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    It's really good to see this marvelous city continuing it's path to perfection. I've got a feeling that London2012 will be even more spectacular than Beijing's

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    That's a beautiful photo. Where is it? It looks like East London.

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    Just by Liverpool St station.

    Note the sign saying 'Dirty Dicks' - its not a strip bar, its a historic pub:



    It was named after a man who lived above there in the Nineteenth Century, whose wife died tragically on their wedding day, and who became a recluse after. On his death as an old man years later they discovered his apartment full of junk, mummified cats and the wedding cake itself, untouched. Right until the 1980s some of the now stuffed cats, and pieces of the cake were displayed in the pub.
    Last edited by zupermaus; January 24th, 2009 at 08:34 AM.

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    Thanks. Where is it exactly?

    PS: Do you have a rendering of what this building will look like?


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    Its 100 Middlesex Street, near Liverpool St station. This will be a student residential block, and the height will be 34 floors / 112m.



















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    Woolwich Arsenal DLR Extension

    The latest extension to the DLR network opened a few days ago. The DLR platforms are constructed beneath the North Kent Line platforms. The DLR frequency is a train every 10minutes of 6tph, with journey times of 28minutes to Bank (the Square Mile), Canary Wharf or Stratford (& Olympic Park) in 19 minutes, and 6 minutes to London City Airport.

    Despite being only a few days old, trains are said to be full when leaving the station which illustrates the demand to access the Dockland regeneration sites in Canary Wharf and Stratford.

    The North Kent Line platforms are used by trains going to London Charing Cross and London Cannon Street (10tph) and was originally opened back in 1849.

    Woolwich is the site for the shooting events during the 2012 Olympics.

    The Crossrail station for Woolwich will be situated slightly to the north of the station.














    Youtube Video:
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XYDhMNaWFfw

    Due to the DLR being a fully automated train (ie there isn't a driver and no driver cab), you can ride at the front of the train. This is one of the best ways to see how the Docklands are changing.


    London City Airport Station

    The opening of the DLR Woolwich Arsenal station marks the completion of the final stretch of the London City Airport Extension. The first segment was built on an elevated structure, while the final stretch to Woolwich Arsenal was via two new tunnels under the Thames.

    The station provides connections to Canary Wharf, Stratford and the Square Mile.








    Cherry Orchard Towers, Croydon

    Few pics of the towers planned to go alongside East Croydon Station (on the Brighton Main Line) ranging from 160m and down.










    Columbus Tower, 237m

    Plans have been resubmitted for Columbus tower at Canary Wharf for mixed uses. This tower was on hold due to the construction of the Crossrail station that will begin shortly. The tunnels would go through the foundations of the site.








    Crossrail handed keys to Tottenham Court Road sites
    Filed 19/01/09 http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5473

    Land required to expand Tottenham Court Road Underground station to handle Crossrail services passes to the Transport for London subsidiary’s control today (19 January).


    The property acquisition notices issued in October 2008 come into effect and will see landmark properties, including the London Astoria music venue (pictured above, left), transfer to Crossrail control.

    Work will begin immediately to prepare the buildings for demolition. This will start in the spring and is scheduled to finish in mid-2010.

    Earlier this month a number of local bus services were re-routed for up to seven years to allow the redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station.

    The station is one of the most congested on the Tube network and is used by approximately 150,000 people a day which is expected to exceed 200,000 a day when Crossrail opens in 2017. Expansion plans include creating a ticket hall six times the size of the existing one.

    Richard Parry, London Underground director of strategy and service development, said: “While the entire Crossrail project will be the biggest construction project in Europe, no one should underestimate the scale and extent of the work that will take place at Tottenham Court Road.

    “This will be one of the biggest station redevelopment projects ever undertaken in central London. By 2017, Tottenham Court Road station will be one of the most important stations in the West End serving both London Underground and Crossrail.”


    To deliver a bigger station, the space under the road and the pavement where the current ticket hall is located needs to be enlarged - but is full of sewers and pipes carrying electricity, telecommunications and water. London Underground is continuing with a programme of utility diversions and other preliminary works into 2009.

