Tag: Development

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We popped along to the launch of Tony Briggs new book, Your Own Soho last week at Blacks in Soho. Full to the bring of creatives inspired to save Soho from impending development and loss of deep rooted, long cultivated creativity.

A collaboration with fashion label Roux and Kastner & Partners the book aims to raise both money and awareness for the cause close to many creative Londoner's hearts, including our own.

Tony Briggs Your Own Soho is the product of a collaboration between iconic photographer Tony Briggs, menswear label Roux. and advertising agency Kastner & Partners in London (K&P). Captured during the spring and summer of 2015, this selection of images is a snapshot in time, showcasing the many, varied and unique faces and voices that make Soho one of the most fascinating and colourful corners of planet earth.

Tony was initially approached to shoot authentic Soho characters for Roux.’s Autumn/Winter 15 advertising campaign. But it soon became apparent that agency, brand and Tony all shared a common concern about the future of this fabulous square mile. As property developers make increasing inroads into the fabric of the area, will it still be the same in another five years? Can its spirit survive the onslaught? It was these concerns, with the backing of Roux., K&P and the support of so many Soho people, businesses and institutions, that brought Your Own Soho to life. ROUX_TonyBriggsBook_Spreads_AW.indd

Every penny of profit from sales goes towards the Save Soho campaign (savesoho.com) so ably led by Tim Arnold. And to raising awareness around what we stand to lose if we don’t stand together. ROUX_TonyBriggsBook_Spreads_AW.indd

www.tonybriggs.com | www.weareroux.com | www.kastnerandpartners.co.uk

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It's a big change to the busy, fast flowing roundabout in Old Street but plans have been unveiled today to turn it into a one sided, paved 'peninsula' to make the junction safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Old Street station would be given a new entrance right in the centre which should sort out the 'which bloody exit do I want issues' that the station currently has.

The roundabout will also get segregated cycle lanes and cycle-friendly traffic signals as well as five new pedestrian crossings.

Boris Johnson has said of the new designs for the roundabout -

He said: "We are progressing at full steam with our plans to redesign some of London’s most dangerous junctions, and Old Street roundabout is next to be completely overhauled.

"These plans will dramatically improve safety for the thousands of cyclists and pedestrians using the junction, and also make it easier to access Tech City, which continues to nurture upcoming technology and creative talent from around the world."

 

The Battersea Power Station Development Company (“BPSDC”), on behalf of the shareholders of Battersea Power Station, has revealed the latest designs for ‘Battersea Roof Gardens’ and ‘Prospect Park’ ahead of the Global Launch for Phase 3 of the development on Friday 31 October 2014.

The crowning jewel of the Foster + Partners ‘Battersea Roof Gardens’ is the landscaped garden that sits on top of 15 residential storeys and stretches over 355 metres long which is being designed by James Corner Field Operations who created the famous ‘High Line’ in New York City. This will be one of the largest roof gardens in London. The stunning space will be illuminated at night and will change subtly through the seasons. Whilst Field Operations have taken inspiration from America, this garden will be very different and more like a grand city garden, with more intimacy and moments to sit quietly as opposed to the public thoroughfare of New York’s High Line that sits on the raised disused railway lines. There will be opportunities throughout the year for the general public to enjoy this unique space, alongside the residents.

The idea of the space is to give residents and hotel guests the opportunity to enjoy not only this skyline of London, but the skyline and profile of The Power Station with a full 360 degree panorama. Along the garden walkways are various overlooks, seating areas and planted garden areas creating a dramatic sequence of unfolding experiences, attractions and spectacular vistas. There will be little pockets of sheltered quiet space, a lawned area and then more public areas, with access from the hotel below.

At the end of the rooftop is the ‘fitness deck’ that supports any number of resident uses and activities, from exercising and fitness classes to children’s play, gatherings and parties and small movie screenings. At the extreme tip of the rooftop is the ‘lookout’ ; residents can step through a narrow opening between large canopy trees into an intimate overlook that offers spectacular views of the Power Station and city.

