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London - Full Summary of Projects

Here is a full summary of all London's high-rise projects, including the current status of each.

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London Bridge Tower
Southwark SE1

Height: 310m
Floors: 82
Architect: Renzo Piano
Developer: Sellar Property Group

Official website
Renzo Piano Building Workshop listing
Station redevelopment
SSC thread

- Irvine Sellar's landmark tower, dubbed the "Shard of Glass" by the media, will be the first building in the UK to break the
1000ft barrier. It will dwarf the likes of Tower 42 and SwissRe.

- London's first truly "mixed use" tower, the floors will be divided as follows:

- At the lower levels, the skyscraper will extend the existing public concourse and open up routes connecting Guy's Hospital,
King's College and the southern residential areas to the business communities stretching along the river.

- 30% less energy will be required than for a conventional tall building through the extensive use of the latest
conservation and recycling techniques and materials. A ventilated double skin façade will considerably reduce heat gain
and increase comfort close to the facade. Excess heat from the offices will be used to heat the hotel and apartments
and any additional excess heat will be dissipated naturally through a 16-storey radiator at the top of the tower.
Winter gardens with operable louvre windows will be located on each floor allowing the occupants to connect with
the outside world.

- Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the tower was structurally redesigned to improve stability and reduce
evacuation times.

- The total cost of the project is in excess of £1.2bn and includes major refurbishment of London Bridge tube and
bus stations, along with other local transport improvements.

Current Status:
Following objections from English Heritage, and a lengthy public inquiry, London Bridge Tower was given final approval by
Deputy PM John Prescott on 19th November, 2003. Sellar have given PricewaterhouseCoopers (tenants of the current site)
notice to vacate their building and say they are still fully committed to the project. They have now secured tenants -
Shangri-La Hotels, who will be occupying floors 34-52 - and Transport for London who will be taking a large chunk of the
office space. It is confirmed that PricewaterhouseCoopers will move in July/August 2007 and that demolition of the
site will be starting immediately afterwards
, with construction itself starting in 2008 and finishing in 2011.


Bishopsgate Tower
City of London

Height: 288m
Floors: 63
Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox
Developer: DIFA (Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG)

SSC thread
Bishopsgate Tower promotional video (23mb)

At 288m, the Bishopsgate Tower will form the dramatic centrepiece and soaring pinnacle of London’s financial district.

It will be over 100 metres taller than the City's current tallest building, Tower 42.

Plans for a tower on this site have been around since 2002. A previous design by Helmut Jahn was rejected after concerns
about the base and top, and its bulky appearance on the skyline. This new design, however, is more sleek and elegantly
proportioned. The architects of this new version, Kohn Pederson Fox, have created a tower which is more sensitive to the
delicate City skyline, especially from Fleet Street, and complements the neighbouring proposals extremely well.

Current Status:
Demolition is underway.

A planning application was submitted in June 2005. A revised planning application with a 19m height reduction was submitted
and given final approval in April 2006.

In November 2006, DIFA secured funding for the project from Arab Investments. Demolition has now begun
on the smaller building on site, with demolition of the larger building starting in March 2007 and construction following
afterwards. With funding secured, the tower is being built speculatively. The full planning report for the tower can be
accessed by clicking here and a picture of the current site can be viewed here.


Heron Tower
110 Bishopsgate
City of London

Height: 242m spire, 203m roof
Floors: 46
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Developer: Heron International PLC

3-D Flash animation
Heron Tower approval
Mayor Ken Livingstone's comments
Architects' project description
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) listing
SSC thread
New renderings from GMJ

Heron Tower was "called in" by John Prescott the Secretary of State on 27th February 2001, who directed the Corporation
not to grant planning permission and instead refer the application to him. The Public Inquiry was opened on 23rd October 2001
and closed on Monday 17th December 2001. On 22nd July 2002 The Secretary of State announced his decision;
accepting and agreeing with the conclusion reached by the Inspector, and granted planning permission for the development
of the Heron Tower.

Prescott agreed that no significant harm would come to the setting of St Paul's cathedral and that some marginal impact
on heritage interests was inevitable with any major development. He acknowledged that the tower would be
"an elegant, graceful and well proportioned structure" and would contribute to the overall supply of office accommodation
in the City, as well as boosting the economy.

Since that time, London has seen numerous other towers being proposed and approved, while Heron has continued to be
delayed. Tenants of the current site, Norton Rose, have agreed to move offices to the More London development next to City Hall.

The Heron Tower scheme includes a second, smaller tower of around 90m, immediately adjacent to the main building's
north side. This is Heron Plaza and will include 250,000 sq ft of retail space.

Current Status:
Enabling works underway.

An additional 4 floors have been added to the final design of Heron Tower, taking its total height to 242m, making it the 2nd tallest
planned tower in the City of London. Preliminary work is being carried out on the site before demolition and construction can begin.
Norton Rose will take occupation of their new HQ building at More London in early 2007 (the building will be handed over to Norton Rose
on 31 Dec 2006, NR will then proceed to interior fit-out). Expect them to vacate Kempson House in Q2 2007 with demolition work
well underway in Q3 2007. The core is expected to be rising by late 2008. Gerald Ronson has now secured funding
for this tower, meaning it is almost certain to go ahead.


