Cost model: Tall buildings


London was slow to adopt tower building but the City’s distinctive skyline shows how much attitudes have changed

01 / Introduction

The UK has had a relatively short and somewhat tempestuous relationship with tall buildings. New construction projects draw controversy about appropriateness of scale, location and their role in helping (or exacerbating) the housing crisis. To date, only five buildings of 200m or higher have been completed, all in London, and most are commercial office buildings – a small number considering there are about 1,600 buildings of such height in the world.

But it seems tall buildings are here to stay. The Tall Buildings Study 2019 by New London Architecture suggested the capital’s tall buildings pipeline (towers of at least 20 storeys) totalled 541, of which 291 had permissions and 121 were under construction. 

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