The Woodland Walk will be the most beautiful and powerfully dramatic space on the rooftop; a dense forest of birch trees ‘in the sky’. The white trunks of the birch trees will be a theatrical foreground to the Power Station chimneys beyond. The garden walkways meander around the birch planters, creating a sense of journeying through the woodland, while also choreographing new views, vistas and orientations. Timber seating rings and free standing hammocks offer places to sit, relax and lay out.

At the centre of the rooftop is the Sun Lawn. Oriented directly perpendicular to the Power Station chimneys, it provides a wide open horizon to take in the view, the weather and the scene, while also allowing for activities. Picnicking, sunbathing, star gazing and evening movies may be especially popular day-to-day activities.

The Sun Lounge and Summer Kitchen will be the most active and social features for residents on the rooftop. Set within a flowering perennial garden, the Summer Kitchen offers residents a large, communal “farm table”, prep work station and a raised picnic lawn. Each of these features is an amenity for individuals using the farm table as a work surface to cater for small gatherings, lunches, BBQs and dinner parties.

North of the Summer Kitchen is the Sun Lounge; a collection of custom v-shaped chaises, that are alternately oriented to the south and to the sunset, or to the chimneys and the Gehry Partners ‘Flower’ building. The lounge will be a spectacular attraction for visitors to London: stepping out onto the rooftop, with the chimneys looming large in full-view. The lounge consists of several amenities for the hotel guests: cabanas, a bar, seating and dining areas, several theatrical ‘lookout’ spaces, all set within a garden setting of perennials, grasses and tall canopy trees.

The whole Battersea Power Station project looks set to be fully competed by 2025.

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They already peak interest when it comes to guided walks but now London's old unused tube tunnels have attracted some different attention - from companies who have been invited to bid to transform them.

TFL  has offered up the disused tube stops and horse tunnels under London to see what ideas other companies may have for them. The public body owns 750 of the tunnels and is looking to transform the portfolio of assets. We wonder if this will take out ticket prices down or up?

TFL is currently deciding wether to let construction firms to bid for just one site to kick-start the project, or a collection of the spaces hidden.

It does sound pretty exciting - very demolition man but with less rat burgers.

Deals are already in place for some tunnels. Those below Clapham North are now home to a herb farm, and the organisation has signed a deal with Waitrose to run a service where customers pick up goods from lockers at Chalfont & Latimer, on the Metropolitan line.

What would you like to see in the tunnels?

Canalside Pavilion kings crossKings Cross is growing at a rate of knotts with new things opening it seems every few weeks! Now the latest news is that a new canalside Pavilion at King’s Cross has been approved by Camden Council.

The three storey building, designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, will be located to the east of Granary Square, adjacent to the Regent’s Canal. When complete in 2015, the 9,200 sq ft space will become a brand new restaurant and bar, further bolstering the credentials of King’s Cross as London’s most exciting foodie destination.

Stanton Williams has designed the Pavilion as a modern addition to the location, but one that complements the industrial heritage of the area. The linear brick façade of the new structure is in keeping with the Granary Building and other nearby examples Victorian era architecture. The Pavilion’s position means that it will help to enclose Granary Square, while stimulating even more buzz in the popular space. At the same time, the Pavilion will provide new pedestrian connections; at first floor level the building will connect with Granary Square, while at ground floor level it will connect with the canal towpath.

The design is intended to create large open spaces not only within the Pavilion, consisting of a dining room, bar and open kitchen, but also outside it, with a generously proportioned outdoor dining area on the canal side. Full-height windows will ensure that the interior that is bathed in natural light and the materials used will carry on the industrial theme of the exterior, with exposed brick, glass and steel, making the space feel both pared-back and elegant, whilst also welcoming and atmospheric at any time of the day or night.

Full details about the incoming restaurant operator will be revealed in due course, but the Pavilion will become the area’s newest dining destination. The new establishment will join critically acclaimed neighbours; Shrimpy’s, Caravan King’s Cross, Grain Store, Plum and Spilt Milk, and KERB, the street food collective.

Construction on the Pavilion will begin on site later this year and the building is set to complete in 2015.