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Old June 26th, 2010, 12:00 AM   #241
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Old June 26th, 2010, 01:24 PM   #242
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It's a shame that Canary Wharf has such boring buildings since the City has such nice ones.

Is there a tenant for these towers?
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Old June 26th, 2010, 07:42 PM   #243
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s there a tenant for these towers?
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Old June 26th, 2010, 09:32 PM   #244
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it's not sure yet, if jp morgan is going to take the tower.

hasn't construction stopped recently anyway?
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Old June 27th, 2010, 01:09 AM   #245
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Thanks for your replies. I thought that JPM was waiting to see what the UK does with respect taxation, etc. before deciding where to make its European HQ.
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Old June 27th, 2010, 05:05 AM   #246
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Thanks for your replies. I thought that JPM was waiting to see what the UK does with respect taxation, etc. before deciding where to make its European HQ.
I think that after all this time nobody knows what JP Morgan actually wants. There was something about they giving up on this project because of the taxes, then somebody from the company said they had never said such a thing, and I suppose nobody really knows what they are waiting for.

But if built, the tenant is going to be JP Morgan.
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Old June 29th, 2010, 12:40 AM   #247
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Old June 29th, 2010, 01:17 AM   #248
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Thanks for your replies. I thought that JPM was waiting to see what the UK does with respect taxation, etc. before deciding where to make its European HQ.
Businesses always complain but then they adjust.
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It's a shame that Canary Wharf has such boring buildings since the City has such nice ones.
They may not be the most exciting buildings in the world, but what I think CW is trying to achieve is the massiveness factor by building boxy buildings (clean lines, blue glass), because it has the space needed for that. They want to fill more than half of the Isle of Dogs with skyscrapers in a few decades.

Whereas the City has proved to be the contrary: a place for daring skyscraper architecture, controversial designs and experiments. Besides, with Bishopgate, Walkie-Talkie and Leadenhall built, there won't be much more places for skyscrapers there, unless they start demolishing more, which wouldn't be too good either.
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Old July 11th, 2010, 10:48 PM   #251
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Whereas the City has proved to be the contrary: a place for daring skyscraper architecture, controversial designs and experiments. Besides, with Bishopgate, Walkie-Talkie and Leadenhall built, there won't be much more places for skyscrapers there, unless they start demolishing more, which wouldn't be too good either.
There are a lot of places to build in the City. I always assumed that all of the 7 to 10 story buildings constructed in the 1980s and 1990s would be redeveloped.
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Old July 14th, 2010, 02:09 AM   #252
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JP Morgan Chase appears on track for another very profitable quarter but like all US banks, they're staying away from commercial real estate. They backed out fully from the 5 WTC site where a 40+ story tall was to be built. The Port Authority of NY still insists on offices there. I do hope they go forward with this project. It's really nice and no one can go wrong building in London.
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Old July 18th, 2010, 02:29 AM   #253
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JP Morgan UK future at risk
Bank now sees expansion in Asia not London, as Canary Wharf development is deemed at 'serious risk'.

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JP Morgan has raised serious concerns about its commitment to its new £1.5bn European headquarters at Canary Wharf because of anger within the bank at the lack of support for the financial sector in the UK.

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of the American bank, is understood to have doubts about investing so heavily in London when there is uncertainty about future costs that could be imposed on banks. Some sources said the bank was "on the verge" of quitting the development.

Any move by JP Morgan to scrap the twin skyscraper project in the Docklands would be a major blow for the UK and George Osborne's claims that Britain is "open for business".

High-level talks are understood to have taken place between JP Morgan, officials from the Mayor of London's office and Canary Wharf Group (CWG) over the future of the headquarters, although no decision has been reached.

Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, has met representatives of JP Morgan and has been told of their concerns about the future of London as a financial centre.

The bank has made it clear that it now sees expansion being in Asia rather than in London.

It has also been made clear to Mr Johnson that as the decision on building a new headquarters in Canary Wharf is one "for the next 20 years" it is now at serious risk, said one person with knowledge of the discussions.. "They are finding that decision very difficult in the present climate because of concerns about what is ahead."

JP Morgan has listed a number of factors in their decision to review building a new headquarters in London. The atmosphere of "banker bashing" from politicians that is still apparent even after the election, new plans for an "activity tax" on banking operations in the UK, the new levy on balance sheets, the ending of tax relief on pensions for higher rate earners and the 50pc higher rate income tax have all been raised.

