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Old January 2nd, 2011, 04:55 PM   #501
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no no , i won't appreciate it gradually. In a certain angle, it's nearly possible... but if i look the photo up, i can't... gimme some reasons to like it.. you're right in one thing : it's not boxy but except for, it's not appropriate if we consider the environment.

But i'll see it with my own eyes and maybe... a miracle...


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Old January 2nd, 2011, 05:08 PM   #502
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I think it looks cool.

Although, I have yet to see the final final design so... but if it looks like this then great!




Haha, sorry but I cannot hide my hate for Tour Phare.. I think Paris deserves far better.

And I will not argue about it either, this is just my view.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 06:12 PM   #503
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No argue , of course , i understand your opinion et i have some difficulties with Tour Phare too.
But this talkie Walkie is too fat. Nobody among the neighbourwood is angry about the shadow ?

I finally found something great about it : Magnificient gardens in the top, and .. that's all, and it's not so bad...
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 06:23 PM   #504
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It is in an area with no other high buildings, as the sun moves throughout the day it will show light onto the surrounding area. Also, because it is 'slim' at the bottom, it won't be too imposing on the ground level views...

As for the shadows... these are skyscrapers they all cast big shadows!

The more of the horrible 60's/70's concrete buildings that are pulled down to make way for these shiny new buildings which are far nicer looking, the better.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #505
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I think as far as top-heavy buildings go, this ranks far at the top of the list.
It's a little bulky sure, but curvaceous enough to be somewhat gracious; not threatening at least. And folks, don't forget this is London... The cladding will be an absolute piece of art for sure.

I only wish the gap it will create between it and the heart of the City will be filled with quality buildings sooner rather than later. Great addition in the end.

(PS: Fox... Tour Phare rocks and that's THAT!! )
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Old January 10th, 2011, 12:43 PM   #506
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Old January 15th, 2011, 01:50 AM   #507
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Canary Wharf Contractors to commence piling works at 20 Fenchurch Street on 24th January

Construction manager, Canary Wharf Contractors (CWC) has confirmed that work at the high profile City of London office scheme 20 Fenchurch Street, a joint venture between Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group (CWG) and better known as the ‘Walkie Talkie’ will restart at precisely 08:00 AM on Monday 24th January 2011 with the commencement of piling.

At its peak, up to 300 construction workers will be on site as the substructure takes place with completion to ground floor level planned for February 2012. Piling rigs are expected to arrive on site prior to the 24th under a night time police escort, with two tower cranes, TC1 and TC2 likely to follow before September in line with the first concrete pours of the raft slab. The foundation for the 638,732 sq ft development is a 3m thick piled raft supported by approximately 300 large diameter bored piles, which will sink around 28m into the London clay. The new piles will have to avoid those that remain from the previous building that housed Dresdner Kleinwort, demolished in 2008.

To construct the concrete core, which will rise in advance of the structural steel frame, CWC will employ the use of a slip form, which allows for a continuous concrete pour similar to that currently being used by Brookfield at the nearby Pinnacle. The slip form will climb with the building via electrically operated hydraulic jacks at the rate of a floor every two working days until complete, at which point construction of the 35 levels of steelwork can commence, with the metal pieces set to be delivered on 40 ft articulated trailers to a holding area at Billingsgate, a similar process to that successfully used by Skanska during the construction of the 46-storey Heron Tower.

Before the steelwork reaches level 10, both TC1 and TC2 will be dismantled, at which point three large luffing cranes, TC3, TC4 and TC5 will take over and construct the steel frame up to level 35, rising in two floor increments. When it reaches level 12, CWC will then start to add the 4,000 cladding units that make up the curtain wall, set to be installed at the equally rapid rate of one floor per week. Although 20 Fenchurch Street continues to divide opinion, its construction is another massive boost for the City of London with several potential occupiers now being linked with the development, with CWC known to be looking to secure a large single tenant for the office space across levels three to 33. British Land will now surely not be far behind at 122 Leadenhall Street.
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Old January 18th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #508
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Canary Wharf Contractors starts £300m Walkie Talkie

Construction of 20 Fenchurch Street, known as the Walkie Talkie owing to its concave shape, has officially got underway after a ground-breaking ceremony. Work to deliver the 37-storey scheme is expected to support 3,000 jobs throughout the construction process.

