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    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
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    How many square feet will the Shard have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    How many square feet will the Shard have?
    Around 1mn sq ft if I recall correctly, split over: lobby (1-3), offices (4-28), restaurants & viewing gallery (31-33), ShagriLa hotel (34-50), spa (52), apartments (53-65), viewing gallery (68-72), plant (75-87).

    Some recent pics taken by chest over at Interesting christmas celebtration - it will be interesting to see once the tower is topped out whether they can top the Gherkin at christmas (every floor lit in green and blue lighting with lasers and other crazy lighting).

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    Happy New Year all!

    New photo of the Shard taken by skyscrapercity forum member international-one

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    London 2012 Olympic Update

    London 2012 Interactive Panorama

    Definately worth checking out - with this panoramaic view you can see all the major venues, the Olympic Village, permanent and temporary bridges, the Westfield Stratford shopping mall and the crazy rail infrastructure.

    Lea Valley White Water Centre

    This is now pretty much complete as of December 2010 - the Olympic and Intermediate courses are now operational. All that remains is the creation of a viewing hill to be created on the large plot of bare land and planting of trees and other greenery. Located due north of the Olympic Park, the White Water Centre is built adjacent to the River Lea which eventually flows through the Olympic Park on its way to the Thames. Pictures taken by flickr member

    Basketball Arena

    The seating for the 12,000 arena is starting to go in now. Webcam pic sourced by RobH at SSC from

    Volleyball Venue

    Approval has now been given for the construction of a temporary venue on the grounds of Horse Guards Parade.

    Handball Arena

    This should be completed in the next 14 weeks - the multi-coloured seating is now being installed as is the flooring. Pics sourced from member RMB2007.

    Aquatics Centre

    The temporary stands are now almost complete, while work continues on tiling the pool.

    Internal pictures sourced from the Daily Mail. External pics taken by member wawd

    Olympic Stadium

    Pics taken by member wawd

    The Orbit

    Located inbetween the Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre is the 115m viewing platform being funded by the Indian-born London-resident steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal and designed by Anish Kapoor. Pics taken by wawd over at SSC.

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    Some aerial photos of London's termini (unfortunately no photos of Marylebone, Liverpool St, or Fenchurch St). The photos were taken by Network Rail, the company responsible for the tracks, signalling and major train stations across the UK. Images sourced from

    London Waterloo
    Opened back in 1848, London Waterloo is London's largest station covering some 24.5 acres, and one of Europe's busiest with 19 Network Rail platforms and 8 London Underground platforms.

    Currently the station and main concourse are built atop a giant viaduct and plans are underway to lower the concourse to street-level so that the platforms can be extended across the current concourse. This will mean that the main concourse would be on the same level as the London Underground concourse. The station is also planned as a terminus for the planned Heathrow Airtrack line which would be Heathrow's third heavy rail connection to Central London.

    The five former 400m Waterloo International platforms (the worm shaped structure) are currently unused since Eurostar migrated to London St Pancras in 2007, but talks are ongoing to see them used by extra-long commuter trains once a new fly-over is built south-west of the station.

    London Paddington
    Located north of Hyde Park, Paddington is one of London's medium-sized terminals, but one of it's nicest looking mostly due to the vast and excellently preserved Brunel triple barrel roof (a fourth which is currently under renovation was built at a later date). The station is currently home to various commuter and intercity services as well as the terminus for the Heathrow Express.

    The station has 20 platforms, 6 of which are London Underground, including two which formed the terminus for the world's first underground line back in 1863.

    Current works include the reconstruction of the Hammersmith & City line platforms and an adjacent new taxi rank which will replace the current rank that currently runs alongside the western flank of the station. Once complete, the old rank will make way for a pedestrian area that will be the primary entrance to the Paddington Crossrail station.

    London King's Cross & St Pancras
    Two seperate termini built opposite each other and in completely different architectural styles, both are linked by a mammoth underground warren of tunnels and platforms.

    King's Cross which is the older of the two (1852) has 12 platforms and is currently being renovated with the roof spans repaired, and a new western concourse under construction which will eventually replace the 70's concourse that is at the front of the station. Once the new concourse is complete, the old concourse will be demolished to create a new piazza.

