From Battersea Roof Gardens to Elms Point on Wandsworth Road, the London skyline is altering at a dramatic pace that hasn’t been seen in the capital for a very long time…
Anyone returning to London after time away would be struck by how much the skyline has changed in recent years, with the Shard towering above other distinctive skyscrapers such as the Walkie Talkie, Cheesegrater and Gherkin (now 10 years old). The building boom isn’t over yet though. ‘In the last decade, tower schemes have generated just under 10,000 new homes,’ says Mark Collins, Chairman of Residential at CBRE, the world’s leading commercial property adviser, ‘with a further 70,000 units in the pipeline.’
Battersea and Nine Elms are at the heart of the biggest transformation central London has seen in a long time. Pictures of the Battersea Roof Gardens, which will sit atop 15 storeys and stretch over 355m, show just what an impact the scheme will have on the capital, while the recently launched Nine Elms Point on Wandsworth Road will offer 593 apartments, priced from £447,000.
Across the river by Hammersmith bridge, Queen’s Wharf will incorporate the redevelopment of the Riverside Studios, the original home of Doctor Who. As well as new state-of-the-art studios, a cinema and restaurant, there will be 165 apartments (from £540,000).
At the heart of Victoria’s regeneration zone, four new penthouses have launched at the Kings Gate scheme, with views over Buckingham Palace, the Royal Parks and the Thames. Prices will be from around £3.4m.
Meanwhile, over in SE1, Two Fifty One on Southwark Bridge Road, a landmark mixed use scheme, will include a 41-storey residential tower providing 335 apartments (from £390,000).
In east London, the launch of four uniquely designed penthouses (from £2.95m), on the 21st floor of the £140m landmark tower One Commercial Street in Aldgate, marks the completion of the 137-apartment scheme.
Words by Karen Tait