Differing Views On London’s Changing Skyline

According to data from New London Architecture there are more than 200 towers of 20 storeys or more either under construction or being planned.

Sir Edward Lister, deputy mayor for planning at the Greater London Authority, said the city was dealing with ‘very high’ numbers of planning applications. “We are back to well before pre-2008 levels, so it is pretty busy here” he said.

These figures are pretty phenomenal, and are unprecedented in the city’s history. According to Andy Murray, NLA chairman, the skyline will look very different.

High rise homes have become very popular with foreign buyers. London is a global city, and people from overseas who are used to tall buildings are both buying housing and investing in the development process. They are often surprised that London is so low-rise.

The government funded conservation group, English Heritage is calling on Boris Johnson, London mayor, to tighten the rules to make it harder for such a volume of towers to be built.

Developer St George recently completed a 50-storey tower at is St George Wharf scheme in Vauxhall, south London.

Meanwhile, Irvine Sellar, developer of London’s newest landmark, the Shard recently announced that he would build a 27-storey residential tower next to it.

Developer Hutchison Whampoa plans to build three towers of up to 40-storeys as part of its Convoys Wharf development in Deptford, southeast London.

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