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Report - New Fetter Place, WC2 - Mar 2012

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by One Flew East, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. One Flew East

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    New Fetter Place, the building formerly known as Maxwell House, and Strand House, 8-10, New Fetter Lane.

    Height (roof): 45.40 m
    Floors (above ground): 11
    Construction end: 1976

    It's in the process of a major refurbishment/re-build, which has involved partial demolition, due for completion in the third quarter of 2012.
    This is what the developers have in mind:
    http://www.khawkinsdesign.com/newfetter/index.html

    This is what it used to look like:
    http://www.emporis.com/building/810newfetterlane-london-unitedkingdom

    And this is what it looks like at the moment;
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    This was a challenge, photographically, because the building was moving. To be precise, what currently amounts to the roof surface, and the scaffolding encircling it, was vibrating, noticeably.
    Looking on Google Earth, an H can be seen on the roof, so I can only think that what was once the proper roof/helicopter landing pad surface has been removed, and what we were standing on was the sub-roof structure. It wasn't enough to get concerned about; a whole load of palletised building materials had been craned onto the roof, so there was no question of lack of strength, but it did have an adverse efect on photography, particularly at the longer zoom range.

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    Thanks to Dan and Tacita. An interesting evening, not least of which included the situation of standing at an open lid in the West End whilst two policemen walk past 15 yards away.
    Special thanks also to the mass of two-pint screamers who inhabit town after dark; it seems to get worse each time I visit. It's so much easier to be anonymous with them around. ​
     

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