    St Pancras, while not as old as King's Cross (1868) is definately the most impressive station in London (if not in the world) incorporating a vast neo-gothic frontage and a vast barrel vault roof. With the transfer of Eurostar services from Waterloo in 2007, the station was completely renovated to it's original glory, with a new concourse built in the old beer vaults to allow the 400m Eurostar trains to take centre stage. An extension was built to cater for intercity and Shinkansen commuter trains to the rear of the station, while a new low-level station was built for the Thameslink line.

    The tube station that lies underneath both termini is the biggest interchange on the London Underground network (six lines), and is anticipated to become a major interchange for the planned Crossrail 2 line. In total there are 35 platforms across the transport hub.

    London Bridge
    London Bridge is the world's oldest train terminal (175 years old this year), and home to London's tallest building (the 310m Shard). Built atop a vast viaduct, the 19 platform (of which 4 are London Underground) complex is technically two stations, with terminating and through platforms (that carry on to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street). Current plans will see the station significantly overhauled with new concourses, and more through platforms to serve the Thameslink route and generate higher capacity for interchange. Work will begin once the Olympics have finished in 2012.

    London Victoria
    Another of London's odd historical curiosities, the 23 platform station which is now one, was previously two seperate but connected termini which is clearly illustrated with the architectural differences of the facade and roof of both sections. The station is predominantly a commuter station, but is also the terminus for the Gatwick Express and Venice-Simplon Orient Express.

    Currently the roof on the Chatham side is being renovated, while the four platform London Underground complex that serves Victoria (the busiest station on the network) is being extensively expanded with new entrances, a new ticket hall and the current ticket hall expanded. Victoria would also be served by the planned Crossrail 2 line and would become the terminus for a proposed western extension to the DLR.

    London Charing Cross
    Opened in 1864, the station once had a large barrel roof similar to that of St Pancras, but this has since been replaced by an above-platform office development. Fortunately the concourse and station frontage was retained. Despite having only six Network Rail platforms and four tube platforms, the station is one of the busiest in London due to its close proximity to the West End business and entertainment district.

    London Euston
    Once one of London's grandest stations, Euston was a casualty of 1960's planning that saw the original station flattened to make way for a non-too appealing concrete block with overhead developments crowding out natural light. Fortunately Euston also acted as the catalyst for the preservation movement and subsequent grade listing of buildings of importance and saved St Pancras from a similar fate.

    Current plans for the current 18 platform show the station being completely demolished and replaced by a modern light-filled station that will serve as the London terminus for the planned High Speed 2 rail line. Further details in the following post.

    London Cannon Street
    London Cannon Street originally opened in 1866 as a more direct commuter route into the Square Mile for commuters from Kent and the south coast. The station once had a grand roof and ornate station frontage, unfortunately although the station roof was taken down prior to WW2 to preserve it, the warehouse where it was stored was hit and destroyed and now all that remains are the two western and eastern retaining walls and river-side towers. A 60's office development that was built above the concourse is now in the process of being replaced by a modern building that will open up the concourse.

    Originally opened in 1886 as a station on the northbank of the Thames, the station is currently undergoing extensive construction work that will see the station shifted southwards across the Thames with station concourses on both the north and southbanks. Blackfriars is one of the key parts of the Thameslink line which will see 12 carriage trains every 2.5mins in each direction; creating a very high capacity route through London on a north-south axis. A brand new roof will built to shield passengers from the elements.

    Two platforms will also be built for services terminating from Wimbledon, while the two platform London Underground station that serves Blackfriars is currently closed and encased in a giant shield (visible as the black and yellow box in the bottom left corner) to protect trains while construction work continues above.

    Probably the most imporant interchange being built in London, Farringdon is currently a four platform interchange between Thameslink and London Underground services. Current works involve the construction a vast new ticket hall (opposite the original station structure that opened in 1865) that will allow for the current Thameslink platforms to be extended, as well provide the main link to the new Crossrail platforms. In addition a new ticket hall will be constructed by Smithfield Market (primarily for the eastern end of the Crossrail platforms).

    Once complete, Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports will be directly accessible from Farringdon making it a potentially important aviation transfer hub.

    Stratford is at the centre of a vast number of lines that converge from five directions. The current station serves two London Underground lines, two DLR lines (one of which is due to open later this year), the North London line, as well as metro, commuter and intercity services along the Great Eastern Main Line and Lea Valley Lines. The station was last upgraded back in 1999 (when the Jubilee line opened) with a vast glass concourse and currently has 19 platforms.