    New station entrances will be built at Dean Street for additional access to Crossrail, at the corner of Oxford Street, and on a new piazza outside the Centre Point building.

    Once the redevelopment of the station is complete, the existing cramped station entrances will be replaced with new, more spacious openings to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of passengers who will enter and exit the station each day.

    As the project continues there will be two main construction sites. One will be at Charing Cross Road split between Centre Point and across the road from the current station.

    The second site is on Dean Street where one of the new Crossrail entrances and ticket halls will be located. This work site will commence from late 2009.

    Before demolition starts, archaeologists from the Museum of London will assess and appraise the buildings in accordance with guidance from English Heritage. This will provide a record of the area for future generations.




    Heathrow runway ready by 2015 under new laws
    The Times, January 16, 2009
    http://business.timesonline.co.uk/to...cle5527512.ece

    The new runway at Heathrow could be built five years earlier than expected as the Government rushes the planning process to prevent opponents from blocking the expansion.


    Ministers yesterday asked BAA to submit a planning application as soon as possible with a view to opening the new runway and terminal as early as 2015. Previously, the Government had suggested the runway would not open until 2020.

    The £9 billion expansion, which will increase Heathrow’s capacity by almost 50 per cent, is likely to be one of the first projects considered by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission, due to be appointed this year. The commission will make the final decision, rather than the current practice of a planning inspector making a recommendation to ministers. The inquiry will be much shorter and simply consider whether the application complies with the Government’s aviation policy, giving only limited scope to objectors.

    There were angry scenes in the Commons as Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, announced that he was approving the runway.

    Far from conceding defeat, the environmental and heritage groups opposing the runway pledged to step up their campaign, both in the courts and by direct action at airports.

    The Conservatives repeated their pledge to scrap the runway if they win the next election. However, blocking the plans will become more difficult once the planning process is under way. Lord Adonis, the Transport Minister, told The Times: “It is possible it could open in 2015 if the planning process is completed in time.”

    He said that the Government’s decision to reject plans for more intensive use of the existing runways made it imperative to build the third one as soon as possible. He admitted that the absence of extra capacity in the next few years meant that Heathrow would continue to operate more than 99 per cent full and be prone to long delays after even minor incidents.

    BAA welcomed the decision and said it was confident of being able to comply with environmental conditions. Mr Hoon said that airlines would only be allowed to use half the capacity of the new runway, or 125,000 flights a year, until 2020.

    Flights would rise after that if total emissions from UK aviation were on course to fall below 2005 levels by 2050. He said that a £250 million fund to boost sales of electric cars would more than make up for emissions from the expansion. Mr Hoon also announced a study into a high-speed rail line linked to Heathrow but did not make a commitment to building it.

    Greenpeace said: “If Gordon Brown thinks this is a green runway he must be colour-blind.” It said that more than 20,000 people had offered to invest in the piece of land it has bought on the site of the proposed expansion.








    DRMM beats five to win Brunel Museum
    21 January, 2009, Clive Walker, http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?...de=3131976&c=2

    DRMM has won a competition to redevelop the Brunel Museum in south London, trumping five other practices including Fat and Ash Sakula.

    The winning proposal includes creating better public areas around the Rotherhithe museum and safe public access to a 15m diameter vent shaft and former stairwell — closed since 1865 — which leads to Brunel’s Thames Tunnel.


    The tunnel, running between Rotherhithe and Wapping, is currently being upgraded as part of the East London Line extension.

    Part of dRMM’s solution is a suspended mobile platform allowing public access to all parts of the museum — old and new.

    Explaining the scheme’s rationale, practice director Alex de Rijke said: “DRMM’s proposal consists of several ambitious site-specific responses, inspired by the Brunel legacy of inventive lateral design.”

    Brunel Museum competition judges included museum trustee and CZWG director Piers Gough, museum director Robert Hulse, Brunel Trust engineer Bryn Bird and treasurer Molly Lowell.

    The decision to choose dRMM was “unanimous” according to Gough. “The Brunel Museum chose dRMM ahead of their rivals due to their clever grasp of the situation and its opportunities, coupled with their own technologically imaginative passion,” he said.






