The latest London Tall Buildings Survey from the NLA shows that that major clusters of tall buildings have rapidly changed London’s skyline in the past few years. As a way to address the 110,000 new homes the capital needs by 2050 to cater for its expanding population, there is a current pipeline of over 540 additional tall buildings either in planning, approval or under construction.
This is a trend that is being replicated in other key cities across the country, with Manchester’s ‘skyscraper alley’ taking shape and huge high rise regeneration projects in Birmingham, Glasgow and Salford to name just a few.
Over 20 per cent of the total construction costs of high rise buildings are allocated to M&E services, yet these specialist contractors with unrivaled knowledge of the products, systems and solutions needed to achieve end user satisfaction in buildings of this kind are typically overlooked during the design and initial build stages of high rise structures.
To gain insight into this, Uponor surveyed 250 contractors to determine their views on the challenges surrounding the construction of tall buildings. Respondents were asked questions on a wide range of issues including the challenges high rise buildings present to the M&E sector, how to fill a skills gap within M&E and responsibility for achieving optimum performance in high rise buildings, post construction.
Following this, Uponor asked M&E consultants LJJ and SES Engineering Services to analyse the findings and provide insight into the trends that they are currently seeing in the market.
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