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Old May 13th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #421
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Old May 28th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #422
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A video of the demolition process:
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Old September 1st, 2008, 09:15 PM   #423
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 10:08 PM   #424
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Old September 27th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #425
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Old January 10th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #426
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Demolition has pretty much finished. They're starting to prepare the site now. However, they haven't decided when construction will commence.


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Old January 12th, 2009, 01:00 AM   #427
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It's great that you're keeping everyone updated here Will

I'm actually really looking forward to this now! I know a lot of people hate the design, but I've now gotten attached to it!
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Old March 9th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #428
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Same here, apart from the fact that it will be on its own and not with other tall buidings, I really like this skyscraper!
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Old March 30th, 2009, 04:28 PM   #429
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Sorry, I hate it. Its the ugly duckling amoung a handsome bunch. Somehow I don't think it will become a beautiful swan!
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Old March 30th, 2009, 08:22 PM   #430
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There are some buildings that look worse than their renders, then there are some buildings that look better than their renders. I have a feeling that 20FS will be one of the latter.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 11:31 AM   #431
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For London's sake, I seriously hope so
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Old April 14th, 2009, 06:42 PM   #432
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The old monstrosity has now gone (boy was that a demolition job or what.) The new monstrosity is coming.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 06:25 PM   #433
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Wow! What a construction...!
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Old April 17th, 2009, 05:30 AM   #434
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I cannot make my mind up about this. It looks far too cartoony for me to really understand it.
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Old April 19th, 2009, 07:19 PM   #435
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That demolition took longer than it will take to build the new one.
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Old January 19th, 2010, 10:28 PM   #436
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A bit of news at last, good news for those who like it, bad news for those who don't.

Land Securities Considers Reviving London’s Walkie Talkie Tower
January 19, 2010, 07:52 AM EST
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Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Land Securities Group Plc, Britain’s largest real estate investment trust, may revive a plan to build the London skyscraper known as the Walkie-Talkie as rents start to rebound.

Land Securities, based in the U.K. capital, put the project on hold in 2008 because of a slump in the commercial property market. The Walkie Talkie, named because of its resemblance to two-way radios, was due to be built on a site at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London financial district.

“We have just started to think about the potential timing,” Chief Executive Officer Francis Salway said on a conference call with reporters today. “A development in the West End is viable at today’s rents.” The City of London, though, is “probably about nine to 12 months behind.”

The investment trust is starting work this year on three developments, costing 655 million pounds ($1.08 billion), according to a statement today. The projects are in London’s West End, where rents are higher than in the City of London and prices are reviving.

Land Securities wouldn’t proceed with the Walkie-Talkie until it found a tenant to fill the 600,000 square feet (55,000 square meters) of office space in the Rafael Vinoly-designed building, the company said in May 2008. The tower would have a height of 155 meters (509 feet).
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Yeah the building is unconventional but I like it. That sky garden is just something to drool for. Plus, the city needs more office space.

And it has a good height. I hope Land Securities goes ahead with all the planned projects, including this one.
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Old January 28th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #438
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Land Securities looks to restart Rafael Viñoly’s Walkie Talkie tower

28 January, 2010 | By Rufus Jay

Britain’s largest developer, Land Securities, is understood to have pressed the go button on its mothballed Walkie Talkie tower – the clearest signal yet of returning confidence among the property big hitters.

Sources said Land Securities had been active on the 155m-tall Fenchurch Street project in the City of London, designed by Rafael Viñoly, which has been on the drawing board since 2005.

Last week the developer admitted it was looking at moving forward three of its key sites in London’s West End, including Hamiltons’ Park House off Oxford Street (pictured below), although a Land Securities spokesperson only said it was ‘beginning to look at timings’ on the Viñoly tower, which received final approval last May (2009).

A spokesperson for AJ100 giant 3DReid said it had also seen ‘positive signs’ from Land Securities and the developer had ‘recently come back to [it] to look at a number of feasibilities’.

Sanya Tomic – a partner at Sidell Gibson Architects and responsible for the delivery of the Land Securities-backed £200 million One New Change office and retail development in London – said the developer was moving forward with several projects. ‘The indications are that there is more activity. They have a new London MD [Robert Noel] who will be keen to have a good start.’

The encouraging news comes as figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that the UK economy grew 0.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2009 – effectively meaning the country is out of recession.

Meanwhile, industry tracker Glenigan recently reported that the total number of UK projects on hold dropped by almost half in December (AJ online 20.01.10).
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I'm not sure how many people will be with me on this one...but YAY!
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I'll second that.
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