London reaches for the clouds: Iconic skyline will be transformed with record 76 skyscrapers finished in 2019 – more high-rise buildings than any other year

6-3-2019
  • Total number of buildings under construction in the capital is at an all-time high with 121 currently under way 
  • Boroughs of Camden, Barnet and Hounslow now have towers under construction for first time in their history 
  • This year will see record levels of skyscraper completion, with most of the new projects in Tower Hamlets
  • Borough with second-highest concentration is Lambeth, with buildings also set to hit Chelsea and the City 

A record 76 new skyscrapers will stand against the capital’s skyline as more towers hit London than any other year in the city’s history.

This year will see more buildings of 20 storeys or more being erected, which is more than three times the total that were finished last year.

Figures revealed today by the London Tall Buildings Survey show the highest concentration will be in the borough of Tower Hamlets, once famed for being home to the working classes that populated the East End.

This year will see more skyscrapers built in the capital than ever before, with most falling in Tower Hamlets (pictured, with the highest concentration of blue projected towers, above, north of the meander on the River Thames). The second-highest number of towers will hit Lambeth, across the river. The projections above show most of the East End's towers will crop up around Canary Wharf, close to the iconic One Canada Square building (pictured, above, with a triangular top)  

This year will see more skyscrapers built in the capital than ever before, with most falling in Tower Hamlets (pictured, with the highest concentration of blue projected towers, above, north of the meander on the River Thames). The second-highest number of towers will hit Lambeth, across the river. The projections above show most of the East End’s towers will crop up around Canary Wharf, close to the iconic One Canada Square building (pictured, above, with a triangular top)  

Newfoundland, also know as Newfoundland Quay and The Diamond Tower, is one of the skyscrapers set to alter the capital's skyline this year. The 220-metre tall residential building is being built on the Isle of Dogs, on the southern portion of Tower Hamlets that juts out into the River Thames 

Newfoundland, also know as Newfoundland Quay and The Diamond Tower, is one of the skyscrapers set to alter the capital’s skyline this year. The 220-metre tall residential building is being built on the Isle of Dogs, on the southern portion of Tower Hamlets that juts out into the River Thames 

Pictured: 22 Bishopsgate in the City (above, with three columns running along its side, to the left of the triangular Leadenhall Building). The building, which will be completed this year, was originally designed to be 307m tall, but was forced to reduce to 288 metres when the Civil Aviation Authority objected to its plans 

Pictured: 22 Bishopsgate in the City (above, with three columns running along its side, to the left of the triangular Leadenhall Building). The building, which will be completed this year, was originally designed to be 307m tall, but was forced to reduce to 288 metres when the Civil Aviation Authority objected to its plans 

Pictured: A computer-generated image of Ravensbourne Wharf, a new 26-storey tower which is planned for Greenwich in south-east London. It will be one of 76 skyscrapers that is set to be completed by the end of 2019 

Pictured: A computer-generated image of Ravensbourne Wharf, a new 26-storey tower which is planned for Greenwich in south-east London. It will be one of 76 skyscrapers that is set to be completed by the end of 2019 

In the borough – which includes the districts of Mile End, Bethnal Green and Whitechapel – 18 new buildings will pop up. The second-highest amount will be in the southern borough of Lambeth, where 11 are set to be built.  ADVERTISING

Buildings due for completion include the Can of Ham at St Mary Axe in the financial district as well as 22 Bishopsgate.  

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It comes after the number of skyscrapers in London hit an all-time high last year, when there were 541 listed across the capital.

The findings were publish in New London Architecture and GL Hearn’s sixth London Tall Buildings Survey, which is published yearly. 

This skyscraper is one of 18 that will be completed in the East End borough of Tower Hamlets. One Park Drive will sit on the southern tip of the borough in an area that used to be called Wood Wharf. The property is being developed by Canary Wharf Group in the area of London that will see more buildings completed this year than any other 

This skyscraper is one of 18 that will be completed in the East End borough of Tower Hamlets. One Park Drive will sit on the southern tip of the borough in an area that used to be called Wood Wharf. The property is being developed by Canary Wharf Group in the area of London that will see more buildings completed this year than any other 

The Wardian, pictured, is among the buildings set to be complete this year. It is comprised of two skyscrapers, and will be on the Isle of Dogs in east London, near the financial district of Canary Wharf

The Wardian, pictured, is among the buildings set to be complete this year. It is comprised of two skyscrapers, and will be on the Isle of Dogs in east London, near the financial district of Canary Wharf

Nine Elms Point in Lambeth, Embassy Gardens in Wandsworth and the Chelsea Waterfront will also see new skyscrapers finished.   

The findings show that there are currently 121 buildings under construction, also a record high following 2017’s landmark of 115.

The boroughs of Camden, Barnet and Hounslow have skyscrapers under construction for the first time in their history.  

London's skyline has already completely changed in comparison to how it looked just ten years ago (pictured)

London’s skyline has already completely changed in comparison to how it looked just ten years ago (pictured)

Notable additions include 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie-Talkie (the nearest skyscraper to the Thames in this snap) and the Leadenhall building (pictured just behind 30 St Mary Axe, known locally as the Gherkin for its shape) 

Notable additions include 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the Walkie-Talkie (the nearest skyscraper to the Thames in this snap) and the Leadenhall building (pictured just behind 30 St Mary Axe, known locally as the Gherkin for its shape) 

The sky’s the limit! Other skyscrapers in the pipeline include the Spire and the Tulip – a 1,000ft-high building with eight floors of viewing towers

Although 2019 is set to be a huge year for skyscrapers in London, with 76 new buildings set for completion, the capital is set to undergo even more change in the coming few years.

Other tall buildings in the pipeline include the Spire, which has been nicknamed the Flower Tower, which will stand at 775ft tall in Canary Wharf once building is completed in 2020.

A 1,000ft-high building, dubbed ‘The Tulip’, will feature glass gondolas allowing visitors to ride on the outside, and will become the capital’s second highest building after the Shard.

The Tulip, which will have bars and restaurants inside to hold 1,500 people, will sit next to the Gherkin – the 590ft tower also known as 30 St Mary Axe which was designed in 2003 by the same architects, Foster + Partners. 

Visitors to the skyscraper will have a unique 360-degree vantage point of London, with bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides – along with interactive displays and talks from experts about the capital’s history. 

Plans will be submitted to the City of London Corporation today following a year of discussions and work is expected to start in 2020 on the building, which developers hope will attract one million visitors.

The Spire, pictured, is set to open in Canary Wharf in 2020. It will be the exact same height - 236m - as the area’s other tallest building, the commercial One Canada Water, and has earned the nickname The Flower Tower due to its unusual design

The Spire, pictured, is set to open in Canary Wharf in 2020. It will be the exact same height – 236m – as the area’s other tallest building, the commercial One Canada Water, and has earned the nickname The Flower Tower due to its unusual design

The building dubbed 'The Tulip' (centre right) is set to become London's second tallest building behind The Shard

The building dubbed ‘The Tulip’ (centre right) is set to become London’s second tallest building behind The Shard

The Tulip will have a 12-storey glass bud on top of a 787ft concrete shaft with eight floors of viewing platforms

The Tulip will have a 12-storey glass bud on top of a 787ft concrete shaft with eight floors of viewing platforms



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