    East-West Rail Link clearance work gets underway
    Filed 19/01/09 http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5472

    Around 20 kilometres of disused railway line between Bletchley and Claydon Junction stations in Buckinghamshire will be cleared of scrub, brambles and overgrown vegetation so that survey and investigation work can be carried out for the design development phase of the East-West Rail project.


    Starting on 26 January, the clearance will take two to three weeks and some will be done with manual equipment, although the more densely overgrown areas will need to be cleared with chainsaws and tractor mounted flails. All of the waste materials will be left chipped and spread on the site.

    Patrick O’Sullivan, East-West Rail project manager at Milton Keynes Partnership, said: “Once the site clearance is completed, the engineers and surveyors will begin their technical surveys and ground investigations to enable the design work of the new track and associated railway engineering works for the western section of the East-West Rail project.”

    The design development work is being undertaken by Atkins which was recently appointed to carry out the design work (Guidance for Railway Investment Projects - GRIP Stage 4) on the western section of the East-West Rail project.

    Milton Keynes Partnership is the lead member of the East-West Rail Consortium, a group of local authorities and government agencies with an objective of securing a new rail route from East Anglia to Oxford via the Milton Keynes South Midlands growth area.




    The Three Houses, Southwark, 250m, 200m & 100m

    Herzog & de Meuron plans London towers
    16 January 2009, By Will Hurst
    http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=787222

    Swiss practice is working with Shard developer on UK’s tallest residential development


    Herzog & de Meuron is working with the developer behind the Shard, Sellar Property Group, on credit crunch-defying designs for the tallest residential development in the country.



    In an extraordinary move given Britain’s worsening recession, the Swiss-based practice is proposing three slender and snaking towers with respective heights of 100m, 200m and 250m, close to the 310m-high Renzo Piano-designed Shard and soon-to-be-redeveloped London Bridge station.

    If successful, the glazed scheme, dubbed the Three Houses project and masterminded by Sellar managing director James Sellar, who also commissioned Herzog & de Meuron for the proposed new Portsmouth FC stadium, would signal the emergence of a long proposed cluster of skyscrapers at London Bridge to rival those of Canary Wharf and the City.

    The towers, which would dwarf Ian Simpson’s proposed 175m-high Beetham Tower at Blackfriars, would boast 380 apartments, along with a hotel, and retail and cinema space. But the sheer scale of the project is already dividing opinion among the select few who have seen it.

    Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, whose home and studio would be overshadowed by the proposed skyscrapers, has seen early plans and backs the scheme, but said it needed modification before being submitted for planning.

    “This would fit in with the Shard,” she said. “These blocks would be good for the area and will tie in with other things going on. At the moment, this area is only car parks and needs reworking.”

    But Rhodes also called for the scheme to include parkland, and for the tower nearest to the Bermondsey Street conservation area to be modified to lessen its impact. “You don’t need blocks annihilating Bermondsey Street,” she said.

    New London Architecture director Peter Murray also gave the scheme his support.

    “It’s quite a brave thing to be proposing at the moment,” he said.

    “But they are looking at a very long-term plan, which is always a good thing.”

    However, officers at Southwark Council are believed to have serious reservations about the height of the towers, a view echoed by local developer and conservation specialist Russell Gray.

    “High-rise buildings have a place,” he said. “But this is slap bang next to buildings of consistent character and scale. I’m not impressed by this brash, brazen, in-your-face approach.

    “If it got permission, it would establish a precedent… and you could do something a lot cheaper and nastier.”

    The tallest tower, which would be 65 storeys, would include 121 flats along with the hotel, while the shortest, at 31 storeys, will boast 144 flats. The other tower will have a total of 115 flats contained within 51 storeys.

    Sellar Property Group declined to comment, but is due to unveil the project officially with Herzog & de Meuron in mid-February.

    The Shard itself is set to be the tallest tower in Europe. Work on the skyscraper — part of a wider £1.4 billion complex — is due to begin this month after a vital investment was made last month by Middle Eastern developer Qatari Diar.


    In the below image shows:
    - London Bridge Station (ready to be completely renovated)
    - The site for the Shard (the construction site is where the tower, now completely dismantled is)
    - More London and the Greater London Authority building (bottom)
    - Guys Hospital (world's talest hospital is just behind)
    - The area just to the north of the train tracks is roughly where the 'Breadsticks' will be located.






