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London Bridge Tower - the "Shard"
Southwark SE1

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

Official website
Renzo Piano Building Workshop listing
Station redevelopment
SSC thread
Construction timetable displayed on the current site

- 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 be nearly twice the height of the Gherkin, and could become the tallest building in Western Europe.

- 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 the
Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, on 19th November 2003. The tower has since gained tenants - Shangri-La Hotels,
who will be occupying floors 34-52 - and Transport for London who will take a large chunk of the office space.

PricewaterhouseCoopers have vacated the site, and demolition on Southwark Towers is now underway, with construction itself
expected to start in early 2009, finishing just in time for the Olympics in 2012.

Following recent funding issues, it appears the project is now back on track with the Qatari Government's buying of a
one-third stake in the tower.


Bishopsgate Tower - "The Pinnacle"
City of London

Height: 288m
Floors: 63
Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox
Developer: Union Investment Real Estate AG (formerly known as DIFA)

SSC thread
Bishopsgate Tower promotional video (23mb)
SkyscraperNews page with additional renderings

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.

Current Status:
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, the developers secured funding for the project from Arab Investments. Demolition has now begun,
and with funding and contracts secured, it has been confirmed that the tower will be built speculatively.
Actual construction is expected to begin in February 2008, with completion in 2011.
The full planning report
for the tower can be accessed by clicking here.


Heron Tower
110 Bishopsgate
City of London

Height: 246m (202m roof + 44m spire)
Floors: 47
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Developer: Heron International PLC

Skanska project page with news updates
Mayor Ken Livingstone's comments
Architects' project description
SSC thread

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.

The Heron Tower scheme includes a second, smaller tower of around 100m, 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:
Demolition has now started and will be finished by December 2007.

Gerald Ronson has now secured funding for this tower and is building it speculatively, meaning this project is almost
certain to go ahead


Riverside South
Canary Wharf

Height: 236m and 189m
Floors: 45 and 37
Architect: Richard Rogers
Developer: Canary Wharf Group

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners - project detail
RS1 | RS2
SSC thread

With space rapidly running out on the estate, Canary Wharf Group have big plans for expansion. It is confirmed that Riverside South
is next in line for development and groundwork is already getting underway. This project is designed by Richard Rogers and consists of
two towers either side of a shorter middle building. The tallest tower was recently given a height increase and is now 236m, making it
structurally taller than 1 Canada Square (but still shorter by AOD height). In terms of floorspace, this will be the largest single
office development in Europe - over 3 million square feet.

Current Status:
Approved in summer 2004 and given a height increase in April 2007. Groundwork is underway. Click here for the construction schedule.


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. Demolition is well underway,
and the current building is starting to be taken down. British Land recently confirmed they will build it speculatively.
Latest news is that demolition will be finished in February 2008. However, basement floors won't start until October 2008
and the superstructure itself won't begin until January 2009.*

*according to a forumer who works for Bovis Lendlease.


North Quay
Canary Wharf

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.


St George's Wharf
Vauxhall, SW8

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

SSC thread
Broadway Malyan

- 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. The developers have indicated that work will start in Q3 2008.


1 Blackfriars Road (Jumeirah Tower)
Southwark SE1

Height: 173m
Floors: 51
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 47m height reduction was submitted on 24th November 2006. Despite a number
of objections - from English Heritage, Royal Parks, Lambeth Council, Westminster City Council, local residents
and ward councillors - it was approved by Southwark Council on 24th July 2007. The site has already been demolished,
and construction is confirmed to be starting in 2008, for completion in 2012. However, a further 10m height reduction
is expected before then, after yet more intervention by English Heritage.


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. This was approved in April 2007.
The current site lease runs until 2011.


Broadgate Tower/201 Bishopsgate
City of London

Height: 164m
Floors: 35
Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merril
Developer: British Land

SSC thread

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 was topped out in May 2007, becoming the 3rd tallest structure in the City, and completion is due in May 2008.
Its smaller neighbour 201 Bishopsgate will be complete in February 2008.

