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.
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.
Bishopsgat(TwentyTwo) 62 storeys 294.94m – completion 2019
- 52 Lime Street (The Scalpel) 36 storeys 206m – completion 2019
- 100 Bishopsgate 37 storeys 181m – completion 2019
- 6-8 Bishopsgate 150 Leadenhall Street 50 storeys 185m – under construction
- 70 St Mary Axe 21 storeys 164.3m – completion Dec 2018
- 150 Bishopsgate (One Bishopsgate Plaza) 41 storeys 150.92m – completion 2020
- 120 Fenchurch Stree (Fen Court) 15 storeys 85m – completion Spring 2019
- 80 Fenchurch Street 14 storeys 78m – under construction
- 1 Undershaft 73 storeys 304.6m – Consented, Not Commenced – still subject to S106 Approval
- 2-3 Finsbury Avenue 32 storeys 168.4m – Consented, Not Commenced – still subject to S106 Approval
- 40 Leadenhall Street 34 storeys 170m – Consented, Not Commenced
- 130 Fenchurch Street 17 storeys 105m – Consented, Not commenced
- 1 Leadenhall Street 36 storeys 182.7m – Consented, Not Commenced
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.”