122 Leadenhall
City of London

Height: 225m
Floors: 52
Architect: Richard Rogers
Developer: British Land PLC

Official website listing
SSC thread

If built, the Leadenhall Building would become the tallest skyscraper in the City of London, at a whopping 225 metres.
It is designed by Richard Rogers, the man behind Lloyds of London, the Dome, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Despite its
height, the building has a relatively small amount of office space (500,000 sq ft), due to its unusual profile which means
the floorplates gradually decrease the higher up it goes. The slanting wedge-shaped design would be a stunning addition to
the London skyline. The base will feature a 90-foot high atrium that will extend the public area of St Helens whilst
providing shelter from wind and rain. Glass lifts will carry employees up the outside of the building, similar to those on the
Lloyds Building only twice the height! Click here to view the full planning report from the Corporation of London.

Current Status:
Following an eight month planning application, the building was approved on 26th October 2004. The lease on the current
site was running until 2008. However, British Land recently announced that demolition will start in December 2006, along with
construction of the foundations and basements. They already have the capital structure to build it speculatively,
and contracts have been signed - however, they will examine the supply pipeline and how the market performs in mid-2007 before
deciding whether to commence actual construction of the tower. This will put themselves in a position to give better cost and
program certainty. It has been said by a senior figure that 122 Leadenhall has "at least an 80% chance" of being built.


North Quay
Docklands E14

Height: 216m (tower one) and 203m (tower three) and 120m (tower two)
Floors: 44 and 38 and 18
Architect: Cesar Pelli
Developer: Canary Wharf Group

Cesar Pelli website listing stories/pr_11.htm

This trio of towers would be situated on a 7-acre site at the northern edge of the Canary Wharf estate. Previously known
as Shed 35, the site was sold to CWG with planning permission for a mixed-use development. Development of North Quay
is likely to take place after the completion/letting of the nearby Churchill Place and Riverside South districts.
In total, the North Quay scheme will provide over 4 million sq ft of floorspace for retail and offices. As part of the Crossrail
development, a new station will be built here. A bridge designed by Will Alsop will also feature as part of the project.

Current Status:
Approved, but unlikely to start construction until 2010 or later. The main problem lies with Crossrail, part of which is going
to be running directly underneath the tower.


Riverside South
Docklands E14

Height: 214m and 189m
Floors: 44 and 38
Architect: Richard Rogers
Developer: Canary Wharf Group

Richard Rogers website
RS2 stories/pr_11.htm
SSC thread

As London's 2nd financial centre, Canary Wharf has been tremendously successful over the last few years. Some of the
current tenants include Citigroup, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Barclays Bank,
as well as major news media and service firms, including Reuters, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Telegraph and the Naseba Group.
A number of massive lettings have been concluded recently, and the area is rapidly running out of space. CWG have big plans
for expansion. Now that most of their groundscrapers have acquired tenants, their only option is to build the next generation
of skyscrapers for the estate. It is confirmed that Riverside South is next in line for development, and that construction could
begin as early as April 2007. Riverside South is designed by Sir Richard Rogers, and consists of two towers joined at the base.
The tallest tower is 214m. In terms of floorspace, it will be the largest single office development in Europe - over 3m sq ft.

Current Status:
Approved in summer 2004. It is reported that construction will get underway in 2007, possibly as early as April.
This will be a speculative build. The current site is almost empty, with little in the way of demolition required.


St George's Wharf
Vauxhall, SW8

Height: 181m
Floors: 49
Architect: Broadway Malyan
Developer: St George

Broadway Malyan listing

- Energy efficiency is one of the Vauxhall Tower's most important aspects. The structure is topped by a wind turbine, which
will power the tower's common lighting. At the base of the tower, water will be drawn from the London Aquifer and heat pump
technology will be used to remove warmth from the water in the winter to heat the apartments. The tower will require one
third of the energy compared to a similar building and CO2 release will be between one half and two thirds of normal
emissions. It will be triple glazed to minimise heat loss and gain, with low ‘e’ glazing and ventilated blinds between the glazing
to further reduce heat gain.

- If built, Vauxhall Tower would be the tallest residential building in the United Kingdom and one of the tallest in Europe. The
total height from the basement is 185.4m (608.3ft) - 180.6m (592.5ft) of which is above ground. There is 1 basement floor,
1 ground floor (with mezzanine), 48 residential floors and a mechanical penthouse, all topped by an 11.4m (37.4ft) tall
wind turbine.

Current Status:
Following ongoing advice from the government architectural body CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built
Environment), two revised planning applications were submitted and subsequently withdrawn. A final decision was made by the
ODPM in April 2005 and the tower was approved. It has been confirmed that construction won't start until 2008, however.


Jumeirah Tower
Southwark SE1

Height: 175m
Floors: 52
Architect: Ian Simpson Architects
Developer: Beetham Organization

SSC Thread
Exhibition photos and information

Originally proposed at 70-storeys/220m, this has now been reduced in height, and the footprint has been shrunk.
The building will taper in at the bottom to provide uninterrupted views from Waterloo of London Bridge Tower,
which should fit right between it and Kings Reach Tower. It will stand in a very prominent location, and a public
viewing gallery will be located on the top 2 floors, offering stunning views across the capital. The building will
feature a 6-star hotel and luxury apartments, each with their own internal conservatory space as with 1 Deansgate
in Manchester.

