Elephant & Castle Skyscrapers

Elephant and Castle is fast becoming one of London’s biggest clusters of skyscrapers. With Strata already complete, along with two smaller towers (The Signal Building and Vantage Metro Central), the area is already quite tall. One The Elephant and Elephant One (yes, two different buildings with different developers chose similar names) are both topping out […]

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North Acton becomes development hot spot

North Acton has turned into a development hot spot in recent years. After a couple of sizeable completions a few years ago (sites 1 and 2) developers have pounced on nearby sites, with the scope and ambition of the more recent proposals much increased too. This comes on the recent backlash of the soon to […]

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Huge Isle of Dogs towers get under way

Two big tower starts to report. And when we say big, we mean big! In fact what will be the two tallest residential towers to ever be built in the country, both got under way within a week of each other. The sites are a little over 100m from each other with pile drivers now on […]

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Southwark needs another 65 Bankside Quarter schemes to build out affordable housing pledge

We recently blogged on Southwark Council’s plans to build 11,000 new council homes. As part of the first phase (most of which is now under construction across 7 plots) the council agreed to transfer £43.3m for the construction of just 113 affordable housing units. This seemed like an awful lot of money for not a huge […]

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Hackney plans to regenerate college with new homes

As London’s housing crisis becomes more acute, its boroughs have had to become more and more efficient with the buildings it owns and occupies. This is especially true for the inner London boroughs which are constrained with building out and so can only go up. One such recent example comes from Hackney where the council […]

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Living above a Petrol Station?

One of the main complaints re-developments of large supermarket sites have to contend with is the removal of the petrol station in the process. Sainsbury’s Nine Elms for instance isn’t re-providing a station in their new development (although alternatives are just 5 minutes away in either direction). Neither is the Asda petrol station on the […]

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New Tower Proposed in Brixton

Plans have been submitted for a 20 storey tower in Brixton. The tower will contain 177 units, including 81 affordable units replacing the 76 in the existing building. Many of the affordable units are aimed at the ‘active elderly’. The scheme also contains 1,358 sqm of retail, although current tenant of the retail unit in […]

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Residential plans come forward in Sutton

A planning application has been submitted by Lodgecrest for a site very close to Sutton station within the town centre. An 18 storey building is proposed that will provide 132 residential units in total at 24-34 Sutton Court Road. The tall building adjacent to this plot in the renders below is Sutton Point. Across this […]

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Why Crossrail 2 Isn’t What London Needs

London is crying out for new infrastructure. Our trains are overcrowded, our buses delayed in traffic, and even our cable cars shut down in high winds. Crossrail 2 would go along way to dealing with capacity issues, and help reduce overcrowding in South West and North London. But given London only seems to be able […]

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Six of the best?

The median wage in London is £30k p.a. the average house price in London is £500k. That is the housing crisis that faces Londoners in one sentence. What follows are six possible measures put forward by various market commentators to tackle the problem and the effect each may have. 1 – Use class +3: Three […]

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