Thursday 3 January 2019 3:05 pm

What the City of London’s skyline will look like in 2026


Jess Clark is a City A.M. news reporter covering private equity and investment.

Jess Clark is a City A.M. news reporter covering private equity and investment.

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New images have revealed how London’s skyline will be transformed in the next seven years after planned developments have been completed.

Seven towers are under construction and due to be completed by 2026 in the City Cluster, which is the area in the eastern corner of the Square Mile, and a further six have received planning consent.

A 62-storey tower at 22 Bishopsgate, the 36-storey 'Scalpel' on Lime Street and 100 Leadenhall Street, which will be 56-storeys tall, are among those that will appear on the London skyline by 2026. 

Meanwhile, the City of London Corporation is consulting on a 25-year Transport Strategy and a Local Plan for the area.


London's 2026 skyline as seen from the Thames (Source: GMJ and City of London Corporation)

Proposals include a Zero Emissions Zone, the introduction of a 15mph speed limit, reducing deliveries by 30 per cent, more flexible office space and a requirement for new developments to include a green element.

“These images remind us that the City’s skyscrapers are some of the most recognisable structures in the UK. But great cities are not made from great buildings alone,” said City of London Corporation Planning and Transportation Committee chairman Chris Hayward.


The City in 2026 as seen from above (Source: GMJ and City of London Corporation)

“The ambitious policy proposals outlined in the Transport Strategy and the Local Plan aim to resolve challenges at street level, and in the river, air and open spaces, as well as ensuring that City buildings and infrastructure are more robust than ever," he added.

“These plans will play a central part in shaping the future of the City of London therefore it is vital that we hear from the local residents, workers and key stakeholders that will be impacted.”

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