London’s newest residential towers celebrated on Skyscraper Day
Tall buildings the world-over were celebrated yesterday (3 September), which was Skyscraper Day, yahoo.com writes.
With China only months away from constructing the world’s highest skyscraper, the 2,755 ft Sky City, London’s tallest building (The Shard) falls woefully short at less than half the height. However, it’s only in the last few decades that the UK has come round to the idea of building upwards, thus there’s a little catching up to do.
While not a holiday perhaps observed by many outside of the skyscraper design world, londonlovesbusiness.com has fittingly – if not coincidentally – identified some of the capital’s newest residential towers, termed ‘hot-rises to keep an eye on’.
Just a stone’s throw from the City in Aldgate is Goodman’s Fields which is due for completion in 2015. With two towers of 21 and 18-storeys respectively, the complex features two acres of green space and parking, clearly deserving its reputation as an ‘oasis in the heart of the city’.
Croydon’s tallest building is in the final phase of the development
Taller still is the Saffron Tower in Croydon with 42 storeys – in close proximity to the Westfield shopping centre and the borough’s emerging tech city. Finished with different-coloured cladding, the building will surely be an arresting sight.
Reaching not quite as high is the 26-story The Tower at GWQ in Ealing. An oval building swathed in rounded glass, residents here will be able to take advantage of the Crossrail train link. The building is expected to attract frequent fliers, being just 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport.
Author: Elizabeth Smythe Date Written: 04 September 2013