Rail overbuild

With the debate around London housing still as fervent as ever, how do we move from rhetoric to action when it comes to creating sustainable long-term solutions for growth? Out of Thin Air – One Year On, follows our original research considering the benefits of building over rail lines across London.

Out of Thin Air

Our initial research suggested that if only 10%of the available rail land in London could be used to build structures of 12 storeys, there was the potential to create 250,000 homes across the capital, equating to 5 years supply on the current estimate identified by the GLA.

One Year On

Our latest research assessment revealed an extra 14% in land available, bringing the total to 2,356 Hectares. If applying the original 10% this would provide 282,681 new homes to London. Our filters allowed us to understand the most preferred to least preferred locations to create homes on the most appropriate available rail land, while always keeping both the community and environment in mind.

Out of Thin Air

Download our initial report for a full background on Rail Overbuild 

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One Year On

Download Out of Thin Air – One Year On for our most recent findings

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Key stats

By applying our new methodology, the new homes possible at rail overbuild sites is over
280,000
Of these locations our analysis shows that the sites highly or most suitable to development is almost
2/3
The number of new overbuild homes possible within 10km of Melbourne’s centre is
77,000

Principal Place

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Out of thin air press release

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One year on press release

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Bill Price, Director, 
Strategic Growth, WSP

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