So, why are tall buildings popular with residents?
Reviews for tall buildings on HomeViews revealed a widespread appreciation of well-thought-out design, praising tall buildings which maximised available space, views, and light. 26% of reviews included references to views and balconies.
Many tall buildings were also able to offer state-of-the-art facilities comparable to luxury hotels, especially in Build to Rent developments. As with 10 George Street, many reviews also mentioned the quality of the building management, in particular in its ability to offer a strong community within the building.
Areas for improvement
Tall buildings were not without their problems, however. Resident reviews also revealed areas for improvement for the high-rise format.
HomeViews’ London data for the past three years revealed that 15% of residents have referenced heating or ventilation in their reviews. Some praise buildings for low energy bills due to insulation in winter, but many raise the issue of overheating in the summer. However, these mentions are evenly spread between tall and non-tall new build homes.
Some residents also provided feedback about being disturbed by outside noise. This was not mentioned more frequently in tall vs. non-tall buildings, but wind was referenced in reviews for buildings ten storeys or over, or those with balconies.
Despite these, and other, drawbacks, our extensive dataset reveals that the experience of living in the capital’s tall buildings is a positive one. With careful design, strong community and effective management, tall buildings should remain an integral part of London’s housing offer.