London’s skyline is set to be bolstered by the arrival of more than 500 tall buildings over the next decade, according to an annual survey by New London Architecture (NLA) and GL Hearn.
The report found that there are 510 skyscrapers – defined as buildings over 20 storeys – currently in the UK capital’s construction pipeline, up from 455 in 2016.
The Canary Wharf and the Docklands regions of the city continue to hold the highest number of tall buildings in the pipeline, with 70 towers planned in Greenwich and 85 in Tower Hamlets.
From the 500+ new skyscrapers, more than 300 will have fewer than 30 storeys, but nearly 28 new buildings will be built with 50 storeys or more, and the City was noted as having the tallest average height of buildings in the pipeline at 43.4 storeys.
Chairman of NLA Peter Murray said the imminent high rise building boom in London will support demand for new homes from its growing population. “Our view remains that that well designed tall buildings, in the right place, are part of the solution,” he said.
More than 90% of the buildings proposed, in planning or under construction are being built for residential purposes, with NLA estimating they have the potential to deliver 106,000 new homes to the city.