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Lambeth council rejects Shell Centre plans for South Bank

Lambeth has thrown out Arup Associates' plans for the £200 million Shell Centre on London's South Bank. The planning committee rejected the mixed-use scheme, against the advice of its planning officers, at a meeting last month.

The committee cited four key reasons for dismissing the proposals, including excessive height and bulk. It was also concerned that the building overlooked the north block of the listed County Hall, that the retail element would have a negative impact on local shops, and that it would result in the loss of public space at podium level.

Arup Associates revised its scheme last March after attracting criticism from CABE's design review committee. However, the revisions also came in for criticism from the committee, which said it 'introduced a whole new set of problems'.

The scheme comprises 30,000m 2 of office space, shops, restaurants and cafes.

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