During 2020, a whole host of new major developments are set to open to both the public and the large companies leasing office space in the City of London - here our favourites.
Cranes are always hovering around the City of London’s skyline. They are the only constants. Growth and development are continuous in the Square Mile. And last year saw countless new buildings finally reach completion.
120 Fenchurch Street brought a whole new public roof garden to the area, One Finsbury Avenue’s redevelopment included the City’s first cinema and plenty more retailers for the Broadgate area, and the skyline was saved from being marked by the massive Tulip tower as Sadiq Khan vetoed it’s planning approval.
A lot happened in 2019, but so many more spaces are set to be completed in 2020. Here are some of the most hotly anticipated residential and commercial buildings opening this year.
This is going to be the tallest building in the City of London, measuring up at 278 metres (at least until One Undershaft is eventually built nearby). And it is set to be one of the most exciting places to venture once it opens later this year.
Apart from all the office offerings, the public will have access to the massive food hall for local foodies, a huge rock climbing wall built onto the glass overlooking the Square Mile’s skyline (this looks terrifyingly good) and a whole host of restaurants up at the very top of the development. They’re even going to have a retreat, club and viewing gallery. We are pumped to get inside this behemoth of a tower once it opens to us mortals.
This new mixed-use site includes residencies, offices and retail space spanned across two separate towers. They’ll even have a private member’s club and boutique hotel slotted into the mix to make it even more of a destination.
One Crown Place will house 246 apartments within the it’s two new residential towers. And this all sits atop the original period buildings. Residents will get access to all the best amenities, including a luxury gym, large terrace, a screening room, work hub and private dining room. Living in the City of London doesn’t come more glamorous than this.
Broadgate is undergoing some monumental growth right now – with British Land leading the charge. The entire area is being transformed into the largest pedestrianised part of central London, with offices, public parks and retail spaces set to come in just as Crossrail completes (we hope this day comes soon).
And 100 Liverpool Street will be one of the most exciting additions to Broadgate, looming over the already much-loved Broadgate Circle. Prepare for 90,000 sq ft of new shops, brands and boutiques spanning three levels and an incredible 20,000 sq ft of outdoor terraces on five separate levels.
These terraces will also be landscaped to bring a little life back into the Square Mile. These outdoor spaces will even have views across the entire skyline, with St Paul’s Cathedral being visible too. Bring on summer rooftop season at 100 Liverpool Street. And, if the proposed park in Exchange Square gets the go ahead, there will be even more outdoor space to explore within the City of London – a rare find within this changing concrete jungle.
Located right by Smithfield Market, this new site of residential, retail and office spaces has already breathed a great deal life back into the Square Mile. Phase one was completed in 2019, bringing new restaurants like Lino to the area as well as a few new residents. And they are just wrapping up the last bits and pieces now.
Everyone in the area benefits from extra public space and even more restaurants, bars and shops but the lucky sods who purchase property also get access to their own private parts of the development. Residents get to share a fully-kitted out cinema, their own private lounge and bar as well as the added bonus of having a 24-hour concierge service present at all times of the year. That means no more not being home to accept deliveries. How we wish we had that luxury.