Current Status:
A revised planning application with a 45m height reduction was submitted on 24th November 2006. It is likely to be approved
by Southwark Council. They appear to be supportive of the scheme. The site has already been demolished, but construction
is unlikely to start before 2008.


Doon Street Tower

Height: 168m
Floors: 48
Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Developer: Coin Street Community Builders

SSC thread

This is a 47-storey mixed-use development and would be one of the tallest buildings on London's South Bank.
Its height and location make this a controversial project, as it would infringe on famous views from St James' Park.
It would also interfere with views from the pods in the London Eye. For many people, the design and aesthetics of
the tower are also unappealling. It cannot be denied, however, that this project would greatly help in
regenerating the surrounding area, improving pedestrian links and other amenities.

Current Status:
A planning application was submitted in May 2006. Despite its height and the controversial location, it stands a fair to moderate chance
of being approved, as the developers have spent a great deal of time consulting with Southwark Council.


100 Bishopsgate
City of London

Height: 165m
Floors: 40
Architect: Allies and Morrison
Developer: Great Portland Estates

SSC thread
SkyscraperNews article

This tower has been planned for several years now. It would stand in a very prominent location, at the very heart
of the City cluster, between Heron and Tower 42. It was initially rumoured to be 260m/55 storeys, but is now reported
to be 165m/40 storeys. Construction is unlikely to start for around 5 years, however, due to the site lease.

Current Status:
A planning application was submitted by Great Portland Estates in September 2006.


Broadgate Tower/201 Bishopsgate
City of London

Height: 165m
Floors: 35
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merril
Developer: British Land

Webcam 1
Webcam 2

British Land announced they would build this skyscraper, the Broadgate Tower, speculatively (i.e. without a pre-let). It will stand
on the northern edge of the City, quite far from the main cluster, but still in a fairly prominent location next to the Broadgate Complex.
Along with the adjoining 63m building, 201 Bishopsgate, it will contain a vast amount of floorspace, over 850,000 sq ft.
The tower is scheduled for topping out in mid-March 2007, with completion in May 2008. Its smaller neighbour 201 Bishopsgate
will be complete in February 2008.

Current Status: Under Construction!


20 Fenchurch Street
City of London

Height: 160m
Floors: 36
Architect: Rafael Vinoly
Developer: Land Securities

SSC thread

This proposal, already nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie", would be located at the southern end of the cluster,
near the Thames. It would replace an existing 91m building from the 1960s and would significantly bulk out the
skyline when viewed from Waterloo Bridge. If approved, Land Securities plans to start building in the third quarter
of 2007. Opinions are very divided on this tower's unusual design. Following criticism about its height and impact
on the views of St Pauls Cathedral, it has been reduced by 9 floors from 45 to 36. The new height is thought to be 160m.

Current Status:
A revised planning application with a 9 floor height reduction was submitted in July 2006. It was approved in November 2006.
The current site has already been vacated, enabling works are getting underway, and demolition will start in April 2007
(see notice from Keltbray). However, the project was called in by the Secretary of State, Ruth Kelly, and is likely to face a public inquiry,
so this tower's future is now in doubt.


Croydon Gateway Landmark Tower
Croydon, South London

Height: 155m
Floors: 35
Architect: Michael Aukett Architects Ltd
Developer: Arrowcroft Group Ltd / Croydon Council

SSC thread

A major redevelopment for central Croydon with over 1.6m sq ft of primarily office floorspace, that would see a 155m tower
and a large arena built near the station. In January 2007, Croydon Council initiated the compulsory purchase of land on the site.

Current Status:
Approved. Groundwork on the scheme is thought to be starting in February 2007. It is unclear if the tower will
start at the same time as the rest of the development.


Merchant Square
Paddington, West London

Height: 150m
Floors: 44
Architect: Perkins & Will
Developer: Paddington Development Corporation Limited


This huge residential development is planned for a site on Harbet Road in Paddington. A great deal of regeneration
is underway in this part of London, and this is the tallest building yet proposed for the area. It will contain a total of 223
apartments, 68 units of which are affordable housing that will occupy the lowest ten floors of the scheme.
The tower "steps down" to the west, and has a sheer glazing shield running up the southern side, reaching 150m.
Several other buildings are planned as part of Merchant Square, ranging in height from 49-66m.

Current Status:
Proposed, awaiting consent. Given the massive need for housing in London, it stands a reasonably good chance
of going ahead.


Pan Peninsula Tower
Docklands E14

Height: 147m
Floors: 50
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merril
Developer: Ballymore

Official construction thread

The name of this tower - full of luxury apartments including a cocktail bar on the 50th floor - was recently changed
from 1 Milharbour to the Pan Peninsula Tower, as part of its marketing programme. It will be one of
the tallest residential buildings in the country.

Current Status: Under Construction!


