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Thread: The Shard of Glass - Renzo Piano's London Bridge Tower

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    It would be a great addition to any skyline. London deserves this masterpiece.

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    Tailored to itself and no other city.

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    Unfortunately, vacancy rates are up in London. And rents are down.

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    I got mail...


    From: mail@sellarproperty.com
    Subject: LONDON BRIDGE TOWER GETS PLANNING GO-AHEAD
    Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 12:55:17 +0000

    London Bridge Tower, the capital's only truly mixed-use building with total public access, has today been granted planning permission by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister following last summer's rigorous and comprehensive Public Inquiry. Designed by one of the world's leading architects, Renzo Piano, LBT will be constructed on the site of an existing 1970's office building adjacent to London Bridge Station. On completion it will provide a mix of shopping, offices, hotel, leisure, residential and a variety of public spaces including viewing galleries.

    Once completed it will be London's only truly mixed use development, comprising shops, offices, hotel, residential, viewing galleries and other leisure activities, fully accessible to the public.

    Renzo Piano's masterpiece reflects the collaboration between Southwark, the GLA and all other parties who helped in achieving this successful outcome, all of whom will feel a genuine sense of pride and achievement when London Bridge Tower has been completed.

    London Bridge Tower will be a landmark building recognised the world over and will symbolise the international importance of London. It will be a significant tourist and leisure attraction in its own right, enabling millions to see London from an entirely new vantage point.

    Irvine Sellar, Chief Executive of Sellar Property Group, which is leading the development states: "We are delighted by the decision as it provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to create what will become one of the world's most beautiful buildings. This positive decision is wonderful news, not only for our partners and our team but also for the residents of Southwark, London and the U.K. as a whole. We aim to commence construction in 2005 with completion in 2009."

    Renzo Piano states:
    "I am grateful for having being challenged for 3 years to do better and I am even more pleased today that we have been rewarded with the approval to go ahead. Now our real work will begin!"

    Visit the Web site at www.londonbridgetower.com

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    A pleasant surprise.

    London vacation 2009.

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    Exactly. Good for London, that building is gorgeous.

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    It certainly is good for London and any British skyscraper fan worth his salt is over the moon about this news. Not only do we get our first 1000 footer and Europe's tallest building but just look at it...the buildings a modern masterpiece!

    LBT has been approved after yet another long and tedious Planning Inquiry (PI), the first one being 110 Bishopsgate which like LBT was eventually approved. These key decisions should really bolster confidence in building tall and open the floodgates in terms of high rise development in London. It will also weaken the arguments of the anti-skyscraper lobby who seemingly oppose any high rise proposal and are responsible for these buildings being called into a PI in the first place.

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    Is Planning Inquiry similar to our Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)? That's usually the last big hurdle for projects here.

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    I believe that it is. Got this E-mail from their site:

    London Bridge Tower, the capital's only truly mixed-use building with total public access, has today been granted planning permission by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister following last summer's rigorous and comprehensive Public Inquiry. Designed by one of the world's leading architects, Renzo Piano, LBT will be constructed on the site of an existing 1970's office building adjacent to London Bridge Station. On completion it will provide a mix of shopping, offices, hotel, leisure, residential and a variety of public spaces including viewing galleries.

    Once completed it will be London's only truly mixed use development, comprising shops, offices, hotel, residential, viewing galleries and other leisure activities, fully accessible to the public.

    Renzo Piano's masterpiece reflects the collaboration between Southwark, the GLA and all other parties who helped in achieving this successful outcome, all of whom will feel a genuine sense of pride and achievement when London Bridge Tower has been completed.

    London Bridge Tower will be a landmark building recognised the world over and will symbolise the international importance of London. It will be a significant tourist and leisure attraction in its own right, enabling millions to see London from an entirely new vantage point.

    Irvine Sellar, Chief Executive of Sellar Property Group, which is leading the development states: "We are delighted by the decision as it provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to create what will become one of the world's most beautiful buildings. This positive decision is wonderful news, not only for our partners and our team but also for the residents of Southwark, London and the U.K. as a whole. We aim to commence construction in 2005 with completion in 2009."

    Renzo Piano states:
    "I am grateful for having being challenged for 3 years to do better and I am even more pleased today that we have been rewarded with the approval to go ahead. Now our real work will begin!"

    Visit the Web site at www.londonbridgetower.com

    Hooray for London, indeed.

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    If the mid-rise piazza is like this:




    Then what will the one at the top be like?

    If you look through the glass you can see tower 42 (nat west tower) which has 43 floors, this building is going to be f***ing massive!!!

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    The current tower there isn't that bad. Certainly a bit more svelte.

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    The Shard is very close to getting a large pre-let, which will secure it's construction. If the pre-let is finalised and confirmed, then the building currently on site should begin demolition in a few months.

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    Spectacular news for London! I love this design.

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