Issue 13: 14 April 2016

    Berkeley aces viability game in Paddington Green

    Westminster planners have approved the redevelopment of a site in Paddington Green, with housebuilders Berkeley winning permission for a 652 unit scheme that includes a 30 storey tower. The controversial project won a majority vote from the planning committee, after considering objections around the height and density of the development. On balance, the scheme was [...]

    London’s High Line gets off the mark

    Plans to convert an unused railway viaduct into a linear park in Peckham have taken a step forward, with the appointment of consultants to take the project forward. Architects Adams and Sutherland, who have previous experience including the Greenway around the Olympic Park in Stratford, will design the project. Their consultancy team includes Arup, Rider [...]

    Prime pipeline overflowing

    The pipeline for prime homes in London has increased by 40% in the last year, just as luxury home buyers are pulling in their horns. Research by consultants Arcadis has identified 35,055 “prime” properties in the development pipeline, for potential delivery over the next decade. The figure is up from 25,000 the previous year, they [...]

    London airports in holding pattern

    London City Airport has joined larger peers Heathrow and Gatwick in waiting for an official decision on whether they can proceed with expansion plans. And a throng of polls and surveys is being delivered, to help inform those charged with making the choices. The compact Docklands airport recorded its busiest ever day at the end [...]

    High street help promised

    London mayoral hopeful Zac Goldsmith has promised a £20 million fund that would help revitalise London’s 600 high streets, improving access and their attractiveness. Goldsmith has said he will appoint a retail “tzar” to help improve regeneration, bringing empty shops back to life. And there would be a “stop and shop” subsidy to councils, to [...]