Piling for the Rafael Viñoly designed building will start this week with completion to ground floor planned for February 2012 and final completion anticipated in early 2014. When complete, the 690,000 sq ft building will be topped by a public sky garden with the larger floor plates of up to 28,000 sq ft on the higher floors to appeal to a wide range of prospective tenants.

20 Fenchurch Street will bring needed Grade A office space to a supply constrained central London market of 2014 as more than 3m sq ft of leases are expected to expire or see breaks potentially exercised per annum during the next four years.

Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group have been appointed joint development managers and both are responsible for the leasing, with Land Securities taking the lead. Canary Wharf Contractors is the construction manager, now with a track record of developing over 15m sq ft of grade A office space in London.

George Iacobescu, Chief Executive Officer of CWG said: “We are delighted to be able to apply our extensive high rise experience to such an iconic development. We look forward to working alongside Land Securities on this exciting project, which will be yet another step forward for London’s economy.”

Robert Noel, Managing Director, London Portfolio, Land Securities, said: “In January 2010 we were the first property company to commit to starting major developments in London in this cycle, as we saw a supply constrained market evolving for prime office space between 2012 and 2014.”
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Old January 23rd, 2011, 04:36 PM   #509
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Old January 24th, 2011, 02:09 PM   #510
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oooooooOOOOOOOooooooooh a crane! Finally!! Lets get this bad boy up up up go go go.
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Old January 26th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #511
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I really really like this one!!!
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Old January 28th, 2011, 08:30 PM   #513
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Land Securities boss is a safe pair of hands with a skyscraper

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Last week work got under way on another landmark tower – the Walkie-Talkie at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City, being developed by Land Securities. Francis Salway, chief executive of the huge property group, describes it as one of the "next generation of towers" that will enable people to spot the boundaries of the Square Mile from miles outside the capital.

"The policy of the City is to have a cluster of taller buildings," he explains. "It's very much part of a plan. As you come into London both from the north and the south you can begin to see that cluster forming. I think it will work extremely well from a townscape point of view. The Walkie-Talkie is not the tallest, but the most attractive visually."

The 37-storey building, whose nickname springs from its shape and sloping sides, was designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly and is due to be finished in 2012, at about the same time as rival British Land's nearby tower, dubbed the Cheesegrater.

Both projects were put on hold during the credit crunch, but revived last October. The towers, along with the Pinnacle – also known as the Helter-Skelter – and the Heron tower on Bishopsgate, due to open next month, herald the biggest change in the capital's skyline since Swiss Re's Gherkin opened in 2004.

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Old January 31st, 2011, 01:07 PM   #514
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Sorry for what is most probably a frequent question but... Why is this not part of the 'Under Construction' thread? Do we really need a soaring core for that?
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Old February 1st, 2011, 01:34 PM   #515
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Old February 1st, 2011, 06:03 PM   #516
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Let's hope the construction activity is fast paced.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 01:22 AM   #517
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Let's hope the construction activity is fast paced.
Dont hold your breath, basement works wont be finished until February 2012...so its gonna be about 18mths before you see anything meaningful above ground....
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 02:27 AM   #518
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urgh this is the one skyscraper I wouldn't mind seeing get cancelled! So ugly!
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 06:40 PM   #519
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Dont hold your breath, basement works wont be finished until February 2012...so its gonna be about 18mths before you see anything meaningful above ground....
I know that, I was referring to the above ground work. Of course we still have to wait a considerable amount of time for that.
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Old February 14th, 2011, 04:22 PM   #520
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