Docklands E14

Height: 131m
Floors: 43
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merril
Developer: Ballymore

Official construction thread

This project has been around since 2000. It was originally proposed as 6 towers, the tallest being 157m. It was then proposed
as a single tower of 171m, but following complaints from local residents this was cut down to 131m before being approved.
Work began in May 2006 and is expected to be completed by 2008. It shares the same architect and developer as the
nearby Pan Peninsula Tower, also under construction.

Current Status: Under Construction!


51 Lime Street (The Willis Building)
City of London

Height: 125m
Floors: 26
Architect: Foster and Partners
Developer: British Land

The OFFICIAL 51 Lime Street (Willis Building) Construction thread
Webcam 1
Webcam 2

Foster’s second major tower for the City of London, this will stand opposite the Lloyds Building and SwissRe.
All 400,000 sq ft of the building has been let to the Willis Group, who wanted “an iconic building” for their new HQ.

Current Status:
Under construction! The official word is that cladding will be complete by Christmas up to level 15,
with the remainder by 31st March 2007. The smaller Fenchurch Avenue Building will be complete by 26th January.


Ontario Tower, New Providence Wharf
Canary Wharf

Height: 104m
Floors: 32
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merril
Developer: Ballymore

The OFFICIAL Ontario Tower (New Providence Wharf) Construction thread
More renderings

This lipstick-shaped tower will become one of the tallest residential developments in the Docklands. It was given a
height increase to 104m. Construction is nearly finished and the building has topped out.

Current Status:
Under construction!


Exchange Tower
City of London

Height: 100m
Floors: 26
Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw
Developer: Hammerson

SSC thread

The old Stock Exchange tower, in the heart of the City, is undergoing a major renovation. This will involve a complete
recladding of the exterior, and substantial expansion of the internal office space. Work is set to be completed in mid-2007
and once finished it will contain more than 45,000 square metres of refurbished office space, plus 2,500 square metres
of new retail space on the lower floors and new pedestrian links joining Old Broad Street with Throgmorton Street.

Current Status: Under construction!


Other Projects (various)

This includes all 'midrise' buildings under 150m. Also listed are any other schemes worth mentioning, such as long term projects,
towers in pre-planning, or rumoured but unconfirmed schemes. Projects highlighted in red are under construction. Here they are,
in descending order of height:

  • Columbus Tower. This huge skyscraper was planned for a site just outside the northwestern edge of the Canary Wharf estate.
    It secured full planning permission and looked like being certain to go ahead. Sadly, the rich Arab investor who was funding it
    passed away, the tower has since been shelved and the site sold on. Although this project appears to be dead for the time being,
    there is still a chance it could be resurrected at some point in the future, or another similar-sized tower from a different developer
    could replace it - the site in question is a prime piece of real estate and has planning permission for a tower of 237m/61 storeys.

  • Heron Quays West. This is a long term option for Canary Wharf, still at the pre-planning stage, which could include 2 new towers,
    one of 214m/40 storeys and another of 156m/29 storeys.

  • 20 Blackfriars Road. Land Securities are planning a "crystalline" tower that will stand on a site almost immediately
    adjacent to the Beetham Tower mentioned above. The architect is Wilkinson Eyre. Height was initially rumoured to be 176m,
    but the new model shows it to be around 200m.

  • Northgate. A massive residential scheme being planned by Hammerson, which would stand on a site immediately adjacent to
    the Broadgate Tower, on the northern edge of the City. The architect is Foster. It would contain a vast amount of residential
    and hotel space including at least one tower of 180m/50 storeys.

  • Vauxhall Cluster. In addition to St George's Wharf (already approved - see the main summary), there are at least 4 other
    similar-sized towers being planned for the area. These include Squire and Partners' twin tower Vauxhall Cross scheme,
    London and Regional's Vauxhall Bondway Tower and yet another 600-footer at Nine Elms Lane.

  • Stratford City Tower, in Newham. This is still a long way off (2010 perhaps), but is very likely to get the go-ahead
    and will most likely be a skyscraper of around 170m/50 storeys. It will form the pinnacle of a new cluster.

  • Bevis Marks Tower. 168m/40 storey office tower that could fill the gap between SwissRe and Minerva.
    Few details are known about this project at the moment, as it's still in pre-planning and is unlikely to be
    built until the next property cycle.

  • Bishopsgate goods yard. Ballymore are planning a major redevelopment of this prominent site, at the northern edge of the City.
    Early indications are that it will it will include a tower of at least 150m. This could form a cluster with the Broadgate Tower
    and the Northgate Tower.

  • Broadgate Centre redevelopment. British Land have plans for a massive redevelopment in this prime location next to
    Liverpool Street station, potentially adding over 1.2 million square feet of floorspace. The leases on some of the buildings
    in the Broadgate Centre are due to expire in the next few years, and space is rapidly running out in the estate. Taking advantage
    of changes in the viewing corridors to St Paul's cathedral, they have hinted at the possibility of much taller buildings on some of
    the existing sites, perhaps as high as 150m/35 storeys. These new offices would join the Broadgate Tower literally next door.
    Any construction is unlikely to start until the next property cycle in 2011-2012, however.

  • Multiplex Tower. This major new residential tower was approved in March 2006 as part of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment.
    It will stand 147m tall and construction is expected to start in late 2006.

