NLA London Tall Buildings Survey 2018

Spring 2018

City Cluster, including 1 Leadenhall by Make Architects for Brookfield

London faces increasing challenges in accommodating a growing population, expected to reach over 11 million people by 2050, while commitments to contain the sprawl within the Green Belt prompts questions on how to make better use of the scarce amount of land available.

Recent years have seen a huge growth in the number of tall buildings going into the pipeline, showing that ‘building upwards’ is a response to densification. At the same time, concerns have grown, from both local communities and professionals, over the quality of design of these new towers, as well as on the need to protect London’s rich historic heritage, including questions on where new clusters of tall buildings would be more appropriate.

NLA will be conducting this annual survey to give an update on current trends on tall buildings in the capital. The report creates a snapshot of the overall pipeline of buildings of 20 stories or above in all London Boroughs. The 2018 report will update on the current pipeline, reflecting upon the effect of Brexit on new tall developments but also analysing what the new London Plan would mean for the future of tall buildings in London.

Research Questions

– What is the current pipeline of tall buildings in London and how does it compare with previous years?

– What new trends are emerging in terms of design, typologies, use and location?

– What major challenges do tall buildings bring to the planning system/local authorities/communities?

– What design elements should be taken into account when designing a tall building?

– Does Brexit have yet a visible effect on tall buildings development? What does this tell about London’s market resilience?

– How the new London Plan section on tall buildings will change the way tall buildings have been designed and delivered in London?

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