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High Rise London - The Only Way Is Up
Sat 8 April 2017, 11:00 – 13:30 BST
In January 2015 London’s population finally overtook its pre war peak of 8.6m people. The evidence of attempts to cope with this rise are visible all around London. Most noticeable is the proliferation of high rise developments found almost anywhere there is available land. Noticeable too are concentrations of development at Stratford, Croydon, Wembley, in Docklands, and along the Thames. The 1939 peak is not strictly comparable, with today’s figure. This is because economic growth has made the current population relatively more affluent than it was in 1939. The multiple occupancy properties of the immediate post war period no longer exist, life expectancy is longer and more people are single. The perfect confluence of factors to put pressure on resources in our cities.
This an is an informal and interactive tour of the developments around Battersea Power Station, Nine Elms and the City of London. It will allow you to see the developments close up, and provide additional evidence to allow you to form your own views on the relative merits of the fundamental changes taking place.