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Skyscraper growth could rise, claims CTBUH chair

23 May 2013 No Comment

One skyscraper expert believes there will be continued growth in skyscraper construction across London and in many parts of the UK.

In a candid interview for architectsjournal.co.uk, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) chair Timothy Johnson believes the UK can expect to see growth in London’s established skyscraper districts of Canary Wharf, the City and the South Bank.

panorama of skyliline buildings in Canary Wharf

Furthermore, other big metropolises such as Birmingham and Manchester may be suited to more skyscraper architecture in the future, especially for firms that feel priced out of London, cites urbika.com.

However, the UK won’t be in the same league as China, he admits.

“We will see increasing appetite and acceptance of tall buildings in the UK,” he explained. “But, compared with China, which is overcoming a historical gap with the West at breakneck speed, there doesn’t appear to be the motivation to build as tall, as fast and in such volume.”

He does admit that tall buildings and skyscrapers could play a role in solving the housing crisis but not in an old housing block style. The government, community and developers need to create ‘high-density urban living’ that can accommodate a mix of incomes.

Finally, he believes that today’s towers have the potential to be even taller.

“The practical limits have yet to be reached – structural engineering and elevator technologies continue to improve,” he added.

Author: Ashley Curtis   Date Written: 23 May 2013

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