Death of London’s Skyscrapers?

The high-rise skyscrapers that dominate London’s skyline could soon be a thing of the past, according to the chief architect who designed the Gherkin.

Ken Shuttleworth, the man responsible for designing the Gherkin in Canary Wharf, has stated that skyscrapers and new buildings like the Gherkin don’t have a future, and it’s all down to money. He said in an interview with Bloomberg News:

“The age of bling is over. Money now drives everything, so if you can build something for half the price, you will… The tall glass box is dead.”

Shuttleworth, who works at architects Norman Fosters, explained that as a result, more “ground-scrapers” will be built, which are smaller and much cheaper.

The 40-floor, 591ft Gherkin opened in 2004, long before the financial crisis crippled the economy and made everyone think twice about their spending.

There are towers being built in London at the moment, notably the Shard, Cheesegrater and the Walkie Talkie building, and these won’t be finished until 2014, but these skyscrapers could be the last in the capital – at least for a while.

What Ken Shuttleworth is saying makes sense. People don’t want to spend more money building skyscrapers shaped like different vegetables or objects, when they can build a smaller tower for much less money.

Until Britain digs itself out of the financial ditch it is stuck in, building smaller buildings in the City of London may be a good thing. Of course, there will be the odd major skyscraper project going on, but as long as it is backed by some moneybags, who can finance the entire project, then there is no reason why it shouldn’t.

As long as construction activity continues to go on in London, then I think it doesn’t matter whether the new buildings are skyscrapers or ground-scrapers.

What do you think – is this the end for skyscrapers in London? Let us know and comment below or on the Train4TradeSkills Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Posted on April 21, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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