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Well heres a quick list of what has cranes up already or will have soon- none really tall (apart from lime st & ropemaker)but big office schemes non the less.

Palestra
Cardinal Place (victoria)
More london (3 buildings going up)
Royex house
Austral House
Ropemaker Place
51 Lime St
124 Bankside

Ones that should hopefully start this year
201 Bishopsgate
Columbus
St Georges
Ontario tower
 

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Heron probably won't be going up in 2006 and I think Minerva is unlikely, but Ontario Tower definitely will... cranes should be going up soon. Neither Beetham or DIFA have even been submitted yet, so don't count chickens! 201 probably will if it gets approved.

Stock Exchange has a new-build element which will need cranes.
 

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I'm still optimistic, I just think there is less certainty than there is for other schemes. Minerva have obviously said what they've said, but it's the only City tower I don't know a timetable or intention for, hence my caution.
 

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London's crane count must run to a couple of hundred at least. Kings Cross/St pancras and it's environs have more than a dozen. Other large projects with at least half a dozen are white city, Ashburton Grove, Wembley and ctrl at stratford. A housing project at Old Ford in East London has four fair sized cranes plus smaller ones.
Cross any bridge in central London and you'll see cranes working on all sorts of sites.

By the way has any one noticed that cranes tend to be painted white these days where as in years gone by they tended to be mainly bright red. Any Ideas?

Also noticed that part of a crane has been erected on the waterfront at Battersea power station.
 

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Britannia said:
Heron probably won't be going up in 2006.
I agree: Norton Rose will not be moving out to More London before 2007.

Britannia said:
I think Minerva is unlikely
I agree: Major pre-let or prelets are required + joint venture. It may take some time. Aon, KPMG, BT, State Street, Standard Chartered are some tenants with massive office requirements. Fingers crossed.

Britannia said:
Ontario Tower definitely will
I agree. The building is almost completely sell off. Regarding 1 Millharbour, I would say a start is likely in late 2006.

Britannia said:
201 probably will if it gets approved.
By the way, are you working with DP9, the agent in charge of this scheme, for you to be so well informed? British Land already has pp for the low-rise development they proposed some years ago and they are keen to develop the revised one if approved without prelets as Gothic said. As far as I know, BL does not have any other substantial schemes to develop in the short-term (122 Leadenhall won't start before 2009) and they have a very low vacancy rates.
 

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Cabman said:
By the way has any one noticed that cranes tend to be painted white these days where as in years gone by they tended to be mainly bright red. Any Ideas?
Probably the colours of the company developers hire them off have changed or they got taken over or something like that?
 
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