    As the main station for visitors to the Olympic Park, the station is currently in the process of being significantly expanded to cope with the anticipated arrival of a train every 13 seconds or the equivalent of 277 trains an hour. Platforms for the DLR Stratford International line are due to open later this year, while a new ticket hall will open to the north for more convenient access to the Olympic park and the new Stratford City development. Platform access to the Network Rail platforms is currently made via two subways that run on a north-south axis, these are being widened and extended up to the u/c northern ticket hall, while a third parallel subway is under construction that will ensure the station can cope when Crossrail services start in 2017-18. Lastly a new large pedestrian bridge is close to completion which will provide a direct connection between Old Stratford and Stratford City and the Olympic Park.

    Just to the north of Stratford station is the now open Stratford International that provides Shinkansen services between London St Pancras and Kent. During the Olympics, Olympic Javeling train services will operate high-speed express services between London St Pancras and the Olympic Park.

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    Euston Station Redevelopment
    Currently the London terminus of the West Coast Main Line - the busiest trunk route outside of Japan, the station was extensively redeveloped in the 60's (essentially London's equivalent of New York Penn) with poor results. Fortuantely that is set to change with the planned High Speed 2 line which will use Euston as its' terminus. Upon completion, an anticipated 18 trains (each 400m long) an hour, capable of travelling at 250mph/400kph will arrive at a completely rebuilt Euston. No final render has yet been provided, but the following is an artistic impression of what the final station should look like.

    The final station will be 2m lower than the current station, with platforms all on one level. The concourse will be at street level, and span above the platforms, but not completely covering, allowing for natural light to filter down to the platforms.

    The current Euston has 18 platforms of a mixture of lengths, but the new Euston will have 24 platforms - required to service the expected 18 HSR trains per hour that will use the station;
    - 12 platforms long enough to accomodate 400m HSR trains,
    - 6 platforms long enough to accomodate 300m 'classic' (current West Coast Main Line Pendolino services),
    - 6 platforms that are 250m in length for commuter/other services (although there is a strong possibility that these will be diverted on to Crossrail at Willesden/Old Oak Common thus creating more capacity for the slower 140mph Pendolino intercity services).

    The new station will subsequently have a larger footprint than the current station (refer to pic in previous post showing an aerial of Euston).

    Due to the complexity of keeping the already overcrowded Euston (and Underground station) open during the construction period, the construction schedule will span 6.5 years and cost £1bn (includes a rebuild of the six platform tube station).

    Stage 1: Months 1-18 - Buildings along the west side of the station cleared and the new high speed station structure in that area constructed including any provision to permit development above it.
    Stage 2: Months 6-30 - Reconstruct the eastern half of the classic station.
    Stage 3: Months 30-54 - Reconstruct the western half of the classic station.
    Stage 4: Months 54-78 - Construct the remainder of the high speed station.

    In addition to the redeveloped London Underground station at Euston, other schemes will be brought forward to assist with the dispersal of passengers across and beyond London;
    - The planned Crossrail 2 line would be diverted to serve Euston (the current safeguarded route bypasses Euston),
    - The Northern line may finally be split into two lines (there are four Northern line platforms at Euston) which would greatly increase capacity on the City and West End 'lines',
    - A proper underground link would be built to connect Euston tube station (Northern & Victoria) to Euston Square tube station (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan).

    Once complete, Euston would be served by seven tube lines and one of the highest capacity high speed lines in the world.

    Old Oak Common
    On the route leaving westwards out of Euston a brand new 14 platform transport hub is planned to be built at Old Oak Common in west London to allow for interchange with;
    - Crossrail 1 - Heathrow Airport, and the three primary business districts: City, West End & Canary Wharf,
    - Great Western Main Line - services into London Paddington, as well as onward services to the West of England, Wales and Cardiff,
    - High Speed 1 - during the construction of HS1 into London St Pancras, a spur was built for an eventual HS2 that would allow direct services between Birmingham/Manchester/Leeds and Paris/Amsterdam/Brussels; continent-bound services would spur off from Old Oak Common.

    Images sourced from the Department for Transport report into High Speed Two (

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    Latest batch of shots taken by cybertect over at

    122 Leadenhall

    Work has now started on constructing Richard Rogers' 225m 122 Leadenhall. Construction pics taken by skyscrapercity member Frankus Maximus, render sourced from

    Westminster Place

    Another concrete relic from the 60's is making way for this 18 storey tower designed by Sheppard Robson. Images sourced by Langur over at SSC.