Mr Dimon is understood to have warned Alistair Darling, the previous chancellor, in a phone call last year that the bank could scrap the plans for its headquarters. His mood does not appear to have been improved by a change in government, and last Thursday JP Morgan revealed it had paid £328m to the Treasury for the one-off UK bonus tax.

When the bank paid CWG £237m in November 2008 for the headquarters' site, it was perceived as a major vote of confidence in the UK, with space for 20,000 staff in the proposed new building.

JP Morgan must decide on the future of the Lord Rogers-designed project by the end of 2010 and will have to pay CWG, the construction manager, £76m if it pulls out for work already completed.

Sources in the property industry insisted talks were continuing with JP Morgan over the project but that there was "a lot of work to go", with discussions at a sensitive stage and a decision unlikely until later in the year.

Rather than scrap the project, JP Morgan could downsize it to 1.6m sq ft. At present, the bank operates from offices across central London and one of the reasons for the new headquarters was to consolidate its premises, including the newly acquired Cazenove, under one roof. It could therefore look at other, smaller sites in central London for a headquarters, such as Hammerson's proposed development at St Alphage in the City, Great Portland Estates' 100 Bishopsgate, or the former 1.1m sq ft Lehman Brothers building at Canary Wharf.

All parties declined to comment last night.
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JP Morgan posted $4.8 billion in profits for the 2nd quarter.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 02:27 PM   #255
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Originally posted by leytonstonia in the London subforum:

http://www.leytonstonia.com/2010/09/...ide-south.html

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CWG have however confirmed that the next phase of construction on the site will commence shortly, with additional electrical and drainage infrastructure being installed along the Riverside Wall, which is at least some positive news for the development.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 09:40 PM   #256
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If they get on with this next stage, they will eventually build something here, even if JP Morgan pulls out of this project.
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If they get on with this next stage, they will eventually build something here, even if JP Morgan pulls out of this project.
I really hope they can. But they need another anchor tennant to get financed so maybe someone else would like to occupy a brand new first class complex...
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Old September 4th, 2010, 11:14 PM   #258
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I've heard CW Group could built it speculatively. Well, but let's hope JP Morgan will go on with this.
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Old October 26th, 2010, 06:24 PM   #259
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David Cameron’s new “growth strategy” is already paying off, I hear. JP Morgan Chase is within a whisker of withdrawing its threat to cancel a £1.5bn development in London’s Canary Wharf to house its European headquarters. Goodness knows what the Coalition has had to promise to bring about this change of mind, but the deal is now said to be virtually done.

The threat of cancellation was made by Jamie Dimon, chief executive of the American banking goliath, in the row that followed Alistair Darling’s imposition of a bonus tax. The Coalition has since been desperately trying to get him to change his mind on the twin towered project, but amid the growing chorus of bank bashing rhetoric it’s been an uphill struggle. None the less, I gather he’s finally been persuaded to push ahead afterall, and no, Tony Blair, a highly paid adviser to JP Morgan, took no part in the negotiations, though for all we know he might have influenced Mr Dimon’s decision.

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, the architecture company of Lord Rogers of Riverside, this is a vast project, about twice the size in terms of square footage of the existing HSBC building in Canary Wharf and capable of housing up to 20,000 staff. It’s quite a coup, both for London and the Canary Wharf development.

We have to assume that Mr Dimon must have been promised the bonus tax won’t be repeated, and that much of the rest of the attack on bankers, including the threat to split commercial from investment banking, is about to be toned down. He’ll also have sought, and received, reassurances that the Government’s immigration policy, which has caused a storm of protest among talent hungry corporations, will not apply to him. He’ll be allowed to bring in staff from overseas as and when he wants.

Over the past week, a clutch of other sky-scraper devopments in the City, mothballed by the credit crunch, have been revived, including the so-called “chees grater”, the “helter skelter”, and the “walkie talkie”.

All this may not be quite the jobs for the horney handed men of toil that the Government wants to attract to the Northeast and other regions heavily dependent on public sector employment, but something is better than nothing, and the investment certainly amounts to a very considerable vote of confidence in both the UK and the Coalition’s economic strategy.

As I say, I dread to think what JP Morgan has been promised, but the international competition for investments like this is extreme, and there is going to have to be a lot more bending with the wind by the Coalition in the years ahead if the UK is to attract the inward investment hoped for.
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance...5bn-london-hq/
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Good to know the CW Crossrail station is well underway, developed infrastructure is well needed to cope with an additional 20 thousand people.
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