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Old October 26th, 2010, 07:58 PM   #1401
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Old October 26th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #1402
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Great picture, but I really hope they hurry up and replace the missing cladding. It will look far better without that black wood.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 09:11 PM   #1403
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I really love this tower.

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Old October 27th, 2010, 11:26 AM   #1404
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Old October 27th, 2010, 03:29 PM   #1405
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Mine from the London Construction Forum

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Pictures taken in the rain - apologies for poor quality and the fact that there is a date in the corner of every picture lol



Just come out of Liverpool Street station



On Bishopsgate



Bonus shot of Broadgate Tower











Bonus shot of 30 St Mary Axe from St Helen's Place



...and one of Tower 42









Two from the top of the Monument

I'm fairly pleased with my first set of pictures, just a shame the weather was so bad
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Old October 27th, 2010, 04:23 PM   #1406
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The internal work is always the boring part. It will worth the wait to see the offices lit up at night.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 04:31 PM   #1407
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This semi-industrial modern building fits the city of london PERFECT. Great tower.
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Old October 27th, 2010, 05:20 PM   #1408
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The internal work is always the boring part. It will worth the wait to see the offices lit up at night.
and those blue LEDs
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Old October 27th, 2010, 07:34 PM   #1409
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And lets not forget a fully stocked aquarium!
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Old October 27th, 2010, 07:53 PM   #1410
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And lets not forget a fully stocked aquarium!
...with shark!
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Old October 27th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #1411
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I forgot about the shark!
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Old October 28th, 2010, 01:36 PM   #1412
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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:04 AM   #1413
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A recent video where you can see both Heron Tower and the Shard.

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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:34 AM   #1414
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The Spire should have been much thicker. From not so far away it just fades. At least in pictures.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 04:12 AM   #1415
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From yesterday evening...

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Old November 4th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #1416
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Old November 4th, 2010, 01:15 PM   #1417
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Just tried changing the height on Emporis but apparently the figures from the official website are not good enough and the original height from the drawings governs the height on the site.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 06:38 PM   #1418
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Just tried changing the height on Emporis but apparently the figures from the official website are not good enough and the original height from the drawings governs the height on the site.
Although I have seen Emporis change the height of a few buildings after changes to height mid build, so I imagine there must be some other criteria they recognise?
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Old November 4th, 2010, 08:33 PM   #1419
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City towers rise to greet the recovery
London's skyline will be transformed as a phalanx of skyscrapers go up in the next five years
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http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/...icle433844.ece

Peter Rees learnt about city planning in the early 1980s while working for Lambeth council in south London. Brixton was on his patch. When riots erupted there, the country was shocked but Rees knew about the underlying causes — chronic poverty, unemployment and a social housing waiting list of 18,000.

By 1985 he was ready to move away from all that, and he did it in a big way. He was appointed planner-in-chief for the City of London to work on revamping Britain's financial centre.

He had barely started when the Big Bang deregulation of 1986 transformed the City from a genteel backwater into a humming hub for international finance as American, German and Japanese banks piled in to take advantage of the more liberal rules. Suddenly, the City's wood-panelled offices looked too small. New thinking was required.

"From that point on we had to change our whole approach to planning," said Rees, now in his 25th year in the job. "Initially it was to make way for groundscrapers — buildings with large dealing floors. It was about providing the facilities that would persuade big multinationals the City was a place of the future, not just the past."

Today the sites spawned in that boom are beginning to show their age but, once again, the City is on the brink of a transformation.

At 122 Leadenhall Street, a stone's throw from the Gherkin building, British Land, the developer, is ready to start work on a 47-storey skyscraper dubbed the Cheesegrater thanks to its distinctive sloping design. Last week it signed a joint-venture deal on the building with Oxford Properties, a Canadian investor. British Land is not the only property firm to have revived a scheme that was mothballed during the recession.

At 20 Fenchurch Street, Land Securities and Canary Wharf are preparing to erect the Walkie-Talkie, a bulbous 36-storey structure designed by Rafael Viñoly, a Uruguayanborn architect. As well as an hourglass shape that means its upper floors are larger than those in the middle, the Walkie-Talkie will have a public roof garden.

