The Shard and Cheesegrater are so passé. Check out the London skyline of the future
Beetham Tower aka Boomerang, Blackfriars
Dubbed “the Boomerang”, this £1bn skyscraper will have 53 storeys with 64 “palatial” apartments and a 261-room Jumeirah hotel – one of Dubai’s biggest luxury hotel chains. For those without cash to splash on a palace-like flat, a public gallery on the top floor for visitors to enjoy its panoramic views is in the plans.
So far, the Boomerang’s not got off to a good start – and building hasn’t even begun! The original developers behind the project, Beetham and Mirax, were forced to sell the development plans to Berkeley Group when the project’s company was put into administration.
Size: 53 floors
Architect: Ian Simpson
Developer: Berkeley Group
Columbus Tower, Canary Wharf
Construction for the tower is currently on hold after developers Commercial Estates Group commissioned a review to explore the current scheme, determine whether it might be improved and if so suggest a way forward that is best for the local area.
If built, the 63-floor tower will be more than 700ft tall and will become the tallest building in London’s docklands after One Canada Square. The building will cost £450m to build and will have a 192-room hotel, 74 apartments, a rooftop bar and restaurant, health centre and gym.
Size: 63 floors
Architect: Mark Weintraub Architecture & Design
Developer: Commercial Estates Group
360 London, Elephant & Castle
Designed by Gherkin architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, this 44-storey tower building has a £100m budget. It’s planned to be built on the site of the Old Park Lane Park hotel in Elephant and Castle and will have 470 homes, a public square, cafés and a 200-seat auditorium for drama school Southwark Playhouse.
Size: 44 floors
Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Developer: First Base
150 Stratford High Street aka Spirit of Stratford
Those who thought Stratford would become a ghost town after the Olympics should take notice of 150 Stratford High Street. When completed next year, the building will be one of London’s tallest residential blocks. Nicknamed “Spirit of Stratford”, it will have 42 floors while Westfield Stratford will be the nearest supermarket.
Cost: Not known
Size: 132m tall, 42 floors
Architect: Stock Woolstencroft
Developer: Genesis Housing Group
Manhattan Loft Gardens, Stratford
Another star planned for the Stratford skyline is the 42-storey Manhattan Loft Gardens.
Designed by Harry Handelsman – the man behind St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s redevelopment – this luxe apartment complex will have gardens on the 7th floor, 25th and 36th floors. The building will offer a hotel service where residents can enjoy in-room dining services, a roof-top restaurant and bar, and access to an open air swimming pool.
Cost: Not known
Size: 42 floors
Architect: Harry Handelsman
Developer: Manhattan Loft Corporation
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