Skyscraper

Sky Garden view across an ever-changing London skyline

  • 16 Aug 2016

After a visit to the stunning Sky Garden, Howard Chapman reflects on the ever-changing London skyline. With 400 more towers already in planning, approved or under construction in the capital, will these ruin the iconic cityscape?

Perched on top of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building, the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys. It includes exquisitely landscaped public gardens, with 360 degree, uninterrupted views across the capital and beyond. And it’s free!

Sky Garden

Credit: Sky Garden

 

The cranes are back in London

The Sky Garden is a great place to see the whole of London and spot the plethora of cranes helping erect new towers. 400 tall buildings are in planning, approved or under construction.

The London skyline is set to change again but this is nothing new.

The Daily Mail offers an interesting set of images showing how an ever-changing architectural view of London is nothing new, with the outline of the capital’s buildings constantly evolving through the 20th century.

The article looks back at the stories behind the mass construction and renewal through the decades including the City of London, Canary Wharf, the South Bank and Battersea and experienced mass construction through the decades, from the Oxo Tower in 1900 to The Shard completed in 2012 using 95 per cent recycled materials. 

However, there is concern that the iconic skyscape will be crowded out  and perhaps ruined out by all the new towers being built. What do you think?

Related Blog on Buildingtalk: The Butterfly emerges in City of London

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Sika

Sika invests in its industrial sealant offering

Leading building chemicals specialist, Sika, has appointed Dean Bell to the role of Technical Engineer for Sealing and Bonding.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Recruitment, Retrofit & Renovation, Walls

CTD

CTD Architectural Tiles gets to work on latest office refurbishment

CTD Architectural Tiles has curated a bespoke tile package for the refurbishment of Birmingham’s landmark 54 Hagley Road shared office building.

Posted in Articles, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Systems, Case Studies, Floors, Interior Design & Construction, Interiors, Restoration & Refurbishment, Retrofit & Renovation, Timber Buildings and Timber Products, Walls

Abloy

Prestigious GAI accolade for Abloy UK’s Roy Buckingham

Abloy UK is proud to announce Roy Buckingham, Regional Specification Development Manager – London & South East, has been given the Customer Focus Award at the new GAI Community Awards.

Posted in Access Control & Door Entry Systems, Architectural Ironmongery, Articles, Awards, Building Associations & Institutes, Building Industry Events, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Doors, Health & Safety, Security and Fire Protection

ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY Openings Studio™ software features at Dubai development

At Six Senses, The Palm, Dubai – a 5-star hotel and branded residences – partners were sought to streamline BIM and hardware specification. They chose ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions experts and software.

Posted in Architectural Ironmongery, Articles, BIM, Infrastructure & CAD Software, Building Industry News, Building Products & Structures, Building Services, Building Systems, Case Studies, Doors, Facility Management & Building Services, Health & Safety, Information Technology, Posts, Retrofit & Renovation, Steel and Structural Frames, Timber Buildings and Timber Products