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How the City of London skyline will look in 2026


New images have been released showing how the City of London’s increasingly high-rise skyline will look in 2026

Commissioned by the City of London Corporation, the visualisations include all 13 skyscraper schemes proposed in the Square Mile’s Eastern Cluster that have received planning permission but have not yet been completed.

These include PLP’s 62-storey 22 Bishopsgate – known as TwentyTwo – Eric Parry’s proposed 73-storey 1 Undershaft and Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 52-54 Lime Street, dubbed The Scalpel.

City of London Corporation planning committee chairman Chris Hayward 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.

‘Over the next 30 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.’

However, the new images do not include SOM’s proposed 100 Leadenhall tower, dubbed the Cheesegrater 2, which has yet to be officially submitted for planning (see AJ 02.11.17).

DevelopmentHeight (m)Status

22 Bishopsgate by PLP Architecture

294.94 (62 storeys)

Under construction

52 Lime Street (the Scalpel) by KPF

206 (36 storeys)

Under construction

100 Bishopsgate by Allies and Morrison

181 (37 storeys)

Under construction

6-8 Bishopsgate/150 Leadenhall Street by WilkinsonEyre

185 (50 storeys)

Under construction

70 St Mary Axe by Foggo Associates

164.3 (21 storeys)

Under construction

150 Bishopsgate by PLP Architecture and MSMR

150.92 (41 storeys)

Under construction

120 Fenchurch Street by Eric Parry Architects

85 (15 storeys)

Under construction

80 Fenchurch Street by tp bennett

78 (14 storeys)

Under construction

1 Undershaft by Eric Parry Architects

304.6 (73 storeys)

Consented, not commenced – still subject to S106 approval

2-3 Finsbury Avenue (Broadgate) by Arup Associates

168.4 (32 storeys)

Consented, not commenced – still subject to S106 approval

40 Leadenhall Street by Make Architects

170 (34 storeys)

Consented, not commenced

130 Fenchurch Street by Farshid Moussavi Architecture

105 (17 storeys)

Consented, not commenced

1 Leadenhall Street by Make Architects

182.7 (36 storeys)

Consented, not commenced

40 Leadenhall  c  DBOX

40 Leadenhall c DBOX

Source: DBOX

Make’s 170m tall 40 Leadenhall Street scheme


Readers' comments (7)

  • Perhaps the planning permission for offices for another hundred thousand workers needs to include the requirement to build affordable homes and infrastructure for another hundred thousand workers and their families.

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  • Let's bring back tied cottages.

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  • Mark Owen

    Whilst it all looks very shiny from afar, walking around the City is no longer a pleasant thing to do..New York, Chicago have vistas and long views, the city has a wall of Glass.

    Fingers crossed there has been some consideration to this in the design at ground level

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  • Such level of development
    where will the predicted finance and media sector workers come from, where do they live, how will the city cope with this level of uprising.
    every inch of the city's land is extremely valuable, made it valuable, by whom? who is benefited and how? everything nowadays is development for the sake of development, profit for the sake of profit, without giving any consideration of the provision of physical, social and cultural amenities.. growth for the sake of growth.. forgetting Britain is in the process of leaving EU, how will this affect supposedly incoming workers/officers.. reality the financial institutions are living the city.. not difficult to imagine all these building standing empty and gradually declining... Welcome to the world of not considering design and the organisation of space for humans...

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  • ...oh dear...

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  • An unattractive collective of 'icons' on The City island.

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  • Geoff Williams

    The danger of fire in high rise structures is always imminent although we like to think they are a rare occurrence. Fighting fire in congested City locations and fighting fires internally above 7 floors is a distinct hazard. Maintenance of the electrical supply is paramount. Experts in Germany maintain that up to 40% of fires Worldwide have an electrical cable origin. The use of a 2hour fire rated cable, preferably MICC, should be mandatory.

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