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Noho refurbishment planned

Paddington scheme plan

City tower scheme unveiled

Refurbishment potential in EC2

City scheme start

New plans revealed

New Canary Wharf application

Office to hotel

City tower plan

West end scheme schedule

Victoria towers

Revised plans for City tower

Plans for City's tallest skyscraper

London powers ahead!

To arms, to arms...

Charrington Wharf offices scale down

Things to get worse before they get better?

Take-up falls

'Concept' for London Bridge Tower revealed

Crane Survey shows increase

Office construction activity across London has more than trebled since its low in mid-2010, booming to a four-year peak, research by Cityoffices and published by Deloitte Real Estate has revealed. Office construction has risen eight per cent over the past six months to 9.7m sq ft of space under construction, bouncing off lows of 2.7m in the third quarter of 2010. - (17-05-2013)

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London: 30 new office schemes in Q1

London Springs Forward

The first quarter of 2011 marked the beginning of a new cycle in London’s office construction. Since January 2011, Cityoffices research has revealed that 30 new office schemes have seen starts on demolition and construction work. Schemes such as Africa House, Howick Place, Grosvenor Hill, and 20 Fenchurch Street (full list at are just some of those now underway. When completed, these schemes will add over 5.5m sq ft to London’s available office space.

These 30 schemes appear to be speculative as none of the developers has yet announced a pre-let; although 30,000 sq ft is rumoured to be under offer at Waterhouse Square.

It is possible that the start on the two towers; 20 Fenchurch Street, by Land Securities, and the Leadenhall Building, by British Land, both in EC3, may have prompted other developers to get schemes underway and completed before the two towers are on-stream in 2014.

Almost half the new developments underway are refurbishments. Many of these refurbishments do not require planning permission and are being bought forward quickly for the period 2011 to 2014 to meet a perceived short-term ‘gap’ in office supply.

These refurbishments include the upgrading of former premises of large companies which have recently moved into new developments. Examples include the former Cancer UK HQ at 40 Kingsway, WC2, and the former DEFRA building in Page Street, SW1.

Our research shows that a further tranche of construction should be underway in the second quarter of 2011, with a number of developers now appointing construction teams and initiating archaeological digs in advance of spring/summer starts. CityOffices is now monitoring over 100 office schemes in central London that could start this year. - (12-04-2011)

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Hedge fund growth to boost Mayfair

Hedge Fund Research has revealed the industry has enjoyed its biggest gains in a decade in 2009 and Toscafund is predicting 100,000 extra London financial jobs by 2020. New launches by SAC Capital, Tyrus Capital and CIFM are bolstering Mayfair offices. - (27-01-2010)

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LandSecs new plans

Land Securities has revealed new plans for its (185,000 sq m) 2m sq ft office development on a site on Victoria Street, to the front of Victoria Station, London, SW1. The revised plans are now for two twin 50 storey office towers. The original plans for three skyscrapers of between 25 and 42 storeys were submitted last year but the application was withdrawn. Westminister City Council is looking for one tower of 12 storeys but powers under the Greater London Authority Bill may allow the Mayor of London to overrule the council if the scheme is refused. The scheme therefore seems likely to be called in. - (01-02-2007)

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British Land submits skyscraper plans

British Land has revealed the plans for a 48-storey glass tower at the site of 122 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3. The Richard Rogers Partnership is the architect of the Leadenhall Building which at 224m (737 ft) tall would be the highest in the City of London. The design incorporates a distinctive triangular shape and will provide 53,605 sq m (577,000 sq ft) of offices, with the lower floors of the building providing restaurants and bars along with 1,672 sq m (18,000 sq ft) of retail space. British Land is hopeful that the Leadenhall Building will be completed in 2006, with a late 2004 start following approval of the planning application made this week. English Heritage is thought to be more positive about this skyscraper as it does not block views of St Pauls. - (15-02-2004)

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DIFA plans City skyscraper

Some brief details of the proposed 50-storey office tower at 6-8 Bishopsgate have been revealed. It appears that discussion on the tower, for German developer DIFA, have been held with the Corporation of London and the Mayor's office. However a planning application will not be submitted until after a decision on the Heron tower, currently at public inquiry, is made. The architect for the scheme is reported to be Helmut Jahn, the New York architect. - (04-12-2001)

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HOK to design Barclays' tower

Barclays Bank has revealed the plans for its 30-storey headquarters tower at Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London E14, which will accommodate 5,000 staff by 2005. The building is being designed by HOK International. Barclays has signed the final agreement with Canary Wharf Group to occupy up to 1 million sq ft of office space in the tower. The new building will be completed in late 2004 for occupation in 2005. - (28-11-2001)

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New Kings Cross plans revealed

P&O Property Holdings Ltd has submitted plans for the refurbishment and redevelopment of four major buildings at Kings Cross,London N1. Block A (3,000 sq m)is known as the Lighthouse and plan retains 1870s office building with construction of 3 storey office building with retail. Block B (3,000 sq m) retains the majority of building, with some new build elements. Block C (4,000 sq m), comprises mainly refurbishment and re-building with the construction of new four storey headquarter offices, and five storey hotel to SW of site. Remaining block D retains listed facades with conversion of some buildings to create residential units. Architect is Rolfe Judd. - (14-11-2001)

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Sainsbury plans SE1 towers

Foster & Partners has revealed plans for a 35,765 sq m (385,000 sq ft) 19-storey oval office tower to replace food retailers Sainsbury's existing Drury House and Stamford House headquarters at Stamford Street, London SE1. Sainsbury is linked with Stanhope on the proposals. A planning application for the £270m scheme has just been submitted to London Borough of Southwark along with an application for a second new building on the firm's car park site in Maymott Street. The tower has a tapered 'neck' and a low-rise office block forms the base. A Sainsbury's 'Central' supermarket could be incorporated in the ground floor. The 14,490 sq m (156,000 sq ft) Maymott Street scheme could cost £70m and is planned as a 22-storey tower designed by architect Lifschutz Davidson. Sainsbury is working on the site assembly for the scheme and is said to be in the process of acquiring Wakefield House and 19-21 Blackfriars Road from Dunloe Ewart, the developer. Sainsbury is thought to be seeking to develop around 46,451 sq m (500,000 sq ft) in the various SE1 developments for completion in 2004. Sainsbury is still thought to be considering its options on the 11,150 sq m (120,000 sq ft) Rennie House, on the south side of Stamford Street. Sainsbury staff will relocate to 33 Holborn Place, London WC1, to allow the headquarters development to proceed. Healey & Baker is advising Sainsbury. - (22-04-2001)

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"Shard of glass" revealed

The designs for the £350m skyscraper at London Bridge station, SE1 have just been unveiled. The 66-storey tapering glass tower, designed by Renzo Piano and Broadway Malyan, for developer the Sellar Property Group, will, if built, be the tallest in Europe at 1,016 ft tall. The lower half of the tower is planned as a 27-storey 55,741 sq m (600,000 sq ft) office block, with the upper 15-storey as a hotel and apartment complex. A planning application for the "shard of glass", otherwise known as the London Bridge Tower, could be submitted to the London Borough of Southwark next week. The scheme has been reduced by about 14-storey following initial comments from CABE, the architectural advisory body. There seems little doubt that this scheme, along with Heron's Bishopsgate tower, will become the centre of debate, around which London local government and advisory bodies will finally have to establish an agreed policy towards tall buildings. - (20-03-2001)

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