NLA London Tall Buildings Survey 2018

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The NLA's fifth Tall Buildings Survey 2018, with research partners GL Hearn, and data provided by EG, is annual report that provides the only comprehensive analysis of all tall buildings, over 20 storeys, which are proposed, in planning or under construction in London.

The findings of the 2017 data 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.

The analysis also suggests that living in tall buildings is becoming increasingly accepted as a key part of our housing mix. Over 90% (458) of the tall buildings coming forward are residential and have the potential to deliver 106,000 new homes.

Reflecting on challenges such as the lack of available sites, a growing population and the ever growing housing crisis, the research presents data and insights on what is the role of tall buildings in London.
 

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