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London's Changing Skyline

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London is a beautiful city which is world-renowned for its skyscrapers. The Shard, which was finished in 2012 and opened the following year, is currently the tallest building in the UK at almost 310m; a whopping 95-storeys.


The financial crisis put a halt to many of the plans for new tall buildings in London, but did you know that there are a number new tall towers being built which will add to the London skyline over the next few years? Let’s take a look!


If you’ve been to the Blackfriars Bridge area recently, you can’t have missed this new development.

Sited on the corner of Southwark Street and Blackfriars Road, 240 Blackfriars is a dramatic glazed 85m, 19-storey building which was completed in 2014.

It is a commercial building housing both office and retail space and is now fully let to a number of international companies.


The Baltimore Tower, also known as the ‘Arena Tower’ due to its location on the site of the old London Arena, is a twisting 150m, 45-storey addition to the Canary Wharf skyline which will claim its place as one of the top 20 tallest buildings in London.

Mainly comprised of 300 luxury flats (currently sold out, but previously on the market from £600k – £3.5million), the top two floors are home to a bar and restaurant with incredible views across Canary Wharf. It’s currently under construction, but set to open soon.


The Scalpel, so called because of its angular shape, is currently under construction and due to open next year.

The 190m tall, 38-storey building is located on Lime Street in the City of London financial area, opposite the Lloyd’s building and adjacent to the Willis Building. It will become one of London’s ten tallest buildings.


When it opens in 2017, the striking building will become the European headquarters for the insurance company W R Berkley, as well as housing other office and retail space.


At 90m, 24-storeys, though not the tallest building gracing the London skyline, 60-70 St. Mary Axe will definitely be a memorable building. Dubbed the ‘Can of Ham’ which refers to the shape of the building which resembles – can you guess it? – a can of tinned meat, it was given planning permission back in 2008.


We don’t know when it will be finished, only that after six years of delay due to the financial crash, it was confirmed that the build would finally be going ahead.


It will be made up of office and retail units, and will sit right next to the Gherkin in the City of London financial district.

Another very tall building due to open its doors in 2017 is 100 Bishopsgatea 172m skyscraper which will sit next to the Gherkin in the City of London financial district.


It will actually comprise one 40-storey building as well as a second, smaller eight-storey building.


Also in the pipeline since 2008, planning for a slightly taller building was granted in 2011 and it is set to open its doors next year to offices, restaurants and retail units.


Due to be finished in 2018, the Manhattan Loft Gardens in Hopton Street, Stratford, will be a 135m 42-storey unique and stylish building which has been dubbed ‘London’s sexiest skyscraper’ by the Sunday Times Style Magazine.

It will be made up of 248 luxury living spaces, a design hotel and three sky gardens at 95, 280 and 400 feet, from which residents and visitors will have stunning views across the Olympic Park.


One Blackfriarswhich will be known as Beetham Tower after the organisation which promoted the original planning application, will be a 170m, 52-storey skyscraper at the junction of Blackfriars Road and Stamford Street at Bankside, London.


The development, currently under construction and due to open in 2018, will be made up of a one tall and two smaller buildings of four and six storeys. An apartment at One Blackfriars will set you back between £1.15million and £23million.


An exciting development planned to open in 2019, the 122m 37-storey Lots Road Power Station will be the focal point of the new and very desirable Chelsea Waterfront development which will bring new shops, restaurants and bars to the area.


Made up of two separate glass towers, one of which is a smaller 25 storeys, the development will provide over 1000 exclusive residential flats. Prices will start just shy of two million pounds.


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