steel. It will sit in the north-west corner of the square from 15 March 2011 to mark the 500 day deadline to the start of the Games.

For night time viewing it will feature LED lighting strips of varying colour, while the digital clocks and Olympic and Paralympic logos will also be illuminated.

Planners at the council admitted “there is much to take issue with in terms of design” citing its “asymmetrical position, its substantial height, the cladding materials and the illumination” as inappropriate, but recommended its approval because of the exceptional circumstances.

English Heritage declined to respond to the planning application, with just two bodies – the Westminster Society and the Thorney Island Society – raising objections.

The countdown clock is a stalwart of pre-Olympic marketing in host cities – Beijing placed its version in Tiananmen Square - and the council believes it will become a tourist attraction.

Subject to approval, London’s will remain in place until the end of the Paralympic Games and will finally be removed on 14 September 2012.

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Selfridges unveils the world's largest shoe department

Even Carrie Bradshaw could not have dreamed it up. 35,000 sq ft of shopping space dedicted sole-ly (sorry!) to shoes.

Last night, on the eve of London Fashion Week, Selfridges' new shoe department was finally unveiled.

Fashion royalty Vivienne Westwood and singer Alexandra Burke were among the guests celebrating the London department store's new Shoe Galleries, where Paolo Nutini serenaded guests.

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Foreign buyers flock to London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has attracted the most foreign buyers ever.

Designers including Burberry, Matthew Williamson and Ozwald Boateng will be among the 66 catwalk shows over the next six days.

The homegrown talent has attracted a strong contingent from the US, including Josef Boitano, vice president of Saks Fifth Avenue, Tomoko Ogura, fashion director of Barneys New York, and the head buyers from boutiques Seven and Maxfield. There is also a strong presence from Asia, Canada, the Middle East, Italy and France. The British Fashion Council said it was the strongest ever turnout of foreign buyers and fashion media.

US Vogue editor Anna Wintour will be attending, as will her French counterpart Carine Roitfeld and W magazine editor Stefano Tonchi.

British Fashion Council chairman Harold Tillman was joined last night at Somerset House at Fashion Week's official launch — co hosted by the Evening Standard — by Sir Philip Green and Sir Stuart Rose. Mr Tillman said: “I think we have reinvented ourselves to such an extent over the last two years that we are now the number one fashion destination in the world.” Other fashion parties last night included Fendi's in Hoxton, attended by PIxie Lott and Dionne Bromfield. Professor Green, Daisy Lowe and Meg Mathews were among those celebrating Lily Allen's new venture Lucy In Disguise in Covent Garden.

Fearne Cotton joined friend Cat Deeley for the launch of her clothing range at The Ivy club, and Tamara Mellon was among those at the opening of Selfridges' new shoe department.
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Transformation: an artist’s impression of the blocks, designed by Lord Rogers, next to Battersea power station

A large swathe of the Thames will be transformed under plans to build towers designed by Lord Rogers next to Battersea power station.

The scheme, submitted to Wandsworth council, includes more than 750 flats in steel and glass blocks ranging from 12 to 20 storeys, a 136-room hotel, health spa, shops and restaurants.

It also includes proposals to open up 60 per cent of the five-acre brownfield site between the power station and the New Covent Garden Market as public gardens and walkways, including along the river.

The scheme, by developer St James Group, will extend the Thames Path for the first time in more than 30 years, meaning the public will be able to walk almost without interruption between west and east London. The plans for the site - the largest regeneration area within central London, which includes the new US Embassy - would need to be agreed by the Mayor. Managing director Sean Ellis said: "Our vision for Tideway Wharf is to create a scheme that befits its prominent location as one of the few remaining riverside sites to be redeveloped in south-west London.

"The funding is already in place to make this happen if our planning application is successful, with work starting as soon as is possible in 2011."

The application is likely to be heard at a planning committee early next year while further public consultation will take place this month. St James's proposals are now in conflict with Thames Water's plans for a super-sewer. In addition to tunnelling underneath the site, Thames Water has proposed buildings, ventilation columns and air filters.

A Wandsworth council spokesman said: "We have serious concerns about the choice of the Tideway site, which have been made clear to Thames Water and we expect the company to work harder at looking at the alternatives. It knows it faces tough questions on some of the key sites, including this one."
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Minerva To Try Again With Ram Brewery



Following the rejection by the planning inspectorate of the plans for towers on the Ram Brewery site in south-west London despite the thumbs up from the local council, property developer Minerva has decided to go back to the drawing board and try again.

It's not all been bad news for Minerva. The area of the Wandsworth Brewery that relates to Buckhold Road has been resubmitted for government examination with a modified Section 106 agreement relating to the planning gain of the scheme. For this element of the project, the development itself was deemed suitable, but with the proviso that Minerva offer improved terms which they are now going to make.

As the company correctly points out in its full year results, one of the main issues was the height of the towers, and thus it can be expected that any new planning application will see these severely reduced. At the same time there was the issue of gas-holder that they would stand near to, and in the event of an emergency could take the direct force of a blast from, the last thing you possibly want a tall building to experience.

One possible solution to this could be similar to that seen at Battersea where an office building was placed next to the gas-holders to provide a barrier element between them and residential housing.

There is no word yet on whether the firm has retained EPR Architects on the scheme to revise it, Minerva are expected to submit a revised planning application later in 2010 for the main portion of the development.

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I've got to say, London is probably the most architecturally exciting city at present, judging by the diversity and quality of its projects. Can't wait to see the Shard completed!
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Are there any other railway stations in the world directly on top of a river?
Leeds station is, like Zurich, directly over a whole river!

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It's just most rivers arent as wide as the Thames!
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