  • First Base have plans for a tower which could be a neighbour for the Multiplex Tower, possibly of the same height.

  • Wood Wharf. This will include two towers of around 140m. Construction of these could begin in late 2007.

  • The Three Sisters. A trio of buildings in Waterloo, situated next to the Shell Building. The tallest would be around 140m.

  • 22 Marshwall. 139m tall and 110m tall residential towers for Marshwall in the Isle of Dogs literally next door to Riverside South.
    Groundwork is well underway and construction is confirmed for January 2007.

  • East India Dock Road Development. After the successful launch of the Elektron Tower scheme, Barratt Homes have
    another new project for a site just over the road. This consists of a series of post-modernist yellow apartment blocks,
    the tallest of which is around 138m/45 floors.

  • Ontario Tower 2. Ballymore are planning a neighbour for the Ontario Tower. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, it will
    be 136m/44 storeys.

  • City Road tower. LMS are planning a mixed-use scheme next to the Old Street roundabout, on the northern edge of the City.
    This could start in 2008 if it gets planning, as they get vacant possesion at the end of 2007. Height is an impressive 43 storeys.

  • Grand Union Building. 132m office tower, part of the Paddington Basin redevelopment. Currently on-hold due to downturn
    in the office market.

  • Crossharbour. 131m residential tower being planned for the Docklands. The original proposal for this building was
    53 storeys tall, with a structural height of 170 metres. It was reduced in height following concerns from local residents
    and the planning authority.

  • Kings Reach Tower. Reclad of the existing tower, plus a height increase to 130m. Consent for the scheme was granted in July 2005.

  • Dome Waterfront Hotel. Situated on the Greenwich Peninsula, this has been approved and will become
    the UK's tallest hotel. 127m.

  • Lots Road, Chelsea. Two residential towers, one of 122m/37 storeys and another of 85m/25 storeys. The taller tower
    was originally planned at 99m, but was given a height increase and has now been approved. The shorter building,
    originally planned at 130m, has now been reduced in height, and is approved. However, the towers are now embroiled
    in a legal dispute with a local NIMBY and are on hold.

  • News International, Wapping. The headquarters of News International will feature two towers - one of 122m/27 storeys
    and another of 56m/12 storeys. These will stand mid-way between the City of London and Canary Wharf.

  • Oracle Homes are planning a 40-storey residential tower to the south of Riverside South. Height will be around 120m.

  • Convoy's Wharf. A trio of 3 residential towers in Greenwich, all of which were recently approved. The tallest
    will be 116m/40-storeys, but its AOD height will be significantly higher, at 148m. The other towers
    will be 91m/32 storeys and 72m/26 storeys respectively. Architect is Richard Rogers.

  • Islington City Basin Towers. Two towers with heights of 115m and 90m have outline planning permission for a site
    in Islington, North London. Construction was expected to begin soon. However, the scheme has now been called in
    by anti-highrise minister Ruth Kelly and will almost certainly be cancelled.

  • Arrowhead Quay. New office development being developed by Ballymore that will stand just to the south of the
    main cluster. Groundwork is underway and construction is confirmed to be starting in March 2007.
    Height is 112m/25 storeys.

  • Walbrook Square. A major redevelopment of a prominent site between Cannon Street and Bank stations which will see
    the demolition of Bucklesbury House, one of the City's ugliest and most notorious concrete groundscrapers. In its place will
    stand four individual buildings connected by a new public square and 'historic' pedestrian routes, along with an exhibition space
    displaying the remains of the Roman Temple of Mithras. In total, this massive development will contain almost a million square feet
    of floorspace and will feature buildings of 106m, 71m, 67m and 66m. This development will be very visible from Waterloo Bridge.

  • 100 Middlesex Street. A midrise tower that will stand close to the site of Minerva and will help to stretch the City skyline
    northeastwards. This was approved in May 2004 as an office tower, but has now been proposed as a residential tower instead.
    This has seen a very slight height reduction, but an increase in the number of floors and will now be 105m/34 storeys.

  • Pioneer Point North. This 105m/31 storey tower is now believed to be part of a scam, and the parties involved are currently
    under investigation. The site is close to the planned Olympic stadium.

  • Eagle House. A mixed-use tower for Old Street/City Road, just north of the City. Approved in April 2006. Architect is Terry Farrell
    and the developer is Groveworld. Height is 104m/34 storeys.

  • Millharbour Residentials. This new development is proposed right next door to the Pan Peninsula towers. It consists of
    six interlinked towers of various heights, the tallest being approximately 100m/30 floors.

  • United Standard House. This combined hotel and office will stand near the Minerva Building. It will contain a glass atrium
    of interlocking sheets that rise up the middle all the way to its top. The height will be just under 100m/24 storeys.

  • Reuters Blackwall Yard Redevelopment. Another project designed by Squire and Partners which includes a residential
    tower of 98m/29 storeys. The development has been approved and will be located near Canary Wharf.

  • Milton Court. A redevelopment on Moor Lane, right near Citypoint and the Barbican, which will include a 30-storey residential tower.
    This is unusual for the City, as the Corporation is normally reluctant to allow residential schemes.