    Heron Plaza

    Planned to be built across from the now externally complete Heron Tower, this 148m mixed-use tower has now been granted planning permission. According to the tower will be clad in patinated copper claddin to give it a distinctive red metalic look while protecting it from weathering.

    First two renders from, second render sourced by SSC member Stairz.

    20 Fenchurch Street

    Work has started on the 160m Walkie Talkie. Pics taken by chest over at

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    Walbrook Square

    Work continues to demolish the former 60's mid rise concrete blocks that occupied this site in close proximity to the Bank of England. Once complete, the new development will span several buildings (Bloomberg will relocate their main London office to here) with the highest coming in at 107m. A new public square will be built around the site of the former Temple of Mithras, while a new entrance to Bank tube station wil be built. Pics taken by member nrm the 2nd.

    100 Bishopsgate

    Work has begun to demolish the 80's built building that occupies the site of the future 100 Bishopsgate tower. The tower isn't of much architectural merit, but the replacement buildings will create new pedestrian routes between Bishopsgate, Camomile St and St Mary Axe. Interestingly the new public spaces will open up the northern flank of St Ethelburga-the-Virgin within Bishopsgate which the current building dates back to 1411, athough heavily modified as it took the brunt of an IRA lorry and it's one tonne fertiliser bomb load back in 1993.

    Render and street plan sourced by SSC member Sesquip, current building pic taken by leytonstonia at SSC.

    1 Park Place

    Picture taken by SSC member Core Rising of demolition work at Canary Wharf. A 197m 45 floor tower is planned for the site.

    Milton Court

    Work continues on this 112m residential tower in the Square Mile. Photos taken by leystonstonia over at SSC.

    Broadcasting House

    The renovation and extension to Boadcasting House - the art-deco headquarters of the BBC is now complete. Pics taken by chest over at SSC.

    Regent's Place: North East Quadrant

    Lend Lease have won a contract to build the next stage of British Land's Regents Place development. The scheme consists of various buildings and is in close proximity to Euston. Images sourced from

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    Aylesbury Regeneration

    As part of the ongoing £2.5bn regeneration effort to demolish dated 60's housing and associated infrastructure, a new station has now opened designed by Will Alsop. Pictures sourced by SSC member SE9.

    On a side note; after the failure to build satisfactory and youth-engaging education buildings in the post-war period, all new schools planned/under construction are being designed by architects. One recently opened south London school was designed by Zaha Hadid, while two schools were nominated for the 2010 Stirling architecutre prize.

    451-478 Oxford Street

    Large groundscraper on Oxford St that replaces a mid-rise 60's tower. The building will resemble a blob of dough.


    Various pics of by-far London's most important project

    All pictures sourced by members

    First pic taken by nrm the 2nd showing work at Farringdon which will create an interchange with Crossrail, Thameslink and London Underground lines.

    Following pics taken by Light Parade showing work in and around the Bond Street ticket hall

    Tottenham Court Road

    Canary Wharf station pic taken by flickr member Finkangle

    NEO Bankside

    Located opposite the Tate Modern, work continues on Richard Rogers' three residential towers. First two pics taken by chest, last two by GazKinz, both members of

    Tate Modern Extension

    Work is speeding ahead on the 76m tall extension to the world's largest modern art museum. The three oil 'drums' that fed the power station are being retained as exhibition spaces and will be the foundations for the new extension. Pic taken by ssc member mitosan.

    London Gateway Container Port

    Dubai Ports' are investing in a new container port for London which is being built on the north bank of the Thames estuary. The former refinery site will initially be able to handle 3.5mn TEU's once up and running. Pic sourced by Ciudad Bristol at SSC.

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    Post-London 2012 Olympic Stadium

    During the Olympics, the stadium will have a capacity of 80,000, with the original plan to see it reduced to 25,000 after the Olympics to leave a sustainable legacy for London (ie no repeat of Beijing's white elephant). In recent weeks however, plans have been afoot to potentially see the stadium converted into a mixed-use stadium with the key tenants being either West Ham or Tottenham Hotspurs (two of London's major football sides).

    Tottenham's plan would have seen the Olympic Stadium completely demolished for a purpose-built football stadium; athletics would be relocated to a modernised Crystal Palace stadium (located in south London) with a capacity of up to 45,000. West Ham's bid would involve the retention of the track and a 60,000 capacity; the later plan was viewed as keeping in-line with London's committments to the International Olympic Committee when London was awarded the games.

