London’s skyline

What will the City of London's skyline look like in 2026?

The City of London’s skyline could look completely different by 2026 with 13 new schemes consented, under or due to start construction.

Around 60% of the City’s growth is expected to be built in the eastern cluster (2026 CGI aerial view from the east pictured above).

A CGI displaying how the city skyline is expected to look in 2026 from Fleet Street

As of September 2017, the City had over 1.37 million square metres of office space under construction, with the potential to accommodate 85,000 workers, up from the 1.22 million square metres under construction in March 2016, prior to the vote to leave the EU.

A CGI displaying how the city skyline is expected to look in 2026 from south bank

Public viewing galleries and off-site consolidation are two noticeable trends to have emerged around new tall developments approved by the City of London Corporation’s planning and transportation committee.

Six of the 13 upcoming developments will include free public viewing galleries:

• 22 Bishopsgate (TwentyTwo)
• 120 Fenchurch Street
• 6-8 Bishopsgate
• 1 Leadenhall Street
• 1 Undershaft
• 2-3 Finsbury Avenue

1 Undershaft will also host a dedicated Museum of London gallery at the top of the building, as well as interactive learning spaces and London’s highest restaurant.

A CGI displaying how the city skyline is expected to look in 2026 from Waterloo Bridge

TwentyTwo was granted planning consent by the City Corporation on the condition that its deliveries are sent to an off-site consolidation centre.

This is the first time an office tower has been subject to such a planning requirement.

The City Corporation has encouraged the use of off-site consolidation to minimise the traffic, safety and environmental impacts of freights, while improving safety.

Chris Hayward, planning committee chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: “It is unprecedented to see such a scale of development taking place at one time in the Square Mile.

“There are now more cranes in the City sky than in recent decades.

“The City’s occupier base is becoming more dynamic, with SMEs and media companies choosing the Square Mile as their home.

“I am particularly proud that we are able to make available economically inclusive spaces with free public viewing galleries in City skyscrapers.

“Over the next 30 years, I expect that we will need to deliver office space for up to 100,000 extra City workers.

“Therefore, iconic buildings such as TwentyTwo will lead the way in ensuring the City remains competitive as a leading financial centre.”

All photos credited to City of London Corporation/GMG

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