Peter Bill's articles

  • Wardian development, Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs

    Towering ambitions in Docklands


    At 7pm on Friday 9 February 1996, I was one floor up from Property Week , working at Building magazine. 

  • Twentytwo Bishopsgate and City skyline sunset

    The lioness and her pussycat


    PLP’s lead architect on 22 Bishopgate, Karen Cook, is a fierce defender of her craft, according to Sir Stuart Lipton, creator of the 1.4m sq ft City tower, which has just topped out at 945ft. “She is a lion; a brilliant architect,” he says. “But every lion needs a lion ...

  • Wirral Waters

    Something stirs in Wirral Waters


    Something stirs in the long-still Wirral Waters. Dutch pension fund APG is close to taking a punt on John Whittaker’s Peel Holdings’ plan (pictured) to regenerate 500 acres of Birkenhead docks, aka Wirral Waters – far more mellifluous.

  • Dorchester

    JLL pulls out of Brunei contract


    JLL has unilaterally withdrawn from managing nearly £2bn of hotel assets owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

  • Parliament 2019

    Parliament’s restorative dome


    Given the mood of the country, pitchforking parliamentarians into a shed in Tamworth and bulldozing their decaying talking shop would win more votes than spending £4bn restoring the Palace of Westminster. Insurers may view the shower (water, not people) that caused the Brexit debate to be suspended on 4 April ...

  • Houses of Parliament

    Lord Foster's 'pop-up parliament' considered as temporary home for MPs


    Plans for a ‘pop-up parliament’ designed by Lord Foster for Horse Guards Parade are being considered amid fears that stalled plans to move MPs into the Grade II listed HQ of the Ministry of Health on Whitehall will add two years and £350m in costs to the £4bn restoration and ...

  • Grosvenor Bermondsey CGI PW150319

    Duking it out over section 106


    The seventh Duke of Westminster should read Southwark Council’s 166-page report on why it last month rejected £800m plans to build 1,343 flats and a new school in Bermondsey. The council wanted 35% of the homes to be rented at 25% below market rent, rejecting Grosvenor’s 27.5% final offer.

  • Stock market generic

    BL is backing IPSX and women


    British Land will insert an iconic property, worth an eight- or nine-figure sum, into a special-purpose vehicle by the end of June. Shares in the SPV will be sold via an initial public offering. This will be the maiden float on the new International Property Stock Exchange (IPSX), which last ...

  • Electric cars charging

    2019 forecast: decade of disruption beckons


    Come September, there will be an outbreak of punditry with punning ‘20/20 vision’ headlines forecasting the property trends over the next decade.

  • The Post Building

    Rothesay Life ready to move from Cheesegrater to Post


    The insurance firm’s planned move to a new office in The Post Building would triple its London footprint.