£1.5 billion contract awarded for regeneration of Elephant & Castle

London Borough of Southwark announced that they have awarded the £1.5 billion (circa A$2.7 billion) regeneration of Elephant & Castle to Lend Lease.

The project is one of the most significant schemes of its type in Europe, comprising over 300,000 square metres of new build, mixed-use development, together with major infrastructure improvements and a range of enhanced community facilities. The location, within two miles of London’s West End, is unrivalled for a development of this scale.

The scheme comprises six phases. The first phase demolition is scheduled to commence in February 2010. Detailed planning consent for the first phase is expected to be achieved by April 2011. Both parties have expressed their commitment to work together on the redevelopment of all six phases of the site.

SOURCE: Lend Lease

IMAGE SOURCE: Elephant & Castle

Scape Design Associates appointed for new public square

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Landscape architect Scape Design Associates has been appointed to create a new public square in a major west London shopping area after beating shortlisted rivals Gillespies and Burns & Nice. The design will be developed with continued public consultation for planning application.
SOURCE: bdonline.co.uk

IMAGE SOURCE: King Street Regeneration

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New Oxford Circus opens in London

Europe’s busiest diagonal crossing was unveiled today by London Mayor Boris Johnson following a £5million makeover which has seen Oxford Circus get the X factor.

For the first time ever shoppers will be able to cross the busy intersection diagonally in an ‘X’ as well as straight ahead – meaning the junction will be able to handle double the number of pedestrians and ease overcrowding.

Taking a lead from Tokyo’s famous Shibuya crossing, renowned for allowing large numbers to cross with ease, Oxford Circus, the gateway to London’s premier shopping destination, has had its barriers and street clutter ripped out and remodelled, giving the 200million shoppers and workers that visit annually around 70 per cent more freedom to move around.

SOURCE: Youtube – Tgear2009 (footage from BBC)

Mayor & Transport for London plan to improve cyclists safety

The Mayor of London and Transport for London have released a plan to improve cyclists safety on the roads of London.

London’s boroughs and cycling groups are being asked to comment on the content of the plan, which highlights the needs for action by:

· Promoting the cycling safety message to all road users.

· Delivering new, safe cycle routes and facilities – such as the new Cycle Superhighways routes and the central London Cycle Hire scheme with its 6,000 bikes.

· Confidence boosting training for cyclists, and other road users –£3 million has been invested in cycle training this year.

· Encouraging HGV(heavy goods vehicles) operators in London to take cycling safety seriously  – including engaging with 7,000 London companies and encouraging them to join TfL’s Freight Operators Recognition Scheme.

· Working with over 300 freight companies which operate construction vehicles – they will be encouraged to install side-bars or other safety devices on HGVs that are currently exempt.

· Calling for Government action to improve HGV safety – by removing the current exemption for some construction vehicles to have side-bars and requiring cycle safety awareness as a mandatory part of HGV drivers ‘Certificate of Professional Competence’ (CPC) periodic training requirement.

· Championing the need to allow trials of innovative safety measures – such as Trixi mirrors in London to examine their potential benefits for cycling safety.

· Creating a Cycle Safety Working Group of key road user and cycling organisations

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£100m in green initiatives to regenerate deprived areas of London

More than 1,000 jobs will be created as part of a £100m green funding boost to regenerate some of the poorest parts of London, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and European Commissioner for Regional Policy, Paweł Samecki announced today.

The joint funding will finance decentralised energy, recycling and waste energy creation projects. A proposal for a new decentralised energy network in Barking is currently under consideration as one of the first projects to receive support. As well as regeneration benefits, the projects will promote sustainable and carbon neutral economic growth, combat climate change and help the capital towards its target of reducing London’s CO2 emissions by 60 per cent by 2025.

SOURCE: Mayor of London 100m of green initiatives to regenerate deprived areas of London.

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