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Old July 14th, 2006, 06:51 AM   #1
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Stratosphere | Stratford | 122m, 55m | 38, 15 fl

Story was posted by JRS (from propertyweek) in general London thread but though it deserves its own thread as 55 storeys is quite big. We should see a few more resi towers around stratford between now & 2012, especially from the more established developers. Will be interesting to see if the local council ( not sure who it is -Newham??) will allow resi towers this tall in this part of London.

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Allies and Morrison lands 55-storey east London tower

Architect beats off competition from Ian Simpson and Atkins for tallest building in Stratford

14 July, 2006

Architect Allies and Morrison is to design a 55-storey tower in Stratford, east London.

The tower will be built outside the £4bn Stratford City masterplan and will be taller than any other building in the 180-acre development.

The residential, retail and hotel scheme, for developer Unex Group, will be built opposite the regional Stratford transport interchange, a focal point for the regeneration of Stratford and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Allies beat off competition from Atkins’ London design team and architect Ian Simpson, among others, to win the commission.

Although an engineer has yet to be appointed for the scheme, Davis Langdon has completed its initial costing and Newham council and the Greater London Assembly have backed the plan.

Unex Group, a small developer in Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, has owned the site since the mid-1990s. This development will be the largest it has undertaken in its 30-year life.

Adrian Morris, a surveyor with the firm, said: “We don’t normally get involved in residential schemes – we usually do offices.”

The scheme is highly prized because of its proximity to Stratford city. Australian client Westfield owns 100% of Stratford City, which will be the site of the Olympic Village, after it bought the Reuben brothers’ 50% stake and Stanhope’s 25% share for £140m last month.

London & Continental Railways, which controls the site, and Westfield have placed a tender notice in the Official Journal of the European Union for a construction partner.

Westfield has committed to building the first phase of Stratford
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Old July 14th, 2006, 09:45 AM   #2
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This should hopefully be around 180m tall, I'm chuffed we finally got another project!
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Old July 14th, 2006, 10:57 AM   #3
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Hopefully this will kick start a massive regeneration of Stratford Town Centre, which will be badly needed to prevent Stratford City taking all the glory in 2012. Good news, Stratford already has a rather naff mini-cluster of 1970s/80s buildings and as far as I'm aware no major height limits unlike the City and Canary Wharf (although planes do fly overhead).
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I thought the height limit was around 170m.

Edit: I think it was Britannia who said this.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 11:30 AM   #5
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So when can we expect renders?
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Old July 14th, 2006, 01:05 PM   #6
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London Lad - Yes it is Newham

I expect quite a few schemes along Stratford High St from bow flyover up to the town centre. What has been done so far has been pretty poor (mainly downmarket buy to lets) but I expect the quality to improve as the area picks up.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 01:14 PM   #7
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Stratford High Street could be a gorgeous La Ramblas type boulevard linking Stratford and the Olympic Park with Bow and beyond if it was given a bit of vision.
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Old July 14th, 2006, 01:37 PM   #8
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Dj you are right but vision does not drive projects, profits do. Any kickback that Newham gets from developers will go to the more urgent things.
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This will be a beautiful addition to the Stratford City masterplan.
Hopefully, I will be able to see this from my window!
So that means, from my window i'll be able to see Canary Wharf Cluster, City Cluster and the Stratford City Cluster.

Eh eh eh!
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Old July 19th, 2006, 01:37 PM   #10
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Does anyone have any renderings yet?
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Gothic said he would release details & the height on monday, but he forgot, I sent a PM to him yesterday. Maybe he will today?
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Did anyone ever get any renderings?
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i completely forgot about this one. have sent an email out to the pr i know there to see what they have
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Thanks. Very interested in what they come up with.
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well that sounds like a great future for this project then
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Old October 12th, 2008, 09:40 PM   #17
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I found the model for this in Allies & Morrison's window.

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Thanks for the pictures, have we seen the cylindrical tower before? it looks familiar.
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Old October 14th, 2008, 04:23 AM   #19
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Yeah I remember seeing it a while back, we were all complaining because of how fat it looked, as it was a 2d picture of the wide side profile, which made us assume it was properly cylindrical.

Looks good I think, the other towers couldn't be more boring though

Thanks for the pics
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Hmm, hard to tell whether I like it from a model. Is this in the pre planning stage still?
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