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Old May 23rd, 2010, 08:22 AM   #461
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London very beautiful,i love it.
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Old June 1st, 2010, 06:32 PM   #462
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As this might be back on, I thought I would take a look around.



There's a hole in that fence:



And here's what's going on inside:

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Old June 5th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #463
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Canary Wharf has been selected as joint-partner.
Construction to start in September.

"Land Securities, the UK's largest property company, will form a joint venture with Canary Wharf Group, London's biggest modern- day developer, to build its 500ft tower on Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the "Walkie-Talkie". The company has entered into exclusive negotiations with Canary Wharf, which has built 15m sq ft of offices on its core Docklands estate since the early 1990s. Land Securities has been looking for developments in the City of London in order to diversify its business from east London. Canary Wharf has beaten a consortium of North American institutions to the deal. The construction costs of the scheme, which will be one of the City's tallest towers, will be about £350m, although the Docklands developer will also have to a share of the site value and other costs. The partners are likely to bring in development finance in future which will reduce their overall equity commitment.Canary Wharf was seen as the party most likely to sign a deal quickly, with Land Securities keen to start development as soon as possible gain a competitive advantage over the other towers being planned. The deal is hoped to be finalised early next month, which means that the partnership can begin construction in September. Canary Wharf's development expertise was also a point in its favour, against the more passive involvement of the other bidding parties. The decision to press ahead with the Walkie-Talkie is likely to be swiftly followed by similar intentions from British Land, which confirmed last month that it was considering restarting its rival skyscraper at Leadenhall Street - the "Cheesegrater". It is now also in discussions about bringing in an equity partner - a speculative tower development is seen as a higher gamble on the City office market which makes it attractive to share the risk with a partner.Land Securities shelved the Walkie -Talkie development during the credit crunch when demand for office space dropped sharply, while development finance became difficult to source.However, the past year has seen a growing shortage of good quality office space in the Square Mile given the dearth of new developments against a wave of impending lease expirations.Rents for the best office space are already rising rapidly, with the first letting s close to being agreed at the Heron Tower on Bishopsgate, one of the few new significant schemes being completed between now and 2012 alongside Hines' Cannon Street scheme and Minerva's office building, the Walbrook"

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Old June 11th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #464
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Old June 27th, 2010, 04:24 PM   #465
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Old June 27th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #466
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Brilliant news!
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Old June 27th, 2010, 10:01 PM   #467
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God will strike down this hideous design. God.

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Old June 28th, 2010, 07:43 PM   #468
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With work supposed to restart in September, they are probably doing prep work.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 12:31 AM   #469
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Old July 1st, 2010, 12:51 AM   #470
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I hate this proposal.

OK, the cladding will be fantastic, the sky garden incredible, the public realm almost certainly very decent, its exterior lines sharp and sculptural, and everything excellent quality...

But. I cant think of another top heavy tower that looks attractive. Can a top heavy tower ever be pleasing on the eye, and if so why have generations of architects and builders always strived to make towers lighter at the top than the bottom.

Also, Its position in the skyline disrupts what was becoming, for London, where chaos rules, quite a smart composition of buildings working together to create a whole that's greater than the sum of parts...

Attractive top heavy towers anyone?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 04:34 PM   #471
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Fair point but you're being a little harsh nonetheless.
All the qualities you listed above are things we should rejoice about; so try to think of it as... unique!
The view from below will possibly be even better than the one from above.
The design didn't thrill me either at first but I've learnt to appreciate it and regarding the gap, uh... gulf it will create: just another good reason to build more towers and fill it up! Same as Broadgate by the way. The analogy is more than adequate and I hear no complain there.

As for the the future 'organised' skyline... in the City sure, but London wouldn't be London without the other messy 'bits' around it. I doubt you'd want to turn things into a new CW or (insert horror smiley face here) the rigid, bleak, government-planned La Defense in Paris. They are now struggling to inject some kind of life, let alone soul, into that district; and a couple of faceless shopping centers wouldn't do the trick.
A fair amount of mess is quite ok
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This is great news. I love this tower. It's unique and interesting.

PS: What's going on with the building across the street that's covered in netting? I assume that it will be demolished. What will go in its place?
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Fair point but you're being a little harsh nonetheless.
All the qualities you listed above are things we should rejoice about; so try to think of it as... unique!
The view from below will possibly be even better than the one from above.
The design didn't thrill me either at first but I've learnt to appreciate it and regarding the gap, uh... gulf it will create: just another good reason to build more towers and fill it up! Same as Broadgate by the way. The analogy is more than adequate and I hear no complain there.

As for the the future 'organised' skyline... in the City sure, but London wouldn't be London without the other messy 'bits' around it. I doubt you'd want to turn things into a new CW or (insert horror smiley face here) the rigid, bleak, government-planned La Defense in Paris. They are now struggling to inject some kind of life, let alone soul, into that district; and a couple of faceless shopping centers wouldn't do the trick.
A fair amount of mess is quite ok
The sky garden is spectacular. The views will be likewise. But for heaven's sake, you could have all that and more in a tower that doesn't sprout out of the streetscape like a garish sore tooth. I'm all for sleek new towers in London, but does the city have to look like the 2062 Pyongyang World's Fair?
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Old July 1st, 2010, 06:23 PM   #474
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PS: What's going on with the building across the street that's covered in netting? I assume that it will be demolished. What will go in its place?
I don't think it's being demolished but probably being refurbished.
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Old July 1st, 2010, 06:24 PM   #475
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The clean lines, the sky garden and the quality of the cladding are enough for me to like the tower

Sure the design might be controversial but the City has never been afraid to try new things, has it? If you want boxy non-controversial buildings, London also has that, in Canary Wharf.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 02:57 PM   #476
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Its gonna be amazing when this the pinnacle, the shard, and maybe leadenhall are all rising together!
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This is not the art of architecture

We see more costly than buildings but not like this has. To see this
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Old July 18th, 2010, 12:21 AM   #478
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