  • Waterloo Trilogy Tower. Willingale Associates have plans for a 30 storey tower - dubbed Waterloo Trilogy Tower - on the
    corner of Waterloo Road and Baylis Road, near the London Eye.

  • Various projects in Croydon including a possible 28-storey "leaning tower".

  • Ropemaker Place. Bulky midrise for the City which will stand literally next door to Citypoint and Moorhouse. Resubmitted
    for a 3rd time by British Land, groundwork is now underway. The height is fairly significant at 96m/23 storeys
    but the effect on the skyline will be minimal due its bulk and massing.

  • 33-35 Commercial Road. A new residential tower, designed by Burland TM Architects for a fringe site just to the east of
    the City of London. It will provide accommodation for 750 students in a smoothly tapering block with an interesting
    lighting scheme around the crown. 95m/36 storeys

  • Ailsa Waterside. Mixed-use development in the Lower Lea Valley which includes 800 new homes in a cluster of towers.
    The tallest is around 95m/30 storeys.

  • 100 West Cromwell Road. Multiplex are planning a tower for a site on Cromwell Road / Hammersmith Flyover,
    overlooking the tube from Earls Court to Olympia in West London. This residential development was approved
    in February 2007. It will be the tallest building constructed in Kensington for 30 years, at an impressive 92m/27 storeys.

  • Clapham Junction Towers. A trio of residential towers, the tallest is estimated at 88m. A massive shopping centre
    will be built on the lower floors, incorporating more than 250,000 sq ft of retail space.

  • Croydon College Vocational Tower. Mixed-use scheme, approved in February 2007, will become the tallest building
    in Croydon, unless Croydon Gateway is built sooner. 88m/29 storeys.

  • "Baby Shard" (a.k.a. New London Bridge House). As part of the Shard London Bridge development, Irvine Sellar plans to
    demolish New London Bridge House and replace it with a 600,000 sq ft office building of 88m.

  • Trinity One, Two and Three. A series of three enormous glass offices planned by Beetham for a massive site
    on Minories, in the Aldgate area. Heights are 85m, 60m and 45m. The tallest will feature an observation deck
    and public cafe on the top floor. It is confirmed that the shortest building will be built speculatively.

  • West End Green. A residential tower that could start construction next year. Reduced in height from 133m to 85m.

  • Indescon Court. A trio of mixed use buildings to the south of the main Canary Wharf cluster. Phase 1 is confirmed to be starting in January 2007.
    The tallest will be 84m/26 storeys.

  • Altitude 25. New residential midrise. It will become the tallest building in Croydon, South London. 82m/26 storeys.

  • Swiss Cottage Station Tower. Manchester developer Pervaiz Naviede is planning a tower of up to 25 storeys in north London,
    after buying a landmark site above Swiss Cottage Tube station from CIT.

  • 30 Crown Place. A wide, glassy office tower is planned for Shoreditch, just to the north of the City, near Broadgate.
    It was approved in February 2006. Architects are Horden Cherry Lee, and the tower's height will be 81m/19 storeys.

  • Elektron Towers. Developer Barratt Homes has begun construction of a massive housing scheme along
    Aspen Way, opposite the Millenium Dome. This will feature three towers ranging in height from 73m to 81m.

  • Alberta House. New residential tower that will join both Ontario Tower and its neighbour to form a mini-cluster to the
    east of Canary Wharf. Height is approximately 80m/25 storeys.

  • Mitre Square. Another new midrise from Helical Bar, planned for EC3 in the City. Architect is Sheppard Robson.
    It was recently confirmed that construction will start in 2006. Height will be 80m/19 storeys.

  • Chesterfield House. New midrise being planned for Wembley, North London. The design is similar to Moorhouse.
    It has been approved since 2001 and is yet to begin work. Height is 80m/19 storeys.

  • No.1 The Gateway. A new residential tower which will stand to the northeast of the main Canary Wharf cluster.
    The developers are Galliard Homes, who have several other large projects in the works. The planning application
    can be accessed here. Height is 79m/25 storeys.

  • Aldgate Union. A massive groundscraper under construction on the eastern edge of the City. In total, it will contain
    nearly 600,000 sq ft of floorspace. The 2nd phase will start in 2007 and includes a tower of 79m/17 storeys.

  • Lewisham Gateway. A major redevelopment of this busy shopping and transport hub, the masterplan includes
    various midrises including a possible 77m tower.

  • 252-385 Alie Street. Hamilton Associates have submitted planning proposals for a new 76m/25 storey energy-efficient tower
    in Aldgate. The building will have 287 apartments including affordable housing, plus retail units at ground floor.

  • Regents Place Tower. British Land are planning a 76m office tower for a site near Euston Station. The architects are Wilkinson Eyre.

  • Great West Quarter. This project, part of the urban regeneration of the Great West Road Corridor, comprises the
    redevelopment of the old Smithkline Beecham H.O. brownfield site into a new large mixed use residential development.
    The project, to be completed in 2010 over a number of phases, will provide in excess of 750 private and affordable
    residential units. The developers are Barratt Homes, and the tallest tower will be around 75m/25 storeys.

