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Council on Tall Buildings launches UK chapter and seeks industry support for advisory panel

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has launched a UK chapter for the first time and has called on the construction industry to help form an advisory panel.

CTBUH is establishing a London-based UK arm to provide a place for debate and discussion about the role of tall buildings in the urban environment, with over 200 currently proposed to be built in London.

The council is famous as the organisation that officially ranks the world’s tallest buildings, and its UK chapter will be led by a six-person committee, chaired by Alinea Consulting partner Steve Watts.

The other members are: deputy chair and Girmshaw associate Temoor Ahmad; University College London’s professor of places and city planning, and former City of London Corporation chief planner, Peter Rees; Aecom construction director Ian Skelton; Hilson Moran director Vince Ugarow; and Cecily Davis, partner at law firm Fieldfisher.

It is also seeking to set up an advisory panel, made up of around 10-12 people from across the industry, including clients, contractors, engineers and designers, to debate the issues surrounding tall buildings and provide guidance, and has called for the industry to get involved.

Speaking to Construction News ahead of yesterday’s launch at BT Tower, Mr Ugarow said that the organisation was “not looking to champion tall buildings for the sake of it”.

He said: “We are concerned with how tall buildings fit into the urban landscape.”

“The timing [of the launch] is quite fortuitous with the number of tall buildings set to be built in London.

“If you see them all laid out it’s quite scary - so it’s important to work out if they are all in the right place.”

CTBUH UK joins a handful of regional chapters in Canada, the USA, China and Japan.

CTBUH UK executive committee

  • Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting (chair)
  • Temoor Ahmad, Grimshaw (deputy chair)
  • Vince Ugarow, Hilson Moran (treasurer)
  • Ian Skelton, Aecom
  • Cecily Davis, Fieldfisher
  • Peter Rees, University College London

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