Current Status:
Under Construction! The building has topped out.


20 Fenchurch Street - the "Walkie Talkie"
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. Land Securities plan 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 was reduced by 9 floors from 45 to 36. The new height is 160m.
The full planning report can be accessed here.

Current Status:
A revised planning application with a 9 floor height reduction was submitted in July 2006. It was approved in November 2006.
The project was then called in by the Secretary of State, Ruth Kelly, and went through a public inquiry, finally receiving full approval
on 10th July 2007. The developers seem keen to press on. The site has already been vacated and is undergoing demolition,
and the project appears to be on schedule (see notice from Keltbray) with a completion date of 2011.


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. It is unclear when construction will start.


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:
Planning permission was granted for buildings D (52m) and E (63m) in May 2007, and for buildings C (66m) B (65m) and F (49m)
in June 2007. The tallest building (150m) was approved in July 2007.


Pan Peninsula Tower
Docklands E14

Height: 147m/122m
Floors: 48/38
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merril
Developer: Ballymore

Official construction thread

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

Current Status:
Under Construction!. Both towers have topped-out.


22 Marsh Wall
also known as "The Landmark"

Docklands E14

Height: 140m (tower one) and 98m (tower two)
Floors: 44 and 30
Architect: Squire and Partners
Developer: Redwell Investments

SSC thread
Official website listing

A pair of major new residential towers for the Docklands, located on the south-western edge of the cluster, near the Thames.
Completion is scheduled for 2008. They will be a short walk from the planned 3 million sq ft office development, Riverside South.
As of now, more than a third of the 276 luxury apartments have been sold. Restaurants, cafes and shops will occupy
the ground and 1st floors, within a glass-covered piazza. A 24 hour concierge and resident's gymnasium are among the development's
many other features.

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!


The Willis Building (51 Lime Street)
City of London

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

The OFFICIAL 51 Lime Street (Willis Building) Construction thread

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! Practical completion is imminent.


Arrowhead Quay
Canary Wharf

Height: 114m
Floors: 26
Architect: Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Developer: Ballymore

SSC thread

Since its original proposal in 2001, the design has changed to increase floorspace. This has included changing the appearance
to visually eliminate the exposed core that was previously visible. Consisting of two interlocking blocks between a central core,
the shorter section was boosted in height by the architects, Skidmore Owings and Merrill. The result of these changes are the
above grade lettable areas has increased from 45,887 square metres to 51,335 sq m, an increase of about 12%.
It is one of several new towers being built in the area - the others include Riverside South, Pan Peninsula and 22 Marsh Wall.

Current Status:
Under construction! Completion is expected in early 2009.


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 involves a complete
recladding of the exterior, and substantial expansion of the internal office space. Work is set to be completed in 2008
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! The project is nearing completion.


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, which could include 2 new towers, one of 214m/40 storeys
    and another of 156m/29 storeys. As of April 2007, it is confirmed that a revised planning application is being prepared, for a 2m sq ft scheme.

  • 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 include 2 towers of around 180-200m and a number of surrounding midrises. This could form
    a cluster with the Broadgate Tower and the Northgate Tower (see below).

  • 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.

  • Olympic Spike. A possible 180m+ observation tower for a site overlooking the Olympic Games.

  • 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.

  • East Croydon redevelopment. A series of four towers including a possible 160m skyscraper that could rival the Croydon Gateway.

  • Sugar House. A major development for Stratford which includes a tower similar in appearance to 122 Leadenhall.
    Early indications are that the height will be 159m/40 storeys.

  • 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.

  • Strata (formerly the Multiplex Tower). This residential tower was approved in March 2006 as part of the Elephant & Castle redevelopment.
    It will stand 147m tall. Demolition is already underway, with construction following immediately afterwards.

  • The Leaf. A possible 40-storey residential tower for Ealing, West London. The architect is Foster. Roof height is 120m,
    but the tower includes a spire taking its total height to an impressive 143m.