  • Drapers Gardens redevelopment. New 74m midrise to replace the existing 100m tower. This will be the tallest demolition
    ever carried out in the UK.

  • 4 Mastmaker Road. A pair of residential towers, to the south of the main Canary Wharf cluster. Both are rumoured to be starting shortly.
    They will be 73m/22 storeys and 62m/19 storeys respectively.

  • Dashwood House. This midrise near Liverpool Street station is getting a reclad and a height increase, to 73m/17 storeys.
    Work began in February 2007 and is scheduled for completion in 2008.

  • 399 Edgware Road. New 72m residential tower, approved in November 2006.

  • Royex House. A 70m midrise for the City which will add to the cluster around CityPoint/Moorhouse.

  • 1 Commercial Street. A new 70m tower for the eastern edge of the City. It will join several other new towers
    in the Aldgate area, the largest of course being Minerva.

  • Potters Fields. A cluster of 8 towers, resembling Daleks, that would be built on the green space currently situated between
    Tower Bridge and City Hall. The tallest would be 69m. They were recently approved, the developers are now
    unlikely to pursue the scheme, following massive opposition by local residents.

  • Ability Place, also known as 31-39 Millharbour. A residential development that will stand close to the Pan Peninsula Tower.
    Construction started in January 2006 and the height will be 67m/22 floors.

  • Wandsworth Road Development. A new residential midrise for Wandsworth Road, SW8. Height is 65m/21 storeys.

  • 64-74 Mark Lane. New office tower, adjacent to Fenchurch Street station. It is being built speculatively and is confirmed
    for an April 2007 start
    . The developer is Schroders Exempt Property Unit Trust (SEPUT) and the architects are Bennetts Associates.
    The sloping glass roof will provide skygarden access on a number of floors. Height is 63m/17 storeys.

  • 15 Canada Square. This scheme is the last of the plots on Canada Square in Canary Wharf to be developed. KPMG - one of
    the "big four" accountancy firms - have now been secured as tenants, taking almost 600,000 sq ft of floorspace in one of the
    largest office deals of recent years. Construction is expected to get underway soon and a completion date of early 2009 has been

  • Blackfriars Road development. Great Portland Estates are planning a redevelopment of this prominent site on Blackfriars Road,
    with a striking new 15-storey office tower containing 130,000 sq ft of offices with ancillary retail and residential accommodation
    in a separate building. A planning application was submitted in September 2006.

  • The Stratford Eye. Also known as Maryland Works Redevelopment. A new 19-storey tower being built as part of
    the regeneration of Stratford. 58m/19 floors.

  • 5, 10 and 20 Churchill Place. A trio of enormous groundscrapers being built around the Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf.

  • Bankside 2 and Bankside 3. Part of the Bankside 123 development which has been under construction for some time now.
    These large groundscrapers are being built right next to the Tate Modern. Height is 46m/11 storeys.

  • More London. A group of huge midrises on the South Bank, directly opposite the City, adjacent to City Hall. These are currently
    in the process of being internally fitted out, with most of the development completed. Tenants of the Heron Tower site,
    Norton Rose, will be moving there in the Autumn of 2007, allowing construction of Heron Tower to start. Height of
    these buildings is only 44m/10 storeys, but they add vast amounts of floorspace and a significant amount of density to the area.

  • Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. A 14-storey luxury hotel with 900 suites, along with business lounges, executive meeting rooms,
    a ballroom, 2 restaurants, a brasserie, bars, health spa, gymnasium and indoor pool. It will also feature one of London's
    largest conference rooms. It replaces an ugly groundscraper on a site virtually opposite Big Ben. Demolition is underway.

City of London and City Fringe Map

A - 99 Bishopsgate
B - Draper's Gardens
C - Angel Court
D - Tower 42
E - Stock Exchange Tower
F - St. Helen's
G - Lloyd's Building
H - 54 Lombard Street
I - 20 Fenchurch Street
J - 30 St Mary Axe (SwissRe)
K - 58 Fenchurch Street (AIG Europe)
L - Plantation Place
M, O, P - Barbican Towers
N - Citypoint
Q - 125 London Wall
R - 200 Aldersgate Street
31 - Moor House

2 - Ropemaker Place
6 - 51 Lime Street (Willis Building)
30 - Royex House

1 - Alie Street Hotel
3 - 100 Middlesex Street
4 - Heron Plaza
5 – Heron Tower (110 Bishopsgate)
6 - 51 Lime Street
7 - 64-74 Mark Lane
10 - Minerva Building
14 - 122 Leadenhall Street (British Land)
33 - 1 Commercial Street

8 - Norton Folgate
9 - 80-88/104 Bishopsgate & 1-11 Camomile Street Redevelopment (Great Portland Estates)
11 - 30 & 32-38 Duke's Place Redevelopment (Corporation of London)
12 - International House Redevelopment (20-storey tower by Helical Bar plc.)
13 – Bishopsgate Tower (DIFA)
15 - Ellerman House
16 - Beetham Tower
17 - Aldgate Union
18 - United Standard House
19 - Bury Street Tower


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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)

This is a likely timeline of events for 2007.

