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LONDON DEVELOPMENTS



Mayor relaxes restrictions around St Paul’s;


the Mayor has published new proposals for the St Paul’s viewing corridor which will allow height restrictions to be relaxed. However London view management framework proposes additional restrictions cover 26 additional protected views so that, for instance, the redevelopment of the Elephant and Castle could be affected by a safeguarded view of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Developers proposing schemes on either side of the protected view corridors will be encouraged to go over the current restriction of 50m if their schemes are “of exceptional excellence”. The document argues that encouragement of exceptional architecture in established clusters, such as the City and Canary Wharf, would enhance the views. The Estates Gazette speculates that a number of potential schemes in the City could benefit from the proposals including the redevelopment of Bucklersbury House and the BT Centre as well as new schemes in Walbrook, the Old Bailey, New Change and Farringdon Street.

Estates Gazette 23.04.05




New guidelines boost plans for Aldgate;


the new proposals to relax the regulations on height regulations have boosted interest in the sale of the Aldgate Union site at the start of Whitechapel Road. US developer Tishman Speyer Properties is selling the 5-acre site to release funds for a 1m sq ft housing scheme on two adjoining sites. At present there is consent for a 16-storey development and several bidders are assuming that plans for towers taller than 100m will be allowed. However planners warned that whilst the site no longer falls within St Paul’s sightlines it may fall in a proposed new viewing corridor for Tower Bridge. At the same time the Greater London Authority moved to allay fears about plans to redevelop the Elephant and Castle (see above) saying that the mayor will want to ensure that the new scheme will be acceptable for views of the Houses of Parliament as seen from the Serpentine. Another scheme that may benefit from relaxations on the fringes of the viewing corridors is the former Nat West buildings in Pentonville Road. The existing twin 16-storey blocks have planning permission to be renovated into student housing with some flats and shops.

Estates Gazette 30.04.05




Vote of confidence for SE1;


Land Securities have announced that they are going to complete the second and third blocks of their Bankside 123 redevelopment scheme at the former St Christopher House in Southwark Street on a speculative basis. It has also bought an adjacent site as a “medium-term redevelopment”. The first of the three buildings was prelet to IPC Magazine Group. Buildings 2 and 3 will provide 155,000sq ft and 202,000 sq ft of offices and 8,900 sq ft and 25,200 sq ft of shops respectively. The decision to proceed with no prelets is seen as a vote of confidence in the Southwark office market. Another speculative development, the Palestra, is being built by Blackfriars Investments at a nearby site adjacent to Southwark Tube station in Blackfriars Road.

Estates Gazette 30.04.05



Speculative projects on the increase in Central London;


new figures from Drivers Jonas, show that that there is a new wave of speculative building across central London, despite 26m sq ft of office space lying empty. As well as the Southwark projects listed above, major schemes include Cardinal Place in Victoria, Metropolis House in Percy Street, Fitzrovia, and a number of projects in the City including four large schemes in Cheapside. Total office space being built without the pre-commitment of tenants has doubled since September, to about 1.1m sq ft so that there is a total of 6.22m sq ft of space under construction. Although this is 40 per cent higher than a year ago, it is still a long way behind 2002 when 19.5m sq ft was under construction.

Times 05.05.05



BAA plans £6.8bn investment in London airports;


BAA is planning to spend £6.8bn on investment in its three London airports over the next decade - a slight drop on the previous projection of £7bn, caused by the costs for completing Terminal 5 which is due to open in March 2008. It also reflects a forecast of a slight drop in traffic forecasts which appears to suggest that BAA does not expect much growth amongst the low-cost carriers. The £6.8bn does not include any funding for a third runway at Heathrow, or any expansion at Stansted, although BAA said that work on a masterplan for the third runway would start in the next few months as well as work on air quality issues.

Times 29.04.05



Model of Central London;

a giant model of Central London- showing how development, regeneration and infrastructure are changing the capital- is to on display this summer when the New London Architecture Centre opens its doors on June 27th at the Building Centre in Store Street.Estates Gazette

23.04.05
 

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All sounds very exciting.

Houses of Parliament from the Serpentine? Well, that would have been an interesting one seeing the Elephant & Castle cluster behind it.

To be honest though these new viewing corridors sound a hell of a lot more complicated than previous thought.
 

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Could you stop creating all these new threads mate... we've already got a London summary thread for exactly this sort of thing.
 

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It's the London area of the forum and these are the latest London Developments put on one thread, as for Brittania he's not a mod, so he can go and bother somebody else :lol:

If people don't like my thread or aren't interested in the issues then it will slowly disappear from view.

I have recently noticed just how dead this area is compared to other more localised forums such as Manchester and Birmingham, and it does not surprise, I certainly wont be opening any more fucking threads here.
 

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^cos hardly anything seems to be happening! (the high rises we do have going ahead are pits of dirt and rubble at the mo lol) :(
 

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Peyre said:
hes' got a point, the London threads so seem rarther dead lately :(
There are plenty of 'active' or soon-to-be-active projects which people could be photographing and posting pics of.

How about some pics of ...
  • Palestra
  • Tabard Square
  • Discovery Dock East
  • Cardinal Place
  • New Providence Wharf
  • Ropemaker Place demolition site
  • Royex House demolition site
  • 1 Commercial Street
  • Columbus Tower site
  • Beetham Tower site (Blackfriars Road)
  • Broadgate Tower site (201 Bishopsgate)
  • Vauxhall Tower site
  • Millharbour site
  • Marsh Wall site(s)
  • Ellerman House (about to be demolished??)
  • Aragon Tower undergoing a height increase
  • Wembley Stadium (130m arch)
    etc. etc.
Those of you with digital cameras, please get out there and take some pics. :)
 

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Peyre said:
yup. Brum and the Mancs have at least 1 big-un (for them) going up.
Don't forget Leeds boss! BWP is on the way up, and although at 115m isn't a massive head turner its still great for the city and I think about the same height as the next best in London (Willis Building 51 Lime Street- okay that 125m, but hey ho).
 

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Im with will!

Cardinal Place, Palestra and Aragon Tower pics have stopped....and out of all the things ive wanted to see its the Columbus Tower site!
 

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wjfox2002 said:
There are plenty of 'active' or soon-to-be-active projects which people could be photographing and posting pics of.

How about some pics of ...
  • Palestra
  • Tabard Square
  • Discovery Dock East
  • Cardinal Place
  • New Providence Wharf
  • Ropemaker Place demolition site
  • Royex House demolition site
  • 1 Commercial Street
  • Columbus Tower site
  • Beetham Tower site (Blackfriars Road)
  • Broadgate Tower site (201 Bishopsgate)
  • Vauxhall Tower site
  • Millharbour site
  • Marsh Wall site(s)
  • Ellerman House (about to be demolished??)
  • Aragon Tower undergoing a height increase
  • Wembley Stadium (130m arch)
    etc. etc.
Those of you with digital cameras, please get out there and take some pics. :)

If I knew where half of these were I could do something :D
 

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you read these forums though. new providence wharf for example is next to blackwall dlr. discovery dock is next to southquay plaza. ropemaker place is next to citypoint. cardinal place is next to portland house.
 

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I'll go and get some Palestra pics this week. Actually I'll do a set after work one night seeing as the long evenings are here.
 
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