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Old February 16th, 2017, 11:45 PM   #19941
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100 Bishopsgate | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=354677

Official website: http://www.100bishopsgate.com/



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  • Address: 100 Bishopsgate, London EC2
  • Ward: Bishopsgate
  • Station: Liverpool Street | Bank

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  • Developer: Brookfield
  • Architect: Allies and Morisson
  • Height: 172m
  • Floors: 40



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Old February 17th, 2017, 12:08 AM   #19942
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150 Bishopsgate | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=951574

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Location
  • Address: 142-150 Bishopsgate, London EC2
  • Ward: Bishopsgate
  • Station: Liverpool Street | Bank

Project facts
  • Developer: UOL Group
  • Architect: PLP Architecture
  • Height: 135m
  • Floors: 43
  • Hotel rooms: 190
  • Homes: 120



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Old February 17th, 2017, 12:30 AM   #19943
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Principal Tower | Shoreditch EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=431133

Official website: http://principaltower.com/



Location
  • Address: Principal Place, Worship Street, London EC2
  • London borough: Hackney
  • Station: Shoreditch High Street | Liverpool Street

Project facts
  • Developer: Brookfield | Concord Pacific
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Height: 161m
  • Floors: 51
  • Homes: 243



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Old February 17th, 2017, 12:36 AM   #19944
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East Wick and Sweetwater | Stratford E20

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1922953

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



Location
  • Address: East Wick and Sweetwater, Olympic Park, London E20
  • London borough: Hackney
  • Station: Stratford International

Project facts
  • Developer: Places for People | Balfour Beatty
  • Architect: Sheppard Robson | Studio Egret West
  • Floorspace: up to 759,900m² (GEA)
  • Homes: 1,500

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Old February 17th, 2017, 02:22 AM   #19945
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Maybe I'm uneducated poor peasant, but almost all those London new develpments and buildings look so cold and soulless and lack imagination and colours.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 06:26 AM   #19946
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I generally don't like bright colours too much on buildings, but I do get a bit tired of all glass facades nowadays...
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Old February 17th, 2017, 06:43 AM   #19947
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Many of the projects look pretty similar to each other, but such is the design ethos that reflect London identity. Uniformity is the quintessence of aesthetics and elegance in many European cities. Having said that, I do understand why those coming from much younger towns would find it rather unimaginative.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 11:07 AM   #19948
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Maybe I'm uneducated poor peasant, but almost all those London new develpments and buildings look so cold and soulless and lack imagination and colours.
Fits London very well then? Seriously, there is nothing uglier than plastic panels and colour just for colour's sake. What London needs is quality and class: brick, stone and office blocks and skyscrapers that draw inspiration from industry and engineering (such as Lloyd's and Leadenhall).
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Old February 17th, 2017, 11:14 AM   #19949
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Nothing like a Friday morning coffee and a quick browse of the London construction page. Brilliant updates guys. In a years time the Square Mile will look so different to what it was.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 11:28 AM   #19950
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Maybe I'm uneducated poor peasant, but almost all those London new develpments and buildings look so cold and soulless and lack imagination and colours.
Most of these projects aren't about shouting "look at me!" though. They're about providing good quality housing, and new neighbourhoods that feel like part of the city. London has plenty of 'high imagination' buildings, (whatever that means for you), but there's more going on than that and this thread reflects that.

There has been quite a shift in London back towards using materials that age naturally, particularly for buildings with an anticipated long lifespan such as residential. London is by and large a brick-built city. The traditional housing typology for inner, if not central, London is the brick terrace. Much of the new housing in these districts, where most of the above examples are, reflect that.

I think the greater use of natural materials, which come in natural colours of course, is a positive personally. When brick and stone buildings get old, and weathered, and dirty, they if anything look better. When painted metal fades it looks awful. When natural metal ages, it softens and patinates.

