Tall buildings

Urbanisation, rising land values, the changing workplace, housing needs and sustainability pressures are all trends that are driving the proliferation of tall buildings globally.

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Market context

There is strong demand for expert services to support their development, procurement and implementation.

Tall buildings take longer to plan, construct, manage and service. Despite the heightened financial risks, premium towers can be valuable commercial assets, especially in the most space constrained locations. As well as adding much needed density in populous and space constrained locations, tall buildings often become a signature part of a city’s architecture.

Buildings are not only growing taller, they are becoming vertical cities with multiple uses, incorporating green spaces that create rich, diverse bio-climates at height. They can capture energy to become self-sufficient.

Technical innovation in materials and construction have improved the quality and availability of modular units and drop-in mechanical, electrical and plumbing cassettes. Vertical cores can now be built in concrete panels rather than slip or jump forms and advances in timber technology have taken timber structures to 40 storeys.

Such technical advances mean the cost and time for building higher is reducing, so the economics of high rise in some markets can favour denser building at lower thresholds of real estate values.

Meeting the challenges

As our cities head skywards, our business has the skills and resources to support this upwards trajectory. Offering the full suite of programme, project and cost management, as well as specialist advisory services, we have the expertise to deliver the construction of tall buildings in any city worldwide.

Our track record includes iconic schemes on every major continent which span the full breadth of asset types, including offices, residential and hotels, and major mixed-use schemes.

We have a particular specialism on the cost and commercial management aspects of tall towers, having delivered these expert services on major developments such as The Shard in London, Oceanwide Plaza in LA and Piramal Aranya in Mumbai.


Learn how we are working with global clients in tall buildings to drive value and efficiency in projects and programmes.

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