  • 151 City Road. Will Alsop has designed a striking, colourful tower for this prominent site just north of the City, which could be joined
    by a neighbouring tower of similar height, along with a midrise called Eagle House. Developers are Enddora Holdings. 140m/43 storeys.

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

  • Doon Street Tower. A residential tower for the South Bank. Previously 168m, but reduced in height following complaints from English Heritage.
    Approved in August 2007, but called-in for a public inquiry the following month. New height is 140m/43 storeys.

  • 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.

  • New Providence Wharf Building C. Ballymore are planning a neighbour for the Ontario Tower. Designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, it will
    be 136m/44 storeys. Construction is very likely to start in 2008.

  • Wellesley Square. Berkeley Homes are planning a major residential tower for Croydon, designed by Rolfe Judd. Height is around 134m/44 storeys.

  • London Park Hotel. First Base won planning permission in September 2007 for a 134m, 43-storey residential tower near Strata. Architect is Richard Rogers.

  • 20 Blackfriars Road. This project consists of 2 towers: a 98m office building and a 133m residential building. Approved in June 2007,
    Land Securities then sold the site to Circleplane for £90m. The new owners have said they will press ahead with the towers,
    which will add to the growing cluster of projects in the area including the 175m Beetham Tower on an adjacent site.

  • 100 City Road. 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 was reduced from 142m/43 storeys
    following complaints from English Heritage and local residents, and was resubmitted at 131m/39 storeys. In July 2007
    it was refused by the council. The developers may appeal, however.

  • 150 Stratford High Street. A major residential tower proposed for a site near the Olympic stadium. Height is 133m/41 storeys.

  • Stratford City Tower. Part of the masterplan for the area includes a 40-storey resi tower, revealed in September 2007.

  • Victoria Towers. As part of the major regeneration taking place in Victoria, Land Securities are developing a group of towers which
    will replace the Hilton Tower on Park Lane, amongst other buildings. Originally proposed at 160m, this project has been scaled down
    following concerns about the impact on Westminster. It now consists of 2 towers of 128m and 126m, plus a number of smaller
    buildings of 83m, 79m and 2 x 54m.

  • 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. The developers were embroiled in a
    dispute with a local NIMBY, but recently got through the legal process, and the towers now have full approval.
    Construction is said to be getting underway in late 2007/early 2008.

  • 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.

  • Wandsworth Towers. Minerva are planning a "new urban quarter” for Wandsworth on the site of the former Young’s Ram brewery.
    The ERP-designed scheme will comprise 700 flats spread across two residential towers of 29 and 39 storeys and
    a mix of low-rise homes, restaurants, shops and a microbrewery. Height of the taller tower would be around 120m.

  • Elizabeth House redevelopment. 3 new midrises for Waterloo, adjacent to the station. Heights are 117m/107m/90m.

  • 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 been called in
    to face a public inquiry.

  • Milton Court. Heron International, in partnership with Berkeley Homes, are planning a major residential tower for the City.
    This will stand on a site immediately adjacent to Citypoint, adding to the emerging cluster around Moorgate. 112m/35 floors.

  • Walbrook Square. A major redevelopment of a prominent site between Cannon Street and Bank stations which will see
    the demolition of Bucklersbury 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.
    The project received approval in July 2007 and demolition is due to start in October 2007.

  • 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 roof height reduction, but an increase in the number of floors and will now be 105m/34 storeys.
    Demolition and site preparation is underway, and construction will follow soon.

  • 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.

  • Royal London Hospital Towers. Major new hospital for Whitechapel, East London. 101m/18 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.

  • Gypsy Corner Tower. Hamilton Associates are planning a 30-storey residential tower for Acton, West London.

  • 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 another midrise. The first proposal was for a 600,000 sq ft
    office building of 88m, which was approved. A second design was then submitted for a shorter building of 74m.
    In July 2007, this too was approved. It remains to be seen which option they will go for. The current leases expire in 2009.

