Tallest skyscrapers in London and Dubai get the green light

By Catherine Sturman
London and Dubai are home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, showcasing unique architecture and buildings which help boost local economi...

London and Dubai are home to some of the most iconic buildings in the world, showcasing unique architecture and buildings which help boost local economies. The increased number of mixed-use skyscrapers set to be built within London are predicted to double within the next ten years, reflecting the growing population and increased need for stronger infrastructures, work and housing.  Dubai, however, has always been at the forefront of architectural and structural innovation, at which they are developing their metro lines and building stronger infrastructures in the build up to Expo 2020, in addition to accomodating a smart city vision.

London’s new skyscraper, The Spire, is set to be built by Chinese developer Greenland Group in 2017 at the end of West India Quay, becoming London’s tallest residential building. The skyscraper will become one of the most sought after living areas in the city.

Set to be completed in 2020, the resi-skyscraper will house 861 apartments over 67 stories, ranging from one, two and three bed apartments, to luxurious penthouse suites, providing complete panoramic views. The council has stated around 96 of built apartments should be affordable, with apartments starting at £595,000.

Also in the pipeline is the development of social amenities which all residents will be able to access, such as an infinity pool and spa on the 35th floor, alongside a cinema, games room, bar and club lounge. Ideal for corporate functions, the build includes several meeting rooms for businesses, play areas for children and peaceful spaces for adults to enjoy, with landscaped gardens.

However, not to be outshone, Dubai is also set to build their tallest skyscraper to date at Dubai Creek Harbour, overtaking their previous record-holder, the Burj Khalifa at 2,722ft, which is also set to complete in 2020.

Designed by Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Vallis, the Tower is set to be developed at $1 billion under a joint venture with Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding and will be based close to Dubai International Airport, providing essential links for locals and tourists within the area.

The Tower will effectively link with Dubai’s smart city vision, with embedded sophisticated technologies and sustainable elements, offering full views of the city skyline, with observation garden decks which will house flora and fauna within the space.

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