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Old July 21st, 2009, 03:21 PM   #561
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Old July 21st, 2009, 04:32 PM   #562
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It will look good even without the right triangle shaped building. Heron and The Pinnacle fit very well
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Old July 29th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #563
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It looks good, with or without the spire..
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Old July 30th, 2009, 02:45 AM   #564
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It's going up really fast.
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Old July 30th, 2009, 11:50 AM   #565
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Old July 30th, 2009, 12:24 PM   #566
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Old July 30th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #567
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KPF partners look to split
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The UK partners of Kohn Pedersen Fox, one of the best known firms of international architects, are seeking to break away from their US founders.

The London-based partners, who are behind a number of buildings ranging from the Heron Tower in the City of London to the new Abu Dhabi airport, put forward a set of proposals to buy full ownership of the business from their US counterparts on Friday evening.

The UK staff were informed at the same time.

Under the terms of the proposals, the UK partners would swap their shares in the company for full ownership of the UK business, while there has been an undisclosed sum of money offered in addition. The group is being advised by Ondra, the advisory boutique founded by Lehman Brothers' former head of UK investment banking.

The UK group, headed by Lee Polisano, KPF president, is working on projects with a construction cost of as much as $8bn (£4.9bn). The partners argue that there has been a shift in culture and design ideas over time, and want greater control as they position the UK business for future growth.

Mr Polisano said: "This is the natural evolution of the company. The offices work largely independent of each other. It is a share swap in a way as we would give up shares in the other company. Our proposal is based on a view of how much the London business is worth."

It is seen as a good time to make the break, given tentative signs that the development market is picking up after almost all new work stalled over the past two years owing to the credit crunch.

"We have seen an increase in activity," said Mr Polisano. "People are dusting down old schemes and tweaking existing plans. The spirits are lifting a bit but there is still caution."

The firm was founded in 1976 in the US by A. Eugene Kohn, William Pedersen and Sheldon Fox. The UK office was opened in 1989 by Mr Polisano and David Leventhal. The name of the UK business, which has five partners in total, would change if the offer was accepted.

As well as the Heron Tower in the City, the firm has designed the Pinnacle skyscraper, known as the Helter Skelter, and is planning new mixed-use precincts for the city of Milan and for Saint Denis, north of the city of Paris.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 01:39 AM   #568
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Old July 31st, 2009, 02:25 AM   #569
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Old August 9th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #570
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Old August 9th, 2009, 04:17 PM   #571
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Old August 9th, 2009, 10:10 PM   #572
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Old August 16th, 2009, 05:38 PM   #573
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and this is the model of what it'll look like. Stunning huh?
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Old August 16th, 2009, 06:18 PM   #574
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It's nice but not great. It's a box with a spire on one side.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 07:38 PM   #575
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Old August 17th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #576
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Actually most londoners dont tend to include the spire height in max height, for example if you go onto gothics site skyscraper news he doesnt actually include spire height.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #577
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:08 PM   #578
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Always the best pics, chest.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 11:35 PM   #579
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Old August 18th, 2009, 04:31 AM   #580
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I see partial PV glass there. Very cool!

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