January 2013 Archives
Plans have been submitted by Ipsus Developments to Lambeth Council for a mixed use development in Stockwell. The proposed development will provide 118 residential units, 71 for market sale and 47 social units. The scheme will also provide 2,120 sq m gross of office space and 585 sq m gross mixed use retail. Boyer Planning is the planning consultant. See here for the application.
A full planning application has been submitted to Croydon Council by Legal and General Property for the refurbishment of the iconic St Georges Tower (Nestle Tower). The plans include 288 residential units, 265 for private sale and 23 affordable units. The plans also include space for retail and community facilities, as well as car and cycle parking provisions. CBRE is the acting agent. To view the planning application click here.
Add up all that capacity and you get 8,685 units, OK, they'd be pretty small and the views would be limited but on the upside they'd be very secure. Full story in the FT here.
Go here to see the transformation.
Did you know that the Metropolitan line was not only the first underground line in London but also the first in the world? Way back in 1868 the route between Paddington and Bayswater opened, great news for everyone, everyone that is apart from the residents of 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens.
There was a time around 20 years ago when you could smoke on the Tube, there was a time around 100 years ago when the Tube itself smoked. Strange as it may seem the first underground trains were steam powered and if you think that sounds insane you'd not be alone, The Times of the day described the whole idea as "an insult to common sense". However, the engineers had one trick up their Victorian sleeves, condensers.
Condensers diverted steam from the exhaust pipes into water tanks on the train, it didn't mean that the Tube at the time was steam free but at least it made the experience bearable, just. However there was one small problem with condensers, at regular intervals the pressure and heat which built up in the water tanks had to be released, a process known as venting-off. Now obviously you couldn't vent-off underground, instead the engineers built in venting-off points along the route which were open to the elements, bad news for 23 and 24 Leinster Gardens.
J. M. Barrie, Winston Churchill, Alexander Fleming, Mariella Frostrup, Keira Knightley and Stella McCartney are just some of the past and present residents of Bayswater, it's a fairly well to do kind of place and Leinster Gardens is right in the middle of it. Back in 1886, the site of numbers 23 and 24 was pinpointed as the best venting off point on that section of the line. But, this being a fairly swanky area, the idea of knocking down the mid section of a Victorian terrace was out of the question, or was it?
Above is an aerial view of Leinster Gardens. Look closely at the dark section in the middle. At ground level it looks like this:
It's all a sham. The engineers got their venting-off point but still retained the character of this prestigious terrace by retaining the facade of numbers 23 and 24, a result for everyone, but probably a bit of a downer for the former occupants, seeing as their houses were now only 5ft thick, with no windows or letter boxes.
And so you would think that this is where the history of the two houses ended. You'd be wrong. I'n 1930 a local con man made a tidy little sum for himself by selling tickets to a charity ball supposedly at this address for 10 Guineas each. Guests duly turned up on the night in full evening dress only to discover the horrible truth.
Today the tradition continues, local pranksters enjoying nothing more of an evening than sending taxis, pizza deliveries, religious groups, mail order packages etc to the "houses".
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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.