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London reaches for the skies with 236 new towers planned

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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Things are looking up for London with at least 236 tall buildings over 20 storeys currently proposed, approved or under construction, and set to dramatically alter the capital’s skyline. Initial estimates had originally placed the figure at 200.

The think tank, New London Architecture (NLA), has released the results of an independent survey to uncover the number of towers planned for the capital and how this will affect the people who live and work in the city.

The NLA says that this "new trend" for tall buildings will see 33 buildings between 40-49 storeys and 22 buildings of 50 storeys or more planned for London. 48% of the 236 towers have been approved and 19% are already under construction.

High-rise living sees the biggest surge, with 80% of the towers planned as new residential blocks for the capital – a total of 189 new towers, potentially contributing to tackling London’s housing crisis.

The survey revealed the percentage of tall buildings development projects per London borough:

  • Tower Hamlets has the most tall buildings applications: 55 (23%)
  • Lambeth has the 2nd highest with 31 applications (13%)
  • Greenwich (18 applications, 8%), Newham (16 applications, 7%), Barnet and Southwark (20 applications each, 8%) Croydon and Wandsworth (11 applications, 4.6%)
  • Central and East London claims the most future developments with 77% of the total planned building.


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