    Crown Wharf

    New development for the Canning Town area which is due south of the Olympic Park. Lots of towers for this area.








    Another development for Canning Tower is this tower and surrounding development.








    And further north right on the edge of the Olympic Park heart.






    Moving towards Stratford Town Centre is this other tower development.






    Greenwich Peninsula

    The area surrounding the 02 Arena and Greenwich Jubilee Station is at present a bit of a wasteland. The masterplan for the area as illustrated below shows the high density that the development is aiming to attain (the heights can't be too high due to the approach path of London City Airport).








    Clapham Junction Towers

    Clapham Junction is a major station in the UK where lines going to the termini of London Victoria and London Waterloo converge. It is termed as the busiest station in Europe due to the very large volume of trains that run through the station. Interestingly it doesn't have a London Underground connection and despite having so many connections has lacked much high-rise development






    2012 London Olympics Update

    Designs for the 12,000 capacity Basketball Arena have been released.
















    Wilkinson Eyre Aldgate Tower

    New dual 100m tower by Wilkinson Eyre with a shared atrium in Aldgate.








    Church Conversion

    Housing scheme places Hackney church at centre of community
    12 December 2008
    http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?...000000018af3a7

    Matthew Lloyd Architects has submitted a planning application for a project in London’s Hackney Wick which would provide community facilities and 30 new homes around a grade II* listed church


    The client, the St Mary of Eton Church group, wanted the design to be based on the religious concept of “liminality”, which broadly means a procession from one place to another.

    “The idea of threshold and transition is very important to the scheme,” project architect Juliette Scalbert said.

    “The spaces merge into one another, and the procession from street to courtyard to church is an integral part of the design.”

    The £8 million scheme boasts two proposed new buildings on Eastway which bookend the church, while a third new building, containing four homes, sits alongside the grade II listed Mission Hall, which itself will be converted to contain 10 homes.

    The two bookend buildings contain six storeys and eight flats each. The Wedge, to the south of the church, has space for community use on the ground floor and steps down to two/three storeys to reveal the church to Wick Road and the train lines.


    The Verges building, meanwhile, is smaller in plan and ties together the listed tower with Mission Hall, linking to the church via a glass walkway.

    The diamond-shaped pattern and colour of the brickwork is influenced by late Victorian design of the church, and the asymmetrical arrangements of the windows are designed to soften its appearance.

    Subject to planning, the scheme is due to go on site in 2010 and finish in time for the nearby 2012 Olympics.








    Croxley rail extension nominated by regional assembly
    Filed 20/01/09 http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5481

    The extension of the London Underground Metropolitan line to Watford Junction station inched a step forward this week.


    Along with the redevelopment of Watford Junction station, the two schemes, promoted by Hertfordshire County Council, were backed by the East of England Regional Assembly’s Regional Planning Panel. The county council has welcomed the news that the regional assembly will advise the Department for Transport to fund the two schemes, which will reduce congestion and boost the economy in the Watford area.

    The £162m Croxley Rail Link scheme would see the Metropolitan Line re-routed and extended to Watford Junction, where it will meet Network Rail services. Tube trains will run from Watford Junction to central London every 10 minutes.

    New stations would be provided at Ascot Road and Watford West, with improvements made to the existing stations at Watford High Street and Watford Junction.
    This would improve public transport for residents, improve access to the Harlequin Centre and the hospital, and reduce congestion.

    The separate £38m Watford Junction Station Interchange scheme, which involves a major redevelopment of the station, has also been backed by the regional assembly. The station will get more drop-off points, easier pedestrian access and better bus and coach facilities. New car parks will be built along with a new link road.

    Stuart Pile, Executive Member for Highways, Transport and Rural Affairs, said: “I’m delighted that the regional assembly will be pushing the government to fund these schemes. We need to invest in our transport infrastructure if we’re going to support our economy and reduce congestion. The Department for Transport bases its funding decisions on the regional advice, so we’re optimistic that we’ll get the go-ahead and that the line can open in 2017.”