Based on all the information at hand, we can be practically certain of all this happening -

Early 2007

Bishopsgate Tower (288m) - demolition underway
Heron Tower (242m) - site becomes vacant
122 Leadenhall (225m) - demolition underway
Riverside South tower 1 (214m) - groundwork underway
Riverside South tower 2 (189m) - groundwork underway
Broadgate Tower (165m) - nearly topped out
Pan Peninsula (147m) - core reaching halfway
Multiplex Tower (147m) - groundwork underway
Marsh Wall tower one (139m) - construction underway
Crossharbour (131m) - construction underway
51 Lime Street (125m) - externally complete
Pan Peninsula tower two (122m) - core reaching halfway
Arrowhead Quay (111m) - construction underway
Marsh Wall tower two (110m) - construction underway
Stock Exchange (100m) - recladding underway
Ropemaker Place (93m) - construction underway


Shard London Bridge (310m) - site becomes vacant
Bishopsgate Tower (288m) - demolition underway
Heron Tower (242m) - demolition underway
122 Leadenhall (225m) - demolition underway
Riverside South tower 1 (214m) - groundwork underway
Riverside South tower 2 (189m) - groundwork underway
Broadgate Tower (165m) - topped out; cladding going up
Pan Peninsula (147m) - core nearly topped out; steelwork going up
Multiplex Tower (147m) - construction underway
Marsh Wall tower one (139m) - construction underway
Crossharbour (131m) - construction underway
Pan Peninsula tower two (122m) - core nearly topped out; steelwork going up
Arrowhead Quay (111m) - construction underway
Marsh Wall tower two (110m) - construction underway
Stock Exchange (100m) - recladding underway
Ropemaker Place (93m) - construction underway

Late 2007

Shard London Bridge (310m) - demolition underway
Bishopsgate Tower (288m) - construction may begin, depending on a spec build or a pre-let
Heron Tower (242m) - demolition underway
122 Leadenhall (225m) - demolition nearing completion
Riverside South tower 1 (214m) - construction underway
Riverside South tower 2 (189m) - construction underway
Broadgate Tower (165m) - externally complete
Pan Peninsula (147m) - core topped out; steelwork going up
Multiplex Tower (147m) - construction underway
Marsh Wall tower one (139m) - construction underway
Crossharbour (131m) - construction underway
Pan Peninsula tower two (122m) - core topped out; steelwork going up
City Road Tower (115m) - site becomes vacant
Marsh Wall tower two (110m) - construction underway
Stock Exchange (100m) - recladding almost complete
Ropemaker Place (93m) - construction underway

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Great thread Will, just think what'll be going on in London when you start the 11th summary. Can't wait

@ Newcastle Guy - that's a great render of that building, until now i'e not been able to picture it because the other render just makes it look like a flat piece of glass. Looks a tad like a cross between heron and crossharbour to me :drool:

Tea. Earl grey. Hot.
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I notice big differences between this and the old summary thread :)
The major ones being:
1) Alot more under construction/demolishing for construction
2) Alot more are going up

1.8m AGL
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Still can't really believe all the news from today. Great update Will, it's a good thing to see all that bold red text up there too!

Also, I love the SSC London banner way up there at the top....

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Great stuff as usual Foxy. It really is extraordinary looking down that list at all the skyscrapers that are on the brink of activity!! It's also interesting looking at the various buildings listed in the 'Other Projects (Various)' section, which is a mixture of ones that I've either seen and forgotten about, heard of but never fully investigated, or else completely new to me.

^^It sure is(150m), here is another render:

Where abouts will this be located?? - I need specific references to other landmarks/clusters because I don't know London geographically, so don't just say Abbey Road, or something like that! :) ). Oh, and is it scheduled for construction, and if so, when??

How many 'London Full Summary of Projects' do you think there will be before Leadenhall, Heron, Bish and the Shard are all complete?? And will it be Foxy who is doing them?? ;)


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Great stuff as usual Foxy. It really is extraordinary looking down that list at all the skyscrapers that are on the brink of activity!! It's also interesting looking at the various buildings listed in the 'Other Projects (Various)' section, which is a mixture of ones that I've either seen and forgotten about, heard of but never fully investigated, or else completely new to me.
There are probably dozens more "other projects" which need listing that we don't know about, or which have been missed off. It's astonishing how many midrises we keep hearing about - it seems like almost one a week on average.

Where abouts will this be located?? - I need specific references to other landmarks/clusters because I don't know London geographically, so don't just say Abbey Road, or something like that! :) ).,0.097504&t=h&iwloc=addr

Oh, and is it scheduled for construction, and if so, when??
Still awaiting consent.

How many 'London Full Summary of Projects' do you think there will be before Leadenhall, Heron, Bish and the Shard are all complete??
Well, let's see...

A new summary thread every 4 months on average, that's 3 times a year. All the above projects will be complete by 2011. That's 5 years away. 5 times 3 is 15, added to the 10 threads we've already had - that's 25. :)

And will it be Foxy who is doing them?? ;)
Of course. I'll always be here. I'll be doing summary threads in the 2050's and making things like The Official GlobeCorp MegaTower construction thread (750m) and The Official Docklands Stratosphere Tower (1200m).......... :crazy:
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