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Old August 10th, 2009, 12:42 PM   #121
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Lol - when will EH give up- The 180m St Georges tower, the 150m Bondway, 135m Vauxhall Sky gardens, The Albert Embankment Foster towers & Batterseas Power Station are in the same view. This will be shorter than any of them. This story was in EG this week & local landholders were also worried the US Embassy may block future developments that were taller than it to stop people looking into the embassy so are EH going to object to those plans as well?

Does anybody know EH views on the Hungerford Bridge revamp- It would not surprise me to find they objected to it because it would ruin the view of Westminster from Waterloo Bridge.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 02:40 PM   #122
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oh no, you are mistaken, its not actually their mandate to worry about buildings that actually appear between the said viewer and object of interest ...

but they were solely created to jump up and down, make 'good god' noises and spill gravy over their tweeds over distant objects that appear dilute against the sky, in those sorts of un-London places that people may only happen to notice while gazing nonchalantly, subversively taking their eyes off the actual building that EH so desperately wants them to look at.
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Old August 10th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #123
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Anybody still think EH are not anti highrise?

I think they must all have been abused as children in a high rise boarding school mummy and daddy paid a fortune from them to attend, and the only thing that kept them happy while they were being buggered by their teacher was the view they saw of Westminster, and the thought that one day they would be in that palace abusing public money the way their teacher was abusing them, that's why they get in to such a state about anything tall, and have this fixation about the view of Westminster.

Any way I digress..................
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Old September 10th, 2009, 01:36 PM   #124
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US Embassy set to win planning
10 September, 2009

Wandsworth Council is set to approve the controversial American Embassy development at Battersea.

A report on the project recommends granting outline planning to designs by US firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, which include an almost 100m-tall tower.

The news comes despite criticism from Cabe, mayor Boris Johnson and English Heritage, which claims the tower will spoil views. But Wandsworth officers say the project would bring jobs and regeneration. The scheme will be discussed by councillors next Wednesday evening.

Four US architects have been shortlisted for detailed designs and a winner will be announced later this year.



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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:05 PM   #125
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And confirmation;

Outline planning granted for new US embassy in Battersea
17 September, 2009

Wandsworth council last night granted outline planning permission for the controversial new US embassy at Nine Elms, Battersea.

The outline designs, by US firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, include an almost 100m-tall tower.

U.S. Ambassador Louis Susman said he was delighted about the decision saying: "It recognizes the positive role the new Embassy will play in the regeneration of Nine Elms."

He added: “We will continue to set an exemplary standard in every aspect of the project - from our ongoing open and transparent consultation with stakeholders to the management of a robust design competition.

"The four shortlisted architects in the competition have all displayed a commitment to the highest calibre of architectural design and we are confident that they will produce nothing less than world-class proposals for the new embassy building when they present to the jury in January 2010.”

The council's planning applications chairman Leslie McDonnell stressed that outlining planning permission was only the first hurdle, with detailed planning consent required once the winning design has been chosen.

He added: “At this stage we will be looking closely at the building’s appearance from Nine Elms Lane, the effect on important local views from Albert Bridge and Chelsea Bridge and the impact on Battersea Power Station."

The application will now be considered formally by the Mayor of London.

The news comes despite criticism from Cabe, mayor Boris Johnson and English Heritage, which claims the tower will spoil views.



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Old September 17th, 2009, 09:47 PM   #126
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Won't start until 2013, so quite a bit way off, buthopefully EH will not be in aposition to object to any more tall buildings after there latest embarrasment, CABE are spinless, BOJO just wants money for Crossrail( fair point), so this should be up and running in4 years time, and hopefully be one of the shorter towers in a cluster in this area.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 01:27 PM   #127
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NLA is delighted to announce that Sir Simon Milton will deliver the keynote speech at the NLA Nine Elms conference in October alongside senior representatives from Wandsworth Council, The US Embassy, Treasury Holdings, The Berkeley Group, New Covent Garden Market Authority & English Heritage.


Nine Elms is one of the most important new central London sites to emerge in recent years and one which offers unrivalled opportunities for development.


With the high profile move of the US Embassy from Grosvenor Square and exciting new plans for Battersea Power Station, new possibilities are emerging for redefining this traditionally industrial district into a modern, bustling neighbourhood.


This one-off event, run in association with Property Week and Central, will present the plans and opportunities from the area's key policy makers and stakeholders, including:


- The latest overview of the GLA's approach to development at Nine Elms from Deputy Mayor, Sir Simon Milton
- Insight into the ambition and opportunities for Nine Elms from Wandsworth Council Leader, Cllr Eddie Lister
- An in-depth look at the plans from leading landowners currently active in the area.


