Where are all those tall buildings they promised us? Good question. We’re glad you asked it, because we’ve been wondering too. So we thought that it’s time for a round-up of who’s building what, when, and with whom. For comparison, London’s tallest building, 1 Canada Square, is 235 m high.
Name: Bishopsgate Tower
Nickname: To be decided, but we reckon ‘The corkscrew’ would be a good bet.
Height: 307 m, and London’s tallest.
Architect: Kohn Pederson Fox
Where?: Well, Bishopsgate, towards the Southern end, opposite Threadneedle Street.
Status: Planning application has been submitted. Approval expected in February 2006. But this one’s far too impressive to ever get built.
Name: London Bridge Tower
Nickname: Shard of Glass
Height: 306 m
Architect: Renzo Piano
Where: Practically next door to the grotesque Guy’s Hospital tower in Southwark, on the site of the current PWC brown and silver tower.
Status: Fully approved in 2003. Demolition of current building to begin in summer 2006. This will take a year, before building can begin in 2007. Some tenants have already been secured.
Name: Columbus Tower
Nickname: To be decided. We coin ‘The Fountain Pen’.
Height: 237 m, tallest on the Isle of Dogs.
Where?: West India Quay, next to the Museum In Docklands..
Status: Fully approved, but things have gone eerily quiet. The plans were conspicuous in there absence at the recent ‘Changing Face of London’ exhibition.
Name: 122 Leadenhall
Nickname: The Cheesegrater, by popular consent.
Height: 225 m.
Architect: Richard Rogers
Where?: Pretty much bang opposite the Gherkin and next to the Lloyds building.
Status: Approved in 2004. However, the lease on the current site (a really, really ugly 1960’s office block) expires in 2008, so delays will ensue.
Name: Minerva Building
Nickname: To be decided. We coin ‘The Razor”.
Height: 217 m.
Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw
Where?: Aldgate, next to St Boltoph's Church.
Status: Fully approved. Demolition on the current site is due to start soon.
Name: 110 Bishopsgate
Nickname: Heron Tower
Height: 207.7 m (231.5 m with spire).
Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Where?: Yet another for Bishopsgate.
Status: Fully approved in original form, but four extra floors have recently been added and await approval. Building will hopefully start in 2006.
That's just a small selection of erections; there are plans for many more towers in and around London over the coming years. Londonist will keep you up to date as projects change and emerge.