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I just had a idea, if you were as rich as Bill Gates (or richer) how would you spend the money to improve London in your way?

Ok basically, if you had unlimited money, how would you change london? what would you do? what would you like to see? or what would you like to go?.

For example, would you make way for a park in front of St Pauls to the thames? (I would), Would you move LBT into the city cluster? Would you increase the height of Bishopgate? or would reclad Guys Hospital?

Its completly up to you, and also there are no rules, anything that you want to do would go through any regulations like EH, just think of it as a giant Sim City game in London. :)

- Would you knock down any buildings?
- Would you build more public spaces?
- How would you improve the overcrowed public transport?
- Is there a cluster of building you would develop?
- Would you move any buildings to make one giant cluster?
- Would you make any buildings taller?
- Would you build any of the buildings that were canceled in the past?

If you could post any pictures or renders of your ideas that would be great.

I'll find some aerial photo's to help you but in the mean time just go of the top of your head or use Google Earth.
 

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i would improve the planning system, not so that any quality is compromised (because i think its bang on), but just so its damn quicker.
i would also build a scraper with just a few curves in canary warf, one thats the tallest in canary warf itself and is set to the right hand side of canada square (when looking toward isle of dogs from the city) in order to balance the cluster out a bit.
thirdly i would make public transport and eating out substantially cheaper.
 

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Ok, my traffic plans:

- Stop expansion of Heathrow and gradually close it down
- Build a new top modern, secure and efficient airport west ouside of London (with high-speed links into the city, max 25 mins)
- Build underground car/train tunnel motorways/tracks out to the M25. Current M-roads to be demolished
- I would keep City Airport (no tourists allowed though, strictly business!)
- More bus-lanes in central areas, cut bus/tube fares in half

I'll probably think of more...
 

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  • Demolish *everything* along the riverbank from Blackfriars Bridge to London Bridge. Drop a small nuclear device on the area around Cannon Street, clear away the rubble and replace with some attractive squares, fountains, neo-classical buildings, mock tudor facades, stone pillars, domes, spires, courtyards, statues, trees and other greenery, etc. all done to the highest possible standard to avoid looking "pastiche". Height limit of 4 storeys in this area around St Paul's.

  • I would also demolish Minster Court and Plantation Place, or reduce their heights drastically.

  • Funky lighting scheme for SwissRe at night

  • Some height increases:-
    LBT 400m
    Bishopsgate Tower 350m
    1 Canada Square 275m
    Pan Peninsula 200m
    99 Bishopsgate 150m
    Dashwood House 120m

  • Finally, I would do something with the Tower of London. Close that God-awful motorway which runs past it, demolish the Thistle Hotel and everything else on that side, replace with a large park with benches.
 

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Hmmm,
  • Make the West End independent from Westminster

  • Turn the West End into one large pedestrian area with shared street surfaces for electric service vehicles and public transit for 24 hour eating, culture, socialising, partying and shopping

  • Rebuild the area around St Pauls and its river front as a small niche residential, retail and small office area, build nice tall buildings

  • Rebuild every post war housing estate that is not listed using latest urban design ideas and utmost quality

  • destory all those uncivilised robot toilets and replace them with decent public facilities that you can walk into without feeling like an outcast... to help with this I would demand that a development in EVERY street offer a free public convenience and baby change facility which they must maintain

  • more swimming pools, including more play pools rather than just lane swimming to encourage people to excercise

  • Create a large new Royal Park in South London with tall buildings around it

  • Rebuild the Crystal Palace

  • build a new deep level transit system and keep the old underground open for tourism

  • pedestrianise the City and rebuild large sections of the wall

  • Create a large continuous network of green corridors and lakes that run around every town and suburb of London outside of Zone 2 to promote local identity and promote densification

  • Start experiementing with 1km vertical villages in zones 4 - 5

  • Build a variation (height/colour/slight changes in detail and profile) of LBT on each major transport interchange

  • rebuild an inhabitable bridge over the Thames

  • green over the Embankment

  • fund more famers markets so that there are at least a couple each day within zone 2

  • shrink Londons ecological footprint to the size of a tibetan monk

  • remove the road around the Tower of London and built small houses and shops and pour water into the moat

