NLA Chairman, Peter Murray, has called on Mayor Boris Johnson to create a London Skyline Commission to control the quality of new tall buildings in the capital.
Peter Murray's announcement coincides with the opening of London’s Growing Up!, a timely NLA exhibition which explores the impact of the rapid changes that are taking place to London’s skyline.
While supporting the idea of more tall buildings, Murray believes that Britain’s capital city urgently needs a panel of experts to comment on the amount, height, location and quality of tall buildings, with an overview of the city as a whole. He is also proposing an openly accessible 3D digital model of London which includes all proposed towers, which will allow planners to assess the impact of new buildings and encourage London’s citizens to join the debate and have their say on the future of their city.
Commenting on the initiative, Peter Murray said:
“London is growing. Its population could well hit 10 million by 2030 and right now the capital faces a perfect storm of pressures on the development of tall buildings: a critical housing shortage; rocketing land prices; and burgeoning international investment. More tall buildings can help to meet London's growing housing demand, but they must be in the right places, be well designed and with generous consideration to their impact at ground level. A London Skyline Commission can look at the totality of tall building development in London and assess the impact that it is having on the shape of the city.”