    There was much debate about completely demolishing the Olympic Stadium, and various polls indicated that most Londoners (even non-football fans) were in favour of the West Ham bid and retention of the athletics track at Stratford. Fans from both teams were unsettled by making the move despite Spurs' current home of White Hart Lane being only 9km to the north and West Ham's current home at Upton Park 3km to the east of the Stratford site..

    It was then announced last week by the company that has been tasked with the post-Olympics legacy that the West Ham bid be recommended to take over the stadium. The official decision should be announced by the government & London mayor in a few weeks, but it is highly doubtful that they will opt for the Spurs bid.

    Come 2014, London will have another 60,000 capacity stadium, making it the joint-third largest stadium in London (Wembley: 90,000, Twickenham: 82,500, Emirates: 60,000).

    Media Centre Conversion: Ski Slope

    Article and pics sourced by forum member DarJoLe.
    Gensler has drawn up plans for a radical indoor snow resort which could be built on the site of the Olympic media centre in Stratford.

    The 28,500sq m snow sports and leisure complex - called Snow in the City - is being built by artificial ski slope creator Acer Snowmec.

    The company, which is behind a giant indoor ski slope at a Dubai shopping mall, said it had submitted an expression of interest to the Olympic Park Legacy Company for the scheme.

    Plans include provision for downhill skiing, cross country skiing, bobsleigh, ice skating and curling. The scheme will also include a sports academy, office and media centre.

    The design has been conceived to minimise the shadowing effect of the 89m-high structure by creating an open undercroft area so that natural light can pierce the building.

    The media centre was intended to be transformed into a new home for hi-tech businesses, but no major broadcaster or media group has yet been signed up to be an anchor tenant.

    Heron Tower

    Various pics highlighting two of the three lighting schemes being tested. The south-facing face of the tower which contains the lift shafts (with photovoltaic cells embedded into the glass) will be dotted by blue LED's. On the west-facing side there is a recess which will contain a rainbow of LED's running up the tower. The north-facing side which is the side with the cross-bracing will be illuminated by bottom-up lights but these have yet to be tested.

    First pics taken by ssc member chest.

    Following set of pics taken by ssc member potto. Distance shots taken from the Shoreditch-Old Street area.

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    New is new and old is old,

    and never the twain shall meet.

    (At least coherently.)

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    The basket weave facade seen at Regent's Place: North East Quadrant is cool looking.

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    London 2012: new aerial pictures show Olympic Park transformation

    Picture: An overview of the site

    The Olympic Delivery Authority have released new aerial images showing the transformation of the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Games and legacy, with the construction of the permanent venues nearing completion and parklands taking shape


    © Copyright of Telegraph Media Group Limited 2011

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    Aquatics Centre

    The roof covering the western section of the temporary seating is close to completion. After the Olympics, all the temporary seating will be taken out. Images sources by DarJoLe at from

    Velo Park

    This is now complete and was teased to the media yesterday with various cyclists testing the track. Images sources by DarJoLe at from

    Internal pics sourced by Mo Rush from

    Olympic Stadium

    The outline of the track and field are now clearly visible. Images sources by DarJoLe at from

    Olympic Park

    Covering up to 800 acres, landscaping for the Olympic Park is gradually taking shape. Images sources by DarJoLe at from

    International Media & Broadcasting Centre

    Only downside to hosting the Olympics - you need somewhere to host the thousands of journalists, radio, TV and internet crews from around the world at a single site. It was originally hoped that the site would become a home for a media organisation, but a current plan doing the rounds is for the construction of a ski slope. Images sources by DarJoLe at from

    Olympic Village

    The first phase of one of London's new urban districts: Stratford City will be home to the athletes during the games and is built adjacent to the Stratford Westfield mall and Stratford International station. Images sources by DarJoLe at from


    Completely temporary, the 12,000 basketball arena looks a bit like a giant concertinaed tent during the day. The arena has been built to cater to the geographic support for the game (ie US) whom would probably be watching when it is night-time in London, much like how the Water Cube was lit up for the Olympics in Beijing. Images sources by DarJoLe at from

    Lighting scheme images sources by Mo Rush over at

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    The Velo Park is stunning. That new parkland will be a huge plus. And the basketball building is a real eyecatcher.

    All the designs are so much better than what I fear we would have built if NYC had gotten these games. The thought of NYC trying to get this done now, in the middle of this economic situation, is scary.

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