J.D Wetherspoon, the down-market pub chained famed for cheap lager, bad curries, and supporting Brexit, has made a major move into the Glasgow hotel market with a new proposal to sit on one of Glasgow's prime streets.Read More
Adding to the emerging cluster around the southern edge of Blackfriars Bridge, an area already marked by the under construction One Blackfriars and the nearby Rejuvenated Kings Reach Tower, now called South Bank Tower, are plans for two towers at 18 Blackfriars Road designed by Wilkinson Eyre. Read More
The scheme, features two towers standing on the southern corner of Blackfriars Road and Stamford Street, the tallest of which should be about 150 metres in height with the taller tower having 52-storeys. The shorter tower, an office tower, is estimated to be about 135 metres.
Lower rise buildings, the tallest of which will be only 18 floors, are planned to run along Paris Gardens, with the new green space on the southern part of the development connecting with the existing area around Christchurch Southwark creating an expanded if overshadowed urban park.
The project is particularly notable for the design of the tallest tower, residential in use, nicknamed The Jenga after its blocky look. Although it has a rectangular shape, projecting glazed sections of multiple floors, presumably designed to accommodate double-aspect winter gardens, are cantilevered out creating a deceptively blocky look. The other tower, which will be dominated by office use, will front directly onto Blackfriars Road and stand almost opposite the successful 240 Blackfriars development which was completed in 2015.
The make up of the development sees 291 new apartments built of which 23% will be affordable, plus 548 hotel rooms, 25,523 square metres office space plus 2,966 square metres of ground floor retail.
The developer of the scheme is the very piratey sounding Black Pearl Limited but sadly there are no cannons included. A planning application is expected at the end of the year.
Piling is soon to begin on the largest development built in central Liverpool since the Liverpool One scheme, a high-tech version of Chinatown that looks like it escaped from Blade Runner. Read More
What could be the tallest tower in Newcastle Upon Tyne has been proposed by Stonegate Developments to sit on a site off St James' Boulevard, one of the main roads running through central Newcastle from north to south.Read More
Another chapter in the rapid gentrification of Shoreditch looks like going ahead after the local council gave planning approval to what will be a 110 metre tall office/hotel tower located on Shoreditch High Street.Read More
At the peak of the last boom the architect Ian Simpson working for Westgate Properties came up with a proposal for Owen Street in central Manchester near the Deansgate Hilton which consisted of five blocks from 49 metres up to 150 metres in height which of course, never got built but was a symbol of the irrational exuberance that consumed developers eager to propose towers.Read More
Stage one of yet another attempt to build tall buildings off Bridge Street in Leeds has been submitted to the local council and features a re-clad of the former British Gas tower, once mooted to be demolished but still standing today.Read More
As part of the regeneration of the Fairfield Halls concert venue in central Croydon the local council is planning a massive development of the area around it that sees Croydon College included too.Read More
After a decade the planning committee at Poole Council has finally approved a specific development scheme for the Poole Regeneration Area that is commercially viable, rather than a small amount of affordable housing. Read More
Designs have been unveiled for what will be the tallest building in the City of London, 1 Undershaft.Read More