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Nine Elms Corridor: Central London's biggest opportunity?
In association with Property Week and Central
Tuesday 27 October: 9.00am to 1.00pm (Registration from 8.30am)


Confirmed speakers:
Sir Simon Milton, Deputy Mayor for Policy & Planning, Greater London Authority
Danny Hall, Management Counselor, U.S. Embassy
Cllr Eddie Lister, Leader, Wandsworth Borough Council
Baroness Brenda Dean, Chairman, Covent Garden Market Authority
Jeremy Castle, Planning Director, Treasury Holdings UK
Andrew Saint, General Editor of the Survey of London, English Heritage
Patricia Brown, Director, Central
Sean Ellis, Managing Director of St James Group Limited, The Berkeley Group
Giles Barrie, Editor, Property Week (Chair)


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Old September 28th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #128
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wonder if Sir Simon Milton's passionate love of tall buildings go down well with all the local stakeholders who are drawing up plans for taller buildings in the area. lol

Maybe they should invite Kit Malthouse as well.
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Old October 28th, 2009, 03:32 PM   #129
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Old October 28th, 2009, 03:49 PM   #130
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This seems relevent here,

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New Tube at Battersea is now reality as Mayor drops Crossrail levy
10:17am Tuesday 27th October 2009

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A new Tube station at Battersea moved from dream to reality today after the Mayor of London revealed he would divert money from Crossrail to fund the project.

Financing the Northern Line extension was the last major obstacle to opening up Nine Elms - a 200 hectare riverside site between Vauxhall and Battersea - to developers, which have also been given the green light to build skyscrapers in the locality.

Announcing a new planning framework for Nine Elms, the Mayor issued revised guidance on Crossrail contributions, which means new developers in Vauxhall and Nine Elms will be exempt from the levy.

Instead, contributions would likely go toward funding of the Northern Line extension to Battersea, he said.

The US has already won permission to build its new embassy at Nine Elms, and there are ambitious plans to redevelop Battersea’s iconic power station and the New Covent Garden Market.

The Tube, which will be paid for by developers at a cost of at least £450m, was the “final piece of the jigsaw” the Mayor said.

Boris Johnson said: “This vision represents the final piece of the jigsaw that completes the central area of London.

“Although we are currently in a downturn, the area as it stands will, in the coming decades, deliver a substantial number of new homes and new jobs.

“The regeneration of Vauxhall and Nine Elms now is hugely significant in allowing us to support the economic growth of the whole of the capital, and, with the other major regeneration projects like the Olympic Park and Kings Cross taking shape, the prosperity and the role of our great city in the world is assured.

“More than that, this neglected area which for years has failed to fulfil its potential, and is disconnected from surrounding neighbourhoods, will become a thriving new quarter for living, leisure and business and an easily accessible destination for Londoners and visitors.”

The new district would have 16,000 new homes and create up to 25,000 new jobs, he said.

The Mayor also proposed a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Nine Elms to Pimlico across the river and a new park for residents.

The Mayor added tall buildings would be permitted “where they are appropriate and do not compromise the setting of the Palace of Westminster”.

A spokesman at the Mayor’s office said: “The framework acknowledges that both the proposal to relocate the US Embassy to Nine Elms, and the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and New Covent Garden Market are key to successful regeneration of the area. However, it also underlines the importance of a private sector-led extension of the Northern Line from Kennington to Battersea via Nine Elms to provide the missing public transport link to the site.”

Revised Crossrail guidance also includes proposals for a 20 per cent discount on the Crossrail levy for all new office developments along the project’s route.

Leader of Wandsworth Council, Councillor Edward Lister, said: "Nine Elms presents a huge opportunity to provide thousands of new homes and jobs in a revitalised district of central london.

“In the midst of the recession the scale of enthusiasm from investors is immensely encouraging. Today's announcement that developers will be exempted from the crossrail levy is a sign of just how committed the mayor is to kick starting regeneration and securing the vital transport improvements that will ensure the success of the whole project.”

Peter Pledger, chief executive of South London Business - which represents firms south of the river, said the exemption should also apply to other areas of south London.

He said: "I am delighted for Nine Elms and I'm also delighted that Boris Johnson sees, by the same token, the Crossrail supplement will not work for other areas of south London that need redevelopment."
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 11:06 AM   #131
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US agrees to sell London embassy to Qatari Diar
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By Jennifer Rigby

The US state department has entered into an agreement to sell its embassy in Grosvenor Square, London to Qatari Diar.

Qatari Diar has signed the contract with US ambassador to the UK Louis Susman to buy the building. It is thought that Elliott Bernerd and Sir Stuart Lipton's Chelsfield Partners is working with Qatari Diar on the deal.

The money raised from the sale is expected to fund the development of the new embassy in Nine Elms.

In a statement, the US said: “With the signing of this contract the United States takes another step towards relocating to a new state-of-the-art embassy which will enhance the urban fabric of London and demonstrate exceptional American architecture. The construction of the new U.S. Embassy in the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth will provide a modern, open and secure American diplomatic facility in London.”

