My girlfriend has dyslexia and her grammer and spelling are terrible but she has verbal communication skills that many would envy. Alas, the internet favours a basis towards those that can write well, but which in itself it is no judge of the true intellect of the writer.
I'm a Dutch student in Journalism, and next month I will be coming to London to do a report on the whole skyscraper-discussion that has been going on in London for the last few years.
But now I read a post that ES Magazine thinks that most of the plans are far from certain. Then someone replies that ES Magazine is biased, and shouldn't be taken seriously :).
That's basically why I'm going to London. To get a clear picture of where all the plans stand now, what is holding them back, and if things should probably be kept that way.
While I'm in London, I'd like to meet up with people that are affected by the new buildings. Like the people that work in the Southwark Towers.
But right now I'm looking for some clear information on the subject. I spent many hours reading articles and browsing the web, but all the information seems scattered and dates. Has anybody got a good tip on what to read, where to go? I'd appreciate it very much.
(I'll be checking this forum regularly, because I like the discussion. But if for some reason someone prefers emailing me: looskuh ./.at../. yahoo ./. dot ./. com.)
By the way, I'm not trying to be mean about Mickysalt's spelling, it's just that reading his postings I get distracted by the...er...creative use of letters and this somewhat takes away from the seriousness of his observations. It's like restaurants that you go into with fancy menus, and then they've misspelled something...chocolate moose for example - and you crack up.
> Good luck with that. The idea of property
> developers being open about the progress they're
> making (or not) with getting their buildings built
> is quite a good joke!
I make myself no illusions on how open the property developers will be. The facts speak pretty much for themselves, and that all has been dug up by people that (regrettably) spend a lot more time with these people than I will do.
What I can do however, is give a clear roundup on how things are going in general, and give my Dutch readers an impression on what is going on in London concering high-rise buildings.
Anyone intersted in the London Bridge tower may like to know that there is a short profile of it in this week's 'Estates Gazette.' The developers have allowed the use of some of their latest CGIs showing what the view may be like from the office floors.
To briefly summarize, the latest situation with regards a likely start date remains the same: that more tenants are needed to sign up before work can start. (60% required of the available 585,000 sq.ft)
As for figures, the article puts construction costs at £300m plus c£70m to terminate PWC's lease, giving a total of c£400m to build to 'shell and core.' However, the end value is put at c£1bn.