And finally… Images preview London’s skyline in 2026

View from City Hall

The City of London is getting taller. With 13 new schemes consented, under construction or due to start construction in its eastern cluster, the pipeline means that the City skyline will look a lot different in ten years’ time.

New CGIs commissioned by the City of London Corporation show how the skyline of London’s financial district will be affected by 2026, based on current plans. The images show a group of 13 skyscrapers that have been consented, are under construction or are due to start construction imminently.

View from Fleet Street

Around 60% of the City’s growth is expected to be delivered in the eastern cluster. As of September 2017, there was over 1.37 million square metres of office space under construction in the City with the potential to accommodate 85,000 workers. This compares to 1.22 million square metres in March 2016, before the vote to leave the European Union.

Six of the 13 upcoming developments will have free public viewing galleries. These are 22 Bishopsgate (TwentyTwo), 120 Fenchurch Street, 6-8 Bishopsgate, 1 Leadenhall Street and 1 Undershaft, which will also host a dedicated Museum of London gallery at the top of the building, alongside interactive learning spaces and London’s highest restaurant. These six include 2-3 Finsbury Avenue, located north of the eastern cluster.

Aerial view from East

The City Corporation granted TwentyTwo planning permission on the condition that its deliveries are sent to an offsite consolidation centre. This is the first time an office tower has been subject to such a planning requirement. The City Corporation encourages the use of off-site consolidation to reduce the traffic, safety and environmental impacts of freight while improving safety and still allowing the City to receive the deliveries it needs.

View from South Bank

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.”

Three tall buildings completed construction in 2016/17 including 1 Creechurch Place in the eastern cluster. Approaching completion were 120 Fenchurch Street, The Scalpel, 22 Bishopsgate, 100 Bishopsgate and 70 St Mary Axe.

Development Height (metres) Status
22 Bishopsgate 294.94 (62 storeys) Under Construction
52 Lime Street (the Scalpel) 206 (36 storeys) Under Construction
100 Bishopsgate 181 (37 storeys) Under Construction
6-8 Bishopsgate/150 Leadenhall Street 185 (50 storeys) Under Construction
70 St Mary Axe 164.3 (21 storeys) Under Construction
150 Bishopsgate 150.92 (41 storeys) Under Construction
120 Fenchurch Street 85 (15 storeys) Under Construction
80 Fenchurch Street 78 (14 storeys) Under Construction
1 Undershaft – the tallest in Eastern Cluster 304.6 (73 storeys) Still subject to S106 Approval
2-3 Finsbury Avenue (Broadgate) north of Eastern Cluster 168.4 (32 storeys) Still subject to S106 Approval
40 Leadenhall Street 170 (34 storeys) Not Commenced
130 Fenchurch Street 105 (17 storeys) Not Commenced
1 Leadenhall Street (corner of Leadenhall Market) 182.7 (36 storeys) Not Commenced