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    Apparently, the Bishopsgate Tower has been scaled down to 945 feet/288 meters, following concerns raised by the Civil Aviation Authority; the design itself has not changed so far:

    http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=237829

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    So even the conservative British are getting into the skyscraper craze.

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    20 Fenchurch Street looks like a caricature of the Solow building in NYC.
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    The current 20 Fenchurch Street....




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    ^ Utterly forgettable, but its replacement is positively hideous.

    Hope the NIMBYs come out on this one.

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    Another tower - 150m being worked on by Multiplex.







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    Now that is worthwhile.

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    More on this one:

    Multiplex unveils Elephant skyscraper plan



    05 December 2005
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    http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view.php?ArtID=1890

    A 42-storey tower with integrated wind turbines is to be built at the Elephant and Castle, if councillors approve an application submitted by developers Multiplex this week.

    Multiplex claims that the landmark tower - intended for the site at the top of Walworth Road opposite the current shopping centre and next to the railway bridge - will be the "catalyst" for the regeneration of the Elephant & Castle.

    The 22,950 square metre development, on 42 floors with an adjacent five-storey pavilion building, will have 310 private apartments, including affordable housing. The gross development value will be approximately £100 million. The tower will replace an existing six-storey 1960s office building used by London South Bank University.

    There will be a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom units. There will also be premium and penthouse units on levels 36 to 42, including two duplex penthouses on levels 41 and 42. Prices for two bedroom apartments on the lower floors will start at £280,000.

    At the top of the building - dubbed Multiplex Tower - there will be three nine metre diameter wind turbines, able to produce enough electricity to light the entire building. The top 20 metres of this 147 metre tall building houses this 'energy wind farm', described by the developers as a "highly visible representation of the building's green credentials". From the outset the building has been designed to use less energy. Energy costs per apartment will be up to 40 per cent less than the typical UK housing average.

    Castle House Developments Limited is the joint venture company formed with Multiplex to redevelop Castle House. Architects for the scheme are Hamilton Associates.

    "We have created a pioneering, landmark building of the highest quality, that will be the first of a cluster of towers that marks the new Elephant & Castle," commented Multiplex director Richard Banks. "Working closely with Southwark and other key stakeholders, the team have produced a striking building which will set the benchmark in design, quality and energy reduction for the future regeneration of the area. Hamilton's design is outstanding."

    He added: "The apartments are likely to appeal to young professionals who want to live in town but who have been priced out of similar high quality landmark developments in Central London. The building not only has to be aesthetically pleasing externally, but it also has to provide high quality apartments that people want to live in.

    "Hamilton's have designed the building from the outside in and inside out to ensure these requirements were met. As the building is located in the Energy Action Area, a key part of the brief was firstly to significantly reduce the energy consumption of the building and, secondly, to ensure viable, meaningful renewable energy sources were employed and not merely token gestures."

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    As has been mentioned, the DIFA tower had to be shortened due to the insanity that is London City Airport (the one next door to Canary Wharf of all places) and its flightpaths.











    In the above render you'll note that there are gaps: these are going to be filled up eventually with more 200m+ towers on the horizon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick-taylor
    As has been mentioned, the DIFA tower had to be shortened due to the insanity that is London City Airport (the one next door to Canary Wharf of all places) and its flightpaths.
    Shortening it sure hurt its proportions.

    Hope City Airport at least has some convenient flights. Domestic only or also international? What’s the biggest plane that can fly out of there? Only one runway? Flights from there must be astronomically-priced due to its closeness to the city. Who flies out of there, anyhow?

    Quote Originally Posted by nick-taylor
    In the above render you'll note that there are gaps: these are going to be filled up eventually with more 200m+ towers on the horizon.
    Looks better with the gaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    Shortening it sure hurt its proportions.

    Hope City Airport at least has some convenient flights. Domestic only or also international? What’s the biggest plane that can fly out of there? Only one runway? Flights from there must be astronomically-priced due to its closeness to the city. Who flies out of there, anyhow?

    Looks better with the gaps.
    It doesn't look as good, but the chances of it being built are high.

    London City Airport though has been considered for being brought out (its in a convenient location for flying in and out, but its not good for highrise developments) as the price of its land is immense and its built on an island between two large docks meaning expansion is heavily constrained. Currently the airport handles 2mppa, but its rapidly growing and handles small medium range planes to the continent and rest of the UK. If you're a business traveller from the continent going to Canary Wharf: London City Airport is amazing - it has a DLR connection to Canary Wharf, Stratford and the City all in less than 22mins.

    Canary Wharf in the foreground, City of London in the background


    Eventually both the City of London and Canary Wharf clusters will fill out, while other clusters are being developed around London due to the nature of London not being as concentrated as New York is, but more sporadic and node-like.

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    Seems like a potentially dodgy approach, especially in fog.

    I guess it's not worse than the old Hong Kong airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc
    Seems like a potentially dodgy approach, especially in fog.

    I guess it's not worse than the old Hong Kong airport.
    Its not as bad as the old Kai Tak, but it is dodgy. At Canary Wharf, a few 200m+ towers will be going up right along where the approach/takeoff lines are. I believe that currently planes have to take an immediate banking position to ensure that they don't collide with any of the towers.

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    Oh, to go back would be wonderful...

    Any concrete plans for the Millennium Dome?

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    Even in its shortened form, that's quite the spiffy tower. The new City skyline is going to be phenomenal. Less like Boise and more like Frankfurt or Melbourne.

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