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    Thanks. Been a tad busy so only a small update, although it does have some relevance to New York and is rather unusual.


    Digital Bins

    A rather cool project has been unveiled in London which incorporates a digital information board with a bomb-proof bin.

    There is however a few key differences to your standard bin, firstly it can withstand and contain a bomb blast (a principle reason for the absence of bins in tube stations and London’s busy public spaces).

    Secondly it is a public information display showing everything from news, weather and London Stock Exchange movements to transport service updates. In the event of an emergency, the screens can also relay information to the public.

    Lastly the bins will also be content tailored according to the location and time of day, so a bin on Fenchurch Street at lunchtime may cater towards insurance news, while a bin in Soho would concentrate on media updates, etc...

    Twenty five units have been installed in London, with another 75 due before the start of the Olympics in six months time. The firm behind the project is also installing a test pod outside the NYSE in Lower Manhattan to gauge whether there is an American demand for the product.







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    No kerbs, pavements or nanny-state signs: Britain's longest clutter-free street is unveiled to make things SAFER

    By Ray Massey

    Britain’s longest ‘clutter-free’ street was opened today with the aim of making cars and people co-exist harmoniously – without the need for hectoring signs and protective steel barriers.

    Indeed, the newly revamped Exhibition Road in the heart of London’s museum quarter in Kensington, visited by millions of people from around Britain and the world, doesn’t even have kerbs or pavements.

    The idea underlining the project is that when nannying rules and orders - in the form of countless signs, traffic signals and barriers - are removed, motorists take more personal responsibility for their own actions and drive more attentively, making more eye contact with pedestrians.





    Before and after: Exhibition Road in January 2010 (top) and November 2011 (bottom), after the refurbishment. Now the half-mile road, decorated by a criss-cross pattern, is a continuous shared space for cars and people


    Ground level: Pedestrians use the zig-zag of walkways on Exhibition Road, Kensington, with more than one million bricks made of Chinese granite used in the project

    It may sound counter-intuitive. But experts swear that the idea pioneered in Holland really does work better for everyone and improves safety.
    And supporters say it is a blueprint for the 21st century high street in towns and cities across the country.

    The entire half-mile long (820 metres) of road and pavement is now one continuous and wide expanse of flat ‘shared space’ surface decorated with a criss-cross chequered pattern created from a jigsaw of a million bricks of Chinese granite.

    The new-look Exhibition Road project which began as an idea more than a decade ago, cost nearly £30million to complete, and has taken three years’ work.

    It features a kerb-free single surface with no barriers or ‘street clutter’ – all of which have been removed.

    Instead, a stunning chequered granite design runs from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park along the full width of the road from building to building in a newly created ‘shared space’.


    Pedestrian areas are distinguished from those to be used by vehicles by black iron drainage channel covers and raised and ribbed ‘corduroy-effect’ tactile strips.

    These also help warn blind and partially sighted people underfoot that they are moving into or out of vehicle-free areas. The markings run along each side of Exhibition Road, about four yards out from buildings helping to delineate the areas for pedestrians, and those for vehicles.

    Cars are slowed by a 20mph speed limit and planners expect traffic to reduce by nearly a third.

    Tall, sleek street lighting masts have been designed to complement the grand buildings of Exhibition Road.

    The continuously flat surface also improves access, particularly for those using wheelchairs, push chairs and motorised buggies.

    Sir Jeremy Dixon of leading architectural practice Dixon Jones which led the project said: ’It’s not a complete free for all.


    By night: the new-look refurbishment was thought up 10 years ago and cost some £30million to complete

    ‘But when the rules by which traffic normally operates are removed -signs, barriers and kerb markings - drivers become more observant.

    'They make more eye-contact with pedestrians which produces greater watchfulness. They use the road more like pedestrians. They take more responsibility for their actions.’

    In a similar vein, studies have shown that when traffic lights are removed from crossings, traffic flows more freely and efficiently because drivers take more care, he said.
    Even before the road was officially opened today by London Mayor Boris Johnson, Sir Jeremy noted people’s behaviour had changed:

    ‘You see people promenading down the street, sometimes ten abreast. It’s marvellous.’