    Hertfordshire County Council is promoting the Croxley Rail Link scheme, working with London Underground and Network Rail. The scheme will be funded with £136m from the DfT and a further £26m from Hertfordshire County Council and partners including London Underground.

    The government asked the East of England Regional Assembly for advice on which major transport schemes to fund in the East of England, which includes Hertfordshire. The assembly’s Regional Planning Panel has considered the schemes and its recommendations will now be considered by the full regional assembly as formal advice to the government. The government will make a decision on which schemes to fund, based on this advice.




    Tate Modern Extension by Herzog & de Meuron

    Pictures by [/b]DarJoLe[/b]. Richard Rogers planned towers are also visible next door.
















    Rail electrification plan for Midland and Great Western
    Filed 16/01/09 http://www.transportbriefing.co.uk/story.php?id=5464

    Railway lines from London to Bristol and the East Midlands are set to be upgraded to support electric trains under the first route electrification programme since Labour came to power and Britain's railways were privatised.


    Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon this week told the House of Commons that the Department for Transport and Network Rail have been jointly examining the case for further rail electrification which, he said, can have advantages on busy parts of the rail network, given the lower carbon emissions and better performance of electric trains.

    Great Western Main Line


    The announcement is the first time the government has made a commitment to route electrification - and follows a decision to set up a working group to examine the issue last year (Transport Briefing 29/10/08). A decision on whether or not to electrify the most heavily used parts of the Great Western Main Line from London Paddington and the Midland Main Line north from Bedford, where the wires currently end, to Kettering, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, will be announced later this year.

    This decision is likely to accompany an announcement on the deployment of the new generation of intercity express trains which will replace the 1970s rolling stock currently in use on the Great Western, Midland and East Coast main lines. Ministers are considering bids for a range of power cars from two consortia - the Express Rail Alliance, which includes Canadian rolling stock manufacturer Bombardier and German engineering giant Siemens, and Hitachi, the Japanese company supplying trains for the new domestic High Speed 1 services which is working with John Laing Projects and Developments and Barclays.

    The inter-city express programme calls for an all-new design of environmentally friendly train which will be available with electric and diesel power cars along with a third hybrid variation suitable for use on routes which are partly electrified. With the East Coast line already electrified a decision to add wires to other routes earmarked for the new trains could ease deployment and cut manufacturing costs by minimising the different power car designs required and allowing electric vehicles to be specified for most services.

    Midland Main Line


    Announcing the plans for electrification Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon also pledged to back other rail improvements which would support the expansion of Heathrow Airport. He said a new company - High Speed 2 - has been set up to examine options for building a new high speed rail line linking London with the West Midlands and supporting a Heathrow hub station. High Speed 2 will be chaired by Sir David Rowlands who earlier in his career advised ministers on the preferred route for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and subsequently oversaw delivery of the Link on time and on budget.

    Geoff Hoon said: "A new rail line between London and the West Midlands approaching London via a Heathrow International interchange would enable faster journeys to the north and Scotland and could link the airport with rail destinations throughout the UK. This would unlock Heathrow for the rest of the country, making it a truly national asset. I expect to receive advice from High Speed 2 by the end of the year on a credible plan for a new line with financing proposals.

    "We also need to look at ways of making the railway more efficient and greener. The case for electrification on the Great Western and the Midland Mainline routes appears strong as electric trains are quicker, quieter and they emit less CO2.”

    Hoon also pledged to support the Airtrack project, currently being promoted by Heathrow Airport owner BAA, which would provide new connections to the airport from Reading, Guildford and the south west.

    Airtrack





    Leicester Square Developments

    Two developments are taking place at either ends of the Square which look very interesting.





















    Ropemaker Place

    Uncertain of what to make of this. Its just under 100m, but is a hulking mass with lots of different types of cladding. Pics by henry at SSC.

















    One New Change

    This project by Jean Nouvel is rapidly rising. It is opposite St Paul's Cathedral. Pictures by chest @ SSC.









    City Road Basin

    City Road is going to see a few towers rise in the neighbourhood in the coming years due to its location bordering the north of the area inbetween the City and West End.

    While there are several different developments planned, a part of the transformation of the local area is to open City Road on to the City Road Basin with a new open space.

