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Old November 11th, 2010, 12:03 AM   #1421
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Old November 12th, 2010, 11:03 PM   #1422
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Old November 13th, 2010, 12:28 AM   #1423
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That angle is the best, it looks massive.
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Old November 13th, 2010, 08:13 AM   #1424
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It looks so quintessentially London for some reason. Love it! 9/10
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Old November 19th, 2010, 08:20 AM   #1425
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The tower builders are fundamentally altering our skyline
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Nine years ago I spent what seemed like an eternity — but was actually only six weeks — observing probably the most pointless planning inquiry in history. And there's a lot of competition for that accolade. It was to decide if Gerald Ronson could plonk his 222m Heron Tower in the heart of London.

For day after day I sat through a mind-numbing charade, as lawyers and "experts" (racking up, it turned out, ten million quid of fees) argued about whether historic views of St Paul's and the Tower were being ruined. Of course such things matter to anyone who loves London. And this was regarded as a test case — one that would determine whether the Square Mile would retain anything of its squiggle of medieval alleys and courtyards, or be relentlessly smothered into a bland "downtown" of corporate glass that could be anywhere from Toronto to Shanghai.

Yet it was blindingly clear to me from day one that the opposition (led by English Heritage) was doomed. The unholy alliance of vested interests pushing the scheme through was far too powerful and well-connected. It included the Corporation of London, terrified of being out-skyscrapered by upstart Canary Wharf; Mayor Ken Livingstone, strangely chummy with billionaire property developers for such a strident socialist; and of course a platoon of grand architects, all with megalomaniac edifices in the pipeline.

So Ronson got his tower, and the planning floodgates opened. Only the subsequent recession has stopped a wholesale refiguring of the City's skyline. But all that is set to change now, and quickly. Lord Foster's Gherkin will soon be joined by a clutch of towers with similarly daft names. Almost built on top of London Bridge Station is the Shard, designed by the hotshot Italian architect Renzo Piano. At 72 storeys, it's a very grand Piano indeed — in fact the tallest building in the European Union. Its £310 million budget is overshadowed by other schemes approved in the past week. British Land will soon start on the 47-storey Cheesegrater in Leadenhall Street, at a cost of £480 million. Just a croissant's throw away, Rafael Viñoly's £500 million Walkie-Talkie will follow. Then there's the 63-storey Helter Skelter, destined for Bishopsgate. And so on. The nicknames (chosen and disseminated by City PR firms) are deliberately jolly and ingratiating. But the reality is that, from Paddington to Docklands, Londoners are seeing their city remade purely (or rather, impurely) in the interests of big business, whether they like it or not.

Of course the politicians love these new buildings, because they suggest that (among City high-flyers at least) economic confidence is recovering at a spectacular rate. And the speculators financing these towers are very adept at flannelling the press and public with distracting trivia. Much has been made, of the Walkie-Talkie having "the highest park in London" on its roof. And Heron Tower will apparently boast a giant aquarium holding 1,300 fish, including a shark. (Or presumably, after a week, 30 fish and a very fat shark.) But the inescapable truth is that a small group of publicly unaccountable people are fundamentally altering not only London's skyline, but — even more depressingly — its streetline too. The City used to be a constant delight to the inquisitive stroller: a wonderful warren of ancient pubs, nosheries and quirky little shops, nestling between Wren's churches and Mammon's counting-houses. Now that mazy vitality is being replaced by soul-dead corporate plazas, policed by security guards to ensure that all hints of real life are suppressed, and Starbucks.

