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PROPERTY Old War Offi ce to become luxury hotel Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge has been approved


Boris Johnson approves London Garden Bridge


London mayor Boris Johnson has fi nally approved planning permission for T omas Heatherwick’s controversial Garden Bridge. Aſt er planning was approved by both


Lambeth Council and Westminster Council earlier this year, Johnson’s offi cial approval of the project means that the construction of the £175m bridge can begin next year. T e Garden Bridge plan will connect the


South Bank and Temple areas of London. It will become a new green space for London and focus will be placed on its garden layout. Details: http://lei.sr?a=J3G8V


Loudoun Castle upgrades luxury holiday resort plans


Plans for a £300m fi ve-star hotel and cham- pionship golf resort at the site of Loudoun Castle in East Ayrshire have been scrapped in favour of a more expensive proposal to turn the area into an all-weather holiday destination and residential development. The £450m masterplan for the


former amusement park site in Galston includes 450 luxury lodges, 12 ‘glamp- ing’ pitches, a lake and a large covered leisure development with indoor sports facilities and a sub-tropical pool. Details: http://lei.sr?a=w4H6A


T e old War Offi ce building in Whitehall, London, has been sold to investment con- glomerate Hinduja Group, in partnership with Spanish group Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos, for £300m. Opened in 1906, the War


Offi ce was recently sold off by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a cost cutting move aſt er being declared surplus to the ministry’s requirements. Boasting over 1,000 rooms


and two and half miles of corridors, it is likely that the the Grade II-listed building is to be transformed into a luxury hotel also featuring apartments. Used during both World Wars, the building


T e old War Offi ce, where Churchill planned WWII allied manoeuvres


was a key strategic site for the British govern- ment and was home to Lord Kitchener, David


Lloyd-George and Sir Winston Churchill. In order to preserve the site’s heritage, the new owners will be granted a 250-year lease. Details: http://lei.sr?a=y2g4Z


Study backs Everton stadium project


An independent study released by Liverpool City Council says a stadium-led regeneration around Everton Football Club has the poten- tial to create up to 1,250 permanent jobs, 1,000 new homes and 30,000sq m (323,000sq ſt ) of leisure, retail and restaurant space. The study by Volterra Partners outlines


the benefits of a regenerated Walton Hall Park, just over a mile from Everton’s cur- rent home of Goodison Park. In the plans, Everton would gain a new 50,000-capacity stadium, along with replacement facilities for the Lifestyles Leisure Centre, Liverpool Soccer Centre, children’s play area and sports pitches currently available at Goodison Park. “Everton FC currently attracts an


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www.rbtexpo.com T e new stadium would liſt capacity by 25 per cent


average matchday attendance of over 36,000 at Goodison Park. T e new stadium offers the opportunity to increase capac- ity by around 25 per cent,” reads the report. Details: http://lei.sr?a=t2x7R


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