Development of London


#1

On a rather epic proportion I must say.
Over development, or just responding to the need, that is the biggest question here.

Certainly space for some of this without a doubt. And providing homes is a good thing. But are they the right sort of homes I wonder.

Amazing and eye watering visuals of the planned builds.


#2

Over development for sure. This will change the nature of the West End massively and not for the better I feel.


#3

I have to say some of the developments have been truly stunning over the past 10 years, Battersea is quite incredible, but for the wrong markets sadly. But then I guess when an area has such a high price tag, that’s what happens.

I agree though, there are some areas which can survive heavy, well considered development, then there are others which are a little too fragile to remain in tact after such builds.


#4

Interesting object in the middle of this graphic, cylindrical. I wonder what that is lol


#5

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#6

This was produced by the NLA, so is demonstrating critical mass/aspiration rather than schemes with planning consent.

It’s worth taking a walk around Canary Wharf/South Quay/Crossharbour and see first hand the amount of development going up. £780,000 for a studio!


#7

These reports are a great read. This year you have to either pay (Amazon) for a hard copy or subscribe (for free) for a free download.

Leon is right. The report includes buildings in both pre-planning and planning. A significant number have received permission but there are still a lot of hoops to jump through before beginning construction, financing being a fairly major obstacle. Regardless, there will be a lot of tall buildings and the skyline of London will change.

Weirdly the West End is the one area that won’t change as there is a height restriction on new construction. Centrepoint is in itself an aberration. A lot of the new buildings are concentrated in East London particularly in Wood Wharf, Greenwich Peninsula and Stratford. Central development is focused around Kings Cross, Battersea/Nine Elms and Paddington.

By the way, if anyone wants to see a great 3D model of what London will look like with all this development check out the New London Model at the Building Centre by Tottenham Court Road.

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#8

Yes but the skyline itself is not protected AIUI. Certain views are:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/decisions/1920

There may be more up to date guidance and would love to see an update if you know of one.


#9

Its a good point. I was at the launch of the Tall Building Study last year and view corridors were discussed. While I think these are strongly reinforced, there was some discussion on general loss of views of the historic city.

I recall that the final design of the Leadenhall Building (Cheesegrater) and 20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie) was determined to preserve the view corridor to St. Paul’s.