Well, the good news is that a white knight has suddenly appeared, raring to champion conservationist values and traditional architectural styles. The bad news is that it's the Prince of Wales, whose time-warp village of Poundbury is almost as sterile an environment as the concrete plazas in the Square Mile, and even duller as architecture. He is seizing on a passing chance to extend his tweedy influence. The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), which advised local authorities (mostly in the pro-Modernist direction), had its funding axed in the spending review. Charles's rival lobby-group, the very anti-Modernist Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment, is offering itself as a replacement. You could argue that it's time the pendulum swung the other way and traditionalists had their say. But wouldn't such a move just replace one architectural elite with another? The look and feel of London is too important to be remade according to the whims of any self-serving oligarchy. Democracy demands that ordinary folk — the millions who have to work in, pass by and look at these overbearing developments — have a say too. Boris Johnson should set up a Mayor's forum to channel their views, and then compel planners to listen. And he should do it now. Goodbye London, hello Dubai-on-Thames? Unless we wake up and take notice, that could be the dispiriting reality by 2020.'' Mazy vitality is being replaced by soul-dead plazas.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #1426
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The City used to be a constant delight to the inquisitive stroller: a wonderful warren of ancient pubs, nosheries and quirky little shops, nestling between Wren's churches and Mammon's counting-houses. Now that mazy vitality is being replaced by soul-dead corporate plazas, policed by security guards to ensure that all hints of real life are suppressed, and Starbucks.
Sorry, but this article is utter rubbish. The quote above is so not true for starters. The City is still "a wonderful warren of ancient pubs, nosheries and quirky little shops, nestling between Wren's churches and Mammon's counting-houses" and I'm not sure where these (new) "soul-dead corporate plazas" are - I can only think of two or three, and they come from the 1970s-80s period. Anyone who knows the City well will tell you that the streets and alleys are improving, especially for the pedestrian, and new gardens, fountains and other little improvements are happening here and there. And a good example of what's to come is the Heron Plaza adjacent to the Heron Tower. Skyscrapers free up the City and are far, far better than the "groundscrapers" of the post-War period. (Though some recent development - eg Plantation Place - are bulky groundscrapers..)
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Old November 20th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #1427
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basically what I was going to say

How can this person argue that the skyscrapers ruin the 'soul of the city' ?

They are a great addition to the Square Mile IMO and as you mentioned, Manchester Planner, Heron Plaza will be a nice little spot too.
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Old November 20th, 2010, 11:19 PM   #1428
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Not to mention that he makes it sound like they're tearing down grand old medieval and Victorian architecture to build these towers. Most new skyscrapers in London are replacing horrible '60s/'70s lowrises, with the only exception I know of being the Gherkin, which replaced a 1900s building that was damaged beyond repair in a terrorist bombing. If anything, they're cleaning up the city and building gems that complement London's old architecture.

It honestly baffles me that NIMBYs would rather that the Heron Tower site remained looking like this:
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Old November 21st, 2010, 04:52 PM   #1429
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Old November 21st, 2010, 08:07 PM   #1430
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I find the City's juxtaposition of architectural styles utterly magical and unique.
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 01:53 PM   #1431
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Wow. The interiors are stunning!
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Old November 24th, 2010, 11:37 PM   #1433
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Old November 27th, 2010, 02:11 PM   #1434
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I've got to say it does look pretty damn good in those pictures by chest.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 04:55 PM   #1436
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Heron Tower secures Landmark as second tenant

Serviced office provider Landmark is under offer to take 36,000 sq ft at the Heron Tower in the City, and is set to pay the highest City rent this year.

Landmark will be the second tenant at the 440,000 sq ft Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, which is being built by Gerald Ronson’s Heron. It is thought it will pay a rent of around £62.50/ sq ft. In July Heron secured its first tenant, law firm McDermott Will & Emery, which is paying £55/sq ft for 25,000 of space.

The 46-storey tower will be the tallest in the City upon completion, and is one of the few new buildings ready for occupation in 2011. Landmark also has offices in the City at 125 Old Broad Street, Royal Mint Court, Lombard House and Holland House on Bury Street.

CB Richard Ellis and Cushman & Wakefield advise Heron. All parties declined to comment.
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Awesome pics. The tower looks solid
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Old December 5th, 2010, 03:30 PM   #1439
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What a sexy bit of brutalism!
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do i detect sarcasm in your vomit?
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