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    Proposals for a £110m town centre project in Hammersmith, W6, went on show this week.

    The three shortlisted developers for Hammersmith & Fulham council’s 6.5-acre site on King Street revealed their plans at a public consultation, which closed today.

    The proposals came from (l-r): St James’s Investments, which plans a two-storey Tesco store, alongside 120,000 sq ft of council offices, 249 flats and a town hall set around a public piazza; Grainger and Helical Bar, which want to build a bridge connecting the town hall and civic centre with the River Thames, 290 homes and a Waitrose supermarket; and Galliford Try, which plans 420 flats alongside a town hall, council offices, and eight shops around a civic square.

    Cushman & Wakefield is advising the council.






    This building by Make which will replace a 60's concrete stump opposite the Monument to the Great Fire of London (the render makes it look small, but its the tallest Doric column in the world at 202ft) has been approved. It opens up the area for the public compared to the present building and will contain a roof terrace.








    20 Fenchurch Street is gradually being taken apart. The picture taken by DarJoLe shows the platform that is taking the entire weight of the office floors while they are being dismantled.





    Heading to London-by-the-Sea, aka Brighton.

    Brighton market to become arts centre
    By Katya Mira


    A derelict market could be opened up to Brighton and Hove's artistic community while planners get ready to turn it into one of the most sustainable developments in the country.

    Proposals to knock down the old fruit and vegetable market in Circus Street, Brighton, and transform it into a £100 million complex which would revitalise the area have been in the pipeline for more than a year.

    It is thought construction will begin midway through 2009 but rather than let the valuable space stand empty until then the Cathedral Group, which is behind the development, wants to start "waking up" the area.

    Over the next couple of months bosses plan to do up the venue by securing the roof and installing electricity so that by 2008 it can be used by arts or community groups.

    An application to temporarily convert it has been submitted to Brighton and Hove City Council after consultation with various bodies such as the Brighton Festival, the Photo Biennial Festival and Cine City, who all said a space that size could be invaluable.

    Creative director Martyn Evans said it could be used for all kinds of things such as an art gallery, dance studio or woodwork workshop.

    There could even be room for a cafe, five-a-side pitch or a skateboarding venue if people came forward with plans to set them up.

    He said: "It can just sit there looking horrible and deserted or we can do something to start waking the area up a little and make that part of the city into something exciting.

    "It seems important to do something as soon as possible. I have taken people down and their eyes have popped out on stalks.

    "We are putting together a programme and we are open to suggestions for any cultural or community use. There are obviously things we won't be able to do - a thrash concert might upset the neighbours for example.

    "But space that large is hard to come by and we want to be as flexible as we can."

    The market was built in 1938 and was once a thriving city hub. The site has been left derelict since the market was moved to Hollingbury two years ago and planners now hope to make the 1.8 acre building the centre of community life again.

    The carbon neutral scheme, dubbed Grow Brighton, will bring together offices, a Brighton University library, a home for South East Dance, a public events square, shops, restaurants, cafes and a creative industries market.

    There will also be 180 eco-homes which encourage residents to be greener by setting up recycling groups, putting a bus stop outside the development and possibly giving away a bike away with the sale of each flat.

    It is claimed the regeneration of a rundown part of the city will create up to 1,400 jobs and bring in half a billion pounds in investment in the next ten years.

    A community wind turbine, roofs covered in plants, rain water collection and irrigation and a solar power plant will form a major part of the scheme/







    Reading is also set to see two large oval towers built, as well as lots of low-rise buildings.












    This map by peterson illustrates all the developments around the station and town centre.


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    In-between Reading and London (next door to Heathrow Airport) is Slough - almost a backwater urban area with nothing exciting. The Heart of Slough project is set to start construction next year





    Another town (the same county as Reading and Slough) is Maidenhead. Maidenhead is set to become to eastern terminus under the initial plan for Crossrail, although its widely known that Crossrail will eventually go all the way to Reading a few miles down the line.

    More Shopping
    The three potential locations for new shops could be for a range of variety, fashion and household goods, cafés and restaurants (food stores are forecast to be well catered for in the years to come, thanks to expansions by existing stores, e.g. Sainsbury's and Waitrose). The new shops could be in mixed developments, with some car parking on site and with office space or residential units on upper floors.

