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Old October 25th, 2010, 06:33 PM   #421
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No longer on hold!

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There's one more tower left to unblock now, the Beetham Tower! Hope it will be on track next year...
As do I. It already has a hotel operator signed up, and I really don't think they'd have trouble moving the flats. I believe that it's current problems lie more with Russian company Mirax's lack of money. Hopefully if a new partner is found, it too will be on the way up.
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Old October 28th, 2010, 07:37 PM   #422
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Nickname buildings march across London’s skyline

The resurrection of the Cheesegrater building project on Leadenhall is just the first in a succession of mothballed office building proposals that will be dusted down and begin construction in the City of London as we slowly emerge from recession.

But why do these projects get such stupid names? The Helter Skelter (on Bishopsgate by KPF), the Walkie-Talkie (on Fenchurch Street, designed by Rafael Vignoly) and Rogers Stirk Harbour's Cheesegrater will join the Gherkin, making today's contribution to one of the most sophisticated urban settings in the world sound like an ugly bug ball. You can't imagine great city buildings from the past, such as John Soane's Bank of England or the Guildhall, revelling in such undignified comparisons. But despite the apparent irreverence of these nicknames, they reveal something about the city's priorities as it continues to grow.

Today's city architecture, whatever the merits of the individual buildings, is conceived as a parade of the weird and wonderful, each piece straining for attention, each more self-consciously iconic than the last. Developers spin the nicknames that emerge as a positive thing — it proves, to them, that people have taken these buildings to their hearts. But it all helps the marketing. Today, you must have a brand for your development. The Shard, for instance, emerging at pace above London Bridge station, was a name invented by the architect and developer. A simple street address isn't enough for such ambition.

These buildings are designed to be perceived as sculptural forms rather than addresses in the city. They look best as computer renderings in a brochure given to potential investors or occupiers in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong or Moscow. The jolly, lobotomising nicknames they adopt mask a suppression of the qualities of London streets in favour of the skyline, and this trend is the worrying underbelly of all this so-called architectural ambition.

There is another way. The great tall buildings of the world — Empire State and the Chrysler building in New York, the Guaranty Building in Buffalo, New York State — don't get metaphorical nicknames. They're big and brash but they are also part of the city they stand in. They conform to a coherent planning regime that has created a rich and still developing high-rise environment. In contrast, with every big building that arrives in London, the urban environment gets a bit flatter, less rich, with fewer courtyards and mews alleyways, and more branded coffee shops and plazas patrolled by private security.

The recession put the brakes on city development but no one has spent that time reassessing priorities. All these strangely named buildings, conceived at the height of the boom, are to be resurrected, the architectural living dead, symbolising nothing more than our attention deficit when it comes to thinking about architecture, and the ambitions of property developers to aggrandise themselves. We are experiencing the slow death of urban qualities of the city not, as was once feared, through wholesale demolition but through marketing newspeak that is more interested in shapes and nicknames than in the quality of the city's ancient streets.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...ons-skyline.do
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Old October 28th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #423
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not many people on the forums actually call this the cheesegrater
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Old October 29th, 2010, 05:32 PM   #424
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It's true, some nicknames stick better than others.
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Old October 29th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #425
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...and we all know who actually named the Shard, the Shard
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Old October 30th, 2010, 02:16 AM   #426
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I don't. Should I?
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Old November 2nd, 2010, 03:16 PM   #427
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I like the way the flat side of this building is facing the taller Pinnacle, as if leaning against it. Was that intentional and will it be as accurate as it looks in this render? It would look quite off-putting if the flat side was faced any other way.
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 02:52 AM   #428
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This render is slightly inaccurate:
- The Pinnacle looks a little too tall (probably the first 312 meter version)
- Minerva is in the background. Minerva... I'm weeping now.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 09:23 PM   #429
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This one is 100% confirmed!

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In October 2010, we announced that we had agreed Heads of Terms to develop the Leadenhall building with Oxford Properties on a 50:50 joint venture basis. Oxford Properties is one of Canada's leading property owners and developers. It is owned by Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Fund (OMERS)

A spectacular, iconic architectural design by Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, the 47 storey building, will rise to a height of 736 ft providing 610,000 sq ft of the highest quality office space in the City of London. The spectacular scale of the public space at the base of the building, covering half an acre and featuring mature trees and a range of shops, pubs and restaurants, will be unprecedented in London.

