High density in the post-pandemic city
Tall Buildings are increasingly becoming part of London, a city traditionally associated with a low-rise, low-density character. The NLA London Tall Buildings Survey has provided the only comprehensive review of tall buildings in the pipeline in London since 2014. This report and associated NLA programme 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.
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? And what would be the role of tall buildings in London 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 and the future of the polycentric city?
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?
This year-round programme centres around the London Tall Buildings Survey 2021, which will be published in March 2021, and an annual series of events and editorial pieces inviting industry experts and the public to discuss one of the capital’s most debated topics.
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