10 Years Later: Stunning Pictures Show How Development Has Impacted London’s Skyline

Most Londoner’s claim to know the city pretty well, but aerial photographer Jason Hawkes can boast a unique knowledge of the Capital after spending the past 10 years capturing stunning pictures of how the city skyline has evolved.

DMZ takes a looks at his most spectacular “then and now” images. To see more of Jason’s work, click here.

London’s South Bank was bare in 2007 compared to the Shard dominated 2014 image, developed by Sellar Property Group
Flanked by The Shard and the Cheesegrater, Tower Bridge is looking much busier
Now flanked by The Shard and The Cheesegrater, Tower Bridge is looking much busier
The Cheesegrater and The Walkie Talkie are both notable additions to the City of London
The Cheesegrater and The Walkie Talkie are both notable additions to the City

Based just outside of London, Hawkes is a regular flyer and said he can be found “hanging out of the side of helicopters”. He regularly updates his Twitter with his latest shots and has amassed a healthy 5,000 followers.

“Nowadays I fly over town most weeks, shooting the ever-changing skyline. It’s a real privilege being able to view such a great city from above, and a fantastic location to photograph”.

London's Olympic Park was still a long way off completion in 2008. The 2012 photo was taken just prior to the Olympics in June
London’s Olympic Park was still a long way off completion in 2008. The 2012 photo was taken just prior to the Olympics in June
The Greenwich Peninsula has seen rapid development over the past 8 years. It was recently announced the area would host the UK's first modular build-to-rent apartment complex, developed by rental specialist Essential Living
The Greenwich Peninsula has seen rapid development over the past 8 years. It was recently announced the area would host the UK’s first modular build-to-rent apartment complex, developed by rental specialists Essential Living
Possibly the most striking of changes is seen in this 20-year comparison shot of Canary Wharf. Now the area is looking towards residential projects, like Greenland Group's £800 investment in Spire Tower, announced last year
Possibly the most striking change is seen in this 20-year comparison shot of Canary Wharf. Now the area is looking towards residential projects, like Greenland Group’s £800 investment in Spire Tower, which was announced last year
This 11 year before and after really captures the City of London's skyscraper boom
This 11 year before and after really captures the City of London’s skyscraper boom

These spectacular images show how much the Capital transformed.

Judging how the market has reacted to Brexit it appear as if London is only going to transform further, with DMZ reporting on a swathe of new post-Brexit developments including The Trellis skyscraper, The Vase skyscraper in Blackfriars, Spire Tower in Canary Wharf plus multiple new commercial sites like Googles £600Million Kings Cross investment.

We predict another extremely busy year for London developers in 2017. The real question is, what area will be the ‘new Canary Wharf’?

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