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Old September 24th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #1921
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£30m 'appliance of science' museum gets go-ahead

22 September 2010

PLANS to promote sustainability through a £30 million mini science museum and conference centre at the Royal Victoria Dock last night got the Town Hall green light.

The project was announced in June by Siemens, the technology giant, which hopes to have its landmark building built and operational by early 2012.

The Siemens Pavilion is the flagship of a Green Enterprise District being planned by London Mayor Boris Johnson and Newham Council using under-developed industrial land to attract new investment and create up to 6,000 jobs.

It will be a permanent showcase for sustainable technologies which Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said would be "an unbelievable catalyst for further high-value, high-quality, job creating investment.

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Old September 25th, 2010, 04:59 PM   #1922
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Mayor hopes to bring mobile signal to the London Underground by 2012



Visitors and commuters travelling through London’s underground network in 2012 could be in with a chance of making use of a dedicated mobile signal if the Mayor of London gets his way.

Boris Johnson revealed to business site, City A.M this week he is currently in talks with the UK’s five largest mobile networks: O2, T-Mobile, Orange, 3 Mobile and Vodafone, in a bid to implement a mobile signal service on the entire Tube network in time for the Games.

Johnson has suggested this project should be funded entirely by the shared interests of all the mobile operators involved rather than creating funds by raising tube fares or sourcing money through taxpayers.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of this scheme. Well over a year ago Broadband Genie reported on the initial suggestion for providing London with an underground communications network. Back in June 2009 however, the emphasis was on giving travellers the opportunity to stay connected whilst on the move on the tube with a high-speed mobile broadband service.

Additionally, plans to trial a mobile signal on the Waterloo & City lines for six months in 2009 were scrapped due to high costs.

Unsurprisingly, progress on this project is reliant on finding suitable funds in time for this to be installed for the looming Olympic Games. Speaking to City AM the Greater London Authority said finding a solution “remains dependent on the market providing a credible proposal that satisfies both technical and commercial considerations.”

Do you think it would be worth the money to install a mobile service on the London Underground, or does the prospect of being herded on a crowded tube train surrounded by ringing phones fill you with horror? Let us know your thoughts below.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #1924
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New bridge will ease congestion and link to town centre

Passengers at the often congested East Croydon station can look forward to much better conditions thanks to major improvements that are being planned.

Croydon Council has guaranteed £6 million towards a £20 million project. It means that Network Rail, who are meeting the majority of the expense, will be able to go ahead with a new bridge and works to the existing station concourse. The council anticipates that the additional station entrance via a mid platform bridge could be in use by 2013.

The scheme is the first outcome of the ambitious masterplanning process the council is spearheading to co-ordinate the ambition of the council, landowners, developers and stakeholders. Looking at the potential of inter-related areas rather than pursuing isolated, piecemeal proposals is regarded as critical in order to secure high quality infrastructure and amenities for those living and working in Croydon.

Not only will the East Croydon scheme considerably ease the busy station's capacity issues but it will also result in direct pedestrian access to the heart of the town centre rather than via the existing detour along George Street.

Engineers and architects have already been appointed by Network Rail to work on the project and are making progress with its design.

Councillor Jason Perry, cabinet member for planning, conservation and climate change, said: "This is a truly exciting initiative that will be enormously valuable to everyone using East Croydon station and will help stimulate further development in the area.

"There's been a great deal of co-operation through the masterplanning process and I am delighted that the council has been able to identify the capital funding that will ensure Network Rail's much-needed investment can go ahead.

"The new bridge and the station building improvements will be the first major piece of new public infrastructure to emerge from the masterplanning which we believe has been key to bringing interested parties together to look at opportunities for Croydon as a whole. Together, the works will improve capacity at what is the town's busiest public transport hub and will overcome longstanding congestion. The scheme is also being designed in such a way to accommodate an extra platform at the station should this prove necessary and affordable in future."