The development's tapering shape delivers varied sizes of floor plates ranging from 21,000sq ft on the lower floors to 6,000sq ft at the top of the tower, all with spectacular views over London. In addition, locating the lift and service core on the north side at the rear of the building creates regular, efficient and flexible floor plates which will be able to meet a broad range of occupiers' needs.
With a development of this scale in such a prominent location, great care has been taken to ensure it sits well with the surrounding architecture. In particular, with regard to the planning viewing corridors in place, when viewed from the west looking towards St Paul's Cathedral, The Leadenhall Building will appear to 'lean away' from the historic monument.

Demolition and preliminary basement works are complete. We expect to start construction in July 2011 with practical completion to shell and core in 2Q 2014.
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Old November 17th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #430
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Great news, this is one of my favorite projects in London.
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Old November 21st, 2010, 01:33 AM   #431
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Yes, finally! Glad to see this still going ahead.
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Old November 21st, 2010, 02:05 AM   #432
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I honestly think that this building is way out of proportions. Anyway, always good to see something tall going up in London. As for the status, I think on hold is fine for now. It's not gonna start until july 2011 as stated in the article. Until then we'll wait and see.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 06:37 PM   #433
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'Cheesegrater' nickname displeases office space developer

The widespread adoption of the 'Cheesegrater' nickname for British Land's new flagship office development in London has not gone down well with chief executive Chris Grigg.

Officially known as the Leadenhall Building, the 47-storey tower in the Square Mile has been likened to the kitchen utensil due to its unusual wedge-shaped profile.

Expected to cost £340 million, the structure is set to provide 610,000 sq ft of new offices in Central London after British Land revived the project in a joint venture with Oxford Properties Group last month.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Grigg admitted he does not approve of the building's unofficial moniker. "We think it will be a stunning piece of British architecture, so to call it a 'Cheesegrater' is very disappointing," he told the newspaper.

Last month, Mr Grigg said the Leadenhall Building will provide an "unbeatable combination of style, presence, location and office floor space" in the heart of the capital's financial district.

Companies should be able to use the development to rent offices in London from 2014.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 09:00 PM   #434
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BRILLIANT!!!
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Old December 7th, 2010, 05:03 PM   #435
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Six builders on the scent of British Land’s big cheese

It's been a lean time for Britain's building industry. But trophy City towers are at least one growth market as developers dust off plans shelved in the recession to hit the London skyline with a succession of bizarrely-monikered additions.

City Spy's man in the hard hat hears that half a dozen of Britain's biggest building firms have been interviewed by developer British Land last week for the job of building its 47-storey Cheese Grater. The early runners for the deal are understood to be Mace, the firm behind Irvine Sellar's Shard shooting skyward at London Bridge, as well Gherkin builder Skanska, Laing O'Rourke, Balfour Beatty, Bovis Lend Lease and Sir Robert McAlpine, which built Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

British Land will draw up a short list from the six and pick a winner for the £250 million deal in the new year.
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Cheese Grater to create construction jobs in London

New construction jobs in London could be created at one of six firms who are bidding to build British Land's 'Cheese Grater'.

According to the Evening Standard, six of Britain's biggest building firms have been interviewed by the property developer to ascertain their suitability for building the 47-storey tower that is to be shaped like an inverse wedge. Among the firms competing are Mace, which is responsible for Ivine Sellar's Shard at London Bridge; Skanska, which built the Gherkin; and Sir Robert McAlpine, the firm behind Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

The other three competing are Laing O'Rourke, Balfour Beatty and Bovis Lend Lease. According to the news provider: "British Land will draw up a shortlist from the six and pick a winner for the £250 million deal in the new year."

The Cheese Grater will be built at 122 Leadenhall Street in the City of London. The site was cleared beginning in 2007, with the previous building situated at that address being demolished. Other skyscrapers currently planned for construction in London include the Bishopsgate Tower, heron Tower, 20 Fenchurch Street, 100 Bishopsgate and the Shard.
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Old December 23rd, 2010, 04:05 PM   #437
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My office is right next door to 122 and we used to get regular updates from the project management team. Today we received the following:


Preliminary work to bring the neighbouring site from its current state from which the main works may recommence in the summer of 2011 will begin on 04 January. This will involve the completion of the remaining piling followed by excavation work.



Construction of the basement and superstructure is expected to commence during summer 2011 and complete in 2014.



Working hours will be restricted to 07.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday. Noise and vibration will be monitored at various locations within the surrounding buildings.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:04 PM   #438
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I don't think this one is on hold anymore...



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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:20 PM   #439
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if this i true i'm going to cry with joy see
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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:22 PM   #440
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So what's the situation? Core was up til about level 8 when they stopped?
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