The City of London is getting taller, and new images released today show what it will look like in 2026.
With 13 office blocks 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 around a decade’s time.
According to the City of London, around 60% of the new growth is expected to be delivered in the eastern cluster, and there is currently over 1.37 million square metres of office space under construction in the City with the potential to accommodate 85,000 workers.
One of the more noticeable trends to have emerged around new tall developments approved by the City of London is that they should have public viewing galleries. 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 learning spaces and London’s highest restaurant. These six include 2-3 Finsbury Avenue, located north of the eastern cluster.
In 2026, there could be enough viewing galleries to play a “viewing gallery pub crawl”.
The City also 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 required the use of off-site consolidation to reduce the impact of freight deliveries through the City’s streets.
Three tall buildings completed construction in 2016/17 including 1 Creechurch Place in the eastern cluster. Approaching completion are 120 Fenchurch Street, The Scalpel, 22 Bishopsgate, 100 Bishopsgate and 70 St Mary Axe.
The CGIs display how the City skyline is expected to look in 2026 based on currently consented schemes.