What you may also be reacting to is the shift in rendering styles for visualisations. There's been a definite move away from super glossy renders of shiny buildings with fireworks in the sky and lasers from the roof... only for the reality to fall short. To me the need for brashness can often reads as a sign of youthful insecurity (London doesn't get much strong Mediterranean style sunshine either). The art now seems to be to catch changing moods, misty autumn days or sunny spring days; the gentle colours of early dusk.

Anyway, just a matter of taste I guess.
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Old February 17th, 2017, 03:05 PM   #19951
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60 Sloane Avenue | Chelsea SW3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1950352

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  • Address: 60 Sloane Avenue, London SW3
  • London borough: Kensington & Chelsea
  • Station: South Kensington | Sloane Square

Project facts
  • Developer: 60 SA Limited
  • Architect: David Chipperfield
  • Height: 30m
  • Floors: 7

Plans for the redevelopment of 60 Sloane Avenue have been approved by Kensington & Chelsea Council.







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Old February 17th, 2017, 08:27 PM   #19952
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Tolworth Square | Tolworth KT6

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1976500

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



Location
  • Address: 1 Hook Rise South, Tolworth KT6
  • London borough: Kingston
  • Station: Tolworth

Project facts
  • Developer: Meyer Homes
  • Architect: JTP Architects
  • Homes: 950
  • Site area: 4.4 ha

Plans for the Former Government Offices site in Tolworth have been submitted for approval, the planning application can be viewed here.





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Old February 18th, 2017, 12:46 AM   #19953
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Gasholders London | King's Cross N1C

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

Official website: http://gasholderslondon.co.uk/



Location
  • Address: Gas Holder Triplets, York Way, London N1C
  • London borough: Camden
  • Station: King's Cross St Pancras

Project facts
  • Developer: Argent
  • Architect: Wilkinson Eyre
  • Floors: 12 | 9 | 8
  • Homes: 144



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Old February 18th, 2017, 10:33 AM   #19954
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I remember back in the 90s I used to go clubbing in vast warehouse clubs where those gas holders were. Back then it was an industrial wasteland, in one of the only no-go areas of the city, notorious for prostitution, drugs, and homelessness - but also home to three of London's biggest and most popular underground clubs.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 04:23 PM   #19955
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60 Sloane Avenue is very elegant.
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Old February 20th, 2017, 10:15 AM   #19956
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It will be an interesting redevelopment. Hopefully the tone of the new sections will match the old.
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Old February 20th, 2017, 06:09 PM   #19957
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Monico | Piccadilly Circus W1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1904279

Official website: http://monico.london/



Location
  • Address: 1-23 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1
  • London borough: Westminster
  • Station: Piccadilly Circus

Project facts
  • Developer: Land Securities
  • Architect: Fletcher Priest Architects
  • Office space: 10,248m²
  • Retail space: 2,205m²



Progress at Piccadilly Circus, photo by David Holt:


London February 2017 Piccadilly Circus by David Holt, on Flickr
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Old February 20th, 2017, 07:29 PM   #19958
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Old February 20th, 2017, 07:32 PM   #19959
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Thames key to driving London’s economic growth, says minister

The Government’s minister for London has said the River Thames can play a key role in powering economic growth in the capital.

South London MP Gavin Barwell MP said utilising the Thames could unlock important business opportunities.

The minister met with Robin Mortimer, chief executive of the Port of London Authority, to discuss the Thames Vision – a 20-year growth plan for the river.
Continued: https://www.londonnewsonline.co.uk/1...says-minister/
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Old February 20th, 2017, 07:33 PM   #19960
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P5K | Greenwich Peninsula SE10

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=632984

Official website: http://www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/...per-riverside/



Location
  • Address: Land south of the O2, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10
  • London borough: Greenwich
  • Station: North Greenwich

Project facts
  • Developer: Knight Dragon
  • Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • Length: 5km

Plans for the first phase of a 5km elevated path on the Peninsula have been submitted for approval, the planning application can be viewed here.







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