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76 New Buildings Set to Hit London’s Skyline This Year

With a record of 76 new tall buildings due to hit London's skyline with structures more than 20 storeys high being planned or undergoing construction, the record figure has now reached 541 tall buildings.

This number is up from 510 in 2017, according to the latest research from the industry forum New London Architecture (NLA).

The yearly survey shows that 366 of them are based in central London with the other 175 in outer London; the figure of the latter is currently up by 3%.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has requested the number of new homes to be up by 66,000 each year, following from “a systematic failure for decades to build enough new homes that are genuinely affordable”.

The mayor is pleased to announce that the towers will provide more than 110,000 new homes by the year 2030.

Currently, London’s skyline holds 360 tall buildings. The tallest office tower, based in Bishopsgate, is known as Twentytwo, due to its 22-storey structure. It was previously named the Pinnacle and ironically, the Stump after work stalled for a period of time, causing a delay of reaching the planned height.

The opening date for the TwentyTwo has been pushed back from July to November as Sir Stuart Lipton and Peter Rogers, the structural developers, have announced that the shutting down of the cranes was due to the wind strongly, which strongly affected their opportunity to build.

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Twentytwo will hold the capacity of 11,500 people and over 100 companies. However, within the upcoming years it will be overtaken by 1 Undershaft, nicknamed “the Trellis”, standing at 290 metres.

The 233-metre Landmark Pinnacle on the Isle of Dogs and the 235-metre Spire, also in Canary Wharf, London are set to be two of Europe’s tallest residential towers, expected to be finished by 2020. Work was paused momentarily when it was made apparent that there was only one safety escape stairwell for residents on the upper floors. Despite their towering heights, they are still overshadowed by the Shard, standing at 301 metres as the tallest building in Western Europe.

Peter Murray, the NLA chairman, said: “This is likely to be the shape of the skyline for the next couple of decades, at least; pockets of taller buildings located in those boroughs that are willing to accept them. These buildings are not super-tall, they are generally between 20 and 30 storeys.”

As for legality issues, there is not a specific regulation set against tall buildings which applies for the entirety of London, so the decision is made by the relevant local council. There is a towering future ahead for the skyline of London, which will continue to grow steadily, storey by storey.


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