    West Street
    The new shops could overlook Kidwell's Park and be connected to the High Street by a new pedestrian route. West Street itself could remain a service route, hidden from view by new shop units. New development at the Castle Hill roundabout could improve views of the town centre.

    Broadway
    The proposals could involve redeveloping the existing multi-storey car park to link new shops directly with the Nicholsons Shopping Centre. There could be an arcade leading to Queen Street and a new square by the Grenfell Island development.

    East end of the High Street
    Revitalising this area is key to improving town centre connections to the river, starting at the York Stream. The proposals could create a public square around the York Stream, with a cluster of new shops, cafés and restaurants overlooking it, and with other nearby changes to improve pedestrian routes into the town centre.

    Maidenhead Station
    The arrival of Crossrail services from central London will provide the opportunity to create a station square - a better transport interchange - with direct pedestrian routes to the station. There could also be a flagship hotel and office development over the platforms, and replacement car parking nearby.

    Approach to Maidenhead Bridge
    While the town's riverside image rests on the beauty of Maidenhead Bridge, it is let down by the approach to it from the town centre and its immediate setting. The proposals suggest a new hotel or residential development on the prominent corner, as well as changing the road's central reservation to create a grander tree-lined boulevard. The Moor Arches area on Moorbridge Road could also be improved to strengthen this main route to the river.

    Supporting sites: York Road, St Ives Road, Park Street and Grove Road
    This area has an important supporting role in the future of the town centre. There are opportunities to provide replacement car parking, new residential development, office space and public spaces, revitalising the civic area together with consideration of proposals for the York Stream from the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group. The football and bowling clubs could be relocated to land south of Stafferton Way, where they would have improved facilities and still have good public access.






    Unveiled at the Bankside office development, this statue animates to those around it.






    ElGreco took a few stunning pics of the Woolwich Arsenal redevelopment and Royal Artillery Barracks (longest continuous building facade inthe UK). Formerly the arsenal/ammunition depot for the British Empire, it saw decline as more advanced bombs and artillery pieces were created in the later half of the 20th century. By 1994 it was finally closed, 323 years after opening. The last

    The site is perfectly sited for links into Central London as the North Kent Line into London Charing Crossruns close to the site, with Woolwich Arsenal station to the west and Woolwich Dockyards to the east. An extension of the DLR which is u/c via tunnels under the Thames will open in 2009 and in 2017, a Crossrail station will open to serve the site.

    Site to the Royal Artillery Museum and Greenwich Heritage Centre, the entire site will become a major residential district with historic buildings renovated and new-build low-rise elements introduced.

    The Royal Artillery Barracks which has the longest continuous building facade in the UK and the largest parade square in the UK will host the shooting events for the 2012 Olympics.












    Ashford in Kent has released a masterplan model for some massive urban regeneration. Home to Ashford International Station - presumably to be redeveloped as it is the large oval structure over the tracks - it is the last passenger station before France.






    The design by Make for Croydon including several towers next to East Croydon Station - the line to Central London, Brighton and London Gatwick and Luton Airports.






    The Crossharbour Complex begins to rise - one 131m tower and several very large groundscraper residential blocks.


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    Default some london office hype

    http://www.therealdeal.net/issues/No...1194220887.php

    I didn't see this article already posted so I thought I'd add it in. 6.5 million for the West End is definitely healthy, but I don't think its a valid metric for who will dominate finance especially given there are other major office users like media and the national government of England. Besides plenty of Asian cities are building significantly more than either New York or London even though we don't consider them equivalently global financial hubs. Still, it is of course a positive signal that right now, London is hot (and quite frankly, I think its hotter than New York in terms of new financial business right now).

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    Default london article in economist about intellectual advantages driving growth

    http://www.economist.com/finance/dis...ry_id=10208311

    I think they are way too worried about this blip in US housing - the global economy is booming and London will benefit from that enormously.

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    This is great!


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    Broadgate Tower is nearly externally complete now. This was taken today, by me -


    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...er_dec2007.jpg
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    3 new office towers proposed for Canary Wharf. The architect is Rogers.

