High rise in the capital: Londoners split on merits of more tall buildings

According to an Ipsos MORI poll for New London Architecture, Londoners are split on the future of tall buildings in London.

According to an Ipsos MORI poll for New London Architecture, Londoners are split on the future of tall buildings in London. 26% said they want more tall buildings over 20 storeys high to be built over the next five years, 32% said they want to see fewer tall buildings built, while 33% want to see the rate of new tall buildings stay the same.

45% of Londoners agree that tall buildings have made London look better, compared to 25% who disagree. The appetite for more tall buildings remains muted even amongst those that say tall buildings have made London look better.

  • 32% of Londoners agree that there are too many tall buildings in London, whilst 39% disagree.
  • More people say they would not be happy living in a tall building (56%), than say they would be happy to do so (27%). While slightly more Londoners (61%) would be happy working in a tall building than living in one.
  • On regulating tall developments, more people agree (31%) than disagree (26%) that enough is being done to control how many new tall buildings over 20 storeys high are being built in London.
  • 36% of Londoners selected The Gherkin as the tall building they like best from a list of 13 tall buildings. The Shard came second having been chosen by 22% of respondents. Just two respondents out of 500 selected the Barbican.

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Ipsos MORI interviewed a representative sample of 500 members of the public aged 16-64. Interviews were carried out online between 14-18 February 2014. Data are weighted to be representative of the population. The questions asked appear in the tables, except for Q4 and Q6. The wording for those questions is as follows: Q4. According to Skyscraper News, over the past 5 years, 23 tall buildings over 20-storeys high have been built in London as office or residential accommodation. Thinking about the next 5 years, which, if any, of these best describes your view about how many new tall buildings over 20-storeys high should be allowed to be built in London? Q6. Still thinking about tall buildings over 20-storeys high, which, if any, of these factors should be given highest/second highest priority by those deciding whether or not a new tall building should be built in London.

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