Appetite for tall buildings in the capital remains strong with 510 planning applications now in the pipeline, up from 455 in 2016.
New London Architecture (NLA) has announced the results of its fifth London Tall Buildings Survey, which aims to monitor the capital’s changing skyline.
Working with research partner GL Hearn, the study provides a comprehensive analysis of all tall buildings, over 20 storeys, which are proposed, in planning or under construction in London.
The findings for 2017 show that despite signs of a slowdown, London has 510 towers in the pipeline and a record number of 115 schemes are under construction, compared to 455 and 91 respectively, in 2016.
Since the first report in 2014, 122 tall buildings have been completed and a further 96 are expected to be complete over the next two years.
Peter Murray, chairman of New London Architecture, said: “We continue to see a steady increase in the number of tall buildings coming forward and with London’s population continuing to increase and the demand for new homes only getting higher, our view remains that that well designed tall buildings, in the right place, are part of the solution.
“Uncertainties and challenges to deliver these tall buildings remain, which is perhaps why we are seeing a slight slowdown in the in the number of applications, construction starts and completions.
“However our reports over the past five years show us in the right places, towers allow us to use the finite resource of land very efficiently.”
Stuart Baillie of GL Hearn added: “Whilst there is a notable slowdown in the volume of new tall buildings entering the pipeline compared to the high of 2016, the rate is actually increasing in the boroughs of Southwark, Newham, Hammersmith & Fulham and Croydon.
“Inner London remains the focus for the majority of tall building but Waltham Forest and Bromley feature in the pipeline for the first time.
“It is clear from the report findings that tall buildings make a substantial contribution towards realising London’s housing targets and in those boroughs where there are multiple tall buildings in the pipeline, this is a significant contribution towards borough housing need.”
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