    The Basin is a junction off of the Regents Canal and the idea is to create a residential version of the developments that have taken place around the Paddington Basin.








    20 Fenchurch Street, aka the Walkie Talkie

    Piling has started on this.






    Riverside South, 236m + 189m

    Pics by SZR and chest



















    London 2012 Olympics

    Updates from Flickr of the stadium.










    Bankside Development

    Located just behind Tate Modern (and soon to be next door to the Richard Rogers towers) is the Bankside development that connects Tate Modern to the inner sanctum of Southwark. Pics by DarJoLe.








    Pan Peninsula

    Pics taken by chest of the lighting scheme atop Pan Peninsula (147m + 122m towers).








    Strata, Elephant & Castle - 147m

    Quite a bit to go for this tower in an area that is set to see lots of redeveloped as it is not a nice area. Pics by .










    Eurostar sees record passenger numbers
    Financial Times, Tuesday January 13, 10:20 AM

    Passenger numbers on Eurostar, the cross-Channel high-speed rail service, grew more than 10 per cent in 2008, thanks to improved journey times and a more accessible London terminus.


    Growth would have been still faster, however, without disruption in the last quarter following the September 11 fire in the Channel Tunnel, which continues to restrict service frequency and is prolonging journeys.



    The operator, jointly managed by the UK's London & Continental Railways, France's state train operator and the Belgian national railways, [b]carried a record 9.1m passengers during 2008, up 10.3 per cent from the 8.26m it carried during 2007.

    Much of the growth was a result of the opening in November 2007 of the second section of High Speed 1, the UK's first dedicated high-speed rail line.

    The opening cut journey times on the core London-Paris and London-Brussels routes by around 20 minutes, giving best journey times on London-Paris of two hours 15 minutes and on London-Brussels of one hour 51 minutes.

    The new route also brought trains into St Pancras International, which is more accessible for most passengers than the previous terminus at London Waterloo.

    The full-year growth, however, was markedly slower than the 18.3 per cent growth recorded in the first half of the year because of the disruption caused by the Channel Tunnel fire.

    Eurostar has had to cancel one service a day in each direction between London and both Paris and Brussels because of the fire. Services take 20 minutes longer because of speed restrictions in the tunnel and the availability of only one tunnel for the last 17km of the 50km twin-bore undersea tunnel on the French side. Eurtounnel, the tunnel owner, hopes to complete repair work by mid-February.



    Eurostar's revenues grew 10.9 per cent to £664m, from £599m in 2007. The operator said the economic downturn had so far had little effect on it.

    Richard Brown, chief executive, said the increase of 1m passengers in the year demonstrated beyond doubt that passengers preferred high-speed rail to short-haul air.



    "The short-term outlook for 2009 is challenging, but the long-term prospects for Eurostar and high-speed rail are very good," he said.

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    For comparison, the entire Amtrak network has handles 28.7mn passengers. The aim of Eurostar is to have 20mn passengers over the coming few years.




    O2 tops bills as world's favourite pop venue
    Amar Singh, 14.01.09

    LONDON'S O2 arena has broken records to become the world's most popular music arena for the second year in a row.


    Official figures released by industry publication Pollstar show the Greenwich venue sold nearly two million tickets last year.

    Pollstar says the 1,806, 447 total is the highest figure since it started monitoring annual ticket sales in 2000. The figure for the 20,000-seat arena inside the former Millennium Dome is attributable to sell-out shows by Kylie Minogue, the Eagles, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder, the Spice Girls and Sir Elton John.

    But it was bad news for Wembley Arena which has struggled to compete since its east London rival opened for business in 2007. The 12,500-capacity venue - once London's most popular - was listed 38th in the world.

    Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of Pollstar said: "This is certainly the highest year-end tickets sales we have had since our records began in 2000. The O2 has made a massive impact on the global concert business."

    Arena chiefs hope that another flurry of big name acts this year including Britney Spears, Tina Turner, The Killers, Beyoncé, Pink, AC/DC, and Bob Dylan will help the venue break the two million mark.

