Six planned skyscrapers to change London city skyline

Aaron Morby 3 years ago
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The City of London Corporation has unveiled a visualisation of how the Square Mile’s skyline will look by the mid 2020s should six planning approved towers be built.

Projected mid-2020s skyline, without six further 75m tall schemes being considered
Projected mid-2020s skyline, without six further 75m tall schemes being considered

It has also revealed it is in early-stage talks with developers for a further half a dozen projects over 75m tall, claiming it reveals post-pandemic long-term confidence in the City high-rise office.

The fresh images capture the major developments that the City Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee has resolved to grant planning for over the past 12 months.

These include: 50 Fenchurch Street, 55 Gracechurch Street, 60 Aldgate High Street, 70 Gracechurch Street, and 2-3 Finsbury Avenue.

The majority of the tall buildings fall within the ‘City Cluster’ area, located in the eastern corner of the Square Mile, which is already home to some of the capital’s most iconic skyscrapers.

The City Cluster is set to grow to close the gap between the ‘Walkie-Talkie’ and the main group of towers, while introducing more animated ground floor spaces.

Visualisation courtesy Didier Madoc Jones of GMJ and City of London Corporation

Square Mile towers – present pipeline
Development Height (m) Status
22 Bishopsgate 294.94 Just completed
100 Bishopsgate 172.0m Just completed
150 Bishopsgate 135.0m Nearing completion
6-8 Bishopsgate 185.0m Under Construction
40 Leadenhall Street 170.0m Under Construction
1 Leadenhall Place 183.0m Under Construction
1 Undershaft 304.9m Consented
100 Leadenhall Street 263.0m Consented
50 Fenchurch Street 149.6m Resolved to Consent – still subject to S106 Approval
70 Gracechurch Street 154.8m Resolved to Consent – still subject to S106 Approval
55 Gracechurch Street 146.0m Resolved to Consent – still subject to S106 Approval
2-3 Finsbury Avenue 170.2m Resolved to Consent – still subject to S106 Approval
The Tulip 305.0m Currently subject of a Public Inquiry
Five other schemes  75m-plus Early planning discussions

Changes will also include pedestrian priority areas, a push for off-site consolidation and the re-timing of freight and deliveries outside of peak hours.

Key development guidance included in the City Plan encourages urban greening, new pedestrian routes through tall buildings and the inclusion of flexible and adaptable office floorspace.

Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Alastair Moss, said: “These new CGI images clearly illustrate that the City office is here to stay, and the future of the Square Mile remains bright.

“The support shown from developers and investors who remain committed to providing world-leading office space in the City of London has been phenomenal.

“These developers have embraced trends – such as flexible workspace, world-class additions to the public realm and including an array of wellness practices such as greening – to ensure office buildings in the City remain fit for the future.

“We have every confidence in a thriving and sustainable Square Mile, and these new images give a glimpse into the next chapter of the City of London.”

The City of London Corporation’s planning team continues to work closely with developers who are refining schemes, which are currently at a pre-application stage.

There are currently six further pre-applications of over 75m in height being discussed.

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