Camden Highline

A couple of years ago, I wrote about a number of possible London “High Lines”, London’s own raised “rail trail” to New York City’s High Line and Paris’s Promenade Plantée. Now it looks like the best one could be happening. Camden Town Unlimited, the business improvement consortium for the area, are proposing a Camden Highline,… Continue reading Camden Highline

Crossrail Opening Sequence

Crossrail’s Elizabeth Line will launch in the following stages: Phase 0 – May 2015 – TfL takes control of the Liverpool St (high level) to Shenfield line, a single section with no forks. Phase 1 – May 2017 (above) – The new Crossrail trains start to appear on the Liverpool St (high level) to Shenfield… Continue reading Crossrail Opening Sequence

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Construction Open Doors

Construction Open Doors 2017 is almost here – various building sites and other construction projects are opening up to the public next week. Many sites are still bookable. I’ve booked five sites to look around next week – King’s Cross Central, Waterloo International, Alexandra Palace, Battersea Power Station and Crossrail Whitechapel. I’ve visited two of… Continue reading Construction Open Doors

London City Race Mega-Map

Below is a low-resolution view of the London City Race orienteering maps that have been used since the race was first held in 2008, arranged geographically to show their relative position. The maps were drawn by myself (initially) and Remo Madella (subsequently) who joined them together and assembled this image. Dark grey represents buildings, with… Continue reading London City Race Mega-Map

Open House London 2016: City of London (East)

A couple of weekends ago it was Open House London, two days where hundreds of London’s more interesting buildings open up, for free, for curious passersby (and organised pre-bookers). The capital fills up with interested parties carrying the distinctive green books. This year, on both days, we were only free from around 3pm onwards (due… Continue reading Open House London 2016: City of London (East)

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Open Doors: Bermondsey Dive-Under

The third tour I managed during the Construction Open Doors week of events back in June was to the site of the Bermondsey Diveunder. After visiting the (re)beginnings of a skyscraper, and a huge building development – this was something very different – a project building downwards, reusing old Victorian arches and the space between… Continue reading Open Doors: Bermondsey Dive-Under

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Open Doors: 22 Bishopsgate

It’s Open Doors week this week, where the public get a glimpse into many construction sites, and this morning I visited the site of 22 Bishopsgate, in the City of London. The site itself has an interesting recent history – it was going to be the Pinnacle, an elaborate, spiraling skyscraper. But construction stopped as… Continue reading Open Doors: 22 Bishopsgate

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