The Biggest Current Construction Projects in London
London is one of Europe’s largest cities, and with increasing interest in development, there are some extreme construction projects currently underway or in the pipeline. As these projects are some of the largest London has ever seen, it also gives us a good idea as to how the skyline will change in our capital over the next few years.
Here at Mundy Structural Steel, we specialise in steel erection and steel fabrication throughout London, so we have a vested interest in these large-scale building projects.
Informally known as ‘The Trellis’ due to the external steel bracing of its design, 1 Undershaft is set to be the 2nd tallest building in London upon completion. The design was approved in November 2016, but construction of the 73-story tower is expected to begin within around three to four years.
Other than the external steel bracing, the design of 1 Undershaft is rectangular in shape, tapering slightly as it reaches the top. The building is also set to be 10.5 metres off the ground in order to create public space underneath the structure.
1 Undershaft will replace St Helen’s tower, which is to be demolished, and part of the reason construction is yet to begin.
A building currently under construction in London is 22 Bishopsgate, which replaces the original design entitled ‘The Pinnacle’. While 22 Bishopsgate is currently under construction, the site has seen a lot of ups and downs ground being broken for The Pinnacle starting in 2008, stopping and starting a few times, and ultimately concluding in 2013. All progress made was removed after sale of the site, and then work started on 22 Bishopsgate in early 2016.
There will be 62 storeys and 912 feet of building to stand at 22 Bishopsgate.
A wedge-shaped building, dubbed ‘Cheesgrater 2’, 100 Leadenhall will become the third largest building in the Financial District upon completion. The facade of the building is made up of elongated diamond shapes, which is where it gets its other nickname ‘The Diamond’. At 56 storeys and 864 feet, 100 Leadenhall will also become London’s fourth largest building overall.
Set to be the largest residential tower in Western Europe, Spire London stands at 67 storeys and 771 feet with a striking design that harks back to the maritime history of the site upon which it stands. The ‘prow and bow’ shapes that make up the design are striking and modern, but the building also takes inspiration from the petals of an orchid, which can be seen in the footprint of the tower.
Construction, after the demolition of the buildings previously on the site, is underway and expected to be completed in 2020
A Growing Skyline
There are many large-scale construction projects currently underway in London, in various stages, which shows the investment in the capital and that the skyline is likely to grow and develop.
Mundy Structural Steel
If you’re looking for steel fabrication and steel erection for your construction project in London, reach out to our team here at Mundy Structural Steel. We have decades of experience in the industry, so we’ll be able to help.
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