Rise of the City: How Londons Square Mile will look in 2026

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Rise of the City: How London’s Square Mile will look in 2026 with new skyscrapers the Scalpel, Can of Ham and Undershaft compared to 20 years before

Mark Duell for MailOnline

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It is one of Europe’s most famous skylines, but the City of London is constantly changing appearance thanks to the regular flow of new skyscrapers being built within the congested Square Mile. 

And these fascinating mocked-up pictures show just how different the area could look in less than a decade, thanks to the construction of the Scalpel (52 Lime Street), Can of Ham (70 St Mary Axe) and 1 Undershaft.

Back in 2006, only the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe) and NatWest Tower (Tower 42) stood out – but the Walkie Talkie (20 Fenchurch Street), Cheesegrater (Leadenhall) and Heron Tower (100 Bishopgate) have been built since. 

The pictures of the City Cluster area in the eastern corner of the Square Mile, which is home to some of the capital’s most iconic skyscrapers, have been released by the City of London Corporation.

It comes as the Corporation continues a consulation of policies to redefine the area, including a large ‘zero emission zone’, a 15mph speed limit and deliveries reduced by 30 per cent through centres outside of the City.   

Chris Hayward, chairman of the Corporation’s planning and transportation committee, said: ‘These images remind us that the City’s skyscrapers are some of the most recognisable structures in the UK. 

‘But great cities are not made from great buildings alone. The ambitious policy proposals outlined in the transport strategy and local plan aim to resolve challenges at street level, and in the river, air and open spaces.’

The London skyline is pictured in 2006 (left) and an artist’s impression of 2026 with various added skyscrapers (right)

This graphic shows the buildings already in place - and those planned by 2026 - in the City of London area

This graphic shows the buildings already in place - and those planned by 2026 - in the City of London area

This graphic shows the buildings already in place – and those planned by 2026 – in the City of London area

1970

A view down Fleet Street near Ludgate Hill towards St Paul’s is pictured in 1970 (left) compared to a 2026 mock-up (right)

15/05/2013

An aerial view of the City of London in 2013 (left) is compared to a mock-up of how it could look in 2026

March 25 2018

Looking along the River Thames from Waterloo Bridge last March (left) will be a very different view by 2026 (right)

A mocked-up picture of how the City of London could look in 2026, from City Hall looking north across the River Thames

A mocked-up picture of how the City of London could look in 2026, from City Hall looking north across the River Thames

A mocked-up picture of how the City of London could look in 2026, from City Hall looking north across the River Thames

The City of London could look remarkable different in seven years from now. Here is a possible 2026 aerial view looking west

The City of London could look remarkable different in seven years from now. Here is a possible 2026 aerial view looking west

The City of London could look remarkable different in seven years from now. Here is a possible 2026 aerial view looking west

This is a mocked-up view of how the City of London skyline will appear to anyone walking east along Fleet Street in 2026

This is a mocked-up view of how the City of London skyline will appear to anyone walking east along Fleet Street in 2026

This is a mocked-up view of how the City of London skyline will appear to anyone walking east along Fleet Street in 2026

The City of London will be even more striking in 2026 when seen from Waterloo Bridge, looking east in this mocked-up view

The City of London will be even more striking in 2026 when seen from Waterloo Bridge, looking east in this mocked-up view

The City of London will be even more striking in 2026 when seen from Waterloo Bridge, looking east in this mocked-up view

An aerial view shows the City in the distance (top right), with Westminster in the foreground and the London Eye in the centre

An aerial view shows the City in the distance (top right), with Westminster in the foreground and the London Eye in the centre

An aerial view shows the City in the distance (top right), with Westminster in the foreground and the London Eye in the centre

The Shard stands at 1,016ft (309m), and is pictured at night with Canary Wharf to the left of its peak and Tower Bridge, centre

The Shard stands at 1,016ft (309m), and is pictured at night with Canary Wharf to the left of its peak and Tower Bridge, centre

The Shard stands at 1,016ft (309m), and is pictured at night with Canary Wharf to the left of its peak and Tower Bridge, centre

Wembley Stadium in North West London is pictured, with Central London towards the far top left of the photograph

Wembley Stadium in North West London is pictured, with Central London towards the far top left of the photograph

Wembley Stadium in North West London is pictured, with Central London towards the far top left of the photograph

The transport strategy consultation closes on January 13 while one for the local plan runs until February 28.

The three aerial pictures at the bottom were taken by Jason Hawkes – who has an Instagram and Twitter account. 

HOW THE SKYLINE WILL CHANGE: CITY OF LONDON DEVELOPMENTS TAKING PLACE OVER THE NEXT DECADE
DEVELOPMENTS TO BE CONSTRUCTED BY 2026 HEIGHT (metres) STATUS
22 Bishopsgate 294.94 (62 storeys) Under construction
52 Lime Street (The Scalpel) 206 (36 storeys) Under construction
100 Bishopsgate 181 (37 storeys) Under construction
6-8 Bishopsgate/150 Leadenhall Street 185 (50 storeys) Under construction
70 St Mary Axe (Can of Ham) 164.3 (21 storeys) Under construction
150 Bishopsgate 150.92 (41 storeys) Under construction
80 Fenchurch Street 78 (14 storeys) Under construction
1 Undershaft the tallest in the Eastern Cluster 304.6 (73 storeys) Consented, not commenced still subject to S106 approval
2-3 Finsbury Avenue (Broadgate) north of the Eastern Cluster 168.4 (32 storeys) Consented, not commenced still subject to S106 approval
100 Leadenhall Street 263.4 (56 storeys) Consented, not cmmenced
40 Leadenhall Street 170 (34 storeys) Consented, not commenced
130 Fenchurch Street 105 (17 storeys) Consented, not commenced
1 Leadenhall Street (corner of Leadenhall Market) 182.7 (36 storeys)  Consented, not commenced
*120 Fenchurch Street 85 (15 storeys) *Completed since last update