Tall towers and flexible offices: What the City skyline will look like


ew updated images have been released by the City of London Corporation showing how the Square Mile’s skyline will potentially look by the mid 2020s.

The corporation said the latest images capture all major developments which have been resolved to approve by its planning and transportation committee over the past 12 months.

The majority of the planned new tall buildings fall within the ‘City Cluster’ area, located in the eastern corner of the Square Mile.

A number of new skyscrapers are planned in the capital

/ Didier Madoc-Jones of GMJ / City of London Corporation

Key guidance included in the City Plan 2036, which is out for public consultation and sets out what type of development the corporation expects to take place and where, encourages plants and trees near or on new sites. It also promotes new pedestrian routes through tall buildings, and the inclusion of flexible and adaptable office floorspace.

Alastair Moss, chair of the planning and transportation committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “As we look towards the recovery from the pandemic, our planning pipeline is extremely busy with the anticipation of a swift return to the City as the leading place for business in a world-class environment.”

He added: “We have every confidence in a thriving and sustainable Square Mile, and these new images give a glimpse into the next chapter of the City of London.”

Peter Murray, curator-in-chief at New London Architecture, a independent centre for debate, discussion and information about the future shape of the capital, said: “Love them or loathe them, tall buildings provide a striking graphic image of the confidence that developers and investors have in a city.”

Here are some of the developments that have recently completed, are under construction, or potentially on the way:

The City of London skyline is set to gain more towers

/ Didier Madoc-Jones of GMJ / City of London Corporation’

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