Capital Towers

The wonders of the Bow roundabout are on your doorstep.

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Project information

Name : Capital Towers

Usage : residential

Developer : Galliard Homes

Floors : 35 | 15

Height : 110 | 55m

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Glasshouse Gardens

The recently topped out and near to completion Glasshouse Gardens.

Project Information :

Address : Glasshouse Gardens, Anthem Way, London E20

Usage : residential

Developer : Lend Lease

Architect : Allies & Morrison

Floors : 30 | 17

Height : 95 | 76m

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Glasshouse Gardens as viewed from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

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As viewed from Westfield Avenue with the Aquatics Center and Orbit tower in the background.
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Cladding and balcony detailing at Glasshouse Gardens

 

Wembley stadium pedways to be removed

The wembley stadium elevated walkways which date back to the 1970s are set to be removed if recently submitted plans are approved. In documents submitted to the London borough of Brent which include the regeneration of Wembley Park plans to replace the pedway with spanish steps. The main approach for pedestrians from Wembley Park to the iconic stadium takes spectators along Olympic Way.

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The monolithic pedways dates back to the 1970s which elevates 9m betweeen Olympic Way and the Piazza outside the stadium itself. The pedway itself is 18.3m wide at the upper level and splits into two fingers when descending to Olympic Way.

The planning application proposes the phased removal of this concrete brute. First the spanish steps would be built first with the pedway being removed at a later point in time , as seen below.

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However in the meantime there are suggestions to what could be done with the space under the pedway prior to it’s demolition , with many precedents giving the developers Quintain plenty of options.

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All images used © Quintain

 

 

QPR submits plans for 600 homes

Queens Park Rangers Holdings  (QPR) with Genesis Housing Association have submitted plans to redevelop Oaklands House. Oaklands House was previously a workers hostel used by British Rail alongside a canteen and social club.

The planning application is for a development containing 611 residential units with a mixture of tenures. Of the 611 units proposed 202 (33%) are classed as affordable which will be managed by Genesis Housing Association , 61 of these will be for social rent another 61 will be affordable rent with the reminder being for shared ownership. The remaining 409 will be for a private rent scheme (PRS) , more developments should be like this if any attempts are to be made at easing London’s chronic housing shortage.

The inclusion of a large retail unit is likely to increase the dire retail provision in the area. Which should further entice more residents to the area , over the comming years. Plans have been submitted to the OPDC but should decided by the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. fa132b7cf39c2c897aabd011c41cb018f66caf2addbadfe0c785184246dfa91dab49792cfe29a02b646f0c268e7ec673

Potential Contenders for Old Oak Common 500,000sqft cultural quarter

Following from on the from the launch of the second round of public consultation for Old Oak Park today , an early stage vision to regenerate the land currently occupied by second hand retailer Car Giant amongst others. News that a “well-known household name is committed” to moving to a new purpose built 500,000sq ft base in north-west London. News of this has kept me busy with speculation to who this could be. I don’t see any harm in predicting the future , so here’s my thoughts in no particular order;

London Transport Museum

Currently situated in Covent Garden , the current experience is cramped and outdated for me. The same institution regularly holds open days at their Acton Town depot whereby transport enthusiasts young and old gather and is increasingly popular with families. This could enable the museum to display an elective mix of transport parafrenular all under one roof. Whilst at the same time Transport for London’s funding is also being slashed by central government , selling its museum base in the heart of the West End would give it a much cash injection and would free up the land  for much office space which needs it. If this was so , this wouldn’t be the first time Transport for London has taken the plunge to relocate to an regeneration area with their move from SW1 to Stratford due before the end of the decade.

Science Museum 

Currently it resides as one of the three in the museums in the museum triangle in South Kensington. In recent times it’s endless renovation , somewhat suggests that its bursting at the seams. The government body tasked with regenerating Old Oak and Park Royal has suggested that it could become an incubator for clean-tech companies , a move to NW10 would make sense given that Imperial College London is also currently building a west london campus at Imperial West , White City. Whether the Science Museum would want to waste the money recently spent on upgrading there exhibition space’s makes it seem less likely. However it would slot in well with the vision of the Old Oak Park Royal development corporation (OPDC)

Museum of London

Admittedly this one is very unlikely because Museum of London (MoL) has already committed to moving its current base in Barbican to a redeveloped Smithfield Market by 2021 at a cost of £70m. Although the team behind Old Oak Park; London and Regional the developers and PLP who were appointed the master planners have in the consultation documents alluded to celebrating the area’s industrial heritage and even an passenger river taxi has been suggested too. Whilst canceling the Museum of London move to Smithfield seems unlikely , perhaps even a replacement for the Museum of London Docklands is possible wide a more general focus on London’s waterways to include the Grand Union Canal which runs through the south of Old Oak Park is equally plausible.

EDIT 28/01/16

To much surprise the Science Museum will eventually move from its South Kensington base to Old Oak Park albeit until 2030 at the latest as Old Oak Park is very much still in it’s infancy. The move will allow the Science Museum to expand from its current 170,000sq ft to a new space in which will nearly treble its existing floorspace. Expect more details to be fleshed out in late February or early March.

 

 

 

 

Westfield White City Expansion

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Project Facts

London Borough : Hammersmith and Fulham

Developer : Westfield

Residential Units : 1,347

Additional retail floorspace : 60,000sqm

Year of completion : 2017

Will become the largest shopping center by retail floorspace in London