London’s Ever Changing Skyline

The capital has 436 buildings set to be more than 20 storeys high in the pipeline – and, of those planning applications submitted over the past year, only three have been rejected.

City of London

The London skyline is dramatically changing, with new buildings being approved and built all over the capital. By 2020 the London skyline will have drastically changed from what it is today. Within Sadiq Khan’s manifesto, he promised “stronger” policies to make sure that tall buildings respect the character of the existing neighbourhoods. He has further stated that they would only be permitted if they added value to the skyline.

Here is a list we at Fraser & Co believe are some of the most striking new builds that are set to transform London’s skyline:

1. One Blackfrairs

One Blackfriars is made up of a 52-storey tower of a maximum height of 170m, as well as two smaller buildings. This development will offer breath-taking views across the River Thames and will include the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and further afield. This unique design is set to be a beacon of architectural brilliance and was created by award-winning Ian Simpson Architects.

Estimated Completion: 2017


2. The Scalpel

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, this tower will be 190m tall, standing 35 meters below the Cheesegrater. This development will have a public square at the front, to be shared by Lloyd’s of London and the Wills building. It will also have 35 floors dedicated to office space above ground and mezzanine levels. Completion for this development is expected in 2017, however it will not be inhabited by companies until 2018. It was designed as a visual counterpart to the neighbouring "Cheesegrater" building, and is slanted in order to not disturb the closely guarded view of St Paul's Cathedral.

Estimated Completion: Q4 2017

3. Embassy Gardens

Embassy Gardens has been designed by FCB Studios and will overlook the river Thames in Nine Elms when completed. This is the new home to the US Embassy building, and will also feature a park along with two residential towers, with a breath taking feature of a "Sky Pool" designed by HAL architects which will attach the two residential towers together.

Estimated Completion: Q1 2019

embassy gardens

4. Chelsea Waterfront

Chelsea Waterfront has been designed by the architect, Sir Terry Farrell. It will include two glass residential towers- one being 37 storeys and the other being 25 storeys. These towers will be arranged around landscaped gardens and the redevelopment of an old power station. The development will also include shops, restaurants, and bars together with a residents' gym.

Estimated Completion: Q1 2019

5. Two Fifty One

This development has been designed by Allies and Morrison and is located in the heart of Elephant & Castle. This 41 storey tower block compromises one to three bedroom apartments, and is expected to be one of the most striking developments in Southwark.

Estimated Completion: Q4 2017

two fifty one

6. Manhattan Plaza

The architect, Barton Wilmore has said that he got his inspiration from this particular development from the New York Meatpacking District.

Estimated completion: Q3 2017 / Q2 2018

7. The Atlas

The Atlas, located just past the Old Street roundabout, has been designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley and has cost an astonishing £30 million to build. This triangular shaped building in Vauxhall will be covered in terracotta tiles for a "speckled effect". The Atlas features a gym, a 25-metre swimming pool and a 32nd floor roof garden overlooking London’s skyline.

Estimated Completion: Q2 2019

the atlas

8. The Corniche

The Corniche is a residential build designed by Foster & Partners, boasting panoramic over the most important stretch of the river- from the magnificent Houses of Parliament to the round pods of the London Eye. Inside, the apartments will all have floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the breath-taking views, while the building itself features a curved façade that will maximise views across the Thames.

Estimated Completion: Q4 2017

9. One Nine Elms

One Nine Elms is comprised of two towers, which will deliver 647 stylish studio, one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments. A 200-metre-tall residential building is set to become the tallest residential tower in Western Europe, while the slightly shorter of the two will be home to the first Chinese five-star hotel brand in the UK, Wanda Vista.

Estimated Completion: Q4 2018

one nine elms

10. The Dumont

The Dumont is a luxury collection of 186 studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments and penthouses designed by David Walker Architects. This development will benefit from exquisite views across one of the most famous stretches of river, including the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and The City.

Estimated Completion: Q1/Q2 2020

11. Manhattan Loft Gardens

The 42-story Manhattan Loft Gardens is situated alongside one of London’s largest and newest transport interchanges. It will boast state-of-the-art leisure facilities, a swimming pool, a spa, and a roof garden that overlooks Olympic Park. The building also features a series of sky gardens, ensuring that residents are no more than nine stories from an outdoor space wherever they live in the building. The design aims to promote social interaction and reflect the area's diversity.

Estimated Completion: 2018


12. Spire London

Designed by Architects Larry Malcic and Christopher Colosimo Spire London is set to be a 67-storey tower. Once completed it will be the same height as Canary Wharf's tallest skyscraper (office building: One Canada Square) and will become Europe's tallest residential skyscraper.

Estimated Completion: 2020

13. The Can of Ham

The Can of Ham was designed by architectural firm Foggo and will complement the city's other food-themed structures like the Gherkin, and the Cheesegrater.

Estimated Completion: 2018

14. 22 Bishopsgate

The new skyscraper was designed by PLP Architecture; originally, it was supposed to be home to the Pinnacle skyscraper, which was granted planning permission back in 2006. However construction stopped in 2011, and the site was left empty for years. Now, 22 Bishopsgate will build on the foundations and dug-out basement of the original Pinnacle building. This development will also be the highest free-to-visit public space in London.

Estimated Completion: 2019

22 bishopsgate

15. London City Island

London City Island is a 12-acre site, surrounded by water and connected by a specially-commissioned bridge. It is also set to become the new headquarters for the English National Ballet. The mixed-use space — designed by Glenn Howells Architects — will include thousands of homes as well as offices, restaurants, boutique shops, and pedestrian and cycle routes.

Estimated Completion: 2019

16. One Merchant Square

This skyscraper under construction in Paddington will become Westminster's tallest building once completed. Designed by Robin Partington and Partners, the £209 million mixed-use building will feature 222 apartments, a boutique hotel, a sky bar, and a garden square.

Estimated Completion: 2018