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Visualisations of London in 2030 installed at The Shard

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Visualisations of what London will look like in 2030 including new buildings currently planned for the capital have been installed at The Shard’s viewing gallery

The visualisations have been included in the ‘Tell:scopes’ on the west side of the Viewing Gallery on the 69th level of The Shard, where visitors can see more detailed images of the view, together with info boxes and paintings or drawings of the same view at varying points in history.

The ‘Futurescapes’ were created by GMJ Design, a company which specialises in creating photomontage imagery, and include all the major building projects to receive planning permission and that are expected to be built by 2030. To the west of The Shard, these new buildings include David Chipperfield’s Elizabeth House, the Pinnacle by KPF and One Blackfriars by Ian Simpson Architects.

The images were created from CGIs of the new buildings added to a background photomontage of 154 high resolution photographs of the view.

View From The Shard, 2030, looking west, labelled. Image: GMJ Design

View From The Shard, 2030, looking west, labelled. Image: GMJ Design

Didier Madoc-Jones, managing director of GMJ Design, said: ‘We are currently in the biggest phase of development in London since the development of Canary Wharf.’

He added: ‘Development is on a different scale to what we are used to. There are a series of hotspots where there is intensive development. It’s not just in the City anymore, it’s all along the river, on the Southbank and particularly towards Nine Elms.’

‘This is due to many reasons, the cost of land, the demand for residential space and the results of planning which allows for high rise buildings. London will increasingly feel like a modern high rise city.’

GMB Design expects to install ‘Futurescapes’ for the north, east and south sides of The Shard’s viewing gallery by the end of the year.

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