Open-City and Skyline Campaign event attracts over 500 people
9 March 2016. Open-City and Margaret Howell hosted a talk by Skyline Campaign co-founder, Barbara Weiss, relating the Skyline Campaign's history and identifying current targets. More than 500 people applied for tickets to what was the campaign's first ever event, though the venue was able to accommodate only 150. Coinciding with the announcement of shocking new tall building figures for London by New London Architecture, it was a perfect opportunity to discuss strategies for opposing the tall building trend. The evening was skillfully chaired by Rory Olcayto, Open-City's new CEO, in Margaret Howell's clothing store on Wigmore Street.
436 tall buildings now in the pipeline for London
9 March 2016. New London Architecture and GLHearn released the findings of their 2016 survey of tall buildings (buildings with at least 20 storeys), reporting a total of 436 projects currently in the pipeline for London. 233 of these already have planning approval but are yet to start on site. 94 tall buildings were submitted for planning since this time last year, up from 72 in the previous year. Tower Hamlets was the London borough with the most tall buildings – a total of 93 are proposed (either in planning or at pre-application stage). Greenwich takes second place, with 67 projects, a significant increase from the eight schemes revealed in last year’s report. An increasing number of tall buildings are also coming forward in outer London, with 23 proposed in Barnet and 18 in Croydon. The average height of London’s new tall buildings is approximately 30 storeys. Read more about the report at New London Architecture.
Paddington Pole: the battle is not over!
On 30 January 2016, the Skyline Campaign and local residents won the first round of the battle of Paddington Pole, a 72-storey skyscraper proposed immediately adjacent to Brunel’s Grade 1 listed Paddington Station. The developers have now confirmed that they will soon be presenting an alternative, much lower scheme. While we do not yet know what this might look like, it could still be tall enough to blight protected views and alter forever local character. We will be posting up-to-date information when we get it! Please watch this space