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Raynsford unveils potential sites for London assembly

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Minister for London Nick Raynsford has published a list of eight possible locations for the capital's new mayor and assembly.

The list, which includes refurbishment and new-build sites, was compiled after a search by Knight Frank of over 50 buildings, new developments and sites.

The proposed refurbishments are at: the 1960s Camelford House, SE11, alongside Terry Farrell and Partners' MI6 building, where a 20,900m2 scheme is envisaged; Dean Ryle Street Building, SW11, formerly part of Westminster Hospital, which could be replaced by a 27,900m2 building, ready by 'early 2001'; St George's Court, New Oxford Street, WC1, a former MoD building to be remodelled to provide 12,320m2 of accommodation; and Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, WC1 which would incorporate new-build behind the listed facade, providing 20,240m2 of space.

The-new build sites are: Canary Wharf, E14 - site WF-9 overlooking the Thames and the City which has outline planning consent for 18,600m2, of which the gla would occupy 8000m2; London Bridge City, SE1 between Tower Bridge and London Bridge on the Thames which would be 'mixed use but predominantly offices', and with buildings 'of various sizes' completed by the end of 2000; Regent's Place, Euston Road, NW1 - close to Regent's Park and the second phase of development on the 4.2 hectare site; and Vauxhall Cross, SE11 - the Effra site by Vauxhall Bridge where a purpose-built building could be built by the end of 1999. The site has outline planning permission for 68,000m2 of office space.

Other locations which come forward in the 'next few weeks' will also be considered. A final decision will be made by the new year.

Mayoral hopeful Ken Livingstone last week proposed a tax on passengers at Heathrow airport to pay for the roofing-over of the South Bank arts complex and a major expansion of activities.

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