The changing skyline of the City

The City of London Corporation has revealed new images of how its City Cluster skyline, the eastern corner of the Square Mile, will look in 2026.

Birds eye view 2026

A range of policies are set to redefine the area and the wider City of London are currently out for consultation.

Key proposals in the 25-year Transport Strategy will see pedestrians prioritised, the implementation of a 15mph speed limit and deliveries reduced by 30% through consolidation centres based outside of the City. Britain’s first large-scale Zero Emission Zone covering the City Cluster is also proposed.

The Local Plan identifies seven key areas of change where the City Corporation will be promoting sustainable growth.

The Plan’s development guidance will encourage more flexible and adaptable office floorspace, a policy requiring all new developments to include a greening element and new walking routes through tall buildings will support more animated ground floor spaces, and allow the public to benefit from more navigable and less congested network of City streets.

13 new developments are now under construction or are due to start, which means that the City skyline will look a lot different in ten years’ time.

CGI view from City Hall in 2026. NB! Landmark Place is missing from this CGI.
View from City Hall in 2012

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 thirty 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.”

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