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London Tall Buildings Survey 2019

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NLA's sixth Tall Buildings Survey is an 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. In this edition the study includes an overview of 100 tall buildings new to, or coming soon to London.

Executive Summary

541 tall buildings are in the 2018 pipeline, up 6% from 510 in 2017. Starts on site are down 2%, applications are down 3.8%, and the permissions rate is up by 14%. 25 tall buildings completed in 2018 (50% of what was predicted). 62% of the tall buildings pipeline are 20–29 storeys, and 3*% are between 30 and 60+ storeys

541 tall buildings, made up of:
  • 54, pre-planning
  • 75, planning
  • 291, permission
  • 121, under construction

It is estimated that approximately 110,000 new homes could be provided by the tall buildings in the pipeline. East and central sub-regions remain the areas with the largest number of tall buildings, but south and west have increased by 1% and 2% respectively. There is a 3% increase in the proportion of tall buildings in outer London.



  • Introduction to the 2018 data & key trends
  • Location of tall buildings
  • Tall buildings under construction
  • Tall buildings completed in 2018
  • Building heights
  • Primary uses
  • Tall buildings’ contribution to housing targets
  • Borough insight: four places of activity


Projects showcase
  • West
  • North
  • East
  • Central 
  • South

Publication details

Published March 2019
136 Pages
ISBN 978-1-9993513-0-4

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Tall Buildings


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