  • Turn parliament square into a park linking Westminister Abbey with Trafalgar Sq, with a bee hive area for local honey for hayfever

  • Build a huge central mosque, hindu temple, bhuddist temple and multi faith chill out arena

  • More shared surfaces in Central London so that cyclists and pedestrians and electric vehicles create a shared order and joint safety net out of the chaos rather than cluttering our streets with signs and proportioning off the small space into ever smaller peices
 

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  • Demolish *everything* along the riverbank from Blackfriars Bridge to London Bridge. Drop a small nuclear device on the area around Cannon Street, clear away the rubble and replace with some attractive squares, fountains, neo-classical buildings, mock tudor facades, stone pillars, domes, spires, courtyards, statues, trees and other greenery, etc. all done to the highest possible standard to avoid looking "pastiche". Height limit of 4 storeys in this area around St Paul's.
Amen to that, my sentiments exactly. Would love to see a nice green park from the Thames to St Pauls, like the non-river side of the Eiffel Tower.
 

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Knock down any building within 100m of St Paul's, and have green space, then sightlines would be irrelevant. Maybe ToL as well, and bring the moat back...and will someone please pedestrianise Trafalgar Sqaure.
 

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Some really great ideas here. In addition:

- Line all streets with trees.

- Finish the north and south circulars, build a few decent links from those into Central London (parts of them in tunnels) and then stop traffic cutting through Central London by forcing to go around it, allowing mass pedestrianization.

- Replace all tacky 80s phone boxes with a current interpretation of the original red phone box

- Develop a proper cycle network throughout London.

- Introduce min and max heights, such that either a building has to be over 200 m or below 20 m in height.

- Sell the green belt for high density urban development (with a lot of parks) and use the proceeds to finance all of the initiatives on this thread.
 

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  • Height increases: LBT > 350m; Bishopsgate Tower > 307m
  • Regeneration of Vauxhall into high-rise cluster of residential towers; light-rail link to Victoria
  • Regeneration of Battersea Power Station into cultural arena; 12000 capacity concert hall; observation lounges in chimneys; 1000 capacity theatre and stage school; London Since 1945 Museum
  • Extension of East London Line to Croydon. Extension of high-speed Victoria Line with limited stops to Croydon
  • Demolish Unilever House and groundscrapers near St Pauls
  • Illuminate all landmarks at night, throughout the night with white or pastel colours including Swiss Re, Bishopsgate, LBT, Tower of London, St Pauls
  • Redevelop Bermondsey into high-rise residentials with a new shopping 'mall' opened up. Rename Bermondsey to something else (anything else!)
  • 140m tall Statue of Britannia (like the Mother Russia Statues in Minsk) to form the centerpiece of a new Royal Park on the South Bank, facing the River. This will be like Central Park in NYC, with LBT and other towers to one end, and new residentials in Bermondsey the other end
  • Build a new church with 150m spire, stucco brickwork with a gothic design (like the Chrysler Building) near east of Regents Park
  • Put Euston Road underground
  • Make Oxford St one way route (going westbound); regenerate Centrepoint base and Charing X Rd/TCR interchange
  • Rebuild British Library (it's shit)
  • Regenerate Old Street area by submerging roads and construction of a new large hospital there with helipad
  • City Airport to berth 5 air ambulances
  • Widening of M25 and M4
  • 1600's-style bridges with shops/bazaars/houses on it.... this would be a promenade of shops and cafes, with a light roof suspended overhead built near Blackfriars
  • Replace bendy-buses with 2007 'stock' redesign of the Routemasters
  • Acquisition of land around Heathrow to get 3rd runway and 6th terminal
  • Jet-washing of streets in Westminster, West End, South Bank and the City every morning
 

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Yeah, EH and the government controlling the shape of the skyline sounds great.

/sarcasm
 

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- I'd convert all the government buildings on Whitehall and in Westminster into assisted housing for keyworkers, and move the civil servants into cheaper office blocks outside zone 3, including Gordon Brown who would I believe benefit from living in Catford or Chingford
- I'd enforce the closure of any religious building unless they opened their doors to the homeless, penniless and excluded 24/7 thereby practicising what most most of them bloody preach
 

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cause the private sector has done wonders ;)
The private sector has never had the power to set height limits.... :dunno:
 
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