Selling off the London skyline

  • 9 Feb 2016

howardchapmanHoward Chapman, Buildingtalk Editor. In 2004 all the top 15 London skyscrapers were owned by UK companies – now it’s just 21% – but does it matter?

Interesting article by Isabelle Fraser in The Telegraph at the weekend about the value and ownership of London’s tall buildings. It revealed that in 2004 all the top 15 towers were owned by UK companies but this had reduced dramatically to less than 21% by last year – the rest are now owned by overseas companies. In fact, Qatar-based entities currently own 34pc of the top 15 most expensive skyscrapers in London – more than the proportion owned by all UK companies.

Is this good for Britain? Is it just one more example of the success of the capital in attracting overseas investment – or is there a downside to selling off the London skyline?  Your comments please.

Top 15 London Towers by value

(Research by GeoPhy)

  1. The Shard – £1.49bn
  2. HSBC Tower – £990m
  3. Citigroup Tower – £971m
  4. One Canada Square – £935m
  5. Walkie Talkie – £897m
  6. Leadenhall Building – £843m
  7. Citypoint – £777m
  8. 1 Churchill Place – £700m
  9. The Gherkin – £619m
  10. Heron Tower – £554m
  11. Broadgate Tower – £476m
  12. Willis Building – £475m
  13. Churchill Place – £381m
  14. Tower 42 – £379m
  15. Euston Tower – £228m

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