London continues to stand tall

London's skyline could be changing with a growing number of new skyscraper in the pipeline

London's skyline could be changing with a growing number of new skyscraper in the pipeline

More than 120 tall buildings - classified as those over 20 stories - have been built in the last four years, the report by the thinktank New London Architecture revealed today.

Tall buildings are also becoming a feature of the suburbs, with towers completed outside the city centre a year ago in Lambeth, Battersea and Greenwich in south London and Poplar in the east of the city, the report said.

That scenario is expected to change as the Elizabeth Line, a new train line stretching more than 97 kilometres (60 miles) from west through central London to the east of the capital is expected to open next year, the report said.

Nearly a third of the buildings in the pipeline are in three outer London zones, mainly around transport connections which are considered suitable locations for tall buildings.

More than 90 per cent of the buildings proposed, in planning or under construction are being built for residential purposes, and NLA estimated they have the potential to deliver 106,000 new homes.

That compares with just compared to the 455 which were in the offing and 91 buildings being built at the same time previous year.

London continues to stand tall

Bromley and Waltham Forest have tall buildings in the pipeline for the first time. This leaves just seven London boroughs without any towers - Bexley, Enfield, Havering, Hillingdon, Merton, Kensington and Chelsea, and Richmond.

But New London Architecture expects this will change.

"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'.

The number of skyscrapers being built in London has exceeded 500 for the first time, raising fears of further damage to the capital's skyline and more Grenfell Tower-style disasters.

Stuart Baillie of GL Hearn, pointed out that while 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 and Fulham and Croydon. 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, ' he said.

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