London Skyline 2012 (and beyond)

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  1. Cécile

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    No longer Europe's tallest.


    That is one ugly building (on the far right) :D

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  2. Lee

    Lee Ne me quitte pas

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    Why is Europe so behind? There must be a logical reason. These are standard heights elsewhere!
     
  3. Loufoque

    Loufoque BATTLE FOR YOUR LIFE

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    Because we're not building onto blank canvases like most other cities.
     
  4. Ag

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    Quite. You can't just demolish a 1960s office block, let alone St Pauls Cathedral on a whim.
     
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  6. David 5000

    David 5000 I'll dance alone

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  7. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    The Shard doesn't have a single financial tenant in place? REALLY? :o
     
  8. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    Maybe it's because it's not in the City, though there are loads of financial institutions that aren't. Perhaps the owners aren't looking for that sort of tenant. Although it does seem surprising.
     
  9. Mats

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    couldn't it be the crisis? not a lot of expansion going on at the moment...
     
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  10. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    Maybe. It could also be the Shard hasn't had enough time to fill itself. If memory serves me correctly, Canary Wharf and the Gherkin were only partially full for ages.
     
  11. Ag

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    Centre Point was empty for a generation.
     
  12. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    I'm not entirely sure what's IN Centre Point. Someone told me it was a hostel but the whole thing can't be as at least one floor is a club.
     
  13. funky

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    That sounds like spin to me. The Shard isn't EMPTY. About 30 floors have been leased to the Shangri-la for instance. I'm sure there are apartments in there as well. They're just talking about the city companies, and London Bridge isn't technically the city . Is it even part of the square mile?

    As for the Pinnacle - such a shame about the delays but starting work again in 2013? Well that's a month away :| its already about a third built so they cant abandon it, i just hope they maintain that wonderful architecture. the walker talkie is practically finished. Not sure what's going on with the cheese grater.

    It's all because of the recession. Just five years ago London was fit to bursting. It's stories like this that stall the economy.

    I guess "skyscraper built on time" isn't much of a STORY.
     
  14. funky

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    There's loads of companies in Centre Point.
     
  15. Nathalie Tauziat's Analpony

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    The Cheese Grater is growing quite nicely; as it's right next door to our office every few days I keep glancing up and noticing that it has grown several more floors!

    It's a bit disappointing that the Pinacle keeps getting delayed as I imagine the area around that (and my office & Cheesegrater etc) will look quite nice once it's dome and you can actually walk around the buildings again.

    I've completely gone off the Walkie Talkie - it just looks so intrusive on the skyline - how they ever got that through is beyond me
     
  16. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I like the Walkie Talkie from certain angles. But not the view as it faces onto the Thames, unfortunately.

    I prefer the Cheese Grater either way.
     
  17. Ag

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    What does the skyline look like now? I'm always amazed at the changes every time I pass through London.
     
  18. funky

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    It looks like a hell of a lot of CRANES at the moment. Not nearly up to the levels of 2005 or so, but certainly significantly busier than 2009.
     
  19. Loufoque

    Loufoque BATTLE FOR YOUR LIFE

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    I can't wait to make a return to a city FULL of SKYSCRAPERS

    LONDON UP (literally) :disco:
     
  20. funky

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    Are you going to HK Lou? When is London? And where? And what happened to the crazy husband?

    In fact just PM me would you it'll be easier
     
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    We found out today that our company has taken on 8 floors in the Cheesegrater including the very top one :disco: which is going to be some kind of executive dining suite. Needless to say I was quite excited at the news! Now I just have to stay at the company for 2/3 years . . . .
     
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  24. Madison

    Madison Everything goes up by six

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  25. Ellie

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    Not really part of the skyline, buit Southbank Centre is going to be re-vamped:

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    However, it looks scarily similar to my office building which is only half a mile down the road:

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  26. Loufoque

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    Thank God because it's FUG!
     
  27. funky

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    well I want to talk about my new HOOD just because it's a bit of a modern architecture's GEEK DREAM:

    this is what it looked like a couple of years ago (pre Vauxhall tower or flattening of the Nine Elms site)

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    and this is all the plans

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    I'm most fascinated by the cluster of new skyscrapers emerging in Vauxhall, which apparently will include the tallest 100%-residential tower in Europe. Also the new embassy park (US, China, Netherlands) looks pretty special too. Plus we get 2 new tube stations.

    Most of this won't be finished for up to ten years, so I don't know how much I'll see while I'm still living there, but still - exciting.
     
  28. funky

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    This is the American Embassy, which they've started laying the foundations for:

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  29. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    So THAT is why you moved there. What a GEEK.

    You're telling US.
     
  30. Mats

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    I love that power station
     
  31. funky

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    I'm still not actually sure what they're DOING to the Power Station, I'm assuming flats still, although the development around it is quite fancy


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  32. Kate

    Kate she's for the streets BITCH

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    I think I read in Private Eye that the cunts that currently own it want to demolish it and are hanging on to it, refusing to sell, until they get their way :(
     
  33. funky

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    Surely it's a listed building??
     
  34. Mats

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    it looks great in contrast to the surrounding glass facades (which I normally hate)

    HAND IT OVER, ESTATE BULLIES :evil:
     
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  35. lolly

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    Has anyone been to the viewing platform at The Shard, and is it worth the ludicrous admission fee?
     
  36. funky

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    I'm going in a couple of weeks with work

    It's only about 25 quid isn't it?
     
  37. lolly

    lolly Rowena? From Kuwait?

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    I don't think there's anything 'only' about £25, personally! It's comfortably more expensive than the Empire State, Skydeck Chicago, and twice as much as the Eiffel Tower. I'm wondering about doing ArcelorMittal Orbit instead, although I appreciate it isn't as high. I guess I need to work out which has the better view.
     
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  38. Nathalie Tauziat's Analpony

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    Have we seen plans for the new 'Gotham City' building?

    http://i.STOP FUNDING HATE.co.uk/i/pix/2013/09/23/article-2423765-1BE10A7A000005DC-160_634x788.jpg

    It's meant to be going right next to Lloyds - with the possibility that they could actually move into it!
     
  39. funky

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    OMG! :disco:

    although the poor Gherkin is slowly being swallowed by the ever increasing density of the London City skyline...
     
  40. Halli

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    22 Bishopsgate starting construction in early 2016...on the site of the shelved Pinnacle. Will still be the tallest building in the square mile

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