The Weekly Wrap
Solution To Pollution?
does London still struggle to breathe? This has been an issue since the
industrial revolution and, despite monumental advances in technology, remains
one of the capital’s greatest challenges. Whilst contaminated air is now
largely in the public consciousness it is not broadly understood just how bad
London’s air quality has become. the City has suffered from Illegal levels of
air pollution since 2010 and this includes dangerous levels of nitrogen
dioxide, largely as a result of diesel vehicles.
there has been a dramatic shift in transport utilisation with a large increase
of cyclists on the road and the likes of the congestion charge also helping to
reduce the number of vehicles.
airqualitynews.com report that the City of London Corporation has been granted
a further £1m to improve measures further.
Khan's Air Quality Fund is setting up projects to tackle air pollution with the
help of the London Borough of Camden and The Cross River Partnership. There
have already been talks with ‘Pan-London' a group which focusses predominantly
on addressing idling vehicles. Together, the partnership will try to create new
measures to discourage drivers from
leaving their engines on while parked.
The Cross River Partnership, meanwhile has been
looking at the idea of ‘Clean Air Thames Project' which will include the
retrofitting of 11 passenger vehicles operating on the River Thames.
disproportionate contributor to London’s air pollution is the fleet of iconic
black cabs, which take up £30m of the zero-emission fund and are responsible
for approximately 25% of the harmful emissions in the region. Within the next few years, they will be the
single greatest source of transport pollution in central London.
A new fleet of black cabs will be fitted
with innovative air cleaners, containing unique patented nano carbon filtration
technology. Studies suggest that the new cabs will remove around 97%
particulate matter and up to 95 percent of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from the air
inside the cab within ten minutes. The tech has been funded/created by Barclays
and AirLabs and should go some way to reducing the carbon footprint of the
Two new tenants at 12 Arthur Street
Two lettings have recently completed at 12 Arthur
Street, with the first of a new round of tenants opting to take up residence in
the City Core building.
The second-floor offices (9,845 sq ft) have been
let to Broadridge Financial Solutions while Mindtree will occupy the 10,204 sq
ft fifth floor.
The Landlord, CIT, is undertaking a rolling
refurbishment of the building, set to be completed at the start of 2020, with
the second and the fifth floors comprising the first phase of the scheme.
Toby Croft, Director, CIT said: "The
new-look entrance foyer with high-end lighting and finishes, alongside the
improvements to common areas and CAT A refurbishment of the second and fifth
floors has successfully repositioned the building to appeal to occupiers
looking for contemporary and stylish space in the heart of the city.
Broadridge Financial and Mindtree are excellent
additions to the tenant mix and we look forward to bringing the remaining
floors up to the same standard as we work towards completing the full
refurbishment by early 2020.”
Museum of London’s new £332m home
First plans have been revealed showing an early
insight the new Museum of London home at Farringdon.
The plans aim to convert the building into a
24-hour destination, alongside neighbours such as the meat market and Fabric
It has been revealed that the cost of the project
has increased by more than £80 million as the transformation was originally
expected to cost £250m.
The new building is set to open in 2024 with the
planning application to be submitted later this year.
Museum director Sharon Ament said: “We will be
inhabiting what I believe is one of the most 24-hour parts of London.
"Do I think we'll be opening at 3 am? Maybe
sometimes. Who knows, maybe we'll have an all-night festival a couple of times
It may also include proposals to link the spaces
below ground with a tunnel under the Thameslink tracks that run below the site.
Plans for a sunken garden and a well reaching down to the waters of the River
Fleet, which flows beneath the streets of Farringdon.
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