Two gifs from this architecture exhibition show how the City's skyline will be transformed by skyscrapers in 2030

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An exhibition taking place next month reveals just how much the City's skyline is set to change over the next few years.

The Evolving London Skyline exhibition, which runs at New London Architecture (NLA) in May, shows how the Square Mile will look in 2030 if all the skyscrapers currently given planning permission are built.

The images, which were originally released as part of NLA's tall buildings survey, show some of the 436 new tall buildings currently given planning permission in the capital (119 new ones were added this year).

Looking north from the river, the images show existing skyscrapers including the Cheesegrater (currently the City's tallest tower) and the Gherkin being dwarfed by 22 Bishopsgate, the building formerly known as the Pinnacle.

View north (Source: Dan Lowe/Visualhouse)

Across the other side of the river, the likes of Berkeley Group's 52-storey, sail-shaped One Blackfriars, as well as the South Bank Tower, just around the corner, dominate the new skyline.

View south over the river (Source: Dan Lowe/Visualhouse)

Of the skyscrapers given planning permission in the capital, 60 per cent are between 20-29 storeys, while eight are 60 or more storeys high.

The tallest residential tower given planning permission so far is City Pride, in Tower Hamlets, which will rise to 75 storeys. Meanwhile, 73 per cent will be primarily made up of residential accommodtation.

“London is in the middle of a population boom that shows no sign of slowing down and it’s important we look at a range of options to achieve both the housing and work space need," said Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor of planning.

"Tall buildings can play a role in meeting some of that demand and the Mayor has ordered a strategic approach to securing the world-class architecture of the capital’s skyline to ensure they sit well in their surroundings and are of the highest standards possible."

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