In early 2010, the US is set to announce a winner of the design competition for the new US Embassy. It hopes to begin construction in 2012 or 2013 to complete the project by 2016 or 2017. The US will continue to occupy the Grosvenor Square building until the relocation is complete.

The agreement of the deal follows the Department for Culture, Media and Sport's decision around two weeks ago to give the embassy in Grosvenor Square grade II listed status. The US Embassy was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 06:17 PM   #132
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Glass cube design chosen for new US London embassy
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Philadelphia-based architects Kieran Timberlake have won the competition to build a new US Embassy in London, with a design that concentrates on environmental issues, Louis B. Sussman, US ambassador to London, announced on Tuesday.

The victorious design, to be built in Nine Elms on the southern bank of the Thames, combines energy efficiency with improvements to the post-industrial landscape of one of London’s last big undeveloped city-centre sites.

It consists of a glass cube sheathed in a stretched, sculptural membrane embedded with gossamer-fine photovoltaic cells. This crystalline second skin both shades the interior from the sun and converts the sun’s rays into power in one of the multiple measures to make this an exemplary green building.

The glazed box sits atop a colonnade intended to create a feeling of civic engagement and openness which has been pointedly lacking in recent US embassies and which became one of the reasons that the state department took the decision to vacate its existing building in central London’s Grosvenor Square.

Amid the residential setting of Mayfair the concrete blockades and the huge architecture of security had seemed hugely intrusive, a reflection of national fear rather than pride.

At the Nine Elms site the architects have produced what seems a sensible and sensitive landscape strategy which obviates the need for such a strident expression of security while attempting to provide superior safety for those working both within and around the building.

A semi-circular pool protects the building on the side facing the river, which features a new road passing between the embassy and the Thames, while the building itself is slightly elevated atop a mound to avoid the possibility of ramming the structure with the car bombs which became such a favoured terrorist mode of attack in the 1990s.

The pool and the grassy mound combine to create a parkland setting which, it is hoped, will both help provide a green heart for the redevelopment of this long-neglected part of the city but which also subtly protects the embassy without the creating the impression of a walled compound – which was one of the fears about the viability of this building as an anchor for the new Nine Elms.

Kieran Timberlake are arguably surprise winners emerging from a final shortlist of four which comprised Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (the practice of I.M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Pyramid and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha), Richard Meier & Partners (designers of the Los Angeles’ Getty Museum) and Morphosis (architects of the dramatic new Cooper Union building in New York City).

The successful architects have maintained a low profile, eschewing the self-conscious “starchitecture” of many of their contemporaries and have gained a solid reputation as environmentally conscious pragmatists.

The state department described the building as “a beacon that is a respectful icon representing the strength of the US-UK relationship”. It will provide a huge boost for Nine Elms and a further reinforcement of the cultural and development shift to immediately south of the river exemplified by continuing development at the Tate Modern and the latest set of (perhaps over-)ambitious plans for the hulk of Battersea Power Station.

The cost of construction of the new embassy is estimated to be about $500m (€369m, £324m) entirely financed from the sale of the Eero Saarinen-designed 1960 Grosvenor Square building (Britain’s first modern embassy building) to Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company in 2009.

Outline planning permission for the building has already been granted by Wandsworth Borough Council and groundbreaking on the site is expected to be in 2013 while completion is projected for 2017.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 06:28 PM   #134
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I like it!

Any word on what will happen to their old embassy building in Mayfair? I hope they demolish it and rebuild the old grand Victorian terraces that they destroyed.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:02 PM   #135
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I like it!

Any word on what will happen to their old embassy building in Mayfair? I hope they demolish it and rebuild the old grand Victorian terraces that they destroyed.


WHAT??? Another blasphemous comment! This is one of the finest brutalist buildings in the country. I'm 100% sure it's a listed building so no chance it's going anywhere anytime soon. Probably will just become some offices but now that the Americans are gone they can open up it's frontage, getting rid of all the ridiculous, but necessary security measure.

Oh and I like the new Timberlake design...SO MUCH GLASS
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It's not 'brutalist' and it is listed.
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Quick reminder about the location. What is the "new road" between the Embassy and the river in the FT article above? It looks like Nine Elms Lane is already there.

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Old February 23rd, 2010, 07:34 PM   #138
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I like the approved project, and its original cladding in particular but I wish the embassy's shape had been more unusual(let's say more daring) because it's pretty much some "déjà vu" to me...

Any renderings of the unchosen projects?
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It's not 'brutalist' and it is listed.
Totally right, ment to say modernist but had brutalist in mind...I think I got Eero Saarinen confused with Ernő Goldfinger for some strange reason...
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But, but, but wait....it's another glass box! Another modernist glass box ruining London! Oh noes run for the hills!

Excellent design. Basic, and yet iconic. A modern day castle, or a Borg cube if you will.
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