    Venue Ticket sales
    1. O2 arena, London - 1,806, 447
    2. Madison Square Gardens, New York - 1,161,035
    3. Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester - 1,157,892
    4. Sportpaleis Antwerpen Merksem, Belgium - 889,137
    5. Air Canada Centre, Toronto - 723,469

    Source: Pollstar




    Shinkansen (Japanese Bullet) Trains in London

    All ready for December 2009 - The access to the Shinkansen platforms at London St Pancras.

    Last edited by nick-taylor; January 25th, 2009 at 05:46 PM.

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    Great stuff. Amazing the amount of infrastructure projects that are going on. Its remarkable.

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    some pix of More London development by Tower Bridge:


    Quote Originally Posted by london lad View Post
    They have a really good site photographer for this development. Its easily looking like the best of the More London buildings.





    http://www.7morelondon.com/albums/nov08/index.html















    It also has a more varied and heavier facade;





    Reflected in the neighbouring building;




    Some pics of the estate by Jonas @ skyscraperpage














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    Quote Originally Posted by zupermaus View Post
    Just by Liverpool St station.

    Note the sign saying 'Dirty Dicks' - its not a strip bar, its a historic pub:



    It was named after a man who lived above there in the Nineteenth Century, whose wife died tragically on their wedding day, and who became a recluse after. On his death as an old man years later they discovered his apartment full of junk, mummified cats and the wedding cake itself, untouched. Right until the 1980s some of the now stuffed cats, and pieces of the cake were displayed in the pub.
    Thanks. I hadn't noted your prior post with the address of 100 Middlesex Street. However, I subsequently noted that this photo appears to have been take from the Broadgate Centre building on Bishopsgate. (I recognize the lanterns and the balustrade.)

    I know Dirty Dicks.

    By the way, there was an article in The NY Times recently about "vulgar" names in Britain. It's funny.

    No Snickering: That Road Sign Means Something Else


    The “Butt” in this road, in South Yorkshire, probably refers to a container for collecting water.

    By SARAH LYALL
    Published: January 22, 2009

    CRAPSTONE, England — When ordering things by telephone, Stewart Pearce tends to take a proactive approach to the inevitable question “What is your address?”


    Pratts Bottom, a village in Kent, is doubly cursed because “prat” is slang for buffoon.

    If you’re smirking at this sign, you’re mispronouncing the town’s name. It’s PENNIS-tun.


    He lays it out straight, so there is no room for unpleasant confusion. “I say, ‘It’s spelled “crap,” as in crap,’ ” said Mr. Pearce, 61, who has lived in Crapstone, a one-shop country village in Devon, for decades.

    Disappointingly, Mr. Pearce has so far been unable to parlay such delicate encounters into material gain, as a neighbor once did.

    “Crapstone,” the neighbor said forthrightly, Mr. Pearce related, whereupon the person on the other end of the telephone repeated it to his co-workers and burst out laughing. “They said, ‘Oh, we thought it didn’t really exist,’ ” Mr. Pearce said, “and then they gave him a free something.”

    In the scale of embarrassing place names, Crapstone ranks pretty high. But Britain is full of them. Some are mostly amusing, like Ugley, Essex; East Breast, in western Scotland; North Piddle, in Worcestershire; and Spanker Lane, in Derbyshire.

    Others evoke images that may conflict with residents’ efforts to appear dignified when, for example, applying for jobs.

    These include Crotch Crescent, Oxford; Titty Ho, Northamptonshire; Wetwang, East Yorkshire; Slutshole Lane, Norfolk; and Thong, Kent. And, in a country that delights in lavatory humor, particularly if the word “bottom” is involved, there is Pratts Bottom, in Kent, doubly cursed because “prat” is slang for buffoon.

    As for Penistone, a thriving South Yorkshire town, just stop that sophomoric snickering.

    “It’s pronounced ‘PENNIS-tun,’ ” Fiona Moran, manager of the Old Vicarage Hotel in Penistone, said over the telephone, rather sharply. When forced to spell her address for outsiders, she uses misdirection, separating the tricky section into two blameless parts: “p-e-n” — pause — “i-s-t-o-n-e.”

    Several months ago, Lewes District Council in East Sussex tried to address the problem of inadvertent place-name titillation by saying that “street names which could give offense” would no longer be allowed on new roads.

