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Old February 16th, 2012, 08:33 AM   #1501
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There's a launch event for the tower at Canada Water tonight; they've unsurprisingly kept up the Canadian theme they have used elsewhere, naming this Ontario Point: http://www.barratthomes.co.uk/Find-a...oint/Overview/
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Old February 16th, 2012, 03:13 PM   #1502
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Ontario Point, I like it. Of course there's already an Ontario Tower (at Canary Wharf, part of Ballymore's New Providence Wharf), so that wasn't an option; the nearby ex-council towers in the Canada Estate are called Regina Point and Columbia Point, so the choice of name seems respectful to them.

The mid-rise part of the final phase seems to be called Brampton House (Brampton is a city in the greater Toronto area). Only Fairmont House (my favourite architecturally, though Ontario Tower may trump it) stands out as having a name that doesn't refer to a Canadian city or province. Meanwhile, since I'm currently a resident of Atlantic Canada I suppose I should point out that the east has been neglected - where's New Brunswick House, or Halifax House? Oh well.

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Old February 18th, 2012, 01:53 AM   #1503
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What the view from Ontario Point's roof-garden will look like:

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Old February 18th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #1504
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I bet the view of CW would be even better!
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Old February 19th, 2012, 12:25 AM   #1505
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What the view from Ontario Point's roof-garden will look like:
I hope they're giving free binoculars - it's the only way to get such a view - or with a telephoto lens of course!
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Old February 19th, 2012, 01:43 AM   #1506
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You mean you think they've zoomed in the view, but not the foreground? I wouldn't put it past them, but that would be very naughty.

From memory it looks more or less consistent with views of the City, Shard, Tower Bridge etc from Stave Hill (which is further east) or from the Thames path in Rotherhithe - but perhaps my memory is playing tricks?
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Old February 21st, 2012, 11:33 PM   #1507
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You mean you think they've zoomed in the view, but not the foreground? I wouldn't put it past them, but that would be very naughty.

From memory it looks more or less consistent with views of the City, Shard, Tower Bridge etc from Stave Hill (which is further east) or from the Thames path in Rotherhithe - but perhaps my memory is playing tricks?
Thinking about it - I'm probably wrong - I was getting confused with the view from Canary Wharf. Of course this is much closer to the City, so yes incredible view!
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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:24 AM   #1508
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I bet the view of CW would be even better!
Canada Water is a bit closer to Canary Wharf than to the City, but probably closer to both than many people imagine. Anyone who gets to hang out on that roof terrace will be in no doubt, and the views in both directions will clearly be the stuff that SSC dreams are made of. But the more I look at it, the more I think the render pointing towards the City is a bit unreliable. Not sure about the one of the Wharf (from a flat in one of the upper floors).



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Old February 22nd, 2012, 02:21 PM   #1509
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only way to find out is to book an appointment
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Old February 24th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #1510
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Stumbled across Barratt's London portfolio document (pdf) - it's from mid-2011, but I'd not seen it before: http://www.barrattdevelopments.co.uk...olioLo-Res.pdf

Downtown Place (on which there's been silence for a long time now) is there as a future project, reassuringly, but under a different (and far nicer) name, Redwood Park.

And the final phases of Maple Quays have different names: Quebec House instead of Brampton House and Canada Point instead of Ontario Point - I suspect those were earlier suggestions. I think they made the right choices there.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #1511
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There's been a scare story about Greenland Pier closing indefinitely. It was owned by Southwark council, who had promised to refurbish it (it's very run down), but then they decided to sell it instead; no buyer came forward and it looked like it might close at the end of February "until further notice".

Now Thames Clippers has taken a 3-month lease on it, and hope to carry out repairs themselves before buying it outright.

http://www.wharf.co.uk/2012/02/green...es-to-con.html

Meanwhile here's a recent pic (lifted from a property ad) of Vancouver House:

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Old March 8th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #1512
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Travelodge planning a load of new London hotels, incl. at Canada Water, Bermondsey, Greenwich...

http://www.wharf.co.uk/2012/03/east-...t-from-tr.html
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Old March 12th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #1513
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24dash.com has a story about Southwark approving several developments - including Quebec Way Industrial Estate which I've commented on here before. Not confirmed on the Southwark site yet, but presumably it's right. :tentative banana:

http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2...me-development
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:32 AM   #1514
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The Deptford Project approved

The Deptford Project masterplan has been approved.

It's a really important project for the future of Deptford, which is benefiting from a lot of public and private investment at the moment.

Work should be completed in 2014.

Details here
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Old March 13th, 2012, 11:42 AM   #1515
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What the hell is up with that colour scheme

Strange colours seem to be a feature of all the schemes in Deptford. We have the dull grey distillary tower, the puke green canal development* (which I quite like apart from the colour) and now a building that looks like its made out of smarties. Perhaps the council decided the area needed some colour to liven it up, but that is a little rediculous..

*Deptford creek development.

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Old March 13th, 2012, 12:58 PM   #1516
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so it's colours for cheaper housing and nice natural materials for the expensive knightsbridge residential schemes. I don't mind it but colours are very divisive and too prescriptive on residential schemes.
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Old March 14th, 2012, 02:28 AM   #1517
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Speaking of Deptford, the Deptford Dame reports that Hutchison Whampoa has appointed Terry Farrell to review the Convoys Wharf masterplan.

http://deptforddame.blogspot.com/201...-reviewed.html
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Old March 19th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #1518
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Deptford and Maple Quays from Greenwich Park.

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Regeneration in Deptford by corerising, on Flickr

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Old March 20th, 2012, 01:53 PM   #1519
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Thanks Core Rising. Looks like there's a core rising at Canada Water.
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Old March 22nd, 2012, 02:30 PM   #1520
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The Canada Water Campaign has put up minutes of its last (23 January) meeting.

A few interesting things in there:
- Maylim's work to pave Deal Porter Square, formerly known as the plaza, was expected to be completed by the end of February. Is it all done now?
- Canada Quays (that's British Land and Barratt's) seem to have bought the ugly old Rotherhithe library on Albion St - presumably they'll use the site for a new residential development
- There's talk of an £8m refurbishment of Seven Islands Leisure Centre - it could use it
- Downtown Place, aka Redwood Park - a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice seems to have been due on 15 March - anyone know if it went ahead, and what resulted?
- Residents expressed their understandable hope that some upmarket restaurants would take the new units at the Canada Water mall (sorry, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre - ugh) and were told that Pizza Hut would probably occupy one. I suspect they were thinking a little more upmarket than that...
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