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Lincoln plaza, London Docklands – Nov 2015

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The Official sales chat - taken from the website

Offering breathtaking views, first class facilities and superlative living accommodation in a location of international status, Lincoln Plaza is set to provide one of the most prestigious and sophisticated new landmarks on Canary Wharf’s iconic skyline.

Soaring up to the 31st floor, Lincoln Plaza comprises two principal apartment towers - Franklin and Greenwich - together with a 12-storey international brand name 100-suite hotel which integrates with the two towers, allowing residents access to a fabulous array of lifestyle facilities. Adjacent is a 10 level ‘rotunda’ apartment building complimenting this striking new landmark against Canary Wharf’s dazzling architecture.

Each apartment has been meticulously designed to create the perfect equilibrium of luxury quality and style, featuring comfort cooling, individually selected stone tiled flooring, SMEG kitchen appliances and Hansgrohe bathroom refinements. With all the exclusive facilities of a world class hotel, Lincoln Plaza is also set to deliver a comprehensive health club complete with spa, pool and fully equipped gymnasium, opulent entrance foyer with 24-hour concierge, business lounge, private cinema and four storey winter garden ‘sky lounge’ on the 22nd floor.

The explore

I got into the docklands area in the late evening looking to do a couple of roof top explores. After parking up at my usual car dumping spot (thanks Asda), I made my way across to the first location, which the last time I checked was completely abandoned & an easy one to say the least. Things had changed somewhat, with the site being live & from the looks of things, pretty active. The vantage point from there is somewhat mediocre from what I saw from other people’s past visits, so I decided to forget about it & moved on to the next place. The second location was pretty well guarded with cameras pointing at the most obvious entry points. The area was still pretty busy by this point, so I circled around the perimeter & took a walk over to my third potential location, Lincoln plaza. I had given this a look when I was in the area a few weeks back, & it looked pretty secure, & with lots of nosey bods about I decided against it. This time the situation was quite different! It was still quite lively, so I decided to take myself over to the dockside to take a few leisurely night shots, & more importantly kill some time.

After a while I decided that I had frozen my arse off enough & decided to make a go for it. I waited until there was nobody around, then took my moment & snuck in, pausing momentarily behind the portaloo while a car zipped past. After a bit of fast pacing into the building I was at the core staircase. It soon became apparent why it was so easy to get in, because on every floor there was a shiny dome camera watching. They must have thought no one is dumb enough to proceed with all of this surveillance here, right? Wrong! I proceeded to make my way up, & getting tired of ducking my head down each time I passed one of these things I got cheeky & gave one a very sarcastic wave. I noticed soon after that there was a sound other than me moving. I stopped & listened through the central gap in the stairs, & sure enough, there was the sound of someone high tailing up the stairs after me…….obviously they didn’t take kindly to my brazened attitude! I picked up the pace & made it to the top floor, I stepped through the doorway & immediately paused. I heard the sound of either someone’s phone or radio playing music. I made a slow retreat back down to the floor below, & hid in a dark corner. I stayed there for an hour, waiting & listening to someone systematically opening the doors to each floor in search of me. I thought it was only a matter of time before I got caught, & I started to get a bit concerned as I was doing it lone wolf. But to my surprise, after a while whoever was on the lookout had buggered off & I was left to explore again.

After checking the top floor once more, I concluded that whoever was camped up there wasn’t going to be moving any time soon. I admitted defeat & decided to call it a night. I felt a bit deflated, as my goal was to get to the roof & take some vista shots, which I obviously couldn’t do. So I began checking floors at random to see if there were any other vantage points to be had. I eventually came to a floor that had a door leading to a roof terrace, I immediately did a mini fist pump & thought “it’s back on!†I raced up the opposing tower core until I reached a skylight, & within about a minute I was on the roof. The views were pretty awesome, as are most high rises in London. One thing that became immediately apparent was the wind. I was totally exposed up there, & while trying my best to take long exposures I was getting absolutely battered. As a result the shots I got weren’t the best, but I think we’ve all been in that situation before! After soaking up the scenery for a good while, I decided that it was time to make a hasty retreat. I retraced my steps back to my original accent & made my way back down. To my shock there was no one around to greet me at the bottom, which was a big relief. When I stepped back into the public realm I was met by a passing couple on their way home. They looked pretty puzzled as I passed them, obviously from an outsider perspective it’s a bit weird for someone to be coming out of a building site on their own in the early hours of the morning!

Let me know what you think of the shots, I’m pretty new to night photography so any CC would be appreciated.

Note; the internal ones are just taken from my phone, as I wasn't really bothered about the inside tbh.

Pinkman

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Nice one :-)

Think i remember reading on good old FB when you were waiting it out in here, looks like it was worth the wait, not bad views those. :-)

Photos look fine to me mate :thumb

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Nice one :-)

Think i remember reading on good old FB when you were waiting it out in here, looks like it was worth the wait, not bad views those. :-)

Photos look fine to me mate :thumb

Thanks dude, yeah I was using the book of face to kill some time while my antagonist got bored & fucked off!

I was laughing to myself the whole time thinking "I'm gonna be in deep trouble when this person catches me!"

It's a good place to do, gives you a bit of a different view of Docklands.

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They are some crisp shots man, look even better on the PC rather than FB. Very nicely done

Cheers DJ, I'm a real perfectionist so I can always see the flaws in my work. Except the Baltimore shot that I took before, which I think worked a treat.

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Pretty darn nice that mate, especially those first couple of shots :)

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Thanks Hamtagger, Yeah they were the shots I took where I was being treated a sensible amount of wind, not getting pummeled like on the roof!

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On 04/12/2015, 12:45:15, The_Raw said:

Liking those mate and good to see you back on here! :thumb

Cheers Raw, I'm gonna be a lot more active on the forum from now on :)

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On 04/12/2015, 13:37:48, Urbexbandoned said:

Those first couple of pics are spot on! Nowt wrong with them from what I can see. Thanks for sharing :thumb

Thank you, I'm pretty proud of the Baltimore shot actually, it was one of those right place right time moments

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