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Saturday 15 January 2005 4.52pm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1390876,00.html

Is it just coincidental or when the article above talks about both the new owners of this site (Beetham) AND the highest residential tower in Europe being surpassed by one "rumoured to be planned for Southwark in south London" - do they mean on this site?

Or have put 2 and 2 together and got nowhere near 4?
Monday 16 May 2005 3.15pm
From this week's SE1 Direct, which is about to drop into your inboxes:

ONE BLACKFRIARS ROAD SKYSCRAPER PRE-PLANNING EXHIBITION
Friday 20 & Saturday 21 May
Friday 3.30pm-6.30pm, Saturday 9am-12 noon at the
London Nautical School, Stamford Street
Map: http://quicklink.se1direct.co.uk/?id=1011
Pre-planning exhibition of proposals for a skyscraper
on the One Blackfriars Road site (previously known as
Ten Blackfriars Road) on the corner of Stamford Street
and Blackfriars Road. Meet members of the project team
and discuss your aspirations for the site. Actual plans
have not yet been drawn up but Beetham (who acquired
the site from Sainsbury's last year) hope to submit a
new application this year.
http://www.beetham.uk.com/


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Wednesday 18 May 2005 12.17pm
I find this very amusing:-

"Meet members of the project team
and discuss your aspirations for the site."

It brings to mind the recent adverts for a particular beer. In this case perhaps with the catch phrase: "xxxx don't do tall skyscrpaers in sensitive planning areas, but if we did...."

I envisage that rather than a series of multi-million pound penthouses at the top of the building, they build a large roof garden, open for everyone to enjoy. Maybe with a free bar too, just to keep the comparison going....
Thursday 30 June 2005 12.13pm
Today's FT (page 6 - sorry can't find an online version to link to) has a big report about this proposed development. It suggests a 60+ story building is being planned for the site.
Thursday 30 June 2005 1.32pm
Interesting that the FT says that Beetham are likely to be looking for a hotel operator to occupy the lower floors, with the rest being residential.
Thursday 30 June 2005 2.36pm
"Beetham's Folly" sounds nice. Perhaps anyone who doesn't like the idea of a new zillion storey tower could get some signs made up...

...if you press it, they will come.
Thursday 30 June 2005 3.05pm
Evening Standard also has a little piece on this: "Europe's largest residential skyscraper is being planned for London" and concludes that "However, it still needs planning permission from Lambeth Council (sic)" ...
Thursday 30 June 2005 3.42pm
As usual the Standard is repeating a mistake made by someone else (the FT piece also wrongly said the site was in Lambeth).
Saturday 30 July 2005 4.26pm
Thought some people would be interested in this:

http://www.skyscrapernews.com/news.php?ref=375

"Ian Simpson Architects along with their frequent collaborators, the developer the Beetham Organization have officially applied for planning permission for their newest project at 1 Blackfriars Road in London.

The tower which is set to be 219.3m metres tall above ground level and reach 68 storeys, will contain the traditional Beetham mix of a hotel and on the upper floors 220 flats."

There's a picture of the proposal there as well.
Saturday 30 July 2005 5.43pm
"Actual plans have not yet been drawn up but Beetham (who acquired the site from Sainsbury's last year) hope to submit a new application this year. "

this is complete rubbish, the entire site has been planned for months and the design has barely changed in months and the planning application was filed when it was expected to be. they just told you guys some porkies whilst consulting with you unless of course you believe that they managed to completely design a new tower from scratch in less than two months ;)
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