Council funding will come from various transport infrastructure sources and is being guaranteed to ensure that Network Rail can commit the whole of the sum it has set aside for investment in East Croydon.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #1925
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BNP Paribas takes over King's Cross offices

BNP Paribas has taken over the office space previously occupied by Woolworth's headquarters.

The former office space in London occupied by Woolworths central office has been taken over by BNP Paribas.

The French bank is now set to occupy the 59,000 sq ft location ahead of its anticipated move to the King's Cross Central development, Property Week reported.

It is thought that the extra space at the 242 Marylebone Road property will enable it to expand its office space in Central London from its current headquarters in Harewood Avenue.

The new let on the third to sixth floors of the building comes with breaks during the third, sixth and ninth years of the 12 year lease.

Also included in the £26.50 per sq ft letting is a three-month rent-free period at the beginning of the deal, as well as a further 13 months without rent should the institution continue in the location beyond year three.

The publication revealed earlier this week that the British Council for Offices is set to call for new benchmarks in assessing which properties are granted Grade A status.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 09:17 PM   #1927
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Great updates and articles-- it's convenient to have a thread like this so I can at least FEEL like I'm up to date on what's happening in London, hehe
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 04:46 PM   #1930
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Old October 4th, 2010, 10:01 AM   #1931
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Amazing work, i just love the architecture London is already a famous city but its going to be more and more famous, looking forward to see all projects
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Old October 4th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #1932
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There are some spectacular new 5-star hotels opening in London. Firstly there's the new Corinthia Hotel opening in the Metropole Building (site of former Metropole Hotel). This is one of London's finest late Victorian buildings, but a couple of years ago philistine developers, and our very own DarJoLe, argued that it should be demolished as it was too expensive to restore to modern use. Bullshit. Thank you Corinthia Hotels for proving them so badly wrong. Bulgari are also opening a hotel in Knightsbridge, and the revamped Four Seasons at Park Lane is opening soon. Finally a grand old classic, the Savoy, is re-opening after a three-year rennovation:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11413398

Add to these the new Shangri-la at the Shard, London's second Jumeirah hotel in the Beetham Tower, the 1400+ room Park Plaza hotels south of Westminster Bridge, and we have a major hotel boom. This is the new W Hotel (a luxury boutique hotel) to open in this cool new building on Leicester Square where the old Swiss Centre stood (almost complete):

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The reopening of Four Seasons and the Savoy after the refurbishment is great news! These grand hotels are icons of their own.

Corinthia Hotels are extremely prestigious and sophisticated. Btw, isn't Spanish hotel chain Sol Melia investing in a London hotel as well?
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^ Yes Melia will open their second London hotel in the next year or so. I also forgot to mention the Marriot Renaissance that will be opening in St Pancras Chambers next year. That's sure to be one of the most spectacular hotels anywhere.
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Rain and recession spell a bumper summer for galleries and museums


Roaring trade: 593,000 people visited the Natural History Museum in August

London museums and galleries enjoyed a blockbuster summer as recession-hit Britons holidayed at home and an influx of foreign tourists boosted visitor numbers, new figures show.

Attendance figures for August rose to 5.7million as poor weather contributed to the appeal of the capital's world-class art and science collections.

The total represents an increase of 11 per cent on August last year, with some venues, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Wallace Collection, seeing rises as high as 24 per cent. Nearly 593,000 people visited the Natural History Museum during the month, with the National Gallery not far behind on 568,375.

Museum and gallery bosses believe the figures vindicate the free admission policy of 2001 which abolished entry fees at venues that used to charge, including the Science Museum.

They also say it proves that investing in culture boosts the economy by encouraging tourism. Eight out of the top 10 tourist attractions in London are museums and galleries.

Natural History Museum director Michael Dixon, who chairs the National Museum Directors' Conference of museum and gallery heads, said: "Museums have put on incredible public programmes and that is a very strong draw." Shows this summer included Rude Britannia: British Comic Art at Tate Britain; Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera at Tate Modern, and The Ministry of Food, the Imperial War Museum's exploration of the wartime Digging for Victory campaign.

Today's figures from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport cover a time when some of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year had yet to open, including Gauguin at Tate Modern and Diaghilev at the V&A.

