The Shard starts...

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by kyser_soze, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Just as a quick update for Shard fans, it's actually happening; the demolition guys are de-welding and de-constructing the old PWC building (saw them sawing down the atrium and the 1st and 2nd floor sun shade things) and there's a huge, quite wonderful, grey board about the size of a 96 sheet poster site in front of where Boots used to be.

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    Hope it's finished before I leave the UK cos I'd love to go up to the observation deck...
     
  2. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Howe long are they estimating it will take to build?
     
  3. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Oh bums, I was always under the impression that fuck-ugly one on the left was coming down too :( Ah well. Shard ftw :)
     
  4. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    [​IMG]
    finished in 2011
     
  5. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    That things a fucking monstrosity.
     
  6. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    You mean Guy's Hospital? Yeah, but if it weren't in grey concrete it'd be cooler - mad shape
     
  7. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Ah, I had no idea it was part of the hospital :(
    Yeah, the shape is pretty space age, but the materials really don't help.
     
  8. g force

    g force Affects Shatner's Basoon

    Wonder if it will encounter the same problems as the Cheesegrater and the Pinnacle "Helter Skelter" during construction?
     
  9. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    What problems are those?
     
  10. Kid_Eternity

    Kid_Eternity "You might be a lord but here comes the king."

    Hmmm not sure what I think of it...that said didn't like the London Eye much upon first glance but now it's one my favourite features of London.
     
  11. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Since they haven't finished prep and clearance work, what are these?
     
  12. ChrisFilter

    ChrisFilter Like a boss.

    Shard FTW :cool:
     
  13. g force

    g force Affects Shatner's Basoon

    Well a bank has taken out an injunction, succesfully, to limit nosie and vibration that, if broken, leaves the developer of the Cheesgreater - British Land - open to paying compensation of £100,000 a day.

    Hiscox @ 1 Great St Helen's (across from the church) are in the process of getting work halted on the Pinnacle, next door, as massive cracks have appeared in their walls.

    It's all getting a bit messy with injunctions etc and could delay the site being cleared let alone drining in foundations for a 80 floor tower
     
  14. zenie

    zenie >^^<

    Tallest hospital in the UK innit? :cool:
     
  15. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    The preliminary designs for the new London Bridge are looking quite spiffy.

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    Big Ground Floor concourse with the trains running through overhead on suspended bridges.
     
  16. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Have you seen the site? Work is continuing apace - they're using the 'demolish from the ground up' approach on a couple of the buildings which looks :cool: and there's always activity going on when I've been past the last few weeks...
     
  17. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Demolition 'from the ground up' is just because they were built in the oposite direction - the floors 'hang' from the central core.
     
  18. Brainaddict

    Brainaddict chief propagandist (provisional)

    Somehow this tale of a clash of two of the most rapacious types of capitalist institutions - banks and property developers - fails to incite any sympathy in me at all. In fact it's pretty entertaining stuff :D:D:D
     
  19. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    It looks way cool though :D
     
  20. g force

    g force Affects Shatner's Basoon

    Yep and the core is staying in the new building. The best thing about the old P&O site is the public atrium at ground level...although I'm not sure how far it encrouches onto the 'plinth' in front of the Aviva tower.
     
  21. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    The Aviva tower is the old Barclays Building isn't it? The weird ass thing with the hemispherical lid that was designed by some Yank arch-PoMo practice and BB hated it from the time they moved in didn't they?
     
  22. tommers

    tommers Your disco needs you

    is that the york clinic? wow, I didn't realise that was where this would be. it's really close...
     
  23. g force

    g force Affects Shatner's Basoon

    The black tower over the road from the Gherkin. It's my home from home :hmm::mad:
     
  24. kyser_soze

    kyser_soze Hawking's Angry Eyebrow

    Ahh, not the one I was thinking of. But I know the building of which you speak
     
  25. ChrisFilter

    ChrisFilter Like a boss.

    All well and good, but when are they going to make London Bridge acceptably accessible!? It's unusable when you're working in Farringdon or anywhere not on the Northern or Jubilee lines. Might be a problem without a solution though.
     
  26. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Nothing but new tube lines would fix that for you!

    (if you time it right, you can get thameslink from Lbridge to Farringdon)
     
  27. GarfieldLeChat

    GarfieldLeChat fucking awesome but wrong

    canterlever innit??
     
  28. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Not afaik - there's a sort of 'coathanger' at the top, then tension members down the outside.
     
  29. ChrisFilter

    ChrisFilter Like a boss.

    Those trains don't start until 9:17am... what the fuck is the point in that?!

    Doesn't matter anyway, just meant that when we were looking for houses any areas that were only on the London Bridge <> Victoria line were out of the question.
     
  30. GarfieldLeChat

    GarfieldLeChat fucking awesome but wrong

    down the outside:eek:

    god we had balls in the 60's :D
     

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