    A spokesman for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council said: ‘We have introduced a 20 mph speed limit on the road, and we expect the scheme to reduce traffic by approximately 30 per cent to the south of Prince Consort Road.


    Relaxing: A couple sit on one of the benches in the refurbished street.


    By day: The new design is intended to make drivers more observant

    ‘The removal of street clutter, such as conventional traffic signals, barriers, signs and road markings, will encourage motorists to slow down when they enter the road and engage with their surroundings.’

    He added: ‘Traffic is restricted to the east side of Exhibition Road, away from the busiest pedestrian flow between South Kensington Station and the Science Museum.

    'We have improved the pedestrian crossings by making them wider, to accommodate larger numbers of pedestrians.’

    The scheme has been developed and delivered by a partnership of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which contributed £14.6millon, the Mayor of London whose office added £13.4million and the City of Westminster which spent £1million.

    Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: ‘This clever approach to rearranging the streetscape at the heart of one of the most important cultural and academic corners on the planet will heighten the whole experience for visitors.

    'In particular it will make it much easier and even more pleasurable for families visiting these unique attractions with space to wander unhindered in an area that puts people first.’

    Councillor Sir Merrick Cockell, leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, said: ‘It has taken us the best part of ten years to get here but South Kensington and Exhibition Road finally have the setting they deserve.

    'We now have a unique streetscape that will delight our many millions of visitors and which sets a new standard for urban design.’


    The speed limit will be 20 mph and traffic is expected to decline 30 per cent

    Councillor Daniel Moylan, deputy chairman of Transport for London (TfL), said: ‘The reimagining of the space has transformed Exhibition Road, improving the quality of life for people living and working in, and for those visiting, the area. In addition, the uplift in local retail has helped nearby business and dramatically improved the pedestrian experience.’

    He continued:’The psychology of this scheme is fascinating. Experience seems to show that when you dedicate space to traffic and control it with signs and green traffic lights, motorists develop a claim on it. It becomes ‘my space.’ Drivers become annoyed if people move into it.

    'They get angry if a mother pushing a buggy moves across the crossing just as the lights are about to change.’

    ‘This new scheme is more like the behaviour in a supermarket car park. Drivers know there are people around pushing shopping trolleys and so drive more cautiously. They are looking out.

    They don’t feel that pedestrians are invading their space. They don’t therefore get annoyed.’

    Planners have also planted more trees to improve the ambiance and help delineate the pedestrian and traffic zones.

    Traffic will flow in both directions.

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    This poor man's Shard will cast a blight on our homes

    by Simon Freeman


    Gateway: how the tower could look next to Westway

    A new 35-storey skyscraper will loom over west London like a "weak rip-off of the Shard" claim neighbours who today vowed to fight the plan.

    They point out that the 360ft tower, proposed for the site of the old BBC Worldwide offices next to Westway, will stand almost as tall as St Paul's Cathedral, overshadowing hundreds of homes by day in North Kensington - where Prime Minister David Cameron rents out his former family home - and causing light pollution at night.

    The plans, submitted to Hammersmith & Fulham council by Imperial College, which paid £28 million for the site two years ago, include a new
    campus, offices, flats and a hotel.

    But locals say winter sunlight to surrounding houses will be halved and extra traffic will choke roads already hit by Westfield shopping centre jams.

    The tower is the first of three of similar size proposed for the regeneration of White City and backed by Mayor Boris Johnson to generate 10,000 jobs, 4,500 homes and create a western "gateway" to the capital.

    But Henry Peterson, chairman of the St Helen's residents' association, which wants the towers halved in height, said: "There's nothing anywhere near as high for miles around. It will have as big an impact on west London as the Shard has had in the south, except the architecture is a weak rip-off."

    Imperial College said the tower locations were chosen to limit the impact of overshadowing, and new local homes and jobs are much needed.

    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...n-our-homes.do

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    Crossrail

    Bond Street Station
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    Canary Wharf Station
    Pictures taken by Core Rising at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1056






    Pictures by i like concrete of one of the tunnel TBM's at Royal Oak in west London (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1039)






    Heathrow Terminal 2

    Construction of the superstructure has now topped out for Heathrow's new terminal.


    businesstraveller on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/busines...n/photostream/


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    East London Line Extension

    Where the Clapham Junction Extension spurs off from the ELL.

