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Old October 5th, 2007, 03:00 PM   #521
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this seems to big for London, hope they change the design of the building
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Old October 5th, 2007, 03:46 PM   #522
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Too big for London?

What do you think London is? A small museum village?

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Old October 5th, 2007, 09:57 PM   #523
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this seems to big for London, hope they change the design of the building
The design shouldn't be altered in any way whatsoever. What we're getting here is quite simply the perfect design, at the perfect height, in the perfect location.

The building will taper gently to a point, reducing its dominance whilst maintaining a wonderful soar and grace. The shape itself is reminiscent of the old church spires in the City, yet at the same time is incredibly futuristic, like something from the 24th century. This fusion of old and new is symbolic of London's very essence. As for the cladding, it will be one of the highest quality fašades ever used for a skyscraper.

I honestly can't imagine a better proposal for this site - and in my opinion it's the best proposal anywhere in the world right now.

London needs a really stunning landmark to last for the next few centuries, and I believe the Shard will become as famous and important as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the London Eye.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 10:12 PM   #524
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Anyone able to post some neighborhood pics? I'm curious to see what surrounds this.
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Old October 5th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #525
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This is Southwark, a mixture of lowrise housing, old markets, churches. Although it's a historic area, it's quite rough and neglected to be honest. In the first picture, LBT will stand just outside the bottom-right edge -







And here, LBT will replace the brown/silver tower in the middle -


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Old October 6th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #526
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I have not been following this so could someone tell me is this getting built, if so whn will construction start and end. I am really interested as I really like the tower and London.
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Old October 6th, 2007, 07:30 PM   #527
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I have not been following this so could someone tell me is this getting built, if so whn will construction start and end. I am really interested as I really like the tower and London.
We're awaiting final confirmation of funding. One of the partners (who owns a 1/3rd stake in the project) is hopefully selling his share to the Qatari Government. Once this happens, we'll know for sure the project is going ahead. It was meant to be confirmed this week but nothing has been announced yet.

In any event, demolition will continue. Actually, here's a (very) quick video of the site I took earlier -
http://s23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...t=MVI_3435.flv

Core and steelwork will be rising from Feb 2009.
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Old October 7th, 2007, 12:24 PM   #528
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where was the high photo taken from?
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Old October 7th, 2007, 06:51 PM   #529
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where was the high photo taken from?
From Guys Hospital,I would imagine.
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Old October 7th, 2007, 06:55 PM   #530
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First one from Guys second from Palestra.
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Old October 7th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #531
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i love both pictures!
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Old October 8th, 2007, 06:04 PM   #532
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The London Bridge bus station area is filled to the brim with pictures of this building, it is - by all the evidence at street level anyway - definitely going ahead.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 06:19 PM   #533
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Nice Vid and good luck to London I hope this gets built.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 08:12 PM   #534
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Thanks for posting the pics.

Is the project intended to push future development in this area? It seems like it will stand out pretty dramatically.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 09:29 PM   #535
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I'm afraid you are very sadly mistaken if you think any of the massed nimby-packed regulatory bodies that prevent, er, I mean, control London's planning development would be remotely in favour of a stunning 1000-foot tower inspiring any 'future development'. God forbid.

Though, for once, I won't actually mind that much if no other talls grow up to join LBT in Southwark. If any tower ever deserved to stand out proud and alone, it's this one...
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Old October 8th, 2007, 09:36 PM   #536
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It seems like it will stand out pretty dramatically.
Just as it is intended to do.
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Old October 8th, 2007, 09:55 PM   #537
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Some updates from today. Not that much activitiy, although scaffholding was going up when I was there.




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Old October 9th, 2007, 09:28 AM   #538
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Thanks for the images PFarrey. Looks like some cladding has been removed in the middle of the building to attach the crane, demolition has started!

This is going to be a slow process, first the entire building is enclosed before floor by floor removal begins. Six months in all.
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Old October 10th, 2007, 12:09 AM   #539
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Thanks for the images PFarrey. Looks like some cladding has been removed in the middle of the building to attach the crane, demolition has started!

This is going to be a slow process, first the entire building is enclosed before floor by floor removal begins. Six months in all.
can't they just pull the whole thing down? it wouldn,t be the first time for a building of that proportions...
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Old October 10th, 2007, 02:22 AM   #540
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The area's kinda densely packed, i'm afraid. Major rail terminus, world's tallest hospital, transport interchange...they've in fact promised to keep every single construction vehicle within that very constrained site. I wish they could get it done faster, but hey, at least it's happening at all. So many times in the last few years we didn't think we'd even make it this far...
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