    “Avoid aesthetically unsuitable names,” like Gaswork Road, the council decreed. Also, avoid “names capable of deliberate misinterpretation,” like Hoare Road, Typple Avenue, Quare Street and Corfe Close.

    (What is wrong with Corfe Close, you might ask? The guidelines mention the hypothetical residents of No. 4, with their unfortunate hypothetical address, “4 Corfe Close.” To find the naughty meaning, you have to repeat the first two words rapidly many times, preferably in the presence of your fifth-grade classmates.)

    The council explained that it was only following national guidelines and that it did not intend to change any existing lewd names.

    Still, news of the revised policy raised an outcry.

    “Sniggering at double entendres is a loved and time-honored tradition in this country,” Carol Midgley wrote in The Times of London. Ed Hurst, a co-author, with Rob Bailey, of “Rude Britain” and “Rude UK,” which list arguably offensive place names — some so arguably offensive that, unfortunately, they cannot be printed here — said that many such communities were established hundreds of years ago and that their names were not rude at the time.

    “Place names and street names are full of history and culture, and it’s only because language has evolved over the centuries that they’ve wound up sounding rude,” Mr. Hurst said in an interview.

    Mr. Bailey, who grew up on Tumbledown Dick Road in Oxfordshire, and Mr. Hurst got the idea for the books when they read about a couple who bought a house on Butt Hole Road, in South Yorkshire.

    The name most likely has to do with the spot’s historic function as a source of water, a water butt being a container for collecting water. But it proved to be prohibitively hilarious.

    “If they ordered a pizza, the pizza company wouldn’t deliver it, because they thought it was a made-up name,” Mr. Hurst said. “People would stand in front of the sign, pull down their trousers and take pictures of each other’s naked buttocks.”

    The couple moved away.

    The people in Crapstone have not had similar problems, although their sign is periodically stolen by word-loving merrymakers. And their village became a stock joke a few years ago, when a television ad featuring a prone-to-swearing soccer player named Vinnie Jones showed Mr. Jones’s car breaking down just under the Crapstone sign.

    In the commercial, Mr. Jones tries to alert the towing company to his location while covering the sign and trying not to say “crap” in front of his young daughter.

    The consensus in the village is that there is a perfectly innocent reason for the name “Crapstone,” though it is unclear what that is. Theories put forth by various residents the other day included “place of the rocks,” “a kind of twisting of the original word,” “something to do with the soil” and “something to do with Sir Francis Drake,” who lived nearby.

    Jacqui Anderson, a doctor in Crapstone who used to live in a village called Horrabridge, which has its own issues, said that she no longer thought about the “crap” in “Crapstone.”

    Still, when strangers ask where she’s from, she admitted, “I just say I live near Plymouth.”
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    yep, there are loads of silly names - London once had a Gropecunt Lane ^. Titty Ho though has to be my favourite.

    Also ('twat' in UK means c*nt):





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    It means the same here.

    One word with a different meaning in the US and Britain is fanny. Thus, my English friends always were amused by Yanks referring to "fanny packs"!

    P.S.: Gropecunt Lane is awesome!

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    1 Westminster Bridge was one of the most reviled of London's buildings, stranded on a busy traffic island it faced Big Ben at the other end of Westminster Bridge:





    renders of its replacements:





    overview (area with cranes):





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    adjacent buildings:







    This is also going up nearby:










    That will join this, the IMAX Theatre



    In short 3 drum towers in the same area

    These are also going up next door:



    ...and one day will get joined by this? The Waterloss Trilogy Tower in pre-planning:



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    The Bishopsgate tower continues to see work done almost around the clock 6 days a week. The developers have announced they have secured over a third of the finance of construction from Arab investors & American funds. Also 25% of the tower is apparently pre-let.


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    some pix from the recent whiteout:

    Thanx to aclifford

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    Some photos I took whilst walking in the snow today through Hyde Park and into Mayfair. Because I wasn't planning to take any pics I didn't have my camera with me and so had to make do with my camera-phone. Apologies if the quality as a result isn't great.

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    Excellent! London looks great in snow.

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