September 2012 Archives
This example comes from St John's Church on North End Road SW6. More fake facades can be found by typing "fake" in the search box.
image courtesy of Google Maps
This is what Skyscraper News said about it:
"(it) will incorporate a semi-transparent image of the nearby St Stephen Walbrook Church on it mimicking a reflection".
I read that in 2008 and it stuck, probably because it conjured up an image of a Rothschild demanding a reflection of the church on the new building even though it contravened the laws of physics.
Four years later and the massed ranks of LRR were in the vicinity at the excellent The Developing City exhibition at the Walbrook Building (next to the temple of Mithras, read all about that here) in the City. Afterwards we had beer, but just before that we had an amble around the Rothschild HQ (outside of course) in search of this "false" reflection. But despite our efforts and the bemusement of security staff we failed to locate it. Is this just an urban myth or does it really exist? Help required.
Now we've spoken in the past about the fallacy of blaming the planning system for the lack of construction growth. We have solid data going back well over a decade, well into the good times and it always shows the same thing. The number of sites with planning permission increases year on year whilst the number of completed units remains almost static.
There is no debate to be had here, it's not about planning, it's all about funding... period.
And if one scheme encapsulates what I've just said it would be this one. How's this for oven ready:
Detailed planning permission for 470 residential units in a 45 storey landmark tower designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Located 2km from the city and 2.5km from the West End. Close to Elephant & Castle underground station (Zone 1) and overland stations providing excellent links. Within the Elephant & Castle Opportunity Area.
Interested? Give Madeleine Jones, Tom Dolan-Bent or Nigel Durman at DJ Deloitte a bell on 020 7007 2342 or email: email@example.com expressions of interest by 22 October 2012.
It's that time of year again. All the old favourites, Lloyd's, 30 St Mary Axe, Tower 42 etc
along with far flung new comers
like The Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes and Ickenham Manor in err... Ickenham (nice
gardens) all worth a visit. Here for details.
The age old North/South debate
kicked off this morning at the NLA's 'The
North/South Debate: Protecting views across the
While protecting the views of Wold
Heritage sites such as the
Image courtesy of 'Lets Tour
Building to rigid guidelines and
standards, may protect the views of our more historic buildings, however are
arguably a hindrance to the newer development that will shape the future city. The
importance of preserving key heritage sites however should not be dismissed, as
the history of
Click here for details
picture courtesy of Google Maps
Clearly there have been more sales in the inner boroughs, but what's driving these sales?
The full presentation is available to LRR subscribers but the essence of our findings goes like this. Last year there was almost no growth in the number of sales in the inner boroughs but capital values increased by nearly 7%. Simply put the market in the inner boroughs was being driven by equity, the cash rich in other words. Did this trend continued into 2012? Here's the last of the 100 or so slides in the presentation:
Clearly the market continues to be equity driven. Marketing and sales are on the increase but just look at the difference in the number of units sold overseas, up 280% from the 2011 figure. We suspect that this demand for super prime stock may well outstrip supply forcing foreign equity to spread its net wider to incorporate the less prime areas.
A hybrid planning application has been submitted to Bexley
council for the regeneration of the Larner Estate in Erith (DA9). The estate
which was transferred from the
Image courtesy of News shopper 2012
The London residential market is closely monitored by EGi’s team of dedicated experts, from the planning and construction pipeline to sales and pricing, we cover the whole of the capital, all 33 boroughs.
Don’t miss an opportunity, find pre-planning, stalled and oven ready sites.
Residential Update – August 2012
We take a look at the inner boroughs at the mid-year point from the applications and permissions in the planning pipeline, the starts and completions in the construction pipeline and ending with a flavour of the sales and pricing situation.
Red Book Executive Summary – May 2012
An in-depth review of the current state of the London residential development market across all 33 London boroughs from planning and construction pipeline to sales and pricing.