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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 is working on a joint publication summarising current knowledge of these questions and setting out an agenda for research.  To feed into that work we are conducting a short online survey about service charges and sinking funds in recently-built blocks of flats in London.  If you are a leaseholder or shared owner in a tall building built since 1990, we invite you to complete our anonymous online questionnaire by 30 June 2022

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