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Going up: 119 more skyscrapers set for London skyline

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The number of tall buildings earmarked for London’s skyline has grown by more than 100 in less than a year, according to new figures released by New London Architecture (NLA),

Compiled with property adviser GL Hearn, the data shows that plans for 119 new towers have emerged since this time last year, increasing the total number of proposed skyscrapers in the capital to 436.

Allies and Morrison is the most prolific designer of skyscrapers in London – the AJ120 practice has 87 tall schemes in the pipeline - followed by SOM with 21 and Farrells with 15 towers.

Peter Murray, chairman of the NLA, said: ‘Well-designed tall buildings in the right place, and well-coordinated clusters, are acceptable.’

’We continue to press for the mayor for a 3D computer model of the whole of London’

It is increasingly important that the planning and development community improves the way it communicates with the wider public. We continue to press for the mayor to prepare a three-dimensional computer model of the whole of London to better assess the impact of these buildings.’

He added: ’The 436 tall buildings in the pipeline is a significant number. However, with the much publicized softening of the housing market, it remains to be seen how quickly they are delivered.’

The research, which is updated annually, counts buildings of 20 storeys and higher.

This year’s version showed that the number of tall buildings under construction has rise from 70 to 89 over the past year.

A total of 233 tall buildings in London have planning approval but are yet to start on site and a further 114 towers are either in planning or at pre-application stage.

The survey found that 94 tall buildings were submitted for planning since this time last year, up from 72 in the previous year.

However, the number of tall buildings completed in the past year was only 16, up from six in 2015.

Tower Hamlets is the London borough with the largest number of skyscrapers in the pipeline, with 93 proposed, beating Greenwich’s 67.

(Images by Visualhouse/Dan Lowe)

GIF - view from St Paul's towards Blackfriars - NLA skyscrapers report GIF - view from St Paul's towards the City - NLA skyscrapers report
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