New London Architecture

London Tall Buildings Survey 2021

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Ahead of the annual London Tall Buildings Survey 2021, New London Architecture (NLA) is inviting submissions of tall buildings that have been either recently completed or are in the pipeline to include in the 2021 report. In addition, we will encourage submissions of older tall buildings that have been recently retrofitted (including both structural as well as interior work).

The call out forms part of the annual report that analyses the tall buildings pipeline in London. The interactive digital report will include a project showcase of submitted tall building schemes in London and will be accessible to NLA’s UK and global network. All submitted projects will be displayed on as part of our permanent directory. 
The pioneering role of NLA research on tall buildings delivers up-to-date figures and analysis and a year-round programme inviting industry experts and the public to discuss one of the capital’s most debated topics.

What is the role of tall buildings in post-covid London? How does this typology respond to London’s ambition to become zero carbon? To what extent can tall buildings be adapted to future uses? What do they offer to the city and how do they meet residents and occupiers’ needs? The new report will address the future of tall buildings in the post-pandemic reality and will be accompanied by a project showcase showing projects and case studies that show best practice in the capital. See more about the research below.


NLA seeks submissions of tall buildings that:

  • Meet the definition of the London Plan: ‘Tall buildings are generally those that are substantially taller than their surroundings and cause a significant change to the skyline.’ There is no minimum number of storeys required, however the definition of ‘tall’ will varied in relation to the local context. We invite practices and organisations who want to submit to make sure this applies to their project.
  • Are recently completed (with completion date no more than two years old, January 2019) or proposed (including pre-planning) or under construction.
  • Older tall buildings that have been recently retrofitted, with interventions including structural, energy efficiency, fit-outs, change of use (with works completed no more than two years old, January 2019) 
  • Projects submitted in previous years can be resubmitted with updated content for inclusion in the 2021 report.

Entry guidelines

  • All submissions should be located in Greater London
  • Projects need to meet the definition of the London Plan ‘Tall buildings are generally those that are substantially taller than their surroundings and cause a significant change to the skyline.’ There is no minimum number of storeys, as long as it can be proved that the building meet the policy definition.
  • Buildings have to be completed in the past two years or be at any stage from design to construction. Tall buildings that have been retrofitted in the past two years can also be submitted.
  • Payment will only be required for submissions successfully selected for inclusion. NLA will confirm whether your submission has been selected for inclusion in the project showcase within six weeks of the closing date. On confirmation that your submission has been selected. Payment terms are strictly 14 days from invoice date
  • NLA Partners, charities and not-for-profit organisations are entitled to submit projects for free
  • All selected projects will feature in the Tall Buildings project showcase
  • Submitters must secure appropriate permissions from the client prior to submission
  • There is no limit to the number of submissions from any one organisation, however the submitter is encouraged to consult with other team members to avoid duplicate submissions
  • Entrants agree that NLA are granted non-exclusive reproduction rights to all successful submissions for NLA’s advertising, promotion, exhibition, print publication and internet purposes directly related to the Tall Buildings programme. Entrants must have permission from the photographer for the reproduction of all imagery for use relating to these purposes
You can choose to submit either a Project or a Case Study. After the selection process, only selected projects will be charged the submission fee.  


Enter using the online forms:
Project submissions
Case study submissions

1 – If your company is a member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of the Business Member discount, see how here.
2 – List your project
As part of our new online project directory, the first step is to list the basic information of your project. This can then be automatically applied for all future submissions. (if you are updating a previous submission you just need to select the project from your account)
3 – Submit research relevant information
Using your listed project, supply additional information as required for this study. Fields include additional description and a selection of images. This information is what we will be used in the publication.


Submissions are ONLY charged if selected for inclusion as part of the report
If your company is a member, be sure you are attached to the company team to make use of the Business Member discount, see how here.

Project Submissions
A brief overview of the scheme and key image, for a half page section in the report and listed in connection to the research in our permanent online directory.
     Partner members – Free
     Standard business members – £249+VAT
     Full price (non-members) – £295+VAT

Case Study Submissions
A full-page in the report allowing for a full description of the submission and additional imagery. Listed in connection to the research in our permanent online directory. Case studies are also referenced for programme content throughout the year (including events and news-pieces). 
     Partner members – £1,350+VAT
     Standard business members – £1,575+VAT
     Full price (non-members) – £1,750+VAT
Additional Case Study projects thereafter
     Partner members – £500+VAT
     Standard business members – £750+VAT
     Full price (non-members) – £900+VAT

About the research

The NLA London Tall Buildings Survey has provided the only comprehensive review of tall buildings in the pipeline in London since 2014. This report has been driving the debate on how tall buildings contribute to the city, analysing key trends in tall developments and providing insights into the policy, construction and design of this typology of buildings. The NLA report has documented how tall buildings have become an integral part of London.
There is no doubt that the disruption brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 will have significant impact on the tall buildings pipeline. But the lockdown has also brought new questions about the quality of living in tall developments and dense urban centres. What do residents like about living in tall buildings and what would they improve? With around 90 per cent of all new tall buildings being residential, the 2021 report will aim to investigate the experiences of people living in tall developments.
2020 has also been a crucial year in addressing some of the other challenges that the construction and development industry face ahead, from finalising the Brexit negotiations, to significant policy changes in the planning system and building regulations as a result of the Grenfell inquiry. How will all these factors impact on tall buildings in London?
The London Tall Buildings Survey 2021 will provide the annual pipeline update, develop insights into the quality of life and the experiences of residents living in tall buildings and analyse how the changes in policies and the political landscape impact on this typology. 
More broadly, the report will ask what the role for tall buildings in London would be as the city recovers and how this typology responds to broader challenges such as the zero carbon targets, the need to adapt and be flexible to future uses and its role in a polycentric city.
The report will include a series of case studies that will be used to analyse some of themes above and showcase best practice. A full project showcase will also be part of the report showing the most recent tall buildings being developed and recently completed in the capital.

Lines of enquiry

  • What is the current pipeline of tall buildings in London and how does it compare with previous years? How has COVID-19 affected construction and development in the capital?
  • How do we capture and analyse the experience of residents living in new tall developments? What do they like the most? What are the key issues raise? 
  • How will the changes to the planning system and the Grenfell inquiry impact on new tall developments in the capital?  
  • How do tall buildings relate to London’s zero carbon targets? Are tall buildings a sustainable building form? What do we need to do better?
  • How far can tall buildings provide flexibility of uses? Are we designing high quality, mixed-use buildings that support the city to adapt and evolve?
  • What is the role of tall buildings in the post-COVID city? How do we make them healthier, greener, accessible, with more access to outdoor spaces and with better amenities? How far is demand holding up for this type of development?

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