    Heights are 198m/147m/95m.









    http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...ry_wharf/4.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by investordude View Post
    http://www.therealdeal.net/issues/November_2007/1194220887.php

    I didn't see this article already posted so I thought I'd add it in. 6.5 million for the West End is definitely healthy, but I don't think its a valid metric for who will dominate finance especially given there are other major office users like media and the national government of England. Besides plenty of Asian cities are building significantly more than either New York or London even though we don't consider them equivalently global financial hubs. Still, it is of course a positive signal that right now, London is hot (and quite frankly, I think its hotter than New York in terms of new financial business right now).
    You don't need dozens of skyscrapers and vast amounts of office space to be dominant in finance, London clearly illustrates that. What you need are transport connections, the correct regulatory atmosphere, an acceptance around the world, a high standard of living, and the ability to mine away at talent from across the globe.




    Crossrail TOC set to swallow One and First routes
    Filed 28/11/07 http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=4548

    Transport for London is likely to gain control of suburban rail services currently operated by First Great Western and the National Express One franchise when the London Crossrail project is completed - scheduled for 2017.


    Section 8 of the heads of terms agreement published by Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly confirms that TfL is expected to procure a single train operating company to run Crossrail services. This is likely to be along the lines of the concession agreement drawn up for London Overground services, with trains currently operated by MTR/Laing under a tightly specified arrangement with TfL.

    The Crossrail TOC would take over the operation of certain existing services currently running out of London Paddington and Liverpool Street stations, to Maidenhead and Shenfield respectively, when the FGW and One franchise agreements end - currently expected in 2015/2014 if options for extensions are agreed by the DfT. The new TOC would receive revenues for the routes assumed and would also inherit the 'operator of last resort' obligations that accompany the services.

    Section 10 of the heads of terms agreement confirms that Cross London Rail Links, which is to be restructured as a 100% owned subsidiary of TfL, will own the Crossrail tunnel but that any sale of this will be subject to Department for Transport consent and the application of any proceeds will need to be agreed with the government. Network Rail will maintain infrastructure on the route and new Crossrail stations are likely to be managed by London Underground - at least for those integrated with existing LU stations.




    New college for Harrow

    MJP brings cascading terraces to Harrow College
    30 November 2007 http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?...00000001401922


    MacCormac Jamieson Pritchard has unveiled designs for One Harrow, a new building at Harrow College in north-west London.

    The scheme links the parkland of Harrow Hill to the shopping streets of the town centre, with a series of cascading planted terraces in between the “fingers” of the building. The 32,500sq m building replaces two existing campuses, increasing space by around 40%.







    An interesting pano by wjfox2002 of what London would look like with all u/c, approved and proposed towers with most of the current towers in one cluster.






    Green light for largest phase of Ebbsfleet scheme
    21 November, 2007, By Dan Stewart, http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?...de=3100439&c=1


    Land Securities has won planning consent for the largest section of its housing development in Kent.



    The largest phase of Land Securities’ Ebbsfleet housing development has won planning permission.

    The scheme, at Eastern Quarry near Bluewater, North Kent, is the largest section of the Ebbsfleet development, the first housing scheme Land Secs has undertaken.



    The Eastern Quarry scheme will see 6250 homes, 3 primary schools, a secondary school and a health and social care centre built.
    The Section 106 agreement for infrastructure reached with Kent County Council stands at £110m.

    The Ebbsfleet scheme is being built in a series of disused quarries covering 1,450 acres around the Eurostar Terminal in North Kent. When it is complete it will have 13,000 homes and 6.3m ft2 of commercial space with access to London in less than 20 minutes.

    Planning permission was granted for Ebbsfleet’s first phase in September last year. A joint venture with Countryside Properties, the development of 600 homes began construction in January. In March this year, Land Secs announced it would develop the remainder of Ebbsfleet’s homes on its own.

    Land Secs expects to be onsite at Eastern Quarry before the end of next year.








    Pay-by-mobile phone trial starts in London

    LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Shoppers in the British capital will be able to buy Underground tickets and newspapers with a wave of their mobile phone rather than cash during a trial starting on Wednesday.


    Hundreds of people have been given special handsets fitted with a built-in credit card and Oyster card, the device used to pay for train and bus tickets in London.

    When the phone is passed over a scanner in stations or shops, money is deducted from the mobile phone as payment, the trial's organisers said.

    People can spend up to 10 pounds at a time at selected shops and cafes, including cafe chain Coffee Republic, alcohol retailer Threshers and book shop Books Etc.

