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Old January 5th, 2013, 01:36 PM   #521
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It's just closer to the camera than the other talls.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 04:55 AM   #522
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It may be closer to the camera but it is still 181m, while the Gherkin stands at 180m and T42 is 183, so by London standards it is a super-tall.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #523
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I think it compliments 'Millbank Tower' nicely.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:45 PM   #524
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:55 PM   #525
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Can't believe my eyes, but this building looks like a supertall to me. It looks very tall indeed.
I like it.
I was about to say the same thing, it looks like a supertall to me as well. Great looking building. 50 floors seems like a lot for 181m.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #526
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I was about to say the same thing, it looks like a supertall to me as well. Great looking building. 50 floors seems like a lot for 181m.
Not sure about the U.S. but in the U.K. it's usually about 3m per floor for a residential building and 4m per floor for an office building.
So 50 floors x3m is 150m (although in the case of this building some of the rest of the height is made up by the wind turbine on the roof). Hope that's useful.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:19 AM   #527
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Old January 14th, 2013, 01:12 PM   #528
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Finally, the turbine is coming together!
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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:06 AM   #529
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It's not confirmed.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #530
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Helicopter crashes into crane in Vauxhall, London

A helicopter has crashed into a crane at a building site in central London.

Police said it appeared the helicopter had hit the crane on top of a building at about 08:00 GMT. They said it was too early to confirm any casualties.


London Fire Brigade said the crash happened near Wandsworth Road in South Lambeth. They said more than 60 firefighters were at the scene.

Burning wreckage lay in the road, with all approaches to the Vauxhall Cross one way system closed.

The fire brigade was also attending a second scene involving a crane in a precarious position on St George's Wharf.

Police said they first received calls at 08:00 GMT and the London Ambulance Service said it was also at the scene.

'Enormous bang'

Ex-BBC producer Paul Ferguson said the helicopter "plummeted straight into the ground".

He said: "The building the helicopter hit is shrouded in mist."

Nicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough, witnessed the crash.

"I was walking towards Vauxhall tube station from Lambeth Palace area where I have a flat," she said.

"There was suddenly an enormous bang - I thought something exploded.

"It was coming from beyond Vauxhall tube station.

"Then clouds and clouds of black smoke.

"I presumed what it was I heard was the crane collapsing or the helicopter crashing into it.

'Huge smoke cloud'

"I heard the bang then saw the clouds of smoke but there was too much in the way to see much at that point."

Some witnesses reported the wreckage hitting two cars.

Witnesses reported seeing debris on the ground.

Quinn Murray was cycling when he saw the crash.

He said: "I saw the helicopter hit the top of the crane and come down just to the left of the station.

"There was quite a large amount of fire and a huge smoke cloud. It wasn't on the road, but into a building site where they are building the new Nine Elms area.

"There's a huge number of emergency services."

Commuter Sherna Noah described seeing a "large plume of dark grey smoke" as she crossed Battersea Bridge at about 08:00 GMT.

She said: "I was coming across the bridge and basically I could see a few cyclists on the bridge looking towards the water.

"I looked over to see what they were looking at and could see a pall of grey smoke coming from the south side.

"You could see a large plume of dark grey smoke."

The BBC's Ross Hawkins said Wandsworth Road near Vauxhall station is closed.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21040410
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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #531
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It crashed into the crane

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Old January 16th, 2013, 11:36 AM   #532
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R.I.P. to the two people they are reporting as dead the crane is buggered now with parts hanging down.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #533
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R.I.P.

I wonder if this will stall construction and T/O.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:02 PM   #534
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I wonder if this will stall construction and T/O.
It certainly will, one57 in New York lost it's main crane and was delayed for some time. Either the flight path of the helicopters will be changed or towers will need more lighting installed to prevent this from happening.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #535
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Has nothing to do with the flight path I am afraid. It was a pilot error, obviously. All pilots are told about all tower cranes and it's locations in London. Besides, there are warning lights on top. I think he was just completely lost out there in the fog.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 01:18 PM   #536
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Old January 16th, 2013, 02:08 PM   #537
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The BBC is reporting that the crane was unlit at night. Looking at the night photos on earlier pages it appears that this report might be correct. Does anyone know the regulations surrounding the lighting of the crane's jib?

Given the fog this morning it's quite possible that this wouldn't have prevented the crash.
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The crane had a light at the tip yes.


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Not sure where all this talk of aircraft warning lights is coming from. It's quite clear from one of Chest's recent photos that the luffing jib has a red warning light at the tip:
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Old January 16th, 2013, 02:20 PM   #539
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Thanks LondonFox. I hadn't spotted that one - good to know.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #540
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They where reporting on the news that the light was on, just a thick fog came over very quick this morning and in the density the light was not even visible.
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