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Tall Residential Buildings Research Group

The Tall Residential Buildings Research Group (TRBRG) is an informal network of London-based academics and practitioners, established in 2021.  New housing in London is being built at much higher densities than in the past, and the number of high-rise residential buildings (20 storeys or more) has increased exponentially over the last decades. There were 583 tall buildings in the pipeline in 2021 according to the NLA.

We are interested in exploring the implications for residents: how do high rises perform as social environments, especially for children?  What are the likely financial costs of maintaining these buildings for the people who own them and those who live in them?  How are the costs apportioned, and what will happen in future when key plant and components need to be replaced?

The Group has now released their joint publication ‘What is the future of high-rise housing? Examining the long-term social and financial impacts of residential towers‘ summarising current knowledge of these questions and setting out an agenda for research. The publication is now available HERE.

Keybridge House, Vauxhall (Allies and Morrison)

Members of the group include:
  • Kath Scanlon, LSE London
  • June Barnes, previously CE of East Thames Housing Group
  • Dickon Robinson, previously Development Director of the Peabody Trust
  • Andrew Beharrell, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Matthew McColl, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Roger Holdsworth, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Gary Tidmarsh, Levitt Bernstein
  • Paul Eaton, Allies and Morrison
  • Hendrik Heyns, Allies and Morrison