The City of London Corporation has released a series of CGI images depicting the financial district’s skyline by 2026.
The government body says that a total of 13 new schemes are either consented, under construction or due to start construction in the district’s eastern cluster, and will deliver around 60 per cent of the area’s growth over the next decade.
Six of the new projects will have free public viewing galleries, which the corporation says is “paving the way for tourists, school children and the wider public to enjoy London’s development from a great height”.
The tallest of the new schemes is 1 Undershaft at 306 metres (a project which has been consented but is still subject to Section 106 agreements between the local authority and the developers).
Two other developments (both of which are under construction) are over 200 metres in height – the 295-metre, 62-storey 22 Bishopsgate (marketed as TwentyTwo), and the 206-metre, 36-storey 52 Lime Street (also known as The Scalpel).
Eight of the schemes are already under construction, with a further five having received planning consent.
Commenting on the developments, Chris Hayward, planning committee chairman at the City of London Corporation said that it was “unprecedented to see such a scale of development taking place at one time in the Square Mile”.
“The City’s occupier base is becoming more dynamic, with SMEs and media companies choosing the Square Mile as their home,” said Hayward.
“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.”
The corporation also noted that as of September 2017, there was over 1.37 million sqm of office space under construction in the City, which will accommodate 85,000 workers.