There is a lot of activity buzzing around the capital this week, so we take a look at why London is dominating the headlines and also give you a quick update on all other news stories concerning property & architecture.
Zaha Hadid Architects have proposed a plan to pedestrianise London to make a walking between destinations a viable transport option. The plan named Walkable London would create a network of pedestrian routes throughout the capital making it far easier and safer to walk. Walkable London follows the plan to pedestrianise Oxford Street, the Zaha Hadid Architects state just one street won’t help to solve problems of emissions and traffic in London. HEKKTA fully supports this new plan, let’s get walking!
The increase in wealth of London’s property market making it worth more than £1.5tn, means that London’s property market is worth twice the combined value of 9 large UK cities (Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Bristol, Reading, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Sheffield and Glasgow). What a great place it is for us here to do business!
Deutsche Bank’s new London HQ gets the green light, so developer Landsec can begin the building of the new 564,000 square foot office. It is situated right on top of the new Liverpool Street Moorgate ticket office for Crossrail and it is expected to be completed by 2021.
Lendlease have become the master development partner for the new £4bn Euston redevelopment. The project will include a new interchange with the London Underground, combining Euston and Euston Square for the first time and including provision for a future connection to a potential Crossrail 2. There is also the possibility of development around the station also creating public areas and green spaces.
Wilkinson Eyre working with Jonathan Tuckey Design have done a fantastic job in converting three old Victorian gas holders into luxury apartments in King’s Cross. The is part of a wider Allies and Morrison-designed masterplan for a 27-hectare site around King’s Cross station in North London. Take a peek at the flats.
Liverpool have introduced a new building height cap after plans to build two high-rise blocks jeopardised the UNESCO World Heritage status of the city.
Tokyo could soon be the site of the tallest timber tower in the world after Japanese timber Sumitomo Forestry revealed their plans for a wooden 350-metre skyscraper in the capital. It would also be the country’s tallest tower made of any material. The ambitious project would be four times higher than the next biggest and Sumitomo Forestry estimates the building will cost £4.2 billion which is, “almost double that of a conventional high-rise building constructed with current technology.”
Italian office Piuarch have converted an old aircraft factory into a brilliant headquarters for Gucci in Milan. The old rows of staggered brick-clad hangars have been modernised inside, while keeping their exterior and a metal tower has been added to middle. The facility was used by Caproni aircraft company throughout the world wars to assemble new aircraft but operations ended in 1950. The new design has created the most amazing spaces, and the lighting has been carefully designed to make the most of this unique location.
British property developer Moda Living is attempting to lure more customers by including free Uber rides in their rent. Would this tempt you?
The new Hasting’s Pier that won the 2017 Stirling Prize has gone up for sale as the charity funding it has gone into administration.
The enormous masterplan to revamp the outskirts of Paris (BIG’s EuropaCity masterplan) is getting yet another feature. UNStudio have designed a staggering new cultural centre with an indoor and outdoor screen. The twisting metal is topped with grass for audiences to sit on while they watch the big screen. Beautiful design.