Transforming London’s Skyline

Transforming London’s Skyline by 2020 is a huge task, however, it is something that is already in the process of being changed. We have witnessed many new builds this year, which are already helping to achieve this goal, and there is plenty more to come in the next 2 years.  Let’s take a look at some of the construction taking shape in 2018.


The Embassy Gardens

The Embassy Gardens is situated in Wandsworth. Designed by FCB Studios, The Embassy Gardens will overlook the river Thames in Nine Elms from 2018. It will be home to the new US Embassy building, as well as a park, and two residential towers which will be linked by a “Sky Pool” designed by HAL architects.

The Corniche

The Corniche is situated in Lambeth. It is a mixed-use development featuring three landmark towers on the south bank of the River Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament. The buildings will have around 253 apartments, which will include affordable homes for senior living, along with offices, restaurants and residents bar, gym, and pool facilities. The building itself will have floor to ceiling windows, and the curved edge of the building will maximise the views across the River Thames.

Manhattan Loft Gardens

The Manhattan Loft Gardens will be in Newham, which is one of the fastest growing parts of the city with the amount of hi-rises located there. The Manhattan Loft Garden is just one of many towers that will be coming to Newham by 2020. The architects behind this building are also the same architects who were behind the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa. The building will be 42 storeys high and will include leisure facilities, a pool, a spa and a roof garden which will overlook the Olympic Park.

London City Island

London City Island is located by Canary Wharf. It is surrounded by water and is connected by a bridge, and will become the headquarters for the English National Ballet. The building, which was designed by Glenn Howells architects, will also include thousands of homes as well as restaurants, shops, offices and even a pedestrian cycle route.

These are some of the projects that are set to be completed by the end of 2018. However, this is not the end of the construction to transforming London’s Skyline, with many more to start and be completed by 2020. Some of these are; 22 Bishopsgate – the City, Ram Brewery, Wandsworth — 2019, The Can of Ham, the City — 2019 and Spire London, Tower Hamlets — 2020.

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Which rail qualifications are best for you?

With the progression of HS2 and Crossrail, the rail industry is booming. Now is a great time to look at refreshing your industry knowledge, and gaining some qualifications that will help progress your career in the next few years.

We understand there are many qualifications out there to choose from, so we’ve outlined a few below that will help your CV stand out from the competition, and enhance your expertise in the industry.


Gaining the status of Chartered Engineer (CEng) can significantly boost your salary, and is recognised around the world. Technical Rail professionals should look at this option to highlight to potential employers their years of dedication and expertise in their industry.

Professional membership is gained through initially registering with an engineering institute that is licensed by the Engineering Council. The Institute will then organise your professional review, which may include an interview.

APM and Prince2

For any professional serious about moving into Project Management in the industry, these qualifications are essential and are recognised internationally.

There are many ways to gain qualification, with courses being available online, in a classroom or on site. The University of Westminster is one of many establishments offering the course.

Each course lasts less than a week, which is a small price to pay for the extra £10,000 a year that it is said to be added to your salary.

IRSE Accredited Technician

A niche accreditation for signalling professionals, IRSE demonstrates to potential employers that you are competent in signalling or telecommunications engineering techniques.

You will need to be recommended to the institute from a sponsor (an IRSE Fellow or Member) who is confident you will be able to pass the exams. Once written confirmation from the IRSE is gained, you should apply online, and then complete the online modules.

It is worth noting there are deadlines for application, which will affect the dates in which you are able to complete the online exam.


Aimed towards Rail professionals who work on site, the Construction Skills Certification Scheme confirms to employers that you are capable of carrying out specific work on site safely and effectively.

There are a whole host of different CSCS cards; head over here to find our complete breakdown, to see which one is best for your rail career. From our experience, the Manager card is the most valuable for Rail professionals.


What qualifications do you hold that you feel have helped to progress your career in the rail industry? We’d love to hear what has boosted your CV!