Other projects were never suspended. The veteran developer Gerald Ronson is racing ahead with his 46-storey Heron Tower near Liverpool Street, while a Middle Eastern player, Arab Investments, is pressing on with a 63-floor tower on Bishopsgate called the Pinnacle, or the Helter Skelter. The Shard, a 72-storey monster taking shape behind London Bridge station, increasingly wows passers-by as huge slabs of glass are added to its sides.

Pundits have been quick to interpret the reappearance of cranes on London's skyline as a vote of confidence in the City's ability to generate jobs and wealth. The developers behind many of these striking projects have their minds on more tangible gains, however. They believe there is serious money to be made.

Over the next five years, many of the 25-year leases signed in the heady days of the late 1980s will expire. Deals accounting for nearly 10m sq ft of office space will run out, according to Drivers Jonas Deloitte, the consultant, leaving a crowd of blue-chip companies free to move to more impressive offices. Twothirds of firms upgrade when their leases expire.

At the same time, the ravages of the recession have sent construction of new offices in the capital to a 30-year low.

British Land and its Canadian partner will spend £340m on construction alone for the Cheesegrater, which they hope to complete in 2014 — the same time as the Walkie-Talkie is due to be finished.

Chris Grigg, chief executive of British Land, said: "What we do know is two things — there's a big lump of long-term leases that are due to expire between now and 2015, and there is a shortage of development.

"Even if you assume one or two other people will press the button [on new developments], there is going to be a shortage of prime quality space in central London."

Any interloper who is now thinking of leaping on the bandwagon in the hope of cashing in on the boom may have left it too late.

The City's tough planning requirements mean that once an application is lodged, it can be a decade before a building opens its doors.

Grigg would "love to claim that the shape of our tower is an act of architectural brilliance", but he admitted that the Cheesegrater's sloping façade was painstakingly draughted to preserve the sight lines of landmarks such as St Paul's cathedral.

Having had their fingers burnt in the 2008 property crash, banks are also reluctant to lend on "speculative" developments that do not have tenants signed up in advance. Behemoths such as British Land and Land Securities have the firepower to do speculative projects with their own cash — in the words of Land Securities' Rob Noel, "it doesn't worry us at all". But smaller rivals have struggled.

Arab Investments in particular has found it difficult to get the £600m it needs to complete the Pinnacle without an advance letting. In a bid to convince a consortium of lenders led by HSBC to stump up, the group is considering adding to its £400m equity stake.

Khalid Affara, the managing director, said he was keen to get the skyscraper ready for 2013, adding: "The market is changing. It's changing rapidly and it's looking better and better for these towers. One way or another this is going to get built and our investors are aware of that."

Affara's eagerness to keep the Pinnacle on the rails, even at the cost of pumping in more equity, underlines the sprintlike competition between the skyscraper developers.

They are targeting different parts of the market — the Shard has luxury flats as well as offices, while the Cheesegrater's varying floor sizes will attract a range of companies — but their buildings will be opening their doors in swift succession.

The earliest mover will have the pick of high-profile lettings from corporate bosses desperate for a glamorous HQ.

For that reason, Ronson's team at Heron is feeling smug. Having stuck to his guns by continuing construction throughout the downturn, Ronson is due to open his building early next year. The Heron Tower, which claims to be a "six-star" office development, will make an impact with a reception area featuring a 70,000-litre aquarium holding a shark and 1,300 other fish.

Peter Ferrari at Heron said: "We will complete the building in March. The Walkie-Talkie and Cheesegrater will be coming along a few years down the line. When others put their projects on hold, we decided to move ahead."

Despite bullish predictions that rents could exceed £70 per square foot in the heart of the City, some property insiders are unconvinced.

Anthony Duggan, head of research at Drivers Jonas Deloitte, said the skyscrapers now in the pipeline would supply 3.7m sq ft of prime space — almost an entire year's take-up in the City. "My concern is that quite a few of these towers will be completed at the same time," he said. "And there are a few smaller schemes that haven't caught the headlines that could surprise people."

For now, the headlines are firmly fixed on the towers. As the cranes shoot up at Leadenhall and Fenchurch Street, that is unlikely to change in a hurry.
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