The City of London Corporation has released new images showing how the capital’s financial district could look by 2030.
The computer-generated imagery (CGI) visualises all major developments that have been approved or resolved to be approved by the City Corporation over the past 12 months.
The Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee received 25% more applications compared with the same period last year.
Most of the tall buildings fall within the ‘City Cluster’ area, located in the eastern corner of the Square Mile, which is already home to some of the capital’s most iconic skyscrapers.
The number of city workers has increased by 29,000 since 2021 and now stands at 617,000, according to the Corporation.
Growing job numbers
Estimates based on Greater London Authority data show that city job numbers should grow by a further 85,000, up to 2040.
This is backed by a report from Arup and Knight Frank, showing a need for approximately 1.2 million sq m of extra office space in the city by 2040, to accommodate this job growth.
In addition to more high-rises, the City Plan 2040 also includes new pedestrian routes and urban green space, more ground floor space for retail and hospitality and more educational, cultural and heritage centres focusing on the City’s history.
Recent tall buildings inaugurated include 8 Bishopsgate (The Lookout) and 22 Bishopsgate (22 Horizon). Both buildings have received more than 70,000 people since opening two months ago, according to the City Corporation.
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