SUBCATEGORIES 

What kinds of buildings make up London? What are their size and shape? How are they made and what of?  Who built them and which are the most energy efficient? Where can you find different types? And which do you like, and think contributes to the success and well-being of the city. 

We are collecting twelve types of data to help us answer these and many other questions about London. Click on any box to find out more.

Current Use

Size & Shape

Streetscape

Sustainability

Dynamics

Construction

SUBCATEGORIES 

We are gradually releasing subcategories for testing. If you'd like to help us by adding data, just go to Edit Maps, click on a building, choose any category of interest and fill in any information you can. Every entry and/or verification helps. Some categories are easier to fill than others. Like me? is our easiest. Here all you have to do is tell us if you think the building contributes to the city.

The 50 or so subcategories within our 12 main categories are shown below. We're trying to keep collection as efficient and simple as possible. Categories are not set in stone and the project is still at an early stage. Over time, where there is general consensus that a category or subcategory should be adjusted or added, relevant changes can be made. You can add your suggestions to our discussion threads here.

Location

  • Building Name & Number

  • Streetname

  • Postcode

  • Mapping data:
    OSM centroid, UPRN, TOID 

Current Use

  • Choose land use from our dropdown menus

  • Does it have multiple uses?

  • If so how many self contained units are there?  

Type

  • What was the building's original use and how does it relate to adjacent buildings? Choose from the drop down menu. This will also indicate original use.

Age

  • What year was building begun?

  • Front the same date as core?

  • Web links to historical information

Size & Shape

  • Height  & number of storeys

  • Frontage width

  • Total area

  • Shape of plan/footprint

  • Plot to footprint ratio

  • Detached or attached

Construction

  • Construction method

  • Materials

  • Percentage glazed

  • Bim reference

Streetscape

  • How much greenery is there on the plot, on the roof and or walls.

  • Are there trees or a park nearby & are they protected? 

Team

  • Where known: Client, Developer, Designer
    or design source, Engineer & Surveyor, Builder/s, 

Planning

  • Planning portal link

  • Is it protected? Listed building/conservation area?

  • Is it under threat?

Dynamics

  • Is building under threat of demolition

  • Constructions and demolition date pairs for history of site

Sustainability

  • Energy performance rating

  • BREEAM rating

  • Last major retrofit

  • Lifespan estimate 

  • Repairability rating for system type

Community

  • Do you like the building and think it contributes to the city?

  • Would you describe it as being of community value

  • Is it a publicly owned asset?

BUILDING CATEGORIES

COLOURING

LONDON