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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 in some way 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 on each.

Building stock

Street networks

Spaces & Greenery 

Transport & movement

Renewable energy flows

Non-renewable energy flows 

Water flows

Water flows

Census data

Socio-cultural data

Economic data



Between now and October 2019 we will be releasing categories for testing. 

Location, Age, Size/Size & Like me? are already live. If you'd like to help us, just go to Edit Maps, click on a building, choose any category of interest and fill in any information you can. Every entry helps. Some categories are easier to fill than others. Like me? is our easiest one.

Within the twelve categories there are around 50 subcategories shown below. We need to keep collection as efficient, effective and simple as possible but if there is high demand for another we'll try to include it. You can add your suggestions to our discussion threads.


  • Building Name & Number

  • Streetname

  • Postcode

  • Mapping data:
    OSM centroid, UPRN, TOID 

Land Use

  • Choose land use from our dropdown menus

  • Does it have multiple uses?

  • If so how many self contained units are there?  


  • What type of building is it. Choose from the drop down menu. This will also indicate original use.


  • What year was it begun?

  • Front the same date as core?

  • Dates for constructions/ 
    demolitions on the site?

  • Building history web links

  • Ar risk?

Size & Shape

  • Height  & number of storeys

  • Frontage width

  • Total area

  • Shape of plan/footprint

  • Plot to footprint ratio

  • Detached or attached


  • Construction method

  • Materials

  • Percentage glazed

  • Bim reference


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


  • Energy performance rating

  • BREEAM rating

  • Last major retrofit

  • Lifespan estimate 

  • Repairability rating for system type


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

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


  • Planning portal link

  • Is it protected? Listed building/conservation area?

  • Is it under threat?


  • Is it a publicly owned asset?

  • Is it/has it ever been used for community/public services

  • Would you describe it as a 'community asset'?

Like me?

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

  • Do you like it enough to want to save it for the future?


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