  • Goodmans Fields. A residential scheme planned for a site just to the south of Aldgate. Includes a tower of 86m/27 storeys.

  • 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.

  • 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. This is approved, and confirmed to be starting construction very soon. Height is 82m/24 storeys.

  • 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.

  • Orchard Place. Ballymore are planning a huge mixed-use scheme on the Leamouth Peninsula in the Docklands.
    This began construction in July 2007 and consists of 10 towers ranging in height from 44-80m/14-26 floors.

  • 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 2008. 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.

  • Oakmayne Plaza Towers. 3 residential towers for Elephant & Castle, which will join the nearby Multiplex and First Base towers.
    Groundwork is getting underway. The tallest will be 76m/23 storeys.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 30 The North Colonnade. This is one of several new midrises for Canary Wharf, the others being built in nearby Churchill Place.
    It will contain 320,000 square feet of office floorspace, most of which has been let to Fitch Ratings and KPMG. The top of the
    building overlooking Canada Square and Churchill Place will feature a double height winter garden. Construction is getting
    underway soon and completion is scheduled for late 2010. Height is 71m/17 storeys.

  • 1 Commercial Street. A new 70m tower for the eastern edge of the City.

  • 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.

  • 4 Mastmaker Road. A pair of residential towers, to the south of the main Canary Wharf cluster. Construction is underway.
    They will be 67m/22 storeys and 58m/19 storeys respectively.

  • 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.

  • Arsenal Stadium Residential Towers. A cluster of 5 residential towers ranging in height from 8-21 storeys.

  • 64-74 Mark Lane. New office tower, adjacent to Fenchurch Street station. It is being built speculatively and demolition is well underway. 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

  • 240 Blackfriars Road. 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. This tower is approved, and confirmed to be starting a year earlier than expected, in January 2008.

  • 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.

  • Westminster Bridge Park Plaza. A 16-storey luxury hotel with 1,037 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. Groundwork is underway.

London Skyline 2012 - all clusters in one view

The panorama below shows every planned cluster from Chelsea to the Docklands. All of the major tower projects can be seen here.

Discussion thread:


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That's a great summary, it really is amazing the amount of stuff that's happening.

One thing did take me by surprise is the 'Walkie Talkie', I haven't seen the render - I thought it faced the other way! It also confirms as some people have mentioned how far back from the river it is.

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Thanks Will....can you add the Great West Quarter to that list...a 25 storey hotel must rank somewhere in there.

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Discussion Starter · #9 · (Edited)
When it's under construction I'll move it up there. At the moment they're just demolishing the site.

Basically, the summary is divided as follows -

Main list
- Everything proposed or approved taller than 150m
- Everything under construction taller than 100m

Other projects
- Anything rumoured/long term or in pre-planning which hasn't been formally proposed yet
- Everything proposed or approved between 100-150m, but not under construction.
- All projects shorter than 100m, regardless of status. Under construction projects are highlighted in red.

Maybe a bit complicated but I think it works well. :)

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Cityscape, who created the video for the Broadgate Tower and are working on one for Leadenhall, have updated their site.

Among other theings, it appears they are working on a certain 288m stunner right in the heart of the city;)

link to cityscape

It doesn't seem to be on yet, just keep checking back every day or so and there should be something up soon:)

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"Before, you couldn’t get a coffee in London. All the Brits used to travel abroad and enjoy all these things: sitting outside cafés, going to the theatre, having a drink, meeting a friend, going out. And they’d say, “Oh we can’t do it here.” But Paris is not warmer than London. It’s freezing outside. Then ten years ago I was in Soho and I saw people sitting and having a coffee. Outside! In February! It was freezing! I thought, “My God, I never thought I’d see the day.”

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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 160m.
The full planning report can be accessed here.

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, is now undergoing demolition and appears to be on schedule
(see notice from Keltbray). However, the project was called in by the Secretary of State, Ruth Kelly, and is facing a public inquiry,
so this tower's future is uncertain.

Isn't demolition underway on the existing 20 Fenchurch Street office tower?
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