New London Model

NLA’s 1:2000 scale interactive model of central London is the centrepiece of the NLA galleries and brings the story of London’s historical and physical development to life through a sophisticated projection system integrated with films.

At 12.5 metres-long, the model covers more than 85 square kilometres of London, 19 Boroughs and approximately 170,000 buildings, including 34km of the Thames with its corresponding 21 bridges. It extends from King’s Cross in the north to Peckham in the south and the Royal Docks in the east to Old Oak Common in the west.
Touchscreens allow buildings and major infrastructure projects to be brought to life across the surface of the model, showing the key areas of change and revealing the sheer scale of proposed development in the capital. Visitors can also call up detailed information and key facts on London’s newest and projects buildings.
Integrated films document the history and development of the capital, the impact of the London Plan, major infrastructure plans, the rise of tall buildings and the ongoing influence of the Great Estates. New films will be commissioned to coincide with NLA’s ongoing programme of Insight Study research pieces.
The New London Model was built by Pipers with data supplied by Ordnance Survey using a combination of laser-cutting, 3-D printing and hand-crafting. It was made possible through the support of the following Benefactors:
Almacantar / Battersea Power Station Development Company / Barratt London / British Land / Brookfield / Cadogan Estate / Canary Wharf Group / Capital and Counties / Cathedral / CORE / Countryside / The Crown Estate / Delancey / Derwent London / Development Securities / Essential Living / Exemplar / FORE Partnership / Great Portland Estates / Helical Bar / King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) / Land Securities / Lend Lease / London Legacy Development Corporation / Mount Anvil / Native Land / Ordnance Survey / The Portman Estate / Redrow London / Renewal / Stanhope / TH Real Estate / UCL / Westfield / Whitbread

Guided model tours

Guided tours of the New London Model are available for groups of any size. We also offer bookable curators tours of our exhibitions. To arrange a private bespoke model talk or exhibition tour, please contact Katharine Rankin.

Free Model Talks
Free lunchtime talks give visitors the opportunity to learn firsthand about London’s newest architecture and development. Click here for more information.

Schools Model Talks
Schools interested in visiting NLA, please see our Schools and Young People webpage

Adding projects to the model

Any project that has recently been completed, is currently under construction or has planning permission to be built can be highlighted on the model. Projects are highlighted through 3D-printing technology and a projection system linked to an interactive digital display with full project details.

Projects can be at any stage from having received planning permission through to completed since January 2012. Minimum size 25,000 sqft.

Updates are made to the model quarterly and there is a small charge calculated per square footage, with discounts for NLA Members. 

Contact us if you have a project to add to the model, or if you are interested in featuring your company profile on the interactive system.