Since free admission was introduced by the last government, the National Maritime Museum has recorded a 197 per cent increase in attendances, the Natural History Museum 159 per cent and the V&A has seen visitors more than double.

In total, the government-funded national museums have seen a 41 per cent rise, from 28.5 million visitors in 2000-2001 to more than 41 million in the last 12 months.
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A Eurostar e320 trains arrives outside the Royal Albert Hall today

Eurostar today unveiled its new 200mph trains that will open up routes across Europe and bring Paris closer to London than Manchester or Liverpool.

The company is investing £700 million in 10 e320 bullet trains and refurbishing its 16-year-old fleet. A cab and carriage of the new train was on display today in front of the Royal Albert Hall.

The e320 trains will bring the journey time from St Pancras International to Gare du Nord down from two hours 15 minutes to about two hours. This compares with the fastest times of two hours five minutes to Manchester and two hours eight minutes to Liverpool on Virgin Trains.

The e320 will be also be compatible with the high-speed networks in countries such as Germany, Holland and Switzerland, opening up the possibility of routes to Amsterdam, Geneva and Cologne.

The German-built trains, capable of carrying 900 passengers compared with 750 on the existing Eurostar, will come into service in 2014.

The refurbishment of the current fleet will be completed in time for the Olympics in 2012, Eurostar said. It is being carried out by Italian car interior designer Pininfarina, best known for its work with Ferrari. All the seats will be equipped with wi-fi and video, the most advanced “infotainment” systems of any trains in Europe.

Nicolas Petrovic, Eurostar chief executive, said: “Over the last 16 years Eurostar has revolutionised travel between London, Paris and Brussels but our sights are now set on expanding our business across Europe.”

Eurostar, which began services in 1994, this month became a single corporate entity owned by three shareholders: Britain's LCR, the French national rail operator SNCF and Belgium's SNCB.

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, inspecting one of the new trains in Kensington Gardens today, said: “The transformation of Eurostar into a single entity has created a company well placed to attract the resources and investment needed to deliver a world class service. That's good news for passengers but also for the UK taxpayer who owns 40 per cent of Eurostar International.”

Investment in the new fleet will be funded by Eurostar with a combination of cash and bank financing.

German transport giant Deutsche Bahn will unveil its new train for services to London at St Pancras in two weeks.
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I just spent 10minutes trying to figure out where this picture was taken from looking at google earth, finding that church (St George the martyr?) between The London eye and the POV.. doesn't make sense, how can the Thames be to the left? Aaargh. Where is it taken from?

I think I figured it out, Docklands. But the church is not St George The Martyr (But one that looks just like it)? (And the focal length is about 300mm?)
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More Towers Planned In Blackwall



There might be a recession on right now in the building industry and falling residential construction, but one place that's still getting the projects is the east end of London where the tower blocks continue to be proposed, albeit at a slower rate than the peak.

The proposals have been designed for developer, the Workspace Group, to regenerate part of Poplar Business Park on Preston's Road. Although the immediate area is largely offices as one would expect from the name of the site, there is already a tall residential project nearby, No 1 The Gateway.

The new scheme builds on the fact that residential is increasingly in demand here now and will extend this with 321 apartments, 29 of which will be socially rented with 15 aimed at the intermediate market, plus 211 square metres of restaurants, a hotel of 91 rooms, 110 parkings paces, and a public space in the middle of the development.

Designed by Barton Willmore, it features a number of different blocks, thirteen in total spread over three buildings, with the bulk of the accommodation situated in an F shaped element enclosing an outside area for residents. Individual elements here range between three and sixteen storeys topped by a mixture of roof gardens and entire banks of solar panels.

The tower sits on the other side of the site next to No 1 The Gateway separated from the rest of the scheme by a public square with a pedestrian throughfare that can also act as access for the hotel entrance.

Although it will be taller than its immediate neighbour, it will still only be about the same height as other proposed towers for the area extending the Blackwall cluster further should it actually go-ahead.

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