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    (Bottom Left) New Clapham Junction ELL terminating platform.

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    London King's Cross

    Pictures by hoodedvillain of the new concourse at King's Cross which is due to open at the end of March.












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    Network Rail: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/New_Kings_Cross.aspx



    Network Rail: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/New_Kings_Cross.aspx




    Blackfriars

    The new northern entrance to Blackfriars station was recently opened to the public, which follows the opening of the southern entrance (on the opposite side of the Thames).


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    The London Underground platforms have now been reopened to the public


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    London Bridge

    A new entrance to London Bridge station has opened which is located at the base of the Shard.


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    Southend Airport

    London Southend (London's sixth airport) is in the process of a £100mn investment programme to expand the airport to new international destinations. Last year a station for the airport providing one-seat rides to Central London opened and the airport owners are keen to expand the operations of the airport to 20mppa.


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    King's Cross Western Concourse

    Some further pictures by IanVists on flickr of the new western concourse at London King's Cross. Due to open soon.


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    The original ticket hall brought back into use

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    Ticket gateline with mobile phone readers

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    Peak direction escalator to the Tube station

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    London Cycle Hire

    Phase II of London's cycle hire project has recently been completed. The project was focused on expanding cycle hire into Tower Hamlets (where Canary Wharf is located) and into other zone 2 areas such as Hackney, Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Lambeth.

    There are now 15,000 docking stations across London with plans to expand the scheme across other zone 2 areas in coming months.

    BBC News article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17296565
    Map showing all docking stations: https://web.barclayscyclehire.tfl.gov.uk/maps


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    ^^ Thanks @nick !
    It's really a great stuff again !
    Congrats for this amazing pics collection...
    It seems that London is now almost ready to celebrate a fantastic Olympic Games.
    GO LONDON 2012 !

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    Shard

    First batch of photos taken by chest


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    Second batch of photos taken by cybertect


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    122 Leadenhall

    AON's future world headquarters. The yellow steel is the external elevator shaft (see here: http://www.willfox.com/images/skyscr...adenhall/3.jpg) which if memory recalls is actually detached from the main tower


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    25 Churchill Place

    Work has started on a new 130m tower for Canary Wharf which should mix the area up a bit as the 'skyline' is a bit flat due to multiple similiar height office blocks.


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    Rathbone Market

    Midrise tower in the Canning Town area (due east of Canary Wharf).


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    20 Fenchurch Street

    The Walkie Talkie.


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    Crossrail

    Construction continues on London's most important project. BBC article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17365934


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    The first two TBM's are due to begin from the western Royal Oak tunnel portal in a short while. Also a look at a station layout.


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    Ongoing work at the Tottenham Court Road station site


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    Work has been completed five months ahead of schedule on the super-structure for the Isle of Dogs (Canary Wharf) Crossrail station (refer to: http://static.worldarchitecturenews....srail3main.JPG).


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    Regents Place

    Mid-rise under construction close to Euston station.


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    The Heron

    Residential tower in the Square Mile, not to be confused with the recently finished nearby Heron (office) Tower.


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    King's Cross Western Concourse

    Now that this is now open to the public, this has been receiving


    Image taken by eddyK at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1404


    The old Parcels Yard has been brought back into use as a pub


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    100 Bishopsgate

    Piling work nearly completed on a new 172m tower opposite 110 Bishopsgate (see here: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7182/6...8e850e64_b.jpg).


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    St George Tower

    181m Residential tower in Vauxhall; the first of many.


    Image taken by chest at skyscrapercity: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=1715




    Lewisham Regeneration

    Ongoing works to revitalise this area of South East London which is an important junction for various commuter lines and the DLR.


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    1 Commercial Street

    Previously stalled, this multi-use midrise has since resumed works.


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    Source: skyscrapernews: http://www.skyscrapernews.com/images...Tower_pic1.jpg




    New London Place

    Adjacent to the Shard.


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    The underground stations are magnificent.

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    The Shard



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    This is so much better than the Transamerica pyramid.

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