    Wireless transactions are common in some countries, such as Japan, where consumers already use mobiles to pay for everything from burgers to train tickets.

    Organisers say that if the six-month London trial is a success the scheme could be extended to include bigger payments, more shops and concerts and plays.

    Those taking part will receive 50 pounds ($103.2) worth of Oyster journeys, 60 pounds off their O2 phone bill and 200 pounds to spend with the in-built Barclaycard.

    The companies behind the trial include Transport for London, mobile phone firm O2, Barclaycard, Visa Europe, and Nokia.




    Heathrow to Paris at 186mph
    The Sunday Times, Dominic O’Connell, December 2, 2007

    AN ambitious plan to build a high-speed rail line north of London via Heathrow – relieving the pressure for a third runway at the airport – is being drawn up by Arup, the influential engineering firm.


    Arup has a history of originating big transport projects. In the 1980s it came up with the scheme to route the high-speed line to the Channel Tunnel via Stratford in east London, ending a planning impasse that had threatened its construction. <<ie the route of the now-open HSR1>>

    The Heathrow scheme is in its early stages, and has no official backing from government.

    Its first public airing is likely to be tomorrow at a parliamentary reception to launch The Right Line, a book on the history of the high-speed link.

    Mark Bostock, a director at Arup and one of the key individuals in the battle over the routing of the Channel Tunnel line, said: “There is total logic in seeing how Heathrow can be connected to the national and international rail network.

    “This is fundamental to the sustainable development of the airport and would be a step-change beyond [airports operator] BAA’s extremely modest ambitions for shifting passengers from road to rail,” he said.

    Arup’s plan would see the Channel Tunnel line extended west, parallel with the Great Western line. After Heathrow, trains would turn north along the alignment of the Chiltern line, running to Birmingham and Scotland.

    “What this plan brings is connectivity – not only bringing the north and the Midlands onto the international high-speed rail network, but also bringing Heathrow within two-and-a-half hours of central Paris,” Bostock said.

    The plan would also free capacity at Heathrow by cutting the need for short-haul flights to Europe. This could detract from the justification for a controversial third runway at the airport, plans for which were outlined by the government 10 days ago.




    Newer renders of the towers for East India Dock Road.








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    Quote Originally Posted by nick-taylor View Post
    This pano shows the skyline at that amazing stage when you can still see slots of sky between the individual towers. Later it will fill in and become a Chinese wall, like New York's, I'm afraid. New York needs an entire new crop of supertalls.

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    Please observe posting guidelines. If images are over 800 pixels wide, show them as links.

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    Where is this taken from? It makes London look something like an oversized Melbourne...I can't stand all that pancakey Edwardian sprawl.

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    What are ya talking about, the 1920s 'garden citys' of London, (the worlds first suburbia) rock (in a leafy lawnmowery
    kinda way). Today it would be called new urbanism in action, and NOT to be confused with the modern day term of 'sprawl'.
    Although they do physically sprawl, the density is impressive and the infrastructure and reliance on public transport puts it in
    a whole different genre.

    Sadly if anything these places are threatened by highrises and Tesco supermarkets. For example many of these new churches
    below wouldve been replaced by blocks of flats.


    http://ocw.mit.edu



    Streatham c. 1930 http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk




    www.bakerlite.co.uk


    the slow inexorable rise of the midrise apartment blocks are eating into these areas now. Streatham 2008:



    On a sidenote, rather what disfigures the capital far worse are the postwar commie blocks - (500 have been demolished so far thank fu*k):

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    Streatham isn't a garden city. It was first populated under the Saxons and expanded with industrial revolution urbanisation before being taken up as part of London's urban sprawl in the 19th century. In 2002, Steatham High Road was voted the worst in Britain - a new tower or two certainly won't be destroying a quaint 20s village. Mid rise tower blocks are going up around transport nodes in parts of London's dull, identikit suburbia.

    To my knowledge, Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth Garden City are the only examples of the kind in the UK. Neither of them have any towers proposed.
    Last edited by BenL; December 10th, 2007 at 03:48 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BenL View Post
    To my knowledge, Welwyn Garden City and Letchworth Garden City are the only examples of the kind in the UK.
    Hampstead Garden Suburb?

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