Category: London Development (16)

The FT reports on how London’s economic geography has changed in the 21st century. The inner city has developed rapidly. Its core is growing faster than its periphery. Immigration from around the world is part of this story, but so too is the influx of younger people of childbearing age, attracted to the lifestyles of gentrified inner areas such as Hackney and Lambeth and their improving schools. There has been a new, diverse baby boom in the capital. And unusually, the past 10 years have seen more people arrive in inner London from the rest of England and Wales than leave.

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The Guardian is running a story on London’s magnetic pull for young people all over the UK, illustrated by the statistic that one in three 22-30 year olds leaving their UK hometowns end up in London. Click image to go to the story.

Net flows of people to London. Click image to go to Guardian story

Net flows of people to London. Click image to go to Guardian story

The Hackney Fashion Hub is a major regeneration project on the edge of Hackney Central town centre that will create a new focal point for UK fashion in the heart of London’s East End. The project is being pushed along by Harry Handelsman the brains and brawn behind the restoration of St Pancras.

Kudos for Hackney if this project gets the nod.

The Economist reports that LONDON is turning inside out. That, anyway, is roughly the argument of a couple of pieces they published recently. Just as affluent young professionals seem to be staying in the inner-city longer, turning places such as Dalston (in Hackney) and Peckham (in Southwark) into hipster enclaves, so too are the outer suburbs getting poorer, as people who cannot afford inner-London rents are pushed further out.

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Plans for a major housing development including a 19-storey tower next to Dalston Kingsland station have been submitted to Hackney Council.

One hundred and twenty five homes are proposed in a scheme ranging in height from four to 19 storeys with shops on the ground floor.

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Today the London Independent has published photos of progress at Crossrail. The £14.8bn project, slated for completion in 2018, will connect Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

The developers claim it will increase London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent.

The pictures show the five tunnelling machines carving new paths under the capital, and remodelling old ones, some of which were first used in 1878.

Over 7,000 people are working on the dig, which goes on 24 hours a day. Click image for more.

Click to view Crossrail image gallery from The Independent

Click to view Crossrail image gallery from The Independent

Architects have come up with a new way to solve the UK’s chronic housing shortage – converting garages into tiny homes. A row of out-of-use lock-ups in Hackney are due to be turned into cosy bedsits for young professionals and people unable to find a home. Click image to go to story.

Boris Bikes not strenuous enough? Proposal by Y/N Studio would transform canals into a swimmable network, from Little Venice to Limehouse via Broadway Market. Click image below to go to the story.

Londons proposed Lido Line at Broadway Market

London's proposed 'Lido Line' at Broadway Market