Issue 5: 15 December 2015

    Hotel permissions feed growing demand

    Two major new hotel projects have received planning permission in recent weeks, as demand for new hotels across the capital appears to continue unabated. The approvals come despite concern in some quarters that too many hotels are being built. Several boroughs have tightened policies to restrict hotels, or at least corral them into specific areas [...]

    Resi march continues, as Westminster barrier drops

    The march of residential conversions in Westminster continues, with three recently approved schemes adding 175 flats to the borough’s pipeline of homes. The approvals come just as the council, in line with other London planning authorities, seeks to clamp down on the conversion of office premises, concerned that valuable workspace is being lost. Westminster imposed [...]

    Land Secs reshape of Victoria continues

    Developer Land Securities has received approval for the latest part of its transformation of Victoria. Two new blocks, at Bressenden Place, Victoria Street and Allington Street. The buildings will sit on top of the newly improved Victoria underground station and transport interchange, and the site is currently being used to construct these facilities. They were [...]

    Piccadilly Circus makeover

    The block behind the famous Piccadilly Circus advertising lights is to be redeveloped – but the lights will remain. Land Securities received permission in December for a comprehensive redevelopment of almost a complete city block. The redevelopment will increase the amount of office space on the site in a Fletcher Priest design that makes much [...]

    Progress in the Royals

    Singaporean investor Oxley is pressing on with partner Ballymore, to finally develop out riverside areas of the Royal Docks. Already delivering the substantial Royal Wharf site, the pair have turned their attention to the adjacent upstream site, which has the potential to accommodate a further 2